Stay informed: University and Faculty COVID-19 news

As the situation continues to evolve, McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine will continue to provide updates to keep our community informed.
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In Memoriam: Dr. Frank Myron Guttman (1931-2020)

Frank M. Guttman, MD,FRCSC, a Canadian pediatric surgical pioneer, a founder of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (CAPS), an icon of pediatric surgery at McGill, a healer of children, and a father figure and mentor to so many died peacefully in Toronto on August 26. While no one is indispensable, some are irreplaceable, and Frank was one of those few — a man who combined skill, acumen, compassion, kindness, and tenderness to change thousands of lives. 
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In memoriam: Dr. Pierre Assalian (1945-2020)

It is with much sadness we learned of the passing of our dear colleague Dr. Pierre Assalian on Friday, September 25 after a brief and intense struggle with leukemia. He was extraordinarily devoted to his patients and ran a clinic in the South Shore where he worked, even virtually, up to weeks before he passed away. In his last self-assessment for the McGill Department of Psychiatry in 2019, he stated as his goals and objectives “to keep the same level of devotion to my clinical work”. His colleagues remember him with great fondness for the truly human person he was. Please join us in offering our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and all those whose lives he touched.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – September 21, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau

As you may have read in our message on Sunday evening, the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city has prompted the Government of Québec to move Montréal to a Level 3 or an orange zone. This message will outline what will and will not change in terms of McGill’s activities on campus as a result of this new designation. .
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – September 16, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau

Yesterday, the Government of Quebec moved Montreal from Level 1 (green) to Level 2 (yellow) under the progressive regional alert and intervention system for COVID-19. Level 2 indicates a rise in cases and is an early warning to encourage stricter compliance with public health directives.
The Direction régionale de la santé publique (DRSP) has indicated to us that no change in McGill’s operations is needed at this time. All available on-campus spaces—including Teaching Hubs, Study Hubs, and workspaces—have been designed to ensure the safety of our campus community.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – September 1, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau

The Fall semester is upon us, and it promises to be unlike any other in McGill history. Thank you to all faculty and staff for all your hard work in planning a rewarding learning experience for all our students, whether they will be joining us on our campuses, or engaging virtually from around the world. Thanks as well to all the students who participated in last week’s Town Hall. It was great to see so much engagement and so many great questions about the Fall semester.
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – August 2020

We are pleased to announce that the August issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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Investing in our most vulnerable: The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force funds comprehensive new SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence study focused on aging Canadians

Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) announces its support for a new SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence study focused on aging Canadians, a population that has been shown to be at greatest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 disease.  This $4 million investment will be carried out by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national platform for research on aging in Canada, led by McMaster University.
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Ensuring Indigenous children have #aHand2Hold

In his new book, Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada, published September 23, Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain revisits the pediatrician-led campaign that fostered a change in Quebec’s longstanding medical evacuation practice, while also using the campaign as a focal point to discuss not only the change that came from it, but also the additional work necessary to ensure equitable health care is accessible to Indigenous populations
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$2M funding to mitigate COVID-19 impact on tuberculosis services

Dr. Madhukar Pai has received two grants, totaling $2M, one to help track disruptions caused by the pandemic on TB services in the private health sector in India, Indonesia and Nigeria and the other to try an integrated approach to tetsing for both COVID-19 and TB in Peru.
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Understanding the psychological trauma related to facial transplantation

Facial transplantation, a novel procedure where the face of a deceased person is transplanted to a facially disfigured patient, is a controversial topic in the field of plastic surgery. A new McGill study provides evidence that patients with severe facial disfigurement are less likely to appreciate the significant risks associated with the procedure, highlighting the importance of informed consent.
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A possible link between cell death and allergic disease

Allergic diseases are widespread, affecting an estimated 30-40% of people around the globe according to the World Allergy Organization. Asthma Canada, for example, notes that allergic asthma has become the number one chronic illness in children in Canada, and is a major cause of their hospitalization. The incidence of allergic disease has been rising for years in industrialized countries, for reasons that are not yet fully understood. A new study from researchers at McGill University, published in Nature Immunology, hopes to shed some light on this question.
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Owning a dog helps individuals maintain their physical fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at McGill University have observed a significant increase in daily exercise among dog owners compared to non-owners. Accordingly, this month the MissionVAV.com Drop 5 Program will focus on helping adults lose the extra pounds gained during the past 6 months.
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Dr. Nada Jabado recognized by UBC

Dr. Nada Jabado is the recipient of the seventh annual Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research for her transformational work in treating childhood brain cancers. Congratulations Dr. Jabado!
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Ten McGillians elected into Canadian Academy of Health Sciences as new Fellows

On September 18, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) announced 77 new Fellows to its ranks, including 10 from McGill. One of the most prestigious honours in the Canadian health sciences community, election to the CAHS recognizes individuals for their leadership in and commitment to their field of expertise. Elections are based on a nominating and peer review process that seeks to recognize those who are marked by a record of substantial accomplishment.
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Brave in the Face of Danger

Dr. Julian Willett, a PhD student in Qualitative Life Sciences shares his experience this past summer using 3D printing to produce PPE for frontline health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.
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