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In the Media 2013

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December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

Michel GrignonMichel Grignon from the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) talked about the health-care 'aging tsunami' myth, which is a powerful but misleading metaphor and the worrying rise in health-care spending in an opinion piece in the National Post.


Neil JohnstonNeil Johnston (Department of Medicine) contributed to series of articles this week in the Hamilton Spectator — part of their Code Red project that explores the powerful impacts that the social determinants of health have on people in Hamilton. A new Code Red website with interactive graphics and maps was also unveiled this week.


Mark TarnopolskyCBC TV's The Nature of Things featured Mark Tarnopolsky (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation), and Martin Gibala and Steven Bray (Kinesiology) in a documentary where host Jennifer Gardy explored myths about physical and intellectual fitness. The segments at McMaster looked at the effects of exercise on aging, the efficiency of high-intensity interval training and how the brain can be trained to develop more willpower.


Gina AgarwalThe Hamilton Spectator reported on research by Gina Agarwal (Family Medicine) showing that regular, proactive paramedic visits to seniors residences significantly curtailed 911 calls from those same residences.



Susan WasermanSusan Waserman (Medicine) talked about Hamilton’s initiative to make epipens available in restaraunts with the Hamilton Spectator.



Gerry Wright

The Hamilton Spectator ran an article about McMaster University researchers and a new approach to isolating naturally-occurring antibiotics in soil bacteria that could produce new drugs that are effective on antibiotic-resistant bacteria.


Zhou Xing Fiona Smaill

The Globe and Mail ran a piece about researchers Fiona Smaill (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and Zhou Xing (Immunology Research Centre) and their success in testing a tuberculosis vaccine developed at McMaster University which offers new hopes for the global fight against tuberculosis.


September 2013


Michael Surette Paul Moayyedi

Paul Moayyedi, a member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, and Michael Surette, a McMaster University microbiologist, comment about potential cures for ulcerative colitis found by a McMaster study.


Salim Yusuf

The Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) led international research that concluded only 46.5 per cent of those with high blood pressure were aware they had the condition. Dr. Salim Yusuf, director of the institute, said, "We could reduce the global burden of stroke and heart attacks a lot simply by checking people's blood pressure regularly and controlling the blood pressure more effectively."


Dr. Salim Yusuf, director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), is the lead author of a study that found people in high income countries like Canada are less likely to die of heart disease despite being at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes.


August 2013

Harriet MacMillan

Dr. Harriet MacMillan, a pediatrician and child psychiatrist of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, co-authored a report about caregiver-fabricated illness for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which appears in Monday’s issue of the journal Pediatrics.


Ian Rodger

There is no evidence that impaired blood flow or blockage in the veins of the neck or head is involved in multiple sclerosis (MS), says a McMaster University study. "This is the first Canadian study to provide compelling evidence against the involvement of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) in MS," said principal investigator Ian Rodger, a professor emeritus of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.


Mick Bhatia

Mick Bhatia, professor and scientific director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, describes a discovery that will lead to lowering the amount of bone marrow needed for a donation while increasing regeneration and lessening rejection in the recipient patients.

July 2013

Ray TruantRay Truant, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, and his laboratory discovered that the mutant huntingtin protein that causes Huntington's disease (HD) was changing shape.


Khalid Al-Nedawi

Khalid Al-Nedawi, a researcher in the Department of Medicine, is one of 40 scientists to share $8 million raised during Movember and given out Wednesday by advocacy group Prostate Cancer Canada to fund research into the most common cancer in Canadian men.


John You

Dr. John You, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is one of the authors of an end-of-life "conversation guide" published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The guide offers steps that doctors in hospitals can follow to sensitively broach the subject with patients and their families.


Parminder Raina

Parminder Raina, a professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, comments on a Danish study on aging. Raina is the principal investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) — a study of 50,000 men and women across Canada between the ages of 45 and 85 who will be followed for the next 20 years using questionnaires, physical assessments and collection of blood and urine samples.

June 2013

Karl Stobbe

Gabriela Glattstein-Young and Jamie Harshman, both second year medical students at the Niagara Regional Campus of McMaster School of Medicine, gave the initial presentations for the InfoHealth lecture at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library on June 12. Dr. Karl Stobbe, regional assistant dean of the Niagara campus, will give the next presentation Sept. 11 on the role of the McMaster University Medical School in the future of health care in the Niagara Region.


Mark Tarnopolsky

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine is interviewing about his groundbreaking studies are starting to change what we know about the impact of excercise on aging.


Salim Yusuf

Dr. Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine and director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), has been named one of the world’s most influential scientists by ScienceWatch. Yusuf, a leader in the research and prevention of cardiovascular disease, had 11 "hot" research papers published in 2012.


Alex Gow

Dr. Alex Gow, a graduate of McMster's medical school, is completing her medicine residency and will be setting a practice in Leamington in Essex County. The county is working to address a chronic doctor shortage.


Jason Busse

Jason Busse, an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesia, is working with his research team to help uncover the role that patient attitudes and beliefs play in recovery.


