McMaster University

McMaster University

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Announcement — Farncombe Family Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Andrew J. Macpherson

Andrew J. Macpherson, M.A., M.Phil., M.B., B.Chir., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.P.C.

Dated: January 13, 2006

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

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrew J. Macpherson as the inaugural chair holder of the Farncombe Family Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences effective November 1, 2005.

Dr. Macpherson is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences and senior Canada Research Chair in Mucosal Immunology (2004). 

An accredited specialist in gastroenterology and general internal medicine, he was educated at Camelford Comprehensive School in Cornwall, U.K. and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Senior Scholar and Bachelor Scholar). 

Dr. Macpherson has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Emmanuel College Prize (awarded twice), the Colin MacKenzie Prize (Biochemistry), the Peake Prize (Medicine), an MRC PhD Scholarship, MRC Training Fellowship and MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship, the Beit Fellowship and the Ciba Fellowship.

Dr. Macpherson's research interests concern the interactions of the mucosal immune system with commensal intestinal bacteria and the immunopathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease.  He is the author of more than 75 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews and book chapters.  

Previous positions include open research fellow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; registrar and senior registrar, Cambridge, Leicester and London (UK); MRC clinician scientist, senior lecturer in Medicine and consultant physician and gastroenterologist, King's College Hospital London (UK); senior scientist and medical faculty member (consultant gastroenterologist), Institute of Experimental Immunology, Universitätsspital, Zurich, Switzerland.

An amateur pianist and organist, Dr. Macpherson also enjoys political history, Renaissance and Baroque music, surfing and skiing.  He and his spouse Claire Niven have three sons, Jamie, Atholl and Alex.

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