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Wong Forum targets cancer therapy breakthrough

The complexities of creating stealth molecules to kill cancer cells is the topic for the annual Henry & Sylvia Wong Forum in Medicine being held May 9.

Professor Patrick Gunning, the Canada Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Toronto will talk about his efforts to target brain cancer and leukemia in the session from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

All are welcome to attend the lecture, which is part of the annual day in faculty development, and will be held in room 2032 of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre.

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2018 Call for nominations to the Community of Distinction

The Faculty of Health Sciences is looking to honour former faculty, staff or alumni whose accomplishments in health sciences have brought worldwide renown to the Faculty and McMaster University.

Nominations are sought for a group of two to five contributors to be inducted into the Community of Distinction in 2018.

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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 researchers receive federal infrastructure funding

Dr. Flavio Kapczinski, professor of psychiatry & behavioural neurosciences

Two Faculty of Health Sciences researchers are among three at McMaster who have been awarded infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to advance their work in respiratory medicine, and mental health and materials processing.

The projects are funded through CFI's John Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), designated for exceptional researchers to conduct leading-edge research by giving them the requisite tools and equipment to become leaders in their fields. The awards were part of a national funding announced by Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan.

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Health Sciences Venture Fair showcases McMaster innovations

Margaret McKinnon

To kick off Hamilton Health Innovation Week – a week of activities designed to promote Hamilton's best innovators and innovations in the life sciences sector – the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) will host its first Health Sciences Venture Fair.

The Fair, being held on Monday, April 23, at the McMaster Innovation Park on Longwood Road, will bring together leading health scientists with venture capital investors.

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Active young adults with Type 1 diabetes have muscle complications: Study

Margaret McKinnon

A new study from McMaster and York universities has found that poor muscle health may be a complication of Type 1 diabetes, even among active twenty-somethings.

The research team analyzed muscle biopsies of young adults with and without Type 1 diabetes who exceed Diabetes Canada's recommended weekly levels for physical activity.

The researchers found structural and functional changes in the power generation parts of the cell, or mitochondria, of those with diabetes. Not only were the mitochondria less capable of producing energy for the muscle, they were also releasing high amounts of toxic reactive oxygen species, related to cell damage.

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In the Media

Quitting use of antidepressants a struggle

  • The New York Times interviewed Dee Mangin (Family Medicine) for an article about withdrawal symptoms and long-term use of antidepressants. The article was pick up by several major US newspapers.

Is exposure to fecal bacteria at birth beneficial for newborns

  • Eileen Hutton (Midwifery) spoke to Newsweek about the benefit to babies born in vaginal births being exposed to B.infantis in fecal material.

"My son died of a fentanyl overdose. Here's what I know."

The 5th Kingdom of fungi

  • Gerry Wright (IIDR, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) talked about antibiotic resistance on The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World, a documentary on CBC's The Nature of Things.

Anesthesiology an under recognized medical specialty

  • The Spectator published an opinion piece by medical student Mike Hao (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) that details the unique skill set required for an anesthesiology specialty.

Stressed and exhausted caregivers need better support 

  • An opinion piece by Jenny Ploeg and Maureen Markle-Reid (Nursing) published at The Conversation about the supports needed to address the complex needs of older adults and their family caregivers was picked up by the National Post and several local newspapers.  The authors also participated in a radio interview on CJAD 800 radio in Montreal.

Planning for end of life

  • Sandra Andreychuk (Nursing) penned a column for the Hamilton Spector about advanced care planning to help family members understand a loved ones wishes for medical treatment decisions.

Niagara palliative care team growing

  • Denise Marshall (Family Medicine) talked to the Grimsby Lincoln News about the early days of the Niagara West Palliative Care Team and how its grown over the past 22 years.

Weight Loss: Eating right vs. exercise

  • Zoomer looked to research by Russell de Souza (HE&I) to help answer the question of whether diet or exercise is more effective for weight loss as we age. 

Inquest beings into Hamilton jail overdose deaths 

  • Lori Regenstreif (Family Medicine) was quoted in a CBC story about how inmates with drug dependency are treated.

Seeing asthma

  • CTV News spoke to Parameswaren Nair (Medicine) about research using an MRI to get a picture about how much a patient with asthma's lungs were or were not being used.

Cannabis legalization still unresolved

  • The Gananoque Recorder covered a conference on the health effects, science, politics and social costs of cannabis legalization where Mike Devillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) was a panelist.

How social anxiety gets in the way of romance

  • Karen Rowa (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) talked about helping people who are socially anxious overcome self-doubt and fears for an article on anxiety and dating in The Toronto Star.

Autism and stem cell therapy

  • Peter Rosenbaum (Pediatrics)told The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) that stem cell therapy to cure autism is a risky procedure of completely unknown value.
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