McGill Summer Institute Program
McGill Global Health Programs
McGill Summer Institute, Infectious Diseases & Global Health, July 6-17, 2015

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Early applications to the Summer Institute will be reviewed by our Faculty at the beginning of January for an early decision.  The sooner you get your decision, the sooner you can plan ahead!
The 2016 edition of the Summer Institute features two new courses with an expanded group of internationally renowned faculty.

Week 1 (June 13-17, 2016)
  • TB Research Methods
  • Global Health Diagnostics
Week 2 (June 20-24, 2016)
  • Advanced TB Diagnostic Methods
  • Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology (NEW in 2016)
  • Tropical and Parasitic Diseases (NEW in 2016)
The Institute's website gives you all the details for each course in addition to information about McGill University and traveling to Montreal.


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2016 Courses


An intensive course on methods of operational research, molecular epidemiology, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, qualitative/community based research, decision analyses and modelling. Format will include lectures and small groups to develop and present study protocols. Previous course materials are available at:


This course will convene key stakeholder groups on global health diagnostics--focusing on TB, HIV, malaria, HIV co-infections, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and selected neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Issues covered include value chains for diagnostics development, current pipeline of diagnostics, unmet needs, market size and dynamics, policies on diagnostics, barriers for scale-up, regulation, supply chain, and quality assurance. Participants will include product manufacturers, donors, product development partnerships, policy makers, academics, clinicians, community advocates, public health implementers and leaders from ministries of health in priority countries. This course is taught by a diverse group of 27 renowned faculty.


This course will cover advanced topics in TB diagnostics research and implementation, including incremental value of new tests, impact of new tests on clinical decision-making and therapeutic choices, cost-effectiveness in routine programmatic settings, and impact on patient-important outcomes. The course will introduce multivariable approaches to diagnostic research, and cover alternative designs which evaluate patient outcomes, including the diagnostic RCT, and implementation research. The course will also cover meta-analysis, mathematical modeling, and cost-effectiveness studies. Panel discussions will cover topics such as value chain for TB diagnostics development, market analyses, market dynamics, target product profiles, and barriers to scale-up of new diagnostics. Participants will include product manufacturers, donors, product development partnerships, policy makers, academics, clinicians, community advocates, public health implementers and National TB Program managers.


The topics covered in this course will include population genetics of pathogens and their hosts, host-pathogen co-evolution and epigenetics of host and pathogen. Examples will be focused on tuberculosis to provide an introduction to the analyses of next generation sequencing (DNA and RNA), epigenetic modification, genotype-phenotype association and evolutionary selection. Format will include lectures, panel discussions and small groups to practice the use of commonly employed computer programs in the field.


The J. D. MacLean Centre for Tropical Disease at McGill University has trained generations of doctors and nurses who have provided clinical care to travelers, immigrants, and indigenous populations around the world for over 30 years. The Tropical and Parasitic Diseases course focuses on linking laboratory diagnostics and research to the clinical treatment of patients.

Tropical Medicine Clinical Review – 3 days
These presentations cover the latest health issues and treatments for travelers and indigenous populations. Presentations include the latest research and diagnostics in tropical and parasitic diseases and preventative medicine for travelers.
Laboratory Course: Malaria and Parasitic Zoonoses – one day
Laboratory workshop overview of blood borne and intestinal parasites and hands on teaching of microscopy for medical laboratory technologists, microbiologists, clinicians, nurses, and other industry personnel.
Clinical Ultrasound in tropical medicine: Practical Training for the Clinician – one day
Hands-on instruction in the use of diagnostic ultrasonography, with emphasis on tropical and parasitic diseases.
You may register for one, two, or all of these course components; however the laboratory and ultrasound sections are limited to 40 participants.
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Montreal in the Summer

There are exciting things to do in Montreal all the time. Here are a few noteworthy attractions. For a full list of things to do in the city, see the Tourisme Montreal website.

 Surrounded by the mighty St. Lawrence River and more than 400 islands, Montreal buzzes with energy and excitement all year long. Festivals abound, celebrating the power of laughter, fireworks, diversity, fast cars and cool jazz, a wintertime fusion of performing arts, fireworks and fine wine and dining.

Museums & Exhibits

Olympic Stadium

Part of Montréal’s iconic architecture, and home to the 1976 Olympic games – the Olympic stadium now hosts a variety of sports events, concerts, exhibitions, and more.
Learn more here.

Space for Life:  Biôdome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden, & Planetarium

Combining four unique nature museums near to the Stadium, Space for Life features recreations of America’s most splendid ecosystems at the Biôdome,  one of the world’s largest botanical gardens, and North America’s leading insect museum and the brand-new Planetarium. All are definitely worth a visit!

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Montreal Science Center - IMAX Theater

The Montreal Science Center is located in the Old Port of Montreal and features permanent and temporary interactive showcases touching all areas of Science and Technology. Be sure to grab a Beaver Tail treat while you’re there!

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McCord Museum

The McCord Museum museum is dedicated to showcasing Montreal, Quebec and Canada’s social history and material culture. Exhibitions on Italian fashion and Montreal Mansions will be presented this summer.

Learn more here.

Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts

Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts is the city’s largest museum and presents  unique exhibition such as the upcoming exhibition on Pompei.

Lean more here.

Iconic Montreal

Montreal Casino

Montreal’s Casino is located on the site of Expo ‘67’s French Pavilion. Having expanded over the years, it is home to some exciting entertainment.

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Saint-Joseph's Oratory

Perched on top of Mount Royal, Saint-Joseph’s Oratory offers a breathtaking view of the city. One of their popular permanent displays highlights 200 nativities from more than 100 countries.

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Old Montreal & Notre Dame Basilica

Are you a Celine Dion fan? The Notre Dame Basilica is where Celine Dion got married!

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Discover Montreal

Hop On, Hop Off Bus

Take a tour of Montreal’s neighbourhoods and tourist attractions at your leisure with a London-style double decker bus.

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Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tours

For the more daring adventurer—what better way to immerse yourself in Montreal culture than jet-boating on the St-Lawrence river!

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Happy Holidays!

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD
Director, McGill Global Health Programs
McIntyre Medical Bldg., Room 633
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montreal, QC H3G 1Y6, Canada
Tel: 514-398-8564

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