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Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin to retire from Supreme Court of Canada

Tough on litigators who prattle on, famously reserved in person, McLachlin has a plain-speaking, often wry style in court. Yet those who know her speak of her easy laugh. McGill University law professor Daniel Jutras, who worked as her executive legal officer for three years, said McLachlin deals with stress by resorting to humour and was an impressive champion for the Canadian charter, Canadian judges and the independence of the judiciary abroad....

Published: 14 Jun 2017

Essential medicines require essential diagnostics

"In a welcome development, 40 years after publishing the first Essential Medicines List (EML), WHO is poised to begin the development of an Essential Diagnostics List (EDL). An EDL should help amplify the impact of the EML. After all, patients need access to both diagnosis and treatment." Op-ed by Dr. Madhukar Pai, Professor & Director of Global Health, McGill University...

Published: 13 Jun 2017

Former prime minister Paul Martin receives McGill University honorary degree

Jamie Orchard speaks to Paul Martin after McGill University awarded the former prime minister an honorary doctorate recognizing his work after politics. Find out more: Global News

Published: 13 Jun 2017

Better treatment for brain injury patients

Neuronavigation allows more accurate catheter placements, less surgical complications

Traumatic brain injury is a life-threatening condition that requires fast and accurate intervention. A protocol for a new tool developed by Medtronic Navigation with the help of researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is allowing surgeons to deliver better care than ever.

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Published: 13 Jun 2017

Dr. Eric Latimer awarded 2017 Royal College - McLaughlin Gallie Visiting Professorship

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Latimer who was awarded the 2017 Royal College McLaughlin Gallie Visiting Professorship.

To read more, please visit (Profs from the UK & Montreal net 2017 visiting professorships) or (Des enseignants du R.-U. et de Montréal parmi les professeurs invités de 2017).

Published: 13 Jun 2017

Data visualization experts say search trend maps are mostly bunk

To Andrew Piper, a professor and director of the .txtLAB at McGill University in Montreal, that's another potential pitfall and danger of data visualizations like these: People read a lot into it. "Just picking the top [word] isn't a good way of representing what comes across as really important semantic implications," he said. "Are people googling 'pneumonia' because it's raining in BC? We have no idea."

Read more: Motherboard

Published: 9 Jun 2017

Quebec’s strategy on electric vehicles is too expensive, Ecofiscal says

Still, Ecofiscal chairman Chris Ragan – an economist at McGill University – said future governments should raise the levy significantly after 2022, and could offset the impact of a higher carbon levy by lowering other taxes. “It would be a very bad outcome if the price peaked out at $50 in 2022 and everything else is done by complementary policies,” he said in an interview.

Published: 8 Jun 2017

Douglas Institute and McGill Psychiatry Student Research Day Award Winners

Douglas Institute Students

Oral Presentations:

1st (Prix d'excellence du FRQ-S): Scott Bell (Dr. Carl Ernst's lab)

2nd: Chloé Nobis (Dr. Nicolas Cermakian's lab)

3rd: Santiago Cuesta (Cecilia Flores' lab)

 

Poster Presentations:

1st: Abdelhalim Elsiekh (Dr. Natasha Rajah's lab)

2nd: Lauren Reynolds (Dr. Cecilia Flores' lab)

 

McGill Graduate Psychiatry Students:

Oral Presentations:

Published: 7 Jun 2017

Breaking down the myths of health-care management

Health care is about serving people. Yet it is being managed badly, with serious consequences to patients, argues celebrated McGill University management professor Henry Mintzberg. He calls it an epidemic: Managing without soul, which is common in organizations throughout society, including health.

Read more: The Globe and Mail

Published: 7 Jun 2017

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Much work to be done to improve diagnosis and treatment

When NHL star player Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion during a game in May – the fourth concussion of his career – the news made nationwide headlines. A few years earlier, a concussion had kept the Pittsburgh Penguins star off the ice for ten months.

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Published: 7 Jun 2017

Emotional convocation for McGill law grad who escaped Rwandan genocide

Moses Gashirabake is a confident, distinguished, sharply dressed 28-year-old who is normally completely composed. But after his convocation ceremony at McGill University, with degrees in both civil and common law in his hands, he spotted Rosemarie Schade making her way toward him for a hug and was simply overwhelmed with emotion. "Over and above being my professor, she ended up being my international mother," Gashirabake said, as he searched for a tissue to wipe away his unexpected tears.

Published: 6 Jun 2017

Opinion: McGill can help retail sector thrive amid change

Overall, there is a wealth of expertise in retailing at McGill to draw from, a vibrant history in Montreal to build upon, and definitely a very bright future to shape.

Op-ed by Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

Read more: Montreal Gazette

Published: 5 Jun 2017

Bizarre black holes revealed by new space-time ripples

“The universe still contains mysteries,” says astrophysicist Daryl Haggardof McGill University. “We thought we were walking through the world knowing how black holes happened, and now we’re seeing that there’s some real discovery space here.”

Read more: National Geographic

Published: 2 Jun 2017

ALS – Fostering awareness of a devastating disease

ALS takes away the patient’s motor functions one at a time, and the progress of finding effective drugs to counter its insidious effects has been slow. June is ALS Month, a good time to update the public on the latest developments in ALS research taking place at The Neuro.

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) is recognized as a leading Canadian centre for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as well as for its care of ALS patients.

Published: 2 Jun 2017

Montreal surgeon 1st in North America to use augmented reality technology on sinus patients

A surgeon at Montreal's McGill University Health Centre is breaking ground by using a new medical technology — augmented reality — for sinus operations. Read more: CBC News

Published: 1 Jun 2017

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