Health & Wellness

Melissa Holland Health

The therapeutic value of clowning around 

Melissa Holland, BEd’98, is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Dr. Clown Foundation. Their troupe of trained therapeutic clowns (and that includes her) bring comfort, compassion, and plenty of laughs to hospitalized children and seniors in care facilities.

Jean-Philippe Darche and Mathieu Darche People

From McGill to the Stanley Cup and the Super Bowl

Jean-Philippe Darche and Mathieu Darche were award-winning student athletes at McGill, and both managed to transition from Canadian university sports to careers as pro athletes. Their playing days are over, but they continue to have an impact in the world of pro sports – and they have the championship rings to prove it. (Cet article est disponible en français.)

Illustration of a DNA string being manipulation by both human and robot hands Health

New non-profit targets under-researched diseases

McGillians are playing key roles in Conscience, a new non-profit initiative that hopes to use artificial intelligence and a “team sport” approach to encourage research into the rare diseases and potential threats that Big Pharma tends to ignore.

Woman sitting on a couch huddled under a blanket and drinking a hot beverage Webcasts

Is COVID on the rise again?

Wastewater doesn’t lie. COVID-19 cases are rising once more, just as many of us prepare to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family.

Michel Chrétien sitting in front of a group of scientists Health

An influential scientist (inside and outside his lab)

Michel Chrétien, MSc’62, hasn’t just been a witness to the evolution of medical science in Quebec and Canada. He has also been a major player. (Cet article est disponible en français.)

Illustration of a doctor standing beside an MRI machine Health

Betting big on open science

The Neuro and its Tanenbaum Open Science Institute are committed to making its research as freely available and transparent as possible, while encouraging other neuroscience institutions to do the same.

David Kaiser smiling Health

Helping Montreal prepare for the next public health emergency

As the deputy medical director at Montreal Public Health, David Kaiser, BSc’03, MDCM’09, MSc’13, oversees emergency preparedness. His holistic perspective on health issues was forged, in part, during his environmental sciences studies at McGill.

Anita Nowak, Kai Thomas, Anuja Varghese and Phil Gold Culture

Some summer reading options

Summer is here and the beach (or your balcony or your backyard) beckons. If you are on the lookout for book suggestions, a number of McGill alumni have recently published new works that you might be interested in digging into.

Hope & Cope founder Sheila Kussner (Photo: John Mahoney/Montreal Gazette-Postmedia Network Inc) People

The one and only Sheila Kussner

Sheila Kussner, BA’53, LLD’90, is the driving force behind Hope & Cope and its innovative approach to supporting cancer patients, an indispensable ally in McGill’s efforts to create a Department of Oncology, and now, the subject of a new book. 

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