Chantal Thomas appointed Managing Director, Development, Faculty of Medicine

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chantal Thomas as Managing Director, Development, in the Faculty of Medicine, effective September 5, 2017.
Chantal brings a wealth of experience to the position as she has been working in advancement leadership roles at the Université de Montréal since 1991, including their most senior role, Executive Director, Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
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Dr. Francis Girard appointed Associate Director, AEC 10, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Francis Girard, PhD, to the position of Associate Director, Administrative Excellence Centre (AEC) 10, encompassing the Departments of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology within the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Girard takes over from Interim Associate Director Maria Isabel Ramirez, effective August 29, 2017.
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year

Message from the principal:

The nearly 200 international flags that currently line Sherbrooke Street as part of “La Balade pour la Paix” are a perfect symbol for a university and a city that celebrate and embrace diversity. More than 45,000 people study and work on our downtown and Macdonald campuses. You come to McGill from across Quebec, Canada and the world. I would like to welcome all of you to an academic year that is sure to be filled with great ideas, exciting projects and boundless energy.
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Happy 99th birthday, Dr. Milner!

The Montreal Neurological Institute celebrated some important birthdays recently, including the unstoppable Dr. Brenda Milner, a renowned neuropsychologist, who turned 99, Dr. Hanna Pappius, 92, and Dr. Gilles Bertrand, 93. Happy Birthday!
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McGill’s Leila Zahabi on new dementia-related pilot project

In the latest episode of the CIUSSS podcast “Your Health,” Leila Zahabi, Education Manager for the Steinberg Centre for Simulation & Interactive Learning, talks about the “Dementia Education Workshop for Family Caregivers,” a pilot project that will launch in September.
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This year, let’s ensure students’ mental health isn’t their top worry

In his most recent HuffPost opinion piece, Dr. Rob Whitley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, offers the timely reminder that a new academic year is both exciting and stressful for many young peopled. Dr. Whitley shares insights on how individuals and the community-at-large within a student’s network can help promote and support mental health during the upcoming semester.
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George Eli Armstrong’s burning curiosity

A noted innovator in an era of rapid change, former McGill University Dean of Medicine Dr. George Eli Armstrong is credited with being the first in Montreal to champion two revolutionary medical practices at the turn of the last century: radium and endotracheal anaesthesia.
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Proliferating drug trials pose pitfalls for doctors and patients

In a Viewpoint article published online this week in JAMA, researchers from McGill University in Montreal and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York caution that researchers, physicians, and regulators may be overestimating the value of many new drugs because they fail to consider all the evidence available to them.
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Eating protein three times a day could make our seniors stronger

Loss of muscle is an inevitable consequence of aging that can lead to frailty, falls or mobility problems. Eating enough protein is one way to remedy it, but it would seem that spreading protein equally among the three daily meals could be linked to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly. These are the findings of a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in collaboration with l’Université de Sherbrooke and l’Université de Montréal.
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Dr. Eduardo Franco receives the Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research

Dr. Eduardo Franco, James McGill Professor and Chair of the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research, given by the University of British Columbia (UBC). Congratulations Dr. Franco!
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August winner of the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award

Claire Gizowski, a PhD student in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, is the award winner of the Fonds Santé, one of the three Fonds awards of the Fonds de recherche du Québec.

Congratulations Claire!
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Medicine welcomes new Global Health fellows

The Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship has announced its 2017 cohort. Over the next year, Shaun Cleaver and Wenhua Wang will be tackling, respectively, the impact of social policy on disabled individuals in Zambia and primary health care evaluation in China. Their fellowships begin in September.
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