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Spotlight on Dr. Simon Young

In this week’s  Spotlight, we would like to highlight Dr. Simon Young who will be setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement as Emeritus Professor after 42 years with the McGill Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Young began his productive McGill career in 1971 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow.  He was appointed an Assistant Professor in 1975 and Full Professor in 1987. He has made exceptional contributions to research, teaching and administration, authoring approximately 230 referred papers and over 50 editorials and comments.

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Published: 9 Dec 2013

McGill salutes the memory of Nelson Mandela

On behalf of the McGill University community, H. Arnold Steinberg, Chancellor, and Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, extend condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa, including McGill’s South African staff and students.

Published: 6 Dec 2013

McGill welcomes the official creation of the MESRST

L’Université McGill se réjouit de l’adoption aujourd’hui de la loi sur le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie (MESRST), qui permet la création officielle du ministère.

Published: 5 Dec 2013

Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunami

The devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone.

Published: 5 Dec 2013

Dads: how important are they?

Even with today’s technology, it still takes both a male and a female to make a baby. But is it important for both parents to raise that child? Many studies have outlined the value of a mother, but few have clearly defined the importance of a father, until now. New findings from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) show that the absence of a father during critical growth periods, leads to impaired social and behavioural abilities in adults. This research, which was conducted using mice, was published today in the journal Cerebral Cortex. It is the first study to link father absenteeism with social attributes and to correlate these with physical changes in the brain.

Published: 4 Dec 2013

Target identified for a public health risk parasite

In the developing world, Cryptosporidium parvum has long been the scourge of freshwater. A decade ago, it announced its presence in the United States, infecting over 400,000 people – the largest waterborne-disease outbreak in the county’s history. Its rapid ability to spread, combined with an incredible resilience to water decontamination techniques, such as chlorination, led the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United Sates to add C. parvum to its list of public bioterrorism agents. Currently, there are no reliable treatments for cryptosporidiosis, the disease caused by C. parvum, but that may be about to change with the identification of a target molecule by investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

Published: 28 Nov 2013

Douglas-Based Research Team Obtains $1.5 Million to Study a New Method of Neuronal Communication

Salah El Mestikawy, PhD, a researcher at The Douglas Institute, along with his research team, have received $1.5 million to explore the dual signalling capacity of neurons. This research grant is one of five new Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) grants awarded by Brain Canada with funds from the Canada Brain Research Fund and Partners.

Published: 27 Nov 2013

Two Douglas psychiatrists honoured by the Verdun community

Mimi Israël, MD, and Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD received a 2013 “Coup de chapeau verdunois” for their commitment as first-line psychiatrists. The awards were handed out by Roger Cadieux, President of the Forum économique de Verdun, during a recognition ceremony on the evening of November 27.

This award recognizes the involvement of Verdun residents and employees.

Published: 27 Nov 2013

Detecting Twitter users’ gender, en français

With 230 million users, Twitter has become a global force in social media.  And not just in English.

Published: 27 Nov 2013

A brain reward gene influences food choices

Research has suggested that a particular gene in the brain’s reward system contributes to overeating and obesity in adults. This same variant has now been linked to childhood obesity and tasty food choices, particularly for girls, according to a new study by Dr. Patricia Silveira and Prof. Michael Meaney of McGill University and Dr. Robert Levitan of the University of Toronto.

Published: 26 Nov 2013

Spotlight on Dr. Rimma Orenman

In this week’s Spotlight, we would like to welcome Dr. Rimma Orenman as a new member of our department.

Dr. Orenman has been appointed as a full-time faculty lecturer who will be joining the DMHUI Great North Mental Health Program, serving the mental health needs of the Nunavik population through the Réseau Universitaire Intégré en Sante (RUIS McGill) program. Dr. Orenman completed her residency at McGill and has a background in anthropology.

Published: 25 Nov 2013

Anne Applebaum wins 2013 Cundill Prize

A fascinating account of the raising of the Iron Curtain in post-WWII Europe has captured the world’s most lucrative prize for historical literature.

Published: 21 Nov 2013