As of July 18th 2020, masks are mandatory in interior public spaces in Quebec, sparking a debate around the true benefits versus discomforts of wearing a mask: some people oppose it. Statements made in opposition have left many confused. Dr. Maxime Cormier, a respirologist at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), with expertise in asthma and one of the key doctors who launched the first COVID ward at the Glen site, weighed in on the conversation and provides a bit of clarity regarding some of the myths about wearing masks. Is it true that [...]
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In mid-March 2020, when the Quebec government announced confinement measures as the COVID infection and death rate tolls soared worldwide, the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI or “the Chest”) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) rushed to launch the MUHC’s first COVID wards. This was a natural fit as COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease and the MCI represents the Division of Respiratory Medicine at the MUHC. Dr. Kevin Schwartzman, Director of the Respiratory Division at the MUHC and head of the Chest, was tasked to oversee the launch of the COVID wards at both the Glen and the [...]
It is with great pleasure that we announce Dr. Mikashmi Kohli as the recipient of the inaugural 2020-2021 Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship in Respiratory Research. Dr. Kohli obtained her PhD in molecular medicine from the AII India Institute of Medical Sciences. Since 2018, Dr. Kohli has been working as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Madhukar Pai. During this time, her research has focused on tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics, and she was involved in an international project to assess the availability and accessibility of diagnostics at primary health care centres in India. To date, Dr. Kohli has contributed to [...]
Last year our call to action was well received and we were able to implement the first Lung Cancer Screening Program in Quebec. This year, we would like to, once again, call upon your generosity to help us implement the first ever Lung Cancer Investigation Tracking System. Imagine the overwhelming fear and uncertainty that a patient can experience following a lung cancer diagnosis. From initial suspicion to diagnosis and treatment, the investigation process can often take a long time, as patients go through a plethora of tests, imaging studies and invasive procedures to determine the extent of the disease [...]
It was blue skies and smiles all around as the 7th edition of the annual Raymond James softball game, benefiting the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, took place in Côte-St-Luc on Saturday, August 24th. The MCI Lobes defeated the Raymond James Bulls, all in the name of raising over $25,000 for a worthy cause: Quebec’s first Lung Cancer Screening Program. The most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, lung cancer is the leading cause of death among Canadians. In Quebec, more women die of lung cancer than breast cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, when it [...]
Last year, in 2018, the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation (MCIF) dedicated its annual appeal to raising funds to start the first Lung Cancer Screening Program in Quebec at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI). Located at the Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the MCI is the first hospital in Quebec to offer this ground-breaking initiative which uses special CT scans that provide low doses of radiation to detect lung cancers before they cause symptoms, on high-risk patients. Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada, and the leading cause of death in Canadians. To [...]
On Saturday, August 18th, the 6th Annual Raymond James charity softball game was held to benefit the MCI. This year, money raised went to help open an innovative clinic for interstitial lung disease (ILD) that will be a new specialty focus for the MCI. ILD affects approximately 15% of our patients and is a group of difficult to diagnose pulmonary diseases that cause scarring (fibrosis) and/or inflammation of the lungs. The new clinic will provide special expertise and support for our patients. A big thank you to all donors and supporters! As for the softball game itself, the MCI Lobes [...]
The Montreal Chest Institute Foundation is proud to honour Dr. Becklake’s legacy and immense contribution in developing generations of respiratory clinicians and researchers by launching the Dr. Margaret Becklake Fellowship. This fellowship will be awarded to at least one trainee in respiratory research every year and will pay her or his salary as s/he conducts research under the supervision of scientists at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Recipients will be chosen from low- and middle-income countries as well as from Canadian Indigenous communities. Over the course of her career, Dr. Becklake had a major [...]
Annual Raymond James Charity Softball Game raises $130,000 for life-changing equipment, clinics and research at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Photo (above): Richard Rousseau, Mitch Rosenberg and Martin Leclerc from Raymond James stand next to the financial firm’s new plaque outside the exercise testing equipment room. Funds raised from their charity softball tournament paid for all the equipment in this room, to help patients with COPD. The Montreal Chest Institute Foundation extends a heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at Raymond James, a diversified financial services firm, which over the past five years, [...]
Playing detective is one of the things Dr. Deborah Assayag really likes about her job. The respirologist, who will be joining the team at the Montreal Chest Institute (MCI) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) in July, specializes in the treatment of interstitial lung diseases (ILD), a group of difficult to diagnose pulmonary diseases that cause scarring (fibrosis) and/or inflammation of the lungs. “I am a bit like Sherlock Holmes. When I meet patients for the first time, I ask a lot of questions and take a very thorough medical history. I ask about their jobs, their medications, [...]