McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences

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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 faculty awarded $37.2M for health research

Salim Yusuf

McMaster University health researchers will receive a total of $37.2M from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to further their high-impact research, the federal government announced July 28.

The funds will support research ranging from a better understanding of how to combat bacteria to improving critical care, and from studying cardiovascular issues around the world to examining the relationship between the gut and the brain.

The results of two national research award competitions, worth $600 million, were announced by Health Minister Rona Ambrose in Edmonton on July 28.

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$5.3M from Public Health for National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

Maureen Dobbins

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT), hosted by McMaster, has received $5.3 million in ongoing funding through to March 2020 from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in evidence-informed decision making to Canadian public health organizations.

This extension to the NCCMT’s funding allows the Centre to continue to develop resources to help organizations and professionals use innovative, high quality and up-to-date methods and tools to put what works in public health into practice and policy.

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Depression starts as a gut feeling, McMaster scientists prove

Premysl Bercik

Bacteria in your gut play an important role in inducing anxiety and depression, scientists from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University have discovered.

Their study, published July 28 in Nature Communications, is the first to explore the role of intestinal microbiota in altered behaviour that comes from early life stress.

It has been known for some time that intestinal bacteria can affect behaviour, but much of the previous research has used healthy, normal mice, said Premysl Bercik, senior author of the paper and an associate professor of medicine with McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

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