Health Sciences
2012-2013 University Calendar

4 Services and Support : 4.10 Facilities : 4.10.5 Research Centres

Artificial Cells and Organs Research Centre
3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Room 1003
Montreal, QC  H3G 1Y6
Telephone: 514-398-3514
Fax: 514-398-7452
This Centre concentrates on interdisciplinary research on the application of artificial cells in medicine and biotechnology. The present research emphasis is on artificial cells, regenerative medicine, nanomedicine, enzyme replacement therapy, biotechnology, blood substitutes based on nanobiotechnology, biomaterials, bioencapsulation of enzymes, cells, micro-organisms, and stem cells, especially artificial cells containing bone marrow stem cells for liver regeneration. The members of this centre come from different specialties in McGill ranging from the basic science Departments of Physiology, Engineering and Biomedical Engineering to clinical divisions in the McGill teaching hospitals. The Centre Office is in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building.
Biomedical Ethics Unit
3647 Peel Street
Montreal, QC  H3A 1X1
Telephone: 514-398-6980
Fax: 514-398-8349
The Biomedical Ethics Unit (BEU) offers graduate courses in bioethics. These include electives for medical students, in-hospital courses, lectures and rounds for residents and other health care workers. The BEU also administers the Master's specialization in Bioethics, which is available to students in the Faculties of Medicine, Law, Religious Studies, and the Department of Philosophy. The program emphasizes the conceptual and practical aspects of bioethics and ordinarily takes two years to complete. Current faculty members have training in philosophy, religious studies, medicine, history, anthropology, sociology, epidemiology, molecular biology, and law. The BEU faculty and trainees are active in a variety of interdisciplinary research areas and have expertise in clinical trials research, genetics, pediatrics, innovative technologies, access to care, public health ethics, health inequalities, biosecurity, anti-aging research, end-of-life care policies, and pharmaceutical development. We also provide in-hospital clinical ethics consultation services and serve on the Clinical and Research Ethics Committees for the McGill teaching and affiliated hospitals.
BEU members and research associates actively collaborate with faculty across McGill, as well as nationally and internationally in research, teaching, and clinical activities. There are currently five faculty members plus affiliate members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The current director of the BEU is Eugene Bereza; .
Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research
740 Doctor Penfield Avenue, Room 2200
Montreal, QC  H3A 0G1
Telephone: 514-398-6028
Fax: 514-398-4020
The Centre for Bone and Periodontal Research was established in October 2001 to promote and facilitate research and training in the areas of bone, cartilage and periodontal disease. The Bone Centre currently represents the interests of more than 60 clinical and fundamental scientists, many of whom are recognized leaders in research pertaining to disorders such as arthritis, osteoporosis, metastatic and metabolic bone disease and developmental disorders of the skeleton and oral cavity.
The Centre provides advanced instrumentation for hard tissue research, acts to increase the research capacity of its members and to translate advances into improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases involving the skeleton and oral cavity.
Centre for Medical Education
Lady Meredith House
1110 Pine Avenue West, Room 205
Montreal, QC  H3A 1A3
Telephone: 514-398-4987
Fax: 514-398-7246
The Centre for Medical Education promotes excellence and scholarship across the continuum of health sciences education. More specifically, the Centre for Medical Education at McGill:
Serves as a resource for curriculum development in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing health sciences education.
Ensures that research advances the field of health sciences education and informs educational practice.
The Members of the Centre for Medical Education represent diverse backgrounds and disciplines and are involved in:
The Centre for Medical Education offers a variety of educational opportunities to students, residents, and faculty. Of interest to medical students is the Medical Education Electives Program, which is a one-month elective for those considering a career in teaching or academic medicine. For more information, visit: or contact Dr. Michelle Elizov, Director of the Electives Program.
Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music
3640 rue de la Montagne
Montreal, QC  H3G 2A8
Telephone: 514-398-6962
Fax: 514-398-8123
The Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) at McGill University is a Regroupement Stratégique whose mission is to promote research and training in the areas of language and music neuroscience, performance and development. Participating universities include McGill, Université de Montréal, UQAM, and Concordia. Our infrastructure for language and music research is unparalleled, including research facilities located in the McGill Faculties of Medicine, Science, Arts, and Education, as well as the International Laboratory for Brain and Music Research (BRAMS) located at the Université de Montréal. Our specific objectives include:
1) promoting the scientific study of language and music neuroscience, performance and development;
2) stimulating interdisciplinary and cross-domain collaboration among researchers on basic and applied problems in language and music;
3) fostering innovative research training for graduate and postdoctoral students;
4) disseminating research findings to clinical and educational end-users;
5) forming national and international partnerships.
Our goal is to develop a fundamental theoretical, behavioral, and neuroscientific understanding of the neurobiological, social, and communicative processes of language and music.
Centre for the Study of Host Resistance
Montreal General Hospital
1650 Cedar Avenue, Room A5.156
Montreal, QC  H3G 1A4
Telephone: 514-934-1934 ext. 42815
Fax: 514-934-8423
The development of novel interventions for human infectious diseases is expected to dominate the field of biomedical research in the coming years. Such efforts will require multidisciplinary design and will be decisively shaped by the emerging knowledge of human genetic variability and its relationship to disease risk. This type of integrative biological thinking is the hallmark of the study of “Host Resistance”, a field that originated and was pioneered by researchers at McGill University. Over the last 25 years, research conducted at the McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance has focused on cutting edge principles of genetic research and in doing so has produced leading discoveries in the fields of infectious diseases and common inherited diseases. The Centre has long been recognized as a leading training environment and has hosted a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Centre in Integrative Biology of Infectious Diseases and Autoimmunity.
Centre for Translational Research in Cancer
Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research
Jewish General Hospital
3755 Côte Ste-Catherine, Room E538
Montreal, QC  H3T 1E2
Telephone: 514-340-8222 ext. 5418
Fax: 514-340-8708
The aim of the Centre is to facilitate the translation of the exciting novel findings made in fundamental laboratories into testable ­hypotheses for evaluation in clinical trials in oncology. There are currently extremely high quality clinical research activities at McGill, and the fundamental investigations of cancer biology by McGill scientists are recognized worldwide. The Centre provides the infrastructure to bring these investigators together in order to synergize their efforts at generating novel and promising translational research. This provides a structured focus for these activities and will accelerate the testing of potential benefits derived from scientific discovery.
The Centre provides core functions to enhance translational ­research, including a Tissue Bank, Clinical Research Unit, and a Molecular Modeling Program. The unique interaction of clinician-scientists and Ph.D. researchers provides an important strength to novel therapeutic development programs. There is significant interaction with biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.
The Centre provides a high quality environment for training ­clinician-scientists in cancer research. The trainees include both graduate students (Experimental Medicine, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Pathology) as well as Ph.D. and M.D. scientists ­interested in postdoctoral experience working specifically on ­clinically oriented or relevant models or problems.
McGill AIDS Centre
Based at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital
3755 Côte Ste-Catherine, Room F-318
Montreal, QC  H3T 1E2
Telephone: 514-340-7536
Fax: 514-340-7537
The McGill AIDS Centre coordinates, facilitates and promotes teaching, research and treatment activities relating to HIV infection and AIDS at McGill University and its affiliated teaching hospitals. McGill University has been among the foremost institutions in Canada to study and treat HIV infection and AIDS. McGill scientists, researchers, and clinicians have carried out work in every area of this health problem. The Centre firmly believes that the study and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS must be inter­disciplinary, and thus the fields of medical science and social science must complement each other. The Centre enhances this work by helping researchers, scientists and clinicians at McGill to carry out the complex research that is needed to understand, prevent and treat HIV infection both in Canada and around the world.
McGill AIDS Centre scientists play an important role through collaboration with their counterparts in developing countries in which HIV is endemic. Our scientists have played lead roles in articulating a need for access to antiretroviral drugs for all in need, regardless of where they live or ability to pay. Educational and training activities will be augmented to ensure there is sufficient manpower for the growing HIV epidemic. The care and treatment of persons who are infected with HIV or who have developed AIDS will be enhanced through coordination of these activities at McGill hospitals and clinics. Furthermore, the Centre will provide a forum for the input and participation by people with HIV infection or with AIDS in this research, teaching, and care.
