Last call for the Global Health Night Digital Poster Fair, news from the community, COVID-19 updates, and more!



October 1, 2020


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Deadline this Sunday, October 4

Present your work at the
Global Health Night 2020 Digital Poster Fair


McGill students, trainees, residents and postdocs of any department or faculty have until this Sunday, October 4th submit their abstracts to present a poster at Global Health Night.


Deadline: October 4th, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

Submit a poster abstract | About Global Health Night 2020


McGill Global Health Night Poster Call flyer



Over 200 Participants Registered

Don't forget to RSVP for Global Health Night


Global Health Night 2020 may still be a month away but spots are filling quickly! Don't miss your chance to attend our digital poster fair and the keynote lecture by Professor Senait Fisseha, Director of Global Programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and Chief Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization.


November 2nd, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00 PM EST

More information | RSVP


Global Health Night 2020 flyer showcasing the new *November 2nd* date.

From The Global Health Community

McGill (and beyond) global health groups are recruiting


With the new academic year underway, many global health groups are recruiting!


Join the impact200
Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge



As part of its bicentennial celebrations in 2021, McGill invites all its students and recent alumni (Spring 2018 or later) to sign up for the Bicentennial Student Sustainability Challenge, impact200. This is a great opportunity for students to pitch their case to receive funding for a project tied to any Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).



If you are looking to build or complete your team, don't miss a special networking session happening on October 8. Drop-in at any time between 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST to meet new people, and to learn more about impact200.


More information | Sign up for the networking session


Deadline for Round One: November 17, 2020

Now accepting applications

Get funding and mentorship from the Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) Incubator


Do you have a community initiative that you're trying to get off the ground? With up to $1,000 in funding, mentorship, and a community curriculum, CHASM can help take you and your project to the next level.


More information | Apply | Deadline: Friday, October 16, 11:59 PM (EDT)


CHASM Incubator 2020 Call for projects flyer: $1,000; Mentorship; Community curriculum. Interested? Learn more

In her own words

“Explain Global Health to Me” now on video


Earlier this year, GHP shared with you a wonderful storybook and website on privilege and health inequities created by McGill graduate Clara Kuk following her participation in the GHP-sponsored Interprofessional Global Health Course. The storybook was presented at the Fundamentals of Global Health Course and as such, Clara prepared a short video giving context to the storybook.


Watch the video | Read her blog post | Visit her website

Register now!

The McGill Friends of MSF
Annual Global Health Case Competition is back!


Sign up for McGill Students’ Friends of MSF’s Annual Global Health Case Competition 2020!

WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students

WHAT: Design a plan to manage compounding epidemics and public health crises in a low resource setting.

WHEN: November 14 and 15, 2020

WHY: Learn about infectious diseases and healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo, practice your research and analytical skills, speak with experts in the field, network, and have fun!


More information | Please fill out the Eventbrite AND the registration form to participate


McGill Friends of MSF Annual Case Competition flyer - details in text

Registration Now Open

Join the 2020 Canadian Global Health Students
and Young Professional Summit


McGill Global Health Programs is proud to be a partner of the 2020 Canadian Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit, an annual event that gives space to students and young professionals involved or interested in the global health field to connect, network, engage and be inspired.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

More information | Register


The Seventh Annual Canadian Global Health Student and Young Professionals Summit flyer - Online - 17/10/2020

Call for Nominations

Join the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Board of Directors


CUGH is seeking nominations to fill five positions on its Board of Directors. The terms are three years in duration and will start on March 14, 2021. The Board of Directors contributes to the shaping, approving, monitoring, and implementation of CUGH’s activities, as well as actively participate in the organization’s mission and purpose.


If you are working in global health or in a related field at an institution that is a dues-paying CUGH member in good standing (such as McGill University), apply today!


