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November 19, 2020


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News from the GHP Office


Registration now open:

Webinar: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic
for Nutrition in African Settings


McGill Global Health Programs (GHP) is pleased to partner with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Amref Health Africa for a panel that will explore the impact of the current pandemic on nutrition and community-based nutrition programming in African settings. Moderated by Holly Piepenburg, Outreach Coordinator at the Pulitzer Center the panel will include:

  • Lori Hinnant, Journalist, Associated Press
  • Joyce Murerwa, Global Technical Lead, Nutrition and NCDs, Amref Health Africa
  • Grace Marquis, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition, McGill University


Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 PM EST

More information | Register


December 2 event flyer - information in text above

McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course

Registration is open until December 11!


Are you passionate about Global Health? Do you want to learn more about humanitarian health, policy in health systems and how to advocate for health equity, amongst other topics? Are you looking for a way to effectively engage in global health efforts in an interprofessional manner in this new COVID-19 era? The Interprofessional Global Health Course (IPGHC) is perfect for you!


Started in 2007, the IPGHC is a student-led initiative created for students seeking to enhance Global Health content in their professional curricula at McGill University. This course includes lectures delivered by prominent scholars in their fields, panel discussions and interactive activities. This year’s edition of the course will explore strategies to decolonize Global Health in an interprofessional effort, in both local and international settings.


The course is open to McGill students studying dentistry, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics and human nutrition, and speech-language pathology. Students from other academic backgrounds (U2 and higher) with a strong interest in global health are welcome to apply.


The course will run online from January 12 to March 30, 2021, every Tuesday from 6-8 PM.

Registration for the IPGHC is now open, make sure to join us and learn more about Global Health!


More information | Register


Coming back in 2021

The Summer Institute returns in an online format


The McGill Summer Institute is pleased to announce our dates for next summer. To safely welcome as many participants as possible, the Summer Institute will be 100% online from May 31 to June 18, 2021.


The Summer Institute will continue to offer courses on TB control, essential diagnostics, antimicrobial stewardship, HIV management, humanitarian action, and clinical updates in tropical medicine. New this year will be a course on COVID-19.


Online courses expand our reach around the globe--enabling a greater diversity of voices contributing to the teaching and conversations. We are also passing the savings from venue and catering costs on to all participants. The online costs will be a fraction of the costs of attending in-person.


There has never been a better time to participate in the McGill Summer Institute!

Applications for the 2021 Summer Institute will open in January!


More information | Courses | Pricing | Updates


McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health Banner - May 31-June 18 | Online Courses

Don't wait to apply!

Funding opportunities from GHP
for medical students and residents


McGill Medical students have just over a week left to apply for the following funding opportunities from Global Health Programs:


Deadline: November 30, 2020, 11:59 PM

Attention McGill Faculty Members:

Call for Project Submissions for the
Global Health Scholars (Undergraduates) Program 2021

A unique opportunity for McGill & affiliated hospital Faculty Members to receive student support on a global health research project in Summer 2021.


The Global Health Scholars Program for undergraduates pairs outstanding McGill undergraduate students with faculty members to support International, Northern Canada, or Montreal-based global health research projects during the summer of 2021. Faculty members whose projects are selected for the 2021 cohort will make the final decision on which student is selected for their project.


Due to travel restrictions currently in place as per COVID-19 directives set by McGill University and the Quebec Government, the 2021 cohort of Global Health Scholars will likely complete their work remotely and without travel. It is also plausible that travel will become possible at some point in 2021. Thus, this year's application form requires that faculty prepare work plans for several scenarios.

More information | Apply
Deadline: December 4, 2020, 11:59 PM


McGill Global Health Scholars - Faculty Project call flyer

Only a few weeks left:

Call for Proposals: GHP-MI4 Steinberg Seed Fund Grant


GHP is pleased to collaborate with the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) to co-sponsor one Seed Fund Grant (SFG) with support from the Steinberg Fund for Interdisciplinary Global Health Research.


The GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG will provide one seed grant worth up to $50,000 to enable the launch of a new, interdisciplinary, infection or immunity focused global health research project and make it competitive for sustained external funding.


More information | Deadline: December 16, 2020, 11:59 PM EST



From The Global Health Community

Deadline tomorrow!

