Dr. Gotlieb and Dr. Zeng appointed Co-leads for the Gynecological Disease Site Team of the Rossy Cancer Network

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Walter Gotlieb and Dr. Xing ‘Ziggy’ Zeng as the Co-leads for the new Gynecological Disease Site Team of the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN).
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In memoriam: Theodore L. Sourkes (1919 – 2015)

It is with much sadness that the McGill Faculty of Medicine communicates the loss of an outstanding colleague and one of McGill’s best, Professor Emeritus Theodore L. Sourkes, who passed away January 17, 2015 at age 96. Dr. Sourkes was an accomplished scholar, an expert scientist and a ground-breaking researcher, with countless contributions, who leaves behind an important legacy.
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In memoriam: Dr. Lloyd D. MacLean (1924-2015)

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr. Lloyd Douglas MacLean passed away peacefully on the morning of January 14, 2015 at the age of 90.
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More cuts coming, but it could have been worse

Thanks to a prudent approach, McGill is well-positioned to face a challenging year, Masi tells Senate.
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The Princess Royal visits McGill

Greeted by Principal Suzanne Fortier and Stuart Cobbett, Chair of the McGill Board of Governors, and Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, spent the majority of her brief visit to McGill speaking with 30 students…
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Now’s the time to nominate your medical hero – deadline: June 29!

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame invites you to nominate someone, living or posthumous, whose contributions to medicine and the health sciences have led to extraordinary improvements in human health.
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Oncology for Practicing Physicians online course

The Continuing Health Professional Education Office of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, together with McGill oncologists, has designed and developed a comprehensive, online, accredited course entitled Oncology for Practicing Physicians.
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Two giants of medicine receive honorary degrees during McGill/MUHC Medical Symposium

McGill University presented honorary degrees to two giants of medicine during a medical symposium held jointly with the McGill University Health Centre in celebration of the opening of the Glen site. Dr. Jonathan Meakins, one of the most distinguished surgical leaders in the history of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. James C. Hogg, widely recognized as the world’s leading authority on the pathology of chronic obstructive lung disease, were honoured during the symposium, held on Friday, March 27, at Centre Mont-Royal.
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Using patients’ own cells to accelerate research into neurological disease

A patient’s very own skin cells may hold the key to new treatments and even cures for devastating neurological diseases. A generous $1 million donation from Mr. J. Sebastian van Berkom, and critical partnerships with Brain Canada, Laval University, Marigold Foundation and the FRQS-Réseau Parkinson Quebec are driving an innovative, iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell) research platform that will transform research into Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.
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World TB Day @ McGill

Each year on March 24, the world observes World TB Day. TB is one of the world’s top health challenges with 9 million new TB cases and the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year. World TB Day is an occasion to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress towards eliminating TB as a public health problem. Read more ►
 

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Domestic violence deters contraception

Domestic violence takes many forms. The control of a woman’s reproductive choices by her partner is one of them. A major study published in PLOS One, led by McGill PhD student Lauren Maxwell, showed that women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counselling.
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Study provides new understanding of drug effects

A new study led by researchers in the labs of Terry Hébert and Stéphane Laporte at McGill University in Montreal, challenges our notion of what certain drugs do by examining the interactions between drugs targeting two different receptor molecules in vascular smooth muscle – both of which are important in the control of blood pressure and the development of hypertension, a common problem facing many Canadians. The findings were reported in the January 30th issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
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DNA test slashes wait times for tuberculosis diagnosis in Iqaluit

Tuberculosis continues to be a significant public health concern in Canada’s North, where testing for TB takes far longer than in the country’s major centres. A paper just published by Ottawa and tuberculosisMontreal researchers, in CHEST Journal, shows that the wait times before treating this infectious disease in Nunavut can be dramatically reduced by using a new technology — right in Iqaluit — that quickly provides accurate results.
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Masahiro Morita receives the McGill MedStar Award

Masahiro Morita, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Nahum Sonenberg’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry, has received the McGill MedStar Award. His award-winning article “mTORC1 Controls Mitochondrial Activity and Biogenesis through 4E-BP-Dependent Translational Regulation” was published in Cell Metabolism. Congratulations Masahiro!
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McGill’s Brian Chen among winners of NIH’s Follow that Cell Challenge phase 1

On Monday, March 16, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the 16 finalists for its Follow that Cell Challenge, among them, the Faculty of Medicine’s Dr. Brian Chen, who is also one of five winners for the first phase of the challenge.

Congratulations Dr. Chen!
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McGill’s Claudie Dandurand Bolduc elected President of the Regroupement étudiant de l’Association Médicale du Québec

Second-year McGill medical student, Claudie Dandurand Bolduc has been elected as the next President of the Regroupement étudiant de l’Association Médicale du Québec, which in turn makes her a voting board member of the Quebec Medical Association (QMA).

Congratulations Claudie!
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