More information | Deadline: October 30, 2020

McGill Global Health Programs Interim Director

speaking at upcoming CUGH Webinar


Dr. Charles Larson will be a speaker in an upcoming webinar organized by the CUGH focusing on Canadian Global Health Institutions. Leaders from three top Canadian development centers will share information about their work and how organizations can engage in their activities or apply for funding.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

More information | Register

Call for abstracts

COVID-19: impacts on research and studying in global health, and on international students


The Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN) Global Health Axis and the Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening Program (GHR-CAPS) and the Réseau intersectoriel de recherche en santé de l'Université du Québec (RISUQ) are organizing a virtual colloquium which will take place on December 3rd, 2020 from 9 AM to 12 PM (EST).

All abstract submissions must align with the colloquium theme. Abstracts may be based on research or other personal or professional experiences.


Any individual (student, post-doc fellow, researcher, educator, front-line worker, policy-maker) from within or outside of Quebec, who has relevant research, teaching or other experiences related to the colloquium theme may submit an abstract.


The best student (Master’s and Ph.D.) presentation will be awarded a prize of $250.

Submission Deadline: October 22, 2020

More information | Submit your abstract

Last month on McGill Perspectives on Global Health...


The McGill Perspectives on Global Health blog gives the McGill community a space to express itself. Here is an overview of recent posts:


  • Eliza Yadav, B.A. Candidate at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill, shared her perspective on the legal and ethical aspects of ventilator allocation during a pandemic: COVID-19 and Ventilator Allocation: What is Legal and Ethical? Read her post here.
  • Pauley Tedoff, PhD Candidate in epidemiology at McGill, shared her viewpoint on the effect of COVID-19 on the food system: What COVID-19 Teaches Us About the Food System. Read her post here.
  • Rachel Kiddell-Monroe and Jessica Farber discussed an innovative planning tool for COVID-19: A 3-step planning tool to organize, prepare and respond to COVID-19. Read the post here.
  • Hani Rukh E Qamar, Biomedical Science student at McGill, shared her perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 on women immigrants. Read her post here.
  • Katherine Pizarro, Doctoral Candidate in the Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill, shared her participatory, community-led intervention to address the social determinants of indigenous wellbeing in marginalized indigenous communities. Read her post here.


Subscribe to McGill Perspectives to stay up to date on the latest news in Global Health.
If you’d like to author a blog post, please visit for more information.


COVID-19 Updates

McGill experts and COVID-19


McGill researchers and alumni from all faculties are involved in the fight to end the ongoing pandemic.


15,000 COVID-19 tests produced by McGill and the RI-MUHC - The McGill Reporter - September 29, 2020


A full dossier on the McGill COVID-19 response is consistently updated.

The McGill Reporter also continuously highlights how McGill faculty and members of the wider McGill community are involved.


Research Institute at the McGill University Health Centre Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program PIs in the news


Upcoming Events

Times are in Eastern Time


McGill Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry Seminar Series


Being there: Human ecology, diversity, and the vicissitudes of empathy

Speaker: Dr. Carol M. Worthman, PhD, Emory University

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM - Today



Becoming Naingkyin: Sacrificial Rites and Rituals of Resilience in the Burmese Democracy Movement

Speaker: Dr. Seinenu M. Thein-Lemelson, University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM




McGill International TB Centre Seminar

Impact of COVID-19 on the TB Epidemic: A Community Perspective


  • Robyn Waite, Results Canada
  • Alex Zimmerman, McGill University
  • Rahad Mwaniki
  • Kate O’Brien, We are TB

Friday, October, 2, 2020, 2:30 - 3:30 PM




IHSP Policy Talks Webinar Series

More information


Cities and Psychosis

Speakers: Daniel Weinstock & Ian Gold, McGill University

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 12:30 PM

More information | Join


Girl in the Pandemic
Claudia Mitchell, McGill University

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:30 PM


The impact of COVID on immigrant and racialized communities
Jill Hanley & Janet Cleveland, McGill University

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 12:30 PM


Comparing Social Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Canada and the United States
Daniel Béland, Shannon Dinan, & Alex Waddan, McGill University

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:30 PM


Remapping the social determinants of health and wellbeing: Childhood neurodisability, COVID-19, and the future of SDOH
Lucyna Lach & Angela Filipe, McGill University

