Hadla Hariri’s PhD Oral Defence

Hadla Hariri’s PhD defence will be live-streamed tomorrowSeptember 4th, at 9h30 AM. Hadla is supervised by Dr. René St-Arnaud at the Shriners and will be presenting on the “Identification of novel target genes of the PTH-activated NACA transcriptional coregulator in bone”. https://bit.ly/3jGEuO2

The poster was a special collaboration with Hadla’s labmates, Caitlin & Ajay.

Sign up to become a mentor!

Are you a returning HGen student? Do you have ~2hrs/semester in the upcoming year to invest in the HGen community? HGSS needs you!

We are currently looking for volunteers (MSc, PhD; thesis, genetic counselling) to act as mentors for our incoming students. You’ll be paired with a first-year student based on your time preferences and research interests, and be responsible to hold 2 meetings (most likely over Zoom) with your mentee, one at the beginning of the school year and one midway through. We will provide you with starter topics for your first meeting.

We are hoping to recruit 30 mentors this year. If you are interested, please fill out the following application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5MMZJM07MfZa65pgoLm6RyHKVBycfCrQr8kmzlTt4n8lPdw/viewform?usp=sf_link

The deadline to apply is Wednesday August 26th.
Please help us spread the word 🙂

– Your 2020-2021 Exec

Sugar Shack Cancellation


In lieu of the evolving COVID-19 situation and the policies implemented by the Faculty of Medicine, HGSS has decided to cancel the Sugar Shack event, originally planned for this Saturday, March 14. HGSS will be providing full refunds to everyone registered, who has been contacted by email.

Currently (Mar 12, 2020), we are not cancelling future small-scale activities planned for the upcoming month and onwards, but please be aware that last-minute changes to our events are possible. Furthermore, for events that require payment, we will be mindful of cancellations and will provide refunds.

As the situation is moving very quickly and policy/regulatory changes from McGill and the Quebec/Federal government are being implemented at a fast pace, HGSS wants to ensure that our members are safe.

For any questions, comments, or suggestions, please reach out to us.

For more information on the current situation in Quebec: https://santemontreal.qc.ca/en/public/coronavirus-covid-19/

Sugar Shack at Cabane A Sucre Constantin

REGISTER BY MARCH 11: https://forms.gle/jNC5v1Ns1rp9RaqE6

Back by popular demand, HGSS is going to the Sugar Shack on Saturday March 14th, 2020! Join us for an authentic Quebec experience at Cabane A Sucre Constantin, an incredible sugar shack just 40 minutes outside Montreal. 🍁🍁

Tickets are $25 for HGEN members, and an additional ticket for +1’s can be purchased for $30. Please e-transfer payment to hgssmcgill@gmail.com.

Your ticket includes access to the sugar shack sites, all you can eat lunch, taffy on the snow and more fun activities (details in registration form).

Pickup is at the McGill Gym at 10:15am and departure from the shack will be at 3:00pm (estimated return time: 4:00pm).