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Faculty researchers CIHR video winners

The Faculty of Health Sciences had a strong showing in a video contest hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH).

The IHDCYH Talks video competition profiles research and ideas that impact maternal, reproductive, child and youth health in Canada.

Andrea Cross, PhD candidate at the School of Rehabilitation Science, was a runner-up with her video, These six F-words won't fill up your swear jar: What do the F-words mean to youth with impairments?

A special commendation was given to the video Boys' and men's health: Child sexual abuse prevention by Christine Wekerle, associate professor, pediatrics.

The winning video, Pathways in ASD Study - A family's story, was led by Peter Szatmari of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Szatmari developed the video with researchers from the Offord Centre for Child Studies of McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences.




McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences trains physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health care researchers, physician assistants and midwives to work together in teams, providing the finest patient care.

Our programs cover the spectrum of health care, including the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Science, Midwifery, a Bachelor of Health Sciences program and Canada's first physician assistants' program.

We are known for innovating small group, problem-based education, with a focus on self-directed, life-long learning, as well as the development of evidence-based medicine.

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McMaster study finds opportunity to increase opioid dependence treatment in Ontario jails

Lori Regenstreif is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine.

A study from McMaster University suggests more can be done to improve access to and delivery of opioid dependence treatment in adult correctional facilities in Ontario.

Researchers say collaboration between the health-care and correctional systems is needed to close the gaps, and to benefit and improve the health of those in custody.

The recommendation is based on surveys completed by physicians working in more than half of Ontario's provincial correctional facilities. The study results were published today in PLOS ONE.

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Waterloo medical campus puts older and younger together

Andrew Costa, right, helps unveil the green bench ​along with guests, Don Livingston of Schlegel Villages and his wife, Mary Buhr-Livingston.

To build better relationships between future physicians and older adults, an elder care education program is being rolled out by the Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

The program, launched in January, intends to promote intergenerational learning through three main initiatives: MacPAGE, Make a New Old Friend and the Green Bench.

Cathy Morris, regional assistant dean of the Waterloo campus, says the learning is needed as by 2020 it's anticipated that 30 per cent of Canadian clinic patients, 60 per cent of hospitalized patients and as many as 95 per cent of continuing care patients will be aged 65 and older.

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Health Leadership Academy launches physician fellowships

Jean Chamberlain Froese with a mother and newborn baby in Kawolo General Hospital in Uganda

The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy (HLA) of McMaster University is launching a new fellowship program.  

The HLA Physician Fellowship Program is open to physicians who enrol in the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in Digital Transformation at McMaster's DeGroote School of Business. 

Five fellows will be selected for the inaugural year of the program, which starts in September 2018.

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In the Media

Pompe disease is treatable

  • Mark Tarnopolsky (Pediatrics and Medicine) spoke to Maclean's magazine about the progressive rare genetic disorder that causes weakness, intolerance to exercise, and can lead to respiratory problems ad death.

More research needed on medicinal cannabis

  • Jason Busse and James MacKillop (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about the two-day Innovations in the Science of Cannabis Conference.

How the flu shot works

  • Mark Loeb (Pathology and Molecular Medicine/IIDR) spoke to the CBC about the effectiveness of this year's flu shot.

Doping and the Olympics

  • Mark Tarnopolsky (Pediatrics and Medicine) spoke to CTV about the Olympics and the issue of doping.

Is there a male athlete triad?

  • Margo Mountjoy (Family Medicine/Waterloo Regional Campus) was interviewed by Athletics Weekly about new research that shows that men can suffer the devastating consequences of a male version of the female athlete triad or relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S). 

Future doctors learn by working independently

  • Maclean's Magazine spoke to MD student Matthew Jessome and Rob Whyte (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine), about McMaster's undergrad MD program, for an article on medical schools in the 2018 University Guide.

Unmatched medical residents could triple

  • The Toronto Star wrote about The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada recommending that provincial health ministries boost funding to create additional residency spots.

Canadians give up food, heat to afford prescriptions

  • McMaster researchers were involved a recently published study extensively covered in the media that said more than 1.6 million Canadians — 8.2 per cent of people who were prescribed medication in 2016 — didn't fill their prescriptions, skipped doses, or otherwise didn't take the medicine because they couldn't pay for it.

Scientists inch closer to universal flu vaccine

  • Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/MIRC) spoke to Global TV about universal flu vaccine research.

Gut bacteria and brain connection

  • Steve Collins (Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute) is noted in an article in The Columbian Post about a growing group of researchers around the world who are investigating how the microbiome regulates brain function.

Prevention of stroke in women

  • Sonia Anand (Medicine/HE&I) told Reuters Health that prevention of stroke in women should be considered across the life course and health systems established to maximize the screening and treatment of at risk women.
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