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Michael Patlas to be honoured

Michael Patlas, a professor in the Department of Radiology at McMaster University, has been elected to receive the 2019 Fellowship of the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Award.

The award, which recognizes scientific, professional, volunteer leadership and service, is one of CAR's highest honours. He will be formally recognized at a ceremony on April 13 in Montreal.



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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Mohit Bhandari recognized as an Officer of the Order of Canada

Doctors Derek Chu, left, and David McCullagh of McMaster University.

McMaster University's Mohit Bhandari was presented with the insignia of an Member of the Order of Canada today. 

Bhandari, a Hamilton native, is a professor and the academic chair of the division of orthopedic surgery at McMaster. He serves as the associate chair of research of the Department of Surgery at the University and holds a Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopedics.

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McMaster receives $8.45M in health research funding

Doctors Derek Chu, left, and David McCullagh of McMaster University.

McMaster University is receiving $8.45 million from the federal government to support 13 health research projects.

The results of the 2018 fall Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project grants competition were shared at an announcement at the Health Sciences Centre today. The McMaster grants are part of a national investment of $275 million funds for Canadian researchers studying the full spectrum of health issues.

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McMaster completes first Canadian midwifery textbook

Doctors Derek Chu, left, and David McCullagh of McMaster University.

McMaster University's Midwifery Education Program has released the final instalment of a collection of interactive ebooks that comprise Canada's first midwifery textbook.

The three-volume suite, entitled Comprehensive Midwifery: An Interactive Approach to the Theory & Evidence of Practice, is for midwifery students and midwives.

"McMaster's Midwifery Education Program is known internationally for its midwifery education and research, so it seems appropriate we would release the first Canadian midwifery textbook," said Liz Darling, assistant dean of the McMaster Midwifery Education Program and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

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In the Media

New concussion guidelines for kids

  • CTV News reported on research by Carol DeMatteo (CanChild/School of Rehabilitation Science) that informed a new set of guidelines for return to school and activity after concussion. The website SheKnows posted a story, and she was interviewed by CHML and SiriusXM radio.

Pap spas

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to the Toronto Star about HPV, pap tests and vaginal steaming. The Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Record, St. Catharines Standard and three Metroland community dailies also ran the article.

Model train livens up Braley Centre

  • John Kelton (Medicine) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about the model train set display created by David Lee of Dundas who passed away in January.

Better aging

  • Andrew Costa (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) spoke to AM800 radio about better care and support systems for older adults in health care facilities.

Know the signs of a blood clot

  • Deborah Siegal (Medicine) talked to the Toronto Sun about the need to develop tools to increase the public's understanding about thrombosis. The Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Sun and Edmonton Sun ran the article.

Walk with a doc

  • CHCH TV reported on Marianne Talman (Medicine) participating in the global movement that encourages healthy habits.

Quitting antidepressants

  • An article on The Wire quoted Dee Mangin (Family Medicine) about the importance of quitting antidepressants over months not days. The Daily Hunt, Centre Daily Times, and posted the article.

A love affair with meat

  • A RedState article noted research by Andrew Mente (Population Health Research Institute) that showed an overall balanced diet could include red meat.

Growing out of penicillin allergies

  • Healthline noted research by Derek Chu and David McCullagh (Medicine) that showed many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin either aren't allergic at all or have only had mild intolerance.

Is the official advice on salt wrong?

  • Andrew Mente (Population Heath Research Institute) spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the sodium "sweet spot" the amount we should consume to provide benefit. The New Zealand Herald also ran the article. 

ALS drug

  • A St Louis Post-Dispatch article about the drug edaravone noted a paper by John Turnbull (Medicine) that argued infusions of the drug could be both ineffective and harmful.

Anti-aging tips

  • A article noted a McMaster University study that showed exercise is good for your skin.

How to improve your grip

  • An article noted a McMaster study that showed grip strength may be an indicator of overall wellness.
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