McGill Life Sciences Complex
3649 Promenade Sir-William-Osler
Montreal, QC  H3G 0B1
1160 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, QC  H3A 1A3
Opened in 2008, this 340,000-square-foot system of buildings houses over a dozen core facilities expressly designed to encourage cross-disciplinary research and interaction. This complex encompasses the existing McIntyre Medical Sciences Building and the Stewart Biological Sciences Building and integrates two new state-of-the-art facilities: the Francesco Bellini Life Sciences Building and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre. It is home to 60 principal investigators and 600 researchers, with 50 per cent of floor space dedicated to laboratories.
McGill Nutrition and Food Science Centre
Royal Victoria Hospital
687 Pine Avenue West, Room H6.61
Montreal, QC  H3A 1A1
Telephone: 514-843-1665
Fax: 514-843-1706
Established in 1982 in recognition of the increasing importance of nutrition in clinical medicine, the Centre has a four-fold function. The first is the development and integration of research at the ­basic and clinical level, involving investigators at the Crabtree ­Laboratory of the Centre at the MUHC/Royal Victoria Hospital, and at other locations in the University, and to encourage existing faculty to interact in nutrition-related investigations. The second function is the provision of opportunities for graduates in medicine, nutrition and other disciplines to do graduate and postdoctoral research in the laboratories of full-time and associate members. The third is to provide contemporary nutrition teaching at the relevant levels of the medical curriculum, during residency training and thereafter. The Centre is committed to providing reliable information to the public on nutrition-related matters. Finally, nutrition consulting activities in the clinical setting, particularly intravenous feeding, are supported and further developed. The Centre is administratively related to the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment Sciences, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and other Macdonald Campus departments.
McGill Centre for Studies in Aging
6825 boulevard LaSalle
Verdun, QC  H4H 1R3
Telephone: 514-766-2010
The MCSA is committed to investigating causes and possible treatments of the dementias, especially Alzheimer's disease. During the past decades, the MCSA has played a pioneering role in identifying genetic abnormalities leading to an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease. The Memory Clinic of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Unit, under the leadership of Dr. Serge Gauthier, is focusing on improved therapies, long-term treatment of subjects affected by dementia, and enhancing the quality of life of patients and caregivers. Prevention, the new major focus of aging research, has been identified as an important objective in dementia research by national and international institutes (Alzheimer Society of Canada, National Institute of Aging USA) and is a priority of McGill University over the next decade. The McGill Centre for Studies in Aging contributes to this effort with its Dementia Prevention Program ( This program, in close cooperation with the Douglas Institute and other research centres in Quebec, will allow community prevention and initiate optimal treatment for affected individuals while providing researchers with important data about possible predictors of dementia. Further, the MCSA has established a computational infrastructure devoted for teaching neuroimaging in dementia for fellows, graduate, and postdoctoral students. This infrastructure program is under the direction of Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, M.D., Ph.D. Finally, research in the field of neuroimaging has been focusing on the early detection of dementia, and AD prevention. Neuroimaging research emphasizes translational aspects of neuroimaging.
Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre
1160 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, QC  H3A 1A3
Telephone: 514-398-3535
Fax: 514-398-6769
The mission of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre is two-fold. The first is to bring together internationally renowned scientists devoted to cancer research and provide them with state-of-the-art resources so that they can fully contribute to the worldwide effort of developing novel approaches for the improvement of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of this disease. Investigators within the Cancer Centre have made significant contributions toward the molecular understanding of diseases such as cancer, which can be exploited to better stratify cancer and facilitate the development of novel therapeutic approaches. The second mandate of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre is to provide an internationally recognized training ground for the next generation of investigators who will pursue research in the life sciences and cancer.
The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
Suite 3100, Genome Building
740 Doctor Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC  H3A 0G1
Telephone: 514-398-8975
Fax: 514-398-8121
Pain research at McGill University is carried out by The Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain, which comprises researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Science. The main goal of the Centre is to bring together the McGill community of basic and clinical pain researchers to promote research that will result in cures for chronic pain. Through its own activities and international collaborations, the Centre focuses on new discoveries and their clinical applications that will improve the prevention and treatment of chronic pain.

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