The McGill Journal of Global Health wants your papers


The McGill Journal of Global Health is currently looking for submissions, with our next quarterly deadline being November 20. The MJGH is a peer-reviewed, student-run publication that seeks to amplify global health issues and the interdisciplinary health research of McGill students. Submission guidelines can be found on our website Students from all departments are encouraged to submit!


News from the
Manipal-McGill Rehabilitation Collaboration (MMRC)


COVID-19 and Reahabilitation symposium graphic featuring a screenshot of the meeting participants in Zoom


On the Montreal mornings and Manipal evenings of October 22 and 29, a two-day joint symposium on COVID-19 and Rehabilitation took place. The virtual presentations and active discussion sessions were hosted by and for the Manipal College of Health Professions and McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.


Over 140 attendees were present to listen to faculty members from both Universities present on a range of topics. Following the presentations, Manipal and McGill faculty members alternated in moderating engaging discussion sessions with the attendees. This event was held as part of the Manipal-McGill Rehabilitation Collaboration, a partnership that was formalized in Manipal earlier this year with support from GHP.


Health e-News recap | About the MMRC

Call for Abstracts + Save the Date!

2021 Bethune Round Table



The Centre for Global Surgery (CGS) at the McGill University Health Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) and the University of Toronto, is honoured to host the Bethune Round Table on May 28-30, 2021 in an online format. The theme for the 2021 conference is: "Strengthening Health Infrastructures in Under-Resourced Communities".


The Bethune Roundtable (BRT) is an interdisciplinary meeting hosted at a Canadian academic centre to discuss challenges and solutions to improving surgical care to underserviced communities. The objective of BRT is to bring together health professionals from across disciplines to share their experiences in delivering safe surgery, anesthesia and obstetric care in low-resource settings.


May 28-30, 2021, Online

More information | Submit an abstract | Deadline: January 18, 2021

Deadline next week:

Overcoming Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination
Research Funding


MI4 is pleased to launch a new call for proposals: Overcoming Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination Research Funding.


This opportunity provides one-time funding of up to $100,000 for 6-month projects that seek to provide solutions for barriers to effective and equitable vaccination.


Call for proposals | Inquiries | Deadline: November 23, 2020

Registration Closing Tomorrow:

2nd Annual MI4 Scientific Symposium:
New Frontiers in Immuno-Oncology


The McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) is joining forces with the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, the Cedars Cancer Centre, the Segal Cancer Centre and the McGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer (Lady Davis Institute) to co-host an immuno-oncology themed Symposium.

In keeping with the current university guidelines, this year's Symposium will be virtual. The day's activities will include keynote speakers, MI4 platform presentations, a poster session and more.


More information | Register - Deadline November 20, 2020


Flyer for 2ND ANNUALMI4 SCIENTIFICSYMPOSIUM (link to PDF version in image)

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
November 18-24 2020


To mark the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week taking place this year on November 18th-24th, the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Centre and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology (MIMM) at McGill launched a student video competition to raise awareness on antimicrobial resistance.


Undergraduate students from across different departments at McGill were invited to create and submit a short video, with the best ones voted by students and a panel of faculty.


The winners of the best video are Claire Hunter and Wimmy Miller for their Let's (Tik)Tok About AMR! video


View all the student videos | View the winning video

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).


More information

Deadline for Round One: December 1, 2020

Call for applications

Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN)
Annual Student Competition


The QPHRN student awards aim to acknowledge Master's and Doctorate students' contributions to the field of population health research. The prize will be awarded to Master's and Ph. D. students registered in a Quebec university and have conducted research of outstanding quality. Master's and PhD theses must have been defended and accepted during the 2019-2020 academic year in Quebec (i.e., before August 31, 2020). Candidates do not have to be members of the Network to apply.


More information | Deadline: December 1, 2020

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.


What we know about Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate — and what we don’t - PBS News Hour interview with Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman of Moderna, and McGill Alumnus - November 16, 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

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McGill Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry Seminar Series

Media as Drugs: A Cultural Perspective on Digital Media Addiction

Speaker: Ido Hartogsohn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 3:00 PM - Today!


