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Former principal Dr. Bernard Shapiro has been nominated by the federal government as the first Ethics Commissioner of Canada. He will oversee the existing conflict of interest code for cabinet ministers, as well as a yet-to-be implemented code that will govern all Members of Parliament. Unlike the previous Ethics Counsellor, Shapiro will report to Parliament, rather than the Prime Minister.
The Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Institute of International Education named two McGill students as Goldman Sachs Global Leaders. Clive Chang and David Matthews will receive a $3,000 (US) grant for educational expenses, and have a chance to be selected to participate in the annual Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Institute held July 11 to 15 in New York City, which focuses on leadership and global issues.
Two McGill researchers are lead investigators in projects that have received more than $25 million in funding from Genome Canada. Dr. Barry Posner of McGill's Polypeptide Hormone Laboratory, working with Dr. Marc Prentki of the Université de Montréal, has received $16.2 million to research the genetic basis of type-2 diabetes. Being able to identify carriers of diabetes genes early could lead to preventative measures that could lessen the severity of the progressive disease later in life. Understanding the function of these genes could also lead to more effective treatments.
Dr. Tom Hudson of the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, along with Dr. Brent Zanke of Cancer Care Ontario, received $9.6 million for their research in the genetic components of colorectal cancer. The Assessment of Risk for Colorectal Tumors In Canada, or ARCTIC, program will develop a test to predict people's genetic susceptibility to colon cancer. These projects were part of nationwide funding totalling $123 million that Genome Canada announced April 13.
Professor James W. Fyles, Tomlinson Chair in Forest Ecology, McGill University, has been selected as the next scientific director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network (SFM), supports university-based research sustaining Canada's forests and forestry-dependent communities. They assist Canadian industry to meet international demands for good environmental practices.