Dept. of Psychiatry news
Dear students and supervisors, I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. I am writing to inform you of two important new benefits offered by our graduate program: First, I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, a differential fee waiver will be offered to international students registered in the Graduate Program in Psychiatry. Specifically, the differential between international and Quebec fees will be covered by the Program for M.Sc. students during their first year and Ph.D. students during their first two years.
It is with great sadness that we wish to announce the sudden death (due to a massive stroke) of Dr. Klaus Minde on July 6th, 2016. Dr. Minde was one of the early members of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at McGill University and in that role, helped establish it as one of the first and leading Child Psychiatry Departments in Canada and North America.
McGill Newsroom Study reveals the impact of night work You cross paths with him at the break of dawn in the corridors of the Metro. He looks bleary-eyed and pallid. This worker’s night shift just ended. His body clocks are out of sync with one another, and, imperceptibly, they’re also out of sync with his environment. In the long run, this night owl could be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular, autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.
Neurofeedback using electroencephalograpy boasts thousands of practitioners and appears to both improve normal brain function and alleviate a wide variety of mental disorders – from anxiety to alcoholism. But after examining the scientific literature and consulting experts in Europe and the U.S., McGill University researchers Robert Thibault and Amir Raz conclude that clinical improvements from this increasingly popular alternative therapy are due to placebo effects.
By Fergus Grieve, McGill Newsroom Depression, metabolic factors combine to boost risk of developing diabetes, study finds Depression may compound the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in people with early warning signs of metabolic disease, according to researchers from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal and the University of Calgary.
By Bruno Geoffroy, Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal First-ever connection between noradrenergic neurons and vulnerability to depression
Project Love is a collective of scholars based at McGill University whose mission is to (i) spread love on the streets of Montreal and beyond; (ii) better understand the nature of love and its impact on mental health and well-being (iii) combat the epidemic of loneliness and isolation plaguing many people. See their blog https://projectlove2016.wordpress.com or contact them at projectlovemcgill [at] gmail [dot] com
Dr. Mark Brandon and Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve are among the twenty-five outstanding McGill researchers being awarded Canada Research Chairs. For more information, visit the following link: http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2016/02/25-canada-research-chairs-for-mcgill/
We are very saddened to annouce the passing of Dr. Duncan Pedersen, our dear colleague and friend. Dr. Pedersen had a sudden illness while in Chile for work on a project in Global Mental Health and passed away on January 27, 2016 . Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this difficult time. Details for his memorial will be circulated as they are finalized.
Dear Colleagues, As you know, Quebec is expecting the arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees over the next several weeks. We are anticipating that some of these refugees may eventually need specialized mental health services. CCS and allied programs are willing to help, but we need to organize a list of Arabic-speaking psychiatrists who could be approached in time of need.
Dr. Robert Whitley and his team, Recovery Advocacy Documentary Action Research (RADAR) group, released a video titled Newfoundland Notions: In Search of the Good Life. The film can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRE-VFzIJ-c See mention of the short film on CBC news here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mental-health-newfoundland-1.3361419
Dear Residents and Faculty, The Resident Awards Night took place at the Thomson House on November 10th. I would like to thank the MPRA and the Department of Psychiatry for making this a special evening where we were able to honor Faculty and Resident achievements. Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of our annual Residents’ Awards: Faculty Awards: Dr. Carmella Roy - Best Clinical Supervisor for Senior residents Dr. Robert Biskin - Best Clinical Supervisor for Junior residents Dr. Nicola Casacalenda - Best Resident Advocate
To read Dr. Duncan Pedersen and Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer's editorial for McGillReporter, please click the following link: http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2015/10/global-mental-health-at-mcgill-advancing-a-social-cultural-and-ecosystemic-view/