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Resident wins CMA award

Blair Bigham, a McMaster medical school graduate and now emergency medicine resident here, is among the Canadian Medical Association's 2018 award recipients.

The annual awards recognize outstanding individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to medicine and the health-care system.

Bigham was selected for his work as an advocate, both provincially and nationally, on the issue of medical trainee well-being.

The 12 award recipients will be honored at a gala event in Winnipeg on August 21.



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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Faculty scoops a Banting and six Vanier awards

Jason Busse is an associate professor of anesthesia at McMaster University. Six graduate students of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) are among 10 from McMaster University who have received the Government of Canada's most prestigious scholarships for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. In addition, a FHS researcher will be a 2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

They are tackling research areas including diabetes in expectant mothers, breast cancer and high-altitude adaptations in mice.

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Hanna named acting vice-dean, executive director of School of Rehabilitation Science

Steven HannaSteven Hanna has been appointed as the acting vice-dean and executive director of the School of Rehabilitation Science of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

He is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

He will serve in the interim role, which started on July 15, until the process of selecting a permanent vice-dean concludes.

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Department of Medicine creates inaugural associate chair, equity and diversity

Sonia Anand, professor of medicine at McMaster University.Sonia Anand is the inaugural associate chair, equity and diversity of the Department of Medicine at McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences. 

Anand will be responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices related to equity and diversity within the department. She will also support the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty by addressing any issues related to equity including gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

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In the Media

Rescued Thai soccer team may have impact on health

  • Andrea Gonzalez (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) talked with CTV news and Victoria radio station CFAX 1070 about the potential longer-term impact on health of the Thai boys soccer team's ordeal spending 18 days in an underground cave.

 New theory developed on Huntington's disease

 New pregnancy screening guideline

  • An updated guideline for screening of bacteria levels in pregnant women, published in the CMAJ with first author Ainsley Moore (Family Medicine) was reported in several media including The Hamilton Spectator and

 Why a hot dog eating contest is not a good idea

  • John Marshall (Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute) spoke to CHML about what happens to your stomach when you eat vast amounts of food. 

 Crash course in organic chemistry

  • Jakob Magolan (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) teaches the basics of organic chemistry on a TED talk.

 Burlington resident receives Order of Canada

  • reported on Mohit Bhandari (Surgery) being among 105 new national honourees.

Everything we know about the health effects of cannabis

  • CISN 103.9 radio and posted an interview with Michael Verbora (Family Medicine) about using cannabis as medicine.

Networks battle isolation

  • Bill Brown (Medicine) authored a column for Niagara This Week on the importance of networks to battle loneliness.

Osteoporosis is a man's disease too

  • Aliya Khan (Medicine) was interviewed regarding men's risks of osteoporosis by the new online magazine YouAreUnltd.

Exercise as fitness

  • Advice from medical school alumnus Jason Profetto is being featured in a series of columns on fitness solutions in The St. Catharines Standard and The Hamilton Spectator.
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