“Juntas Podemos”: A pilot study of participatory action learning cycles for improved well-being among internally displaced persons in Colombia

Speaker: Rochelle A. Burgess, PhD, FRSPH, Deputy Director, UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, Director, MSc in Global Health and Development, Lecturer in Global Health, UCL Institute for Global Health

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 3:00 PM

More information | Register


Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) McGill Chapter presents:

Introduction to Global Health Ethics

Speaker: Dr. Matthew Hunt, Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 6:00 PM

More information | Zoom Link


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

More information


Guest speaker: Professor Jonathan Kimmelman, Interim Director, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill School of Population and Global Health

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:00 PM

More information | Watch on YouTube


McGill Nurses for Global Health Virtual Event:

Racism, resistance and reclamation: Indigenous experiences in healthcare

Speaker: Meghan Eaker, RN, MscN (Global Health Concentration)

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 7:30 PM

More information | Register


Comparative Healthcare Systems Program and Reimagining Global Health present:

"Fire in the Blood" film screening

Guest speaker: Dylan Mohan Gray, filmmaker

Monday, November 30, 2020, 8:00 PM

More information | Register


IHSP Policy Talks Webinar Series

More information

Partnering to Identify and Tackle Current and Prospective Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of AI-driven Interventions into Health Policies and Regulations

Speaker: Jean-Christophe Belisle-Piper, McGill University

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 12:30 PM


Annmarie Adams, McGill University

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12:30 PM

More information | Zoom Link


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

2nd Annual MI4 Scientific Symposium: New Frontiers in Immuno-Oncology

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Drew M. Pardoll, Director, Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Co-Director, Cancer Immunology Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins
  • Dr. Daniel Saltzman, Professor & Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Chief Medical Officer at Salspera LLC -Microbial Based Immunotherapy

Friday, December 4, 2020

More information | Register - Registration closes November 20


McGill Department of Geography GeoSpectives lecture series

More information

Black Refugees and the Canadian Myth of Racial Tolerance: The Politics and Geographies of Slave Escape on the Canada-USA Border
Speaker: Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University

Friday, December 4, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Zoom Link

Geo-Social Determinants of Health in the Time of COVID-19
Speaker: Dr. Nancy Ross, Department of Geography, McGill University

Friday, December 11, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Zoom Link


McGill International TB Centre Seminars

The impact on mental disorders on active tuberculosis treatment outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis


  • Ga Eun Lee, BSc, MScPH, Maternal-Child Health Epidemiologist, University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre
  • Jamie Scuffell, MBChB, MSc, Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice, King's College London

Friday, December 4, 2020, 2:30 PM

More information


Global Health Rehabilitation Initiative (GHRI) Forum

Accessible Global Governance: The (in)Visibility of Persons with Disabilities

Speaker: Prof. Derrick L. Cogburn, School of International Service, American University in Washington, DC., Executive Director, AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy

Friday, December 4, 2020, 6:00 PM

More information | Zoom Link


The West African College of Surgeons (WACS) Surgical Plan Committee, and the Centre for Global Surgery (CGS) present:

WACS National Surgical Obstetric Anesthesia Plan (NSOAP) Workshop


  • Prof. Emmanuel Makasa, Expert- Health & Wellness, Cabinet Office of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, Republic of Zambia’s Health representative to the United Nations
  • Dr. Tim Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation), McGill University

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 11:00 AM

More information | Register | Zoom Link




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


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

March 12-14, 2021
Virtual Conference

More information | Register


Global Health and Innovation Conference

April 8-11, 2021

Virtual Conference

More information | Register


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 25-30, 2021
*Now virtual*

More information | Submit an abstract


American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2021

June 3-7, 2021
Anaheim, California

More information | COVID-19 statement | Call for abstracts opening in December


Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) & HIV 2021 World Congress

July 14-17, 2021
*Now virtual*

More information | Abstract and Registration to open November 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


Recruitment for the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)
Winter 2021 Internship Program is Open!


McGill students are invited to apply to join the Program and learn how to design policy solutions aimed at benefitting population health and welfare. Successful candidates receive a $2,000 award upon program completion.


More information | Application information | Deadline: November 30, 2020, 11:59 PM

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.


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

Upcoming webinar:

Women in Science and Global Health


The Aga Khan University’s Institute for Global Health and Development will host its next webinar – on Women in Science and Global Health – on Wednesday, November 25. The main speakers are Anita K.M. Zaidi, President of Gender Equality at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety.


Wednesday, November 25, 10:00 AM EST

More information | Register

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


WHO to launch global strategy to accelerate elimination of cervical cancer - Health e-News - November 11, 2020

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