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Announcement — Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

Stephen Collins

Stephen M. Collins, MBBS, FRCP(UK), FRCPC

April 11, 2011

From: John G. Kelton, MD, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr. Stephen Collins as associate dean, research for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University effective July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016.

Dr. Collins obtained his medical training at London University in England where he later specialized in internal medicine. He trained in gastroenterology at McMaster University before completing three years of research training in cell biology at the Digestive Diseases Branch, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

He has been on staff at McMaster University since 1981. He was the director of the Intestinal Diseases Research Unit from 1983 to 1993, and head of the Division of Gastroenterology from 1993-2006.  Dr. Collins is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and he has been the Associate Dean, Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University since May 2006.  Dr. Collins  also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor — the highest rank awarded by the University. He is past president of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology.

His areas of research interest include the role of microbes in functional gastrointestinal disorders, neuro-immune interactions, and the role of commensal bacteria in health and disease. He has over 200 publications including papers in Nature Medicine, Lancet, JCI, Gastroenterology and Gut. He has received continuous CIHR funding for more than 20 years, has been a member of the MRC Science & Research Committee, and chaired the CIHR Experimental Medicine grants review committee for five years. He has also been an adviser to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and chaired the Strategic Initiatives Committee for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Dr. Collins is also a member of the Medical Review Panel for the Gairdner Foundation International Awards. Recipients of this prestigious award often go on to win a Nobel Prize in Medicine.

In his role as associate dean, research, Dr. Collins is responsible for guiding the research mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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