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:30 PM


Partnering to Identify and Tackle Current and Prospective Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of AI-driven Interventions into Health Policies and Regulations
Jean-Christophe Belisle-Piper, McGill University

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 12:30 PM


Annmarie Adams, McGill University

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12:30 PM



COVID-19 and More: Conversations with the McGill Office for Science and Society (OSS)

More information


Guest speaker: Dr. Debbie Schwarcz
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00 PM

More information | Watch on Facebook | Watch on YouTube


Guest speaker: Professor Jonathan Kimmelman, Interim Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill School of Population and Global Health
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 12:00 PM

More information | Watch on Facebook | Watch on YouTube



McGill Social Studies of Medicine (SSoM) Seminars


Why is the Islamic world central to the history of plague?

Speaker: Nukhet Varlik, Rutgers University

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

More information


The metagenomics of colonialism. Tracing Anthropocene epidemics in Eastern Cameroon

Speaker: Guillaume Lachenal, Science Po, Media Lab, Paris

Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

More information



Global Health Night

Disrupt and Repair: Addressing Power Asymmetries in Global Health

Speaker: Professor Senait Fisseha, Director of Global Programs at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and Chief Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization

Monday, November 2, 2020, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

More information | Register | Submit an abstract



Save the date!

McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) presents:

2nd Annual MI4 Scientific Symposium
December 4, 2020

More information




Please visit each conference website for updates as the COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly.


Canadian Public Health Association - Public Health 2020

October 14-16, 2020
Virtual conference

More information | Register


Global Health Students & Young Professionals Summit

Ideas to Impact: Global Health in Action

October 17, 2020

Online event

More information | Register


Canadian Conference on Global Health
Global Health in a Changing Climate

October 19-22, 2020
Virtual conference

More information | Register

The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health

October 20-24, 2020
Virtual conference

More information | Register

IDWeek 2020

October 21-25, 2020
Virtual conference

More information | Register | COVID-19 updates

6th World One Health Congress

October 30 - November 3, 2020
Virtual conference

More information | Register

Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020)

Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice

November 8-12, 2020

Virtual Conference

More information | Register

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 2020 Annual Meeting

November 15-19, 2020
Virtual Conference

More information | Register

2021 Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Conference

March 12-14, 2021
Virtual Conference

More information | Register | Submit an abstract | Abstract advising program


Global Health and Innovation Conference

April 8-11, 2021

Virtual Conference

More information | Register | Submit an abstract


Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2021

New dates TBC
*Virtual Conference*

More information


Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (AMMI) Canada – Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (CACMID) Annual Conference 2021

April 28-May 1, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

More information | 2020 presentations


American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2021

June 3-7, 2021
Anaheim, California

More information | COVID-19 statement | ASM Microbe Online


Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) & HIV 2021 World Congress

July 14-17, 2021
Amsterdam, Netherlands

More information | Abstract and Registration to open October 2020



Ways to Help in the Pandemic

Diagnosed with COVID-19?

Join a New Research Institute McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) Clinical Trial


People who are symptomatic with a confirmed PCR+ COVID-19 test are encouraged to volunteer for a new RI-MUHC of inhaled steroids. Potential participants must enroll within five days of first developing symptoms.


Learn more

Participate in the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) COVID-19 Biobank


If you tested positive for COVID-19 at any point in time, the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank invites you to participate in the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank, an integral part of the Biobanque québécoise de la COVID-19 (BQC), mandated by the Quebec government.


More information | Participate


Student Initiatives


The McGill Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) chapter is involved in two campaigns to support equitable access for COVID-19 treatments, diagnostics, and vaccines. In partnership with 300 artists and activists from 29 countries, McGill students have been working with the Free The Vaccine campaign to encourage institutions to sign the Open COVID Pledge.