Kaylyn Merrifield, a first-year medical student at the Waterloo Regional Campus

Grade 5 students in Kitchener-Waterloo stepped aboard the MACgic School Bus program this month to learn about the world inside the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Colin Yardley, who graduated from the undergraduate medical program last month, started the program two years ago. Other medical students are keen to be involved to insure the program continues. First-year medical student,Jordan Farag, is the program’s new co-ordinator with 10 medical students joining him as volunteers.


Mohit Bhandari

Research co-led by Dr. Mohit Bhandari, a professor of orthopedic surgery, and Sheila Sprague, an orthopedic research program manager, indicated that hospital fracture clinics can serve as effective screening centres for detecting cases of domestic violence.


Karen Beattie

Karen Beattie, an assistant professor in the Division of Rheumatology, comments about the effects of strontium citrate on osteoporosis.


Heather Arthur

Heather Arthur, a professor in the School of Nursing and the chief scientific officer with Hamilton Health Sciences, became the first woman to win the Terry Kavanagh prize in recognition of her extensive work in cardiac rehabilitation.


Jonathan Bramson

Jonathan Bramson, director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre, sees the research into new immunotherapies as evidence that the immune system is able to fight cancer. "We’re seeing seen remarkable outcomes and evidence of what we long believed," he says, adding that he’s not just hopeful, but "phenomenally" excited.


May 2013

Steven Rolfe Olive Wahush

A health centre for refugees and new immigrants has opened in east Hamilton at a time when federal cuts have made it harder for newcomers to access care. McMaster's school of nursing is happy to get involved, said Olive Wahush, assistant dean of undergraduate nursing education programs. The nursing students will make a difference through seeing a wide variety of patients.

The Refuge Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health opened its second location in the Perkins Centre. "The building has a checkered history," said Steven Rolfe, assistant clinical professor with the School of Nursing and director of policy and planning at Homestead Christian Care. "It's going from a dark place to a light place of welcome."


Jan Willem Gorter Brian Timmons

The 2013 report card released by Active Healthy Kids shows Canada gets low grades across the board in physical activity. Brian Timmons, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics runs the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program and was an investigator on the report card. Dr. Jan Willem Gorter is director of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. The recommendations in the Active Healthy Kids Report Card for children with disabilities were made the CanChild's Stay-FIT Study.


Colin Yardley

When Colin Yardley walks across the stage at McMaster University on Friday, he’ll be among the first wave of homegrown doctors who are being trained in local hospitals and earning medical degrees without leaving the region.


Michel Grignon

Michel Grignon, an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca and an associate professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Health, Aging and Society, writes about "Rate My Hospital," an investigation produced by the CBC's Fifth Estate on the quality of hospitals in Canada, and about the need to improve hospital services.


Brenda Vrkljan

Early findings suggest that seniors lose confidence, which means losing skills. Driving can be a challenge for people later in life. But new research suggests that keeping senior citizens confident and on the road could be safer for everyone. The key to keeping seniors driving longer may be boosting their confidence through some encouragement and retraining, says Brenda Vrkljan, an associate professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and member of the Candrive Research Network.


McMaster University and the giant IT company Cisco Canada are joining forces in a $2.1 million project to build a university-wide research "cloud" to enhance the sharing of medical information. Cisco is providing a $2.1 million to the university that includes $1.6 million over eight years to establish a Professorship in Integrated Health Biosystems, as well as $500,000 over five years to establish a Research Chair in Bioinformatics.


Kathy Georgiade

The healthy immigrant effect, where new immigrants are healthier than native-born Canadians, also appears to exist in the mental health of immigrant children, show preliminary findings of a McMaster study. Kathy Georgiades, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, presented the findings at a youth mental health conference at city hall on Tuesday.


Dr. Tim Davies, an assistant professor in the Division of Urology, was not part of the survey, but said he hopes the results will get men talking. The number of men who suffer side-effects may be surprising to other survivors, but Davies says surgeons know just how many men go through it, often silently.

March 2013

Malcolm Sears

Dr. Malcolm Sears, a leading asthma and allergy researcher at McMaster and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, is one of the authors of a study that is raising questions about possible links between increased Caesarean sections and the rising rates of allergies and asthma. "C-sections now account for one-quarter of all births," said Sears. "The question is: does this have an impact on health?"


Gerard Wright

Gerard Wright, scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and a professor at McMaster, writes about the urgent need for Canada to come up with an action plan for new drugs to fight increasing antibiotic resistance. His commentary follows the Ontario Medical Association report titled "When Antibiotics Stop Working," calling on the provincial and federal governments to address this growing crisis of antibiotic resistance while there is still time. "The bacteria are not waiting to advance, neither should we," said Wright.


Qiyin Fang

Google Street View is the inspiration for a colon scope in development at McMaster University that would help detect signs of cancer. Dr. Qiyin Fang, an associate professor in the Department Engineering Physics, is part of a team developing an advanced scope that would provide a "panoramic view of the colon."


David Price

Michael G. DeGroote donated $2 million to an endowment fund to help medical research that will be named after Dr. John G. Kelton, a leading hematologist, researcher, academic, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences and dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster.

February 2013

David Price

Dr. David Price talks about the move to pay individuals to encourage plasma donations.


David Price

Canchild researchers develop guidelines for managing concussions in children

January 2013

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