Dr. Leon Tourian appointed Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Leon Tourian to the position of Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Tourian replaces Dr. Evelyn Constantin, who has held the role since 2016.
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Marie-Hélène Thibault named to the position of Staffing Advisor (Recruiter)

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Marie-Hélène Thibault to the position of Staffing Advisor (Recruiter), joining our recruitment team in the Faculty of Medicine. The appointment is effective immediately.
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In memoriam: Dr. F. Clarke Fraser (1920-2014)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of a McGill legend, Dr. F. Clarke Fraser, at the age of 94. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, and raised in Nova Scotia, Dr. Frank Clarke Fraser was a visionary in human genetics, teratology and genetic counseling, who made history in the 1950s as the country’s premier medical geneticist. He was an iconic figure in Canadian medicine, as well as a biomedical pioneer, a fine teacher, and an outstanding scientist.
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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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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter – March 2021

We are pleased to announce that the March 2021 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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PALLIATIVE CARE in Action – December 2020

: The Council on Palliative care has recently introduced its new digital newsletter entitled PALLIATIVE CARE in Action highlighting articles of interest to the public and events put on by the Council or others in the field of palliative care.
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Looking back at McGill’s first graduate – and the first doctor trained in Canada

During this special convocation for the Bicentennial Class of 2021, we look back at the story of McGill’s (and the Faculty’s) very first grad, William Logie, who, like this year’s grads, trained during a deadly epidemic – Montreal’s devastating  cholera outbreak of 1832.
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Exploring the evolution of the Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp

The Indigenous Health Professions Program’s Bicentennial panel event on May 13 celebrated the rich grassroots heritage of the Indigenous-led summer health and science camp for Indigenous teens. 2021’s virtual kit-based camp kicks off this month.
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Mothers of anaesthesia: Dr. Enid Johnson and Dr. Kay Belton

These two McGill anaesthetists were instrumental in advancing the new speciality in the 1940s in a male-dominated medical landscape, Dr. Johnson in general surgery and Dr. Belton in paediatrics. They went on to be leaders in the field in Canada and the US, advocating for their patients – and for women in medicine.
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Catching the virus… BEFORE symptoms appear

In preparation of the appearance of new COVID-19 variants requiring testing and retesting, the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) deploys a non-invasive and cost-effective COVID saliva test.
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Making sense of Quebec’s COVID-19 data

Dr. Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, and colleagues, with support from the MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding program, are building a mathematical model to crunch government COVID-19 numbers to shine a light on real time transmission rates and provide short-term forecasts about hospitalizations, new cases and mortality.
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Funding basic science research is crucial to our coronavirus pandemic responses

In his latest article in The Conversation, Dr. John Bergeron highlights the important role that fundamental, basic science plays in efforts to end viral outbreaks, including the current coronavirus pandemic, as well as the importance of maintaining funding in the country for this work.
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INESSS honours McGill team for contributions to pandemic hospital projections

The INESSS (Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux) Board of Directors adopted a motion in late January to recognize Dr. David Buckeridge, Dr. Mathieu Maheu-Giroux and their collaborators from McGill University for “their invaluable contribution to the hospital projections that INESSS publishes every week, in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, in support of government and ministerial authorities, as well as to managers of the health and social services network.”
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Annmarie Adams awarded the President’s Medal for Media in Architecture from the RAIC

Annmarie Adams, the Stevenson Chair in the History and Philosophy of Science, including Medicine, has been named as one of two recipients of the 2017 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture given by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The award recognizes storytelling about buildings and cities that promotes understanding of architecture and the role of architects in the daily lives of Canadians. Congratulations Prof. Adams!
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