Hospital, university and private sector team up to launch major innovation in online medical education

The Jewish General Hospital and Aurora Interactive Ltd., both of Montreal, Quebec, today announced the signing of a landmark sales contract. The three-year agreement will see the integration of Aurora’s mScope Education Suite and the mScope Clinical Image Sharing Suite at the Jewish General, a major teaching hospital affiliated with McGill University. The hospital intends to use the mScope suites to create a unique online education network for pathology research.

The project will be led by Dr. Alan Spatz, director of the Department of Pathology at the Jewish General Hospital, a senior investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, and Professor of Pathology and Oncology at McGill University. He is also co-director of the Integrated Cancer Training Program at McGill and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pathology.

“With this agreement, McGill and the Jewish General Hospital have acquired the only digital suite that will allow us to achieve our ambitious goals,” said Dr. Spatz. “The melding of our unique expertise with Aurora’s products enable us to provide our students the best online pathology education available.“

“Aurora is pleased to partner with McGill University and Jewish General Hospital’s ambitious plans to take pathology education online and make it truly global” stated Pierre Le Fèvre, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Interactive.

In September 2010, McGill University placed among the top 25 universities globally for the seventh consecutive year in the QS World University Rankings.

About the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital

The Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI), located in Montreal, Quebec, is the research arm at the Jewish General Hospital, and has strong academic ties to McGill University. With over 150 affiliated researchers, the LDI is one of the largest and most important biomedical research institutes in Quebec and all of Canada. Major breakthroughs have been made by LDI researchers in the areas of HIV/ AIDS, aging, cancer, vascular disease, epidemiology and psychosocial science, and have thereby contributed to the health and well-being of millions of patients in Montreal, across Quebec and around the world.

About the Jewish General Hospital

Now in its landmark 75th year of providing Care for All, the Jewish General Hospital has been a mainstay of superior medical care for generations of patients of all backgrounds. One of Quebec’s largest and busiest acute-care hospitals, the JGH is committed to improving the quality of healthcare for all Quebecers in partnership with the provincial healthcare network. In this anniversary year, the Jewish General Hospital has redoubled its commitment providing patients the best possible care in a clean, safe and human-centered environment. The JGH is able to deliver these pioneering, innovative medical services by strengthening its role as a McGill University teaching hospital, by expanding and upgrading its facilities, and by pursuing cutting-edge research at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. Website:

About McGill University

McGill University, founded in Montreal in 1821, is Canada’s leading post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 10 professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 35,000 students. McGill attracts 6,800 foreign students from more than 160 countries around the world. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English – including 6,200 francophones – with more than 6,200 international students making up almost 20 per cent of the student body.