Health


The Simnovate Podcasts: Ed Fitzgerald

Medical training along with modern health care systems are being transformed through simulation, and new collaborations between sectors that have never worked together in the past.  McGill University hosted an international summit called Simnovate on May 5 and 6, 2016. Among the experts who attended are three people who are working to change the face of global medical care.

Dr. Ed Fitzgerald is a consultant for Lifebox Foundation, an organization devoted to safer surgery in low-resource countries.

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May 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm


The Simnovate Podcasts: Jishnu Das

Medical training along with modern health care systems are being transformed through simulation, and new collaborations between sectors that have never worked together in the past.  McGill University hosted an international summit called Simnovate on May 5 and 6, 2016. Among the experts who attended are three people who are working to change the face of global medical care.

Jishnu Das is the lead economist of the Development Research Group at the World Bank.

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May 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm


The Simnovate Podcasts: Priya Agrawal

Medical training along with modern health care systems are being transformed through simulation, and new collaborations between sectors that have never worked together in the past.  McGill University hosted an international summit called Simnovate on May 5 and 6, 2016. Among the experts who attended are three people who are working to change the face of global medical care.

Dr. Priya Agrawal is the Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, an organization which focuses on focused on improving the quality of maternal healthcare.

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May 27, 2016 at 2:38 pm


Y: The Immunology Podcast Episode 2 – Transplants

Transplants
Join us as we go through a Q & A with one of the leading experts in the field of transplantation. As always your feedback is welcome. Please forgive the rain on our unwanted third speaker!

Duration: 33 minutes.

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January 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm


Y: The Immunology Podcast Episode 1 – Vaccines

Episode 1

Name of episode: Vaccines
Description: Welcome to Y ; The Immunology Podcast brought to you by McGill University’s Departement of Microbiology and Immunology. In our very first episode we’ll discuss the humble beginnings of microbiology and the theoretical concepts behind Vaccines.

Duration: 19 minutes.

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January 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm


Cutting Edge 2015: Development of Personalized Treatments for Chronic Pain – Luda Diatchenko

Approximately 20 per cent of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, making it not only the number one reason that people seek health care, but also the number one concern of patients with long-term illnesses.  Chronic pain drains more than $10-billion annually in lost productivity and health-care services from the Canadian economy, which is more than the cost of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Moreover, there is a personal toll associated with chronic pain that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Patients living with this condition face challenges such as social isolation, increased risk of suicide, and greater mortality rates. Chronic pain conditions are very difficult to treat and our existing treatment approaches are largely inefficient.  One of the reasons of inefficiency of current treatment approaches is heterogeneous nature of chronic pain, as people develop pain for multitude of diverse reasons and each individual has many ways to deal with a disease.  My primary objective is to better understand the genetic mechanisms at the roots of chronic pain as a basis for developing new pain-relief drugs and personalized pain therapy strategies. To accomplish this goal, my colleagues and I study chronic pain mechanisms and risk factors through genetic analysis of well-characterized populations of pain patients, through the mapping out the molecular mechanisms that mediate the biological, psychological, and genetic factors that contribute to the onset and persistence of chronic pain.

Guest: Luda Diatchenko (Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics, Dept. Genetics, McGill University)

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February 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 6 – MiniMed 2014 Episode 6 – Diagnostics at Work: From the Clinic to the Community

Diagnosis is the first and critical step towards correct treatment. But diagnostic tests are not perfect – doctors and patients need to be aware of their limitations and strengths. We will review the scientific method for evaluating the accuracy of new tests, explore point-of-care testing, and see how modern technologies are bringing diagnostics into our homes.

Guests: Dr. Nitika Pai and Dr. Madhukar Pai

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February 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 5 – The Digital Revolution: Electronic Medical Records and Prescriptions

E-health technologies are a fundamental requirement to effectively manage modern healthcare for an aging population with an increasing burden of chronic disease. It is time to transition from paper charts scattered throughout the health systems to electronic medical records and prescribing information accessible to patients and families and the care team. The change from the old ways to the new has begun.

Guest: Dr. Robyn Tamblyn

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February 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 4 – Epidemiology and Public Health: 1950 – 2014

This talk will present landmark studies in the history of modern public health and epidemiology, and illustrate how epidemiologists work and contribute to the identification and solution of public health issues.

Guest: Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin

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February 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 3 – Are Medications Safe? The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Despite extensive testing, many people die or are hospitalized from adverse reactions to medications. Using epidemiologic approaches, scientists can evaluate the risks and benefits of drugs used by the population. We will discuss examples of the usefulness of epidemiology in evaluating medications used for various illnesses and as well introduce the new Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies, which examines the safety of medications used by Canadians.

Guests: Dr. Samy Suissa and Dr. Pierre Ernst

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February 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm