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Mac named top employer

McMaster University has been named one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers for the second year in a row.
Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers to recognize the Hamilton-Niagara employers that offer exceptional places to work.

This is the second time McMaster has submitted an application to this rigorous competition – and the second time the University has won.

"With each passing year, I become more deeply connected to our incredible community at McMaster," says President Patrick Deane.

"I'm tremendously pleased we've been chosen again as a top employer. This really speaks to the quality of our McMaster employees. Their talent, dedication, and expertise help to make McMaster a wonderful place to learn, work, and thrive." More here:


Mosaic Upgrade

Mosaic's finance functions will be unavailable from 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 until 8:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5 for an upgrade of the finance application.

During this time HR, student administration, Hyperion and data warehouse functions will remain open. Notably, the Mosaic student center will be available for students to use.

All finance functions, including travel and expense, journal entry, financial reporting, and voucher entry, will be unavailable.

This second phase of the Mosaic upgrade will have fewer changes that are visible to end users than the first did.  Initially, it will bring a new page for staff to submit service requests to Facility Services.  The upgrade will also allow users to begin making their own custom homepages inside Mosaic that combine HR and finance tasks. The upgrade will provide a foundation for additional functions to be added in the next year.

Additional information about Mosaic, including updates and links to orientation materials are available inside Mosaic in the news section.



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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Devereaux and Verdú awarded Canada Research Chairs

Elena Verdu- Photo with Link to Article

P.J. Devereaux and Elena Verdú have joined 33 other Faculty of Health Sciences members as Canada Research Chairs (CRCs).

They are among six new McMaster CRCs and three renewals announced yesterday by Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan. This brings a total of $8.9 million to the university in federal funding aimed at attracting and retaining top research leaders. Currently, 69 researchers from McMaster hold this esteemed title.

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John Bienenstock honoured with festschrift

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A world-renowned McMaster University professor is being honoured in festschrift style Friday.

Former trainees of Dr. John Bienenstock, a Distinguished University Professor of medicine and pathology and molecular medicine, are returning to pay tribute to him with a day of talks on his specialty. He is known as one of the founding fathers of mucosal immunology, and he is recognized as a global authority on the lung and gut and their interaction on the brain. 

Bienenstock came to McMaster University in 1968 after graduating in London, UK, and a period of post-doctoral training at Harvard and Buffalo University, and he has continued his research program since becoming a professor emeritus in 1998. He is the director of the Brain and Body Institute at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

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Respirologist wins research award

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Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, has won the 2016 Anne & Neil McArthur Research Award from St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation.

Since 2000, the award has been presented annually to an internationally recognized researcher whose field of study is also a focus of research at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. The McArthur family has supported research and honoured innovative researchers at St. Joseph's for 17 years.

O'Byrne is world renowned for his research on asthma that is the result of allergies. St. Joseph's is home to the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, an internationally-recognized centre for respiratory research and clinical care.

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Inspirational leader takes lifelong achievement award

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An inspirational leader whose forward thinking has built caring communities has been honoured.

Dr. John Kelton received a Lifelong Achievement Award from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine's Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Regional Geriatric Program Central.

He is a McMaster University professor of medicine, active hematologist and award-winning researcher who was dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 2001 to 2016.

The award honours inspirational leaders in the field who have shown forward-thinking, integrity, a commitment to lifelong learning and a selfless contribution to the building of caring communities within the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant Local Health Integrated Network.

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In the Media

  • The Canadian Press/Broadcast News, The Globe and Mail and CBC News Network's News Now interviewed Christine Grant (Pediatrics) who was an author of the Canadian Pediatric Society's report on adolescents and marijuana, which expressed concerns about the particular effects of marijuana on young brains. Among the outlets to pick up the story were: The Toronto Star, Victoria Times Colonist, CBC online, and radio stations in at least 24 Canadian markets, including Edmonton, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Calgary, Victoria and Hamilton. CTV posted its own story on the report.

  • Maclean's magazine highlighted the research of Jennifer Stearns (Farncombe Institute) into the human gut microbiome, in a piece on the growth of the field

  • The National Post, Windsor Star, Regina Leader Post, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun,, The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and Reddit published a commentary piece by resident physician Blair Bigham (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) on the issue of families that override the wishes of would-be organ donors. Another article by Blair on whether the public should be trained to do CPR on overdose victims was published by STAT News.

  • The Hamilton Community News reported on a questionnaire developed by Sheila Samaan (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) that identifies methadone patients who have a high risk of relapsing.
  • The Waterloo Record wrote about a campaign that aims to raise funds for new ER doctors at Grand River Hospital that they hope will attract medical residents.  Grand River currently has one ER resident from McMaster.

  • The Hamilton Spectator published a column about McMaster Nursing graduate and former faculty member Susan Smith and her 19 years working in Mexico to improve the lives of impoverished Indigenous women in a mountain village.
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