About the Open COVID Pledge | About the Free The Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign


Local Volunteer Opportunities: is the provincial platform for matching volunteer centres and nonprofit organizations with volunteers. English website

The following local organizations are also looking for healthy volunteers and donations

Montreal Indigenous Community Network:
Resilience Montreal

Food banks:
Moisson Montreal
Santropol Roulant
Innovation Youth

Donate blood - please follow the screening procedures:
Canadian Blood Services


McGill Student Emergency Support Fund 

With new student requests for financial assistance coming in every day, if you are in a position to support student relief, you can do so now by giving here.

In Other News

Job Opportunities


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Hepatitis C Research - Center for Clinical Epidemiology, at the Lady Davis Research Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital - More information
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in vaccine epidemiology - More information
  • Research Assistant: Environmental Contaminants and Health in Vulnerable Populations - More information

Accredited Learning opportunities from the
Continuing Professional Development Office


The Office for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of McGill University, invites you to join the Wednesday E-Learning Series (WELS) and the Thursday Evening Learning Series (TELS).


These interactive CFPC Mainpro+ and RCPSC MOC Section 1 certified/accredited activities are designed to meet the needs of family physicians, other specialists, allied health care professionals, residents and medical students.


Topics were selected by the CPD scientific planning committee and McGill faculty and are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including dermatology, cardiology, emergency medicine and psychiatry.

All webinars will be available exclusively online via Zoom.


WELS and TELS online sessions are FREE for McGill Medical Students and Residents.


More information | WELS Registration | TELS registration

Call for proposals!

2020-2021 HCALM research
and student funding in language and health


The Health Care Access for Linguistic Minorities (HCALM) Network is currently offering research and student funding in language and health.


Research Program | Student Program | Deadline: October 2, 2020


Canadian Engagement in Physician Training Internationally:
Towards Building a Sustainable Physician Workforce Around the Globe


The purpose of this forum is to bring together Medical Educators who are interested in international education of medical professionals so that we can support educational initiatives globally.


Thursday, November 12, 9:00 - 10:30 AM EST

More information | Register

2021-22 Pathy Foundation Fellowship Applications


Graduating students can now apply to join the 2021-22 Cohort of the Pathy Foundation Fellowship. Head to Pathy Fellowship’s Website to start an application! Your application and your projects do not have to be entirely ready for you to start the process!


Attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn about the essential components to a Pathy application, past Pathy projects, eligibility requirements and how you can make a difference in your community with up to $40,000.


Deadline: November 12, 2020

More information | Attend an information session

Call for Applications for a Global Student Design Sprint
on Emerging Infectious Diseases


Innovate4Health is an online collaborative design sprint looking for innovative and creative solutions that will help address the issues of emerging infections, including COVID-19 and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Student teams selected to join the 2020-2021 cohort will have the opportunity to work with global health leaders to design innovations within one of three innovation pillars: reducing zoonotic disease transmission in food systems, ensuring effective prevention and treatment of emerging infectious diseases in the hospital setting, or making community health systems more resilient to emerging infections.


More information | Sign up for updates | Team application deadline: Sunday, October 18, 2020


Call for Applications:

2021 Global Child Health Catalyst Grant


The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health Catalyst Grant aims to support innovations that may benefit children and their families in resource-constrained settings globally. ‘Innovation’ can be expressed in many domains, including scientific, technical, social, management, and implementation. External applicants are welcomed but the principal applicant must be a SickKids staff member, graduate student or post-doctoral fellow (a staff appointment is not required).


More information | Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020, at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Get ready for the Davidson Gwatkin Equity Measurement Prize


Metrics for Management is excited to announce the launch of the Davidson Gwatkin Equity Measurement Prize. This annual juried competition will award up to four cash prizes each valued between $5,000 and $10,000 to an individual or team of authors for research that uses their EquityTool and its data to assess and improve services that reach the poor or to gain insight into wealth equity in low- and middle-income countries.

You can submit a nomination for a 2021 Gwatkin Prize at starting May 1, 2021. Additional details, including eligibility and judging criteria, are available here.

On our radar


'Landmark moment': 156 countries agree to Covid vaccine allocation deal - The Guardian - September 21, 2020


Tuberculosis And Covid-19: Fighting A Deadly Syndemic - Forbes - September 26, 2020


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