Dr. Evelyn Constantin appointed Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evelyn Constantin to the newly created position of Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Reporting to the Associate Dean, PGME, this appointment came into effect February 29, 2016.
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Faculty Council Presentation & Meeting Minutes

As communicated earlier this month, the newly formed Faculty Council (FC) held its first meeting February 16, 2016. If you were unable to attend the February 16, 2016 meeting, you can view the agenda, presentation and minutes online at any time, as well as submit comments or questions.
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Appointment of Dr. Lesley Fellows as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Lesley Fellows has been appointed to the newly created position of Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. This appointment, reporting to the Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs, is effective as of March 1, 2016.
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Highlights from the February 11, 2016, Board of Governors meeting

Message from the Principal
On February 11, 2016, McGill’s Board of Governors held its third meeting of the 2015-16 governance year. I would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.
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Student vote

The General Assembly of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) recently passed a motion to support the Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign against Israel. That decision has been defeated in a subsequent online ratification process.

The University as an institution has not commented publicly until now out of respect for the student governance process. Students respect our governance processes; we do not interfere with theirs, or their right to put such motions within the context of their affairs.

Now that the online vote is complete, I wish to explain why the University’s administration continues to steadfastly oppose the BDS movement, of which this motion is a part.
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McGill a top Montreal employer

Great benefits, the Staff Fitness Program, Summer Fridays and more helped make McGill A Top Employer for the 8th straight year.
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Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter – March 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletter for March 2016 is now available online!
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McGill Faculty of Medicine researcher to get CFI grant

Two McGill projects have received federal grants through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), including one led by Dr. Shirin Enger of the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Oncology and a researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
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The Neuro enrolls Canada’s first patient in a new clinical trial for the treatment of brain tumours

Dr. Kevin Petrecca, William Feindel Chair in NeuroOncology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University and the MUHC, enrolled and treated Canada’s first patient in a new clinical trial for patients with first or second recurrence of glioblastoma or anaplastic astrocytoma who are undergoing resection.
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Teens test their smarts in the Brain Bee

Fifty students from nine Montreal area high schools will assemble at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro at McGill University on March 15th. They are coming to be quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international contest known as the Brain Bee. The winner will go on to the Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The national winner travels to Denmark for the International Brain Bee.
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Heart attacks could be reduced by rethinking the way we prescribe statins

Millions of people today take statins to help lower their cholesterol level. Currently statins are prescribed to patients based on their future risk of cardiovascular disease – mainly driven by age – which excludes many individuals who may benefit from them. A new study led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, with collaborators from the United-States, is changing the way we think about prescribing statins. The research team has developed a new approach to determine which individuals should receive these important medications. The findings, which are published online in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, could improve prevention of heart disease, especially in younger people.
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“Smart soles” help patients recover from a broken hip

Hip fractures are one of the most common injuries sustained by the elderly population following a fall. This often results in a number of complications, and many patients never fully recover. A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) led by clinician scientist Dr. Suzanne Morin, in partnership with Greybox Solutions Inc., decided to tackle this problem by developing a rehabilitation and e-learning program using a “smart” shoe sole which connects to a tablet to provide remote monitoring and coaching.
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What makes the brain tick so fast?

Surprisingly complex interactions between neurotransmitter receptors and other key proteins help explain the brain’s ability to process information with lightning speed, according to a new study. Scientists at McGill University, working with collaborators at the universities of Oxford and Liverpool, combined experimental techniques to examine fast-acting protein macromolecules, known as AMPA receptors, which are a major player in brain signaling. Their findings are reported online in the journal Neuron.
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Dr. Linda Snell receives 2016 Ian Hart Award

The Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) announced this week that Dr. Linda Snell, a Professor of Medicine at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Core Faculty at the Centre for Medical Education, is the recipient of the 2016 Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education. Established in 1992 in honour of Dr. Ian Hart, founder of CAME, this award recognizes senior faculty who have made an exceptional contribution to medical education throughout their academic career. Congratulations Dr. Snell!
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CRRD Associate Director receives 2016 SSR New Investigator Award

Dr. Sarah Kimmins, Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Reproduction and Development (CRRD) was recently named as the 2016 recipient of the Society for the Study of Reproduction’s (SSR) Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes an active regular member of the Society for outstanding research completed and published within 12 years of receiving their PhD or other equivalent professional degree. Dr. Kimmins has made substantial contributions to the understanding of the epigenetics of reproduction. Congratulations Dr. Kimmins!
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S(t)imulation—a play created by McGill medical students— encourages empathy and an open dialogue about sex, people and the power of ideas

On March 19 and 20, students from the Faculty of Medicine will bring S(t)imulation, a collective theatre piece created and performed by McGill medical students that offers a deeply human perspective on sex, sexuality and the power of ideas to mobilize or divide us, to Theatre Sainte-Catherine (264 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est).
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