On June 8, 2011, the Faculty of Medicine and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University presented a formal letter to the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), confirming in writing the long-standing arrangement for the supervision of the Faculty's graduate students at the IRCM. This opportunity will now be extended to postdoctoral education.
"We are pleased to announce the official acknowledgement of our agreement with McGill University and its Faculty of Medicine," said Dr. Tarik Möröy, the IRCM's President and Scientific Director. "It formally recognizes that students registered at McGill, who are pursuing their graduate studies here under the supervision of an IRCM professor, have the same rights, responsibilities and eligibilities as other McGill graduate students."
Historically, the IRCM and McGill University have engaged in an informal arrangement, by which IRCM researchers, holding adjunct professor status in McGill's Faculty of Medicine, held certain privileges allowing them to supervise graduate students registered at the University. This agreement is now formalized and has been extended to the supervision of postdoctoral fellows.
"Great science transcends individual institutions and borders," added Richard I. Levin, McGill's Vice-Principal of Health Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. "Our collaboration with the IRCM is another wonderful example of the many research networks that crisscross this city, and it is our great pleasure to expand it."
The official letter was signed yesterday at the IRCM. It was presented by Dr. Levin and Prof. Martin Kreiswirth, Associate Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill, and received by Drs. Möröy and Christian F. Deschepper, Executive Director of Academic Affairs at the IRCM.
About the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM)
Founded in 1967, the IRCM (www.ircm.qc.ca) is currently comprised of 36 research units in various fields, namely immunity and viral infections, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, cancer, neurobiology and development, systems biology and medicinal chemistry. It also houses three specialized research clinics, seven core facilities and two research platforms with state-of-the-art equipment. The IRCM employs 425 people and is an independent institution affiliated with the Université de Montréal. The IRCM clinic is associated to the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). The IRCM has a long-standing association with McGill University.