Dr. Laurie Snider appointed Associate Dean and Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Laurie Snider to the role of Associate Dean and Director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.
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Joëlle Pineau awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Associate Professor Joëlle Pineau is the recipient of the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. This prestigious award, presented by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, comes in recognition of her research into the use of AI to improve the treatment of cancer and heart disease.
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MIMM Bites – May 2018

MIMM Bites newsletter provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members.
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$1M donation to support autism research powered by open science

Autism spectrum disorder affects a growing number of Canadians. A generous donation from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation will create a new partnership between researchers at The Neuro and the University of British Columbia, who will collaborate to advance drug discovery in ASD in an open science framework.  The aim of the donation is to help scientists generate ASD research data that will be shared globally.
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Big man on campus

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, starting offensive guard for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, stands in front of the Arts Building and fields questions from the media in both official languages. Hours ago, the 6’5”, 325-pound giant strode across the stage during the Health Sciences Convocation ceremony, collected a bear hug from Principal Suzanne Fortier and accepted his degree in medicine – Medicinae Doctor et Chirurgiae Magister to be exact, or doctor of medicine and master of surgery. He is the first active player in NFL history to earn a degree in medicine.
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The secret to longevity is in the microbiome and the gut

You are what you eat. Or so the saying goes. Science now tells us that we are what the bacteria living in our intestinal tract eat and this could have an influence on how well we age. Building on this, McGill University scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies’ longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging. The study, published in Scientific Reports, adds to a growing body of evidence of the influence that gut bacteria can have on health.
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Pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain

Pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain and may play a role in the depression that often accompanies it, according to a study from the NIH’s Intramural Research Program and McGill University. Although the study, published in the journal Pain, was conducted in rats, and the results of animal studies may not be directly applicable to people, the findings provide new insights into how the brain may respond to pain and opioids.
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Brenda Milner honoured by Montreal and Quebec

Brenda Milner has collected her share of awards, prizes, honourary degrees and other recognitions throughout her amazing career, but there is something special about being recognized with top honours from the city and province she has called home since 1944, all within one week. Congratulations Dr. Milner!
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Dr. Donald Sheppard inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation

Dr. Donald Sheppard, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and a scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, was the only Canadian among 78 physician-scientists inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2018. The induction ceremony and dinner were held on April 20 at the Fairmont Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the combined annual gathering of the ASCI, the Association of American Physicians and the American Physician Scientists Association. Congratulations Dr. Sheppard!
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ACE program helps students navigate med school

Let’s face it: starting medical school can be quite an overwhelming experience. The McGill Medical Students’ Society’s ACE (Ambassadors for Comprehensive Education) program aims to ease the transition by offering new medical students a helping hand to navigate through medical school.
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