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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Microbiology and Immunology Department Newsletter – February 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Microbiology and Immunology Department Newsletter for February 2014 is now available online!
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François Béland: “Aging and Health Care Spending: Evidence-Based?”

Attend a seminar March 1st held by the Institute for Health and Social Policy as part of their 2011-2012 Speaker Series, “Healthier Societies.”
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Breaking from tradition in medical education architecture

The field of medical education broke with tradition after World War II, looking outside of itself to “far-reaching and even radical cultural reference points” to signal the field’s modernist rise in global importance, argued Dr. Annmarie Adams, Chair of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, to a full house last Thursday. “The built environment can reveal much about the unwritten priorities of medicine,” Adams told some 50 attendees of last week’s Medical Education Rounds, an ongoing series of talks co-hosted by McGill’s Centre for Medical Education and the Faculty Development Office. The Stevenson Chair in the Philosophy and History of Science, Adams’s presentation stemmed from her contribution to a proposed book, Medical Education: A History in 20 Case Studies, edited by Delia Gavrus and Susan Lamb, about the global history of medical education.
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Telemachus mentoring program offers faculty a helping hand

“It’s well-known that informal mentorship is best, but it’s not always easy to access,” says Dr. Fellows. “In fact the people who need mentorship the most have the hardest time accessing it. This is particularly true for women and other groups underrepresented in higher academic ranks in the Faculty.” She conducted a focus group and literature review and concluded that formal mentorship was the best approach for the Faculty. She adds that this program isn’t meant to replace traditional mentoring within individual departments, which remains crucial, but to augment it.
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New mechanism detected in Alzheimer’s disease

McGill University researchers have discovered a cellular mechanism that may contribute to the breakdown of communication between neurons in Alzheimer’s disease. Their study, published in Nature Communications, homes in on the role of RNA molecules involved in synaptic transmission –- the process through which neurons communicate with each other. In the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients, the RNAs that encode synaptic proteins are degraded more rapidly than in healthy brain cells, the researchers found.
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Rapid eye movement sleep: keystone of memory formation

For decades, scientists have fiercely debated whether rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase where dreams appear – is directly involved in memory formation. Now, a study published in Science by researchers at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (McGill University) and the University of Bern provides evidence that REM sleep does, indeed, play this role – at least in mice.
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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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McGill medical student receives Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award

Third-year McGill medical student Annick Gauthier has been awarded the Susan and Ron Flam Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award in honour of Dr. David McCready. Congratulations Annick!
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