Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman appointed Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, to the role of Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Kimmelman has been ably serving in this role as Interim Director since 2015.
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In memoriam: Dr. Hervé Le Moual (1959-2018)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of Dr. Hervé Le Moual on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Hervé spent 17 years at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University. He will be remembered as a scholar in the truest sense of the word: he was a passionate scientist, a wonderful colleague, a dedicated teacher and an excellent mentor and coach of his trainees. He will be greatly missed by the McGill and whole Montreal scientific community.
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In memoriam: Dr. Fiona Key (1946-2018)

It is with great sadness that we learned that our colleague and friend Dr. Fiona Key left us on March 4. Fiona was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) in 1976 as a trained pediatrician for her fellowship in Pediatrics. At the MCH she came in contact with the field of Child Psychiatry and decided to change career plans. Fiona was a rock of the Department of Psychiatry at the MCH for 40 years, where she served patients and their families with passion and dedication. She was a role model until the end and will be missed.
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Highlights from the February 15, 2018, Board of Governors meeting

On February 15, 2018, McGill’s Board of Governors held its third meeting of the 2017-2018 governance year. I would like to share with you the meeting’s important discussions, decisions and developments.

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Registration for Focus Groups

This is a reminder that registration opened at 9 a.m. today for the five focus group meetings we’ve organized to help you connect with the Principal’s Task Force on Respect and Inclusion in Campus Life. Spaces, available on a first-come, first-served basis, are limited to 20 per group (with 15 spaces reserved in each for students) to ensure the groups can engage in frank, meaningful communication behind closed doors.
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Highlights from the December 12, 2017, Board of Governors meeting

On December 12, 2017, McGill’s Board of Governors held its second meeting of the 2017-18 governance year. The full minutes from the open session, and a summary of items dealt with during the closed session, will be available following Board approval in February.
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Department of Medicine Newsletter “Vital Signs” – March 2018

We are pleased to provide you with the March 2018 edition of Vital Signs, the McGill University Department of Medicine newsletter, published four times a year.
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In conversation with Kalyna Franko, speech-language pathologist

The latest video in the Neuro XXceptional series features Kalyna Franko, a speech-language pathologist at The Neuro, discussing her role, the inspiration she derives from patients and colleagues, and her life-long fascination with language, psychology and the brain.
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Practice makes perfect

Last month, over 50 healthcare professionals from the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) were involved in a pediatric emergency medicine simulation involving a “10/10”, the most severe state of trauma seen in the Emergency Department (ED). Of the 50 professionals, about 20 participated in the simulation while 30 others watched via live video stream from the Research Institute Auditorium. The exercise was developed and organized by a team under the direction of Dr. Ilana Bank, Pediatric Emergency Medicine specialist and Director of the MCH Simulation Program.
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Madhukar Pai: TB and global health expert

Get to know Dr. Madhukar Pai in this interview appearing in the BMJ. Holding a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and Global Health at McGill, where he is also Director of Global Health Programmes, Dr. Pai is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. A graduate of UC-Berkeley, where he was recently named as one of the 75 most influential alumni of the School of Public Health.
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Use of certain diabetes drugs may be linked to increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are a relatively new type of diabetes drug that lower high blood sugar levels. They are usually prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes who have not responded well to other drugs. They work by blocking the DPP-4 enzyme that is involved in the body’s inflammatory response and regulates gut hormones. Dr. Laurent Azoulay, of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology at the Lady Davis Institute, led a team that set out to assess whether the use of DPP-4 inhibitors is associated with inflammatory bowel disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.
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Tackling adherence to treatment on several fronts

Learning to become self-sufficient and responsible is part of life’s journey through the teen and young adult years. Mistakes are often made, and lessons are learned. However, for young kidney-graft patients, any mistake or failure in keeping to their strict immunosuppressive therapy can lead to tragic results. In fact, low-adherence to medication remains a major contributor to the high level of organ rejection in this age group.
Transplant specialists and researchers from eight leading pediatric medical centres across Canada and the United States have united to help make a difference.
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Workplace wellness programs yield positive effects for Canadian employees

Employee wellness programs in the workplace have been shown to work with some success in the United States, particularly when participation is tied to substantial incentives like a reduction in health insurance premiums for participating employees. When it comes to comparable initiatives in Canada, as a result of the publicly-funded health care system, incentives for an employer and their employees to participate in such programs are primarily focused on the goal of becoming healthier with the availability of these programs few and far between despite evidence showing their effectiveness. Now, following the evaluation of a yearlong workplace wellness program, a new paper published by researchers from McGill University in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine highlights the benefits of such programs for Canadians.
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Dr. Carlos Morales honoured by Argentina

On December 7, 2017 Dr. Carlos Morales, Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine was honoured with the “Mención de Honor Senador Domingo Faustino Sarmiento,” the highest recognition of the Honorable Senate of Argentina awarded to a person involved in sports, cultural, professional and/or academic activities for his entrepreneurial work aimed at improving the quality of life of his fellows, institutions and communities. Congratulations Dr. Morales!
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Dr. Eduardo Franco receives honorary doctorate from University Fernando Pessoa

On March 16, Dr. Eduardo Franco, Chair of the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology at McGill University, was in Porto, Portugal to receive an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) from the University Fernando Pessoa. In his acceptance speech he thanked McGill as a home that provided him for 28 years with the intellectual shelter and nurturing support that allowed him to devote his time to research, teaching, and service. Congratulations Dr. Franco!
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Physical and Occupational Therapy students develop toolkit to manage PTSD

Spotting PTSD is an evidence-informed toolkit for the prevention and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in first and emergency responders. The creation of the toolkit first began as a student-initiated master’s project and became a passion and clinical foundation for several team members.
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