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Applauding McGill Researchers

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Pascal Hubert, Vahid Mirjalili and Loleï Khoun of the Faculty of Engineering with a few of the better-known examples of products made with sophisticated composite materials.
Owen Egan

Members of Canada's research community and other special guests of the University gathered at the Montreal Science Centre in the city's Old Port for Applause 2008, a gala evening to laud the achievements of McGill researchers in 2007 that also offered a first-hand look at some of the most exciting ongoing or recently completed McGill research projects.

"We are gathered here to celebrate you in particular this evening," McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum told the researchers in the audience. "Your reputation, your commitment to high standards of excellence — everything that you do to bring the product of your scholarship and research to bear in the teaching of our extraordinary students brings luster to McGill."

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Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations Denis Thérien lauded McGill’s 2007 major prize and award winners.
Owen Egan

Munroe-Blum highlighted the importance of occasionally calling attention to the accolades the University regularly garners. "We celebrate our successes too rarely," she said.

Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations Denis Thérien concurred, while stressing the fundamental importance of research at McGill.

"It is essential to remind ourselves at regular intervals about the things we have to celebrate," Thérien said. "This is the core business of McGill University... to change the world."

The evening's keynote speaker, McGill professor and former Canadian Prime Minister the Right Honourable Joe Clark, congratulated McGill's researchers on their groundbreaking work while urging them to look beyond their actual accomplishments to the benefits they may bring to people the world over.

"I want to take the opportunity tonight, respectfully, to make the case for working on consequences too, so your discoveries might have the maximum positive impact," he said.

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Engineering professor Nathalie Tufenkji (centre) with researchers Robert Delatolla (right) and Irwin Adam Eydelnant (left) and their respective research projects on biofilms and how a cranberry-derived compound can prevent the attachment of bacteria to the surface of biomaterials.
Owen Egan


Honouring McGill's Finest

Applause 2008 honoured the McGill researchers who won prizes and awards in 2007. Vice-Principal, Research and International Relations Denis Thérien, who explained the significance of each honour, lauded the following researchers. Those in attendance were called to the stage, where they were congratulated by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum.

THE KILLAM PRIZE

Professor Patrick Selvadurai (Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics)
Professor Roderick Macdonald (Law)

TEMPLETON PRIZE

Emeritus Professor Charles Taylor (Philosophy)

SLOAN FELLOWSHIPS

Professor Mathieu Blanchette (Computer Science)
Professor Aashish Clerk (Physics)
Professor Patrick Hayden (Computer Science)
Professor Jacques Verstraete (Mathematics)

Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Award

Professor Michael B. Reed (Medicine)

THE SSHRC GOLD MEDAL FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN RESEARCH

Emeritus Professor Margaret Lock (Social Studies)

Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS)

Professor Victoria Kaspi (Physics)
Professor Don Smith (Plant Science)
Dr. Edith Hamel (Neurology and Neurosurgery)
Marie-Ève Brault (Anatomy and Cell Biology Doctoral Student)

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA MEDALS

Rutherford Memorial Medal:
Professor Victoria Kaspi (Physics)

Sir John William Dawson Medal:
Professor Roderick Macdonald (Law)

ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA FELLOWSHIP

Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences:
Professor Hong Guo (Physics)

Division of Life Sciences:
Professor Michael J. Meaney (Psychiatry)
Professor Morag Park (Medicine)

Division of Applied Science and Engineering:
Professor A. Patrick S. Selvadurai (Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics)

Division of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences:
Professor Isztar I. Zawadzki (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)

KNIGHT OF THE NATIONAL ORDER OF QUEBEC

Professor Michael J. Meaney (Psychiatry)

NCE YOUNG INNOVATOR AWARDS

James Ford (Geography)

ORDER OF CANADA

Dr. Margaret Becklake (Medicine)
Professor Armand de Mestral (Law)

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Dr. Michael Petrides (Neurology and Neurosurgery)

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Researchers Tamara Bar-Magen and Patricia Ndumbi of the Faculty of Medicine work with Dr. Mark Wainberg on his HIV studies. At Applause, they used coloured balls to indicate virus population variations, including the resistance to drugs, before and after drug treatment.
Owen Egan

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Former Prime Minister and current McGill professor the Right Honourable Joe Clark was the keynote speaker at Applause 2008 as the University celebrated excellence in research.
Owen Egan

Research on the cutting edge

A total of 26 emerging projects from 11 different disciplines were on display at Applause 2008:

MEDICINE

Sofi Julien, Michel Tremblay — Role of PTP1B in Breast Tumorigenesis

Rob Sladek, Constantin Polychronakos — Exploring the Genome for Genes Predisposing to Type 2 Diabetes

Seang Lin Tan, Hananel Holzer, Jack Huang — New Option for Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients — First Pregnancies and Births Resulting from Vitrified Thawed In-Vitro Matured oocytes

Philippe Gros — Mutations in VANGL1 Associated with Neural Tube Defects (Spina Bifida)

Alan Evans — NIH-MRI Study of Pediatric Brain Development

Thomas Duchaine, Nahum Sonenberg, Geraldine Mathonnet, Marc Favian — Inhibition of Translation Initiation by MicroRNAs In Vitro

Mark Baldwin, Jens Pruessner — Why Stress is Bad for Your Brain

Mark Wainberg — Translational Studies on HIV: From Basic Science to Drug Development and Drug Resistance

Michael Pollack — Insulin and Insulin-Like Growth Factors in Cancer Biology.

DENTISTRY

Jake Barralet — Low Temperature Bone Graft Printing

SCIENCE

David Burns — Metabolomics in Reproductive Medicine

Bruno Tremblay — An Ice-Free Arctic?

Paul Lasko — Germ Cell Specification in Fruit Flies

James Ford — Helping Canadians Respond to Climate Change

ARTS

Jody Heymann — World Global Data Centre: Research to Understand How Social Policies Impact the Health, Well-Being, and Equity of Populations

Robert Wisnovsky, Jamil Ragep — The Rational Sciences in Islam

AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Vilceau Bordignon — Cloning of Pigs for Biomedical Research

Roger Prichard — Control of River Blindness Under Threat: Tools to Monitor Drug Resistance

EDUCATION

Susanne Lajoie — Technology Enhanced Learning: Cognitive Tools for Developing Competence

ENGINEERING

Vincent Hayward — Physically and Perceptually Based Haptics

Pascal Hubert — Advanced Composite Materials for Structures and Devices

Nathalie Tufenkji — Biocolloid—Surface Interactions in Environmental and Biomedical Systems

LAW

Frédéric Mégret — Resisting Oppression: Civil Disobedience, Armed Rebellion and International Law

MANAGEMENT

Laurette Dube — A Brain-to-Society Systems Model of Motivated Choice: Mapping the Biology-Behaviour-Society Pathways to Promote Adaptive Eating in a World of Plenty

RELIGION

Ellen Aitken, Daniel Cere, Douglas Farrow, Gaelle Fiasse, Torrance Kirby, Arvind Sharma, Davesh Soneji, Katherine Young — Religion, Politics, and Society

MUSIC

Marcelo Wanderley — The "T-stick": A Digital Musical Instrument