Faculty of Medicine


Please join us for the vernissage of the exhibition, Vaccination: Fame, Fear and Controversy, 1798-1998, which explores the tension between the promised public-health benefits of vaccination and the reasons why resistance checked its acceptance.

Curators Cynthia Tang and Rob Boddice will both be in attendance and will each give a short talk:

“Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy” by Cynthia Tang

Classified as: Library event, Friends of the Library

Lecture given by Hélène Cazes, Professor at the University of Victoria (Department of French) and the Director of the Program of Medieval Studies

Classified as: Friends of the Library, Library event, ROAAr event, ROAAr – Rare Books, Osler, Art, Archives

Since its earliest days, vaccination has been attended by hesitation, resistance and controversy. Why did an innovation that promised to rid the world of the terrible scourge of smallpox inspire such enduring fear? When Jenner spearheaded the promotion of vaccination at the turn of the nineteenth century, he predicted the end of a disease that had taken 60 million lives in the eighteenth century alone. He was right, but it took until 1980 before the World Health Organization could proclaim “smallpox zero”.

Classified as: Library exhibition, Friends of the Library

This year’s Epilepsy Day will discuss the current status, gaps, and future perspectives of epilepsy surgery in general and Quebec in particular. A panel of experts will tackle important issues including indications, innovative approaches, and clinical outcomes, both in pediatric and adult patients with difficult-to-treat epilepsies. Poster presentations will feature ongoing research from academic centers across the Province, providing an opportunity for more interactions and discussions.


The K.A.C. Elliott Named Lecture, "Mechanism of Episodic Memories" will be delivered by Susumu Tonegawa, Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, Director, RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, Director, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Principal Investigator, Tonegawa Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. A reception will follow.


Trace, late 14th century, “to make a plan or diagram”, from Old French, 12th century, trasser “delineate, score, trace, follow, pursue”.

Classified as: Library exhibition, Friends of the Library, ROAAr – Rare Books, Osler, Art, Archives, Osler Library of the History of Medicine

The Neuro and McGill University are pleased to host Dr. Juan S. Bonifacino, Ph.D., Associate Scientific Director, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Branch (CBNB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).