McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Together, advancing health through learning and discovery Small group, problem-based learning Ranked one of Canada's most research intense universities Focus on self-directed, life-long learning Early introduction to patient care Integrating education, research and patient care

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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'Thinking Ahead' on optimal aging

Steven Hoffman Parminder Raina

McMaster’s efforts to become an authoritative voice on optimal aging will be in the spotlight this week at two panel discussions featuring a roster of well-known speakers.

The public events are part of a larger initiative, Thinking Ahead: How We Can Better Support Optimal Aging in Canada Using the Best Available Research Evidence, which focuses on how we communicate with, engage and support Canada’s aging population. The initiative includes a two-day symposium for invited participants who are working directly in the field of aging.

Thinking Ahead has been organized by the McMaster Health Forum, and is funded by the Labarge Charitable Foundation in conjunction with University’s Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.

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Research finding could lead to new therapies for patients with gluten intolerance

Student from Niigata University visits Core Lab in McMaster University Medical Centre

Researchers at McMaster University have discovered a key molecule that could lead to new therapies for people with celiac disease, an often painful and currently untreatable autoimmune disorder.

Researchers in the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University have discovered that a molecule, elafin, which is present in the intestine of healthy individuals, is significantly decreased in patients with celiac disease. The research was published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

"People who have to strictly avoid gluten for life often find this very difficult due to these hidden sources," said Elena Verdu, associate professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

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