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2017 Call for nominations to the Community of Distinction

For an outline of eligibility and requirements for the nomination, please review the Community of Distinction Nomination Criteria. Nominations should be sent to Betty Chung at or can be submitted through the link below.

Click here to submit a nomination for the McMaster Community of Distinction 2017



Doc receives distinguished service award

Geriatrician Alexandra Papaioannou is receiving the 2017 Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Geriatric Society. The McMaster University professor of medicine has developed clinical practice guidelines on osteoporosis and preventing fractures in long term care, and she founded the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre at St. Peter's Hospital.



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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Carroll named acting associate dean of McMaster's School of Nursing

Sandra Carroll - Photo

Associate professor of nursing Sandra Carroll, known for her achievements in cardiovascular nursing research, will be the acting associate dean and director of McMaster's School of Nursing (SON), beginning July 1.

Carroll joined the nursing faculty at McMaster University in 2010. She is director of clinical health professional research, Hamilton Health Sciences and an associate scientist with the Population Health Research Institute. She is also an adjunct professor with the University of Ottawa's School of Nursing.

In her new role, Carroll will oversee the School of Nursing, including the popular McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga BScN Program. She is following Carolyn Byrne, who is retiring as associate dean and director of the SON.

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Post-biotics may help shield obese from diabetes

Karen Saperson - Photo

You've heard of pre-biotics and pro-biotics, but now you'll be hearing a lot more about post-biotics. Researchers at McMaster University have begun to identify how post-biotics, or the by-products of bacteria, lower blood glucose and allow insulin to work better.

Jonathan Schertzer, assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and senior author of a paper published by Cell Metabolism today, explains it this way:

"We know that gut bacteria, often called the microbiome, send inflammation signals that change how well insulin works to lower blood glucose.

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McMaster psychiatrist known for mentoring takes award

Karen Saperson - Photo

Associate professor Karen Saperson has a reputation for mentoring both medical residents and new faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences towards academic excellence.

The psychiatrist has been recognized for that passion with the Royal College/AMS Donald R. Wilson Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, for inspiring and developing new teaching methods that have grown the quality and quantity of education scholarship from her department.

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In the Media

  • The New York Times, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, TIME, BBC, Sky News, The Globe and Mail, CBC News Network and ABC News, were among the outlets carrying stories featuring interviews with Christina Grant (Pediatrics) about the federal government's plans to table legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Grant was lead author of the Canadian Pediatric Society's position paper on the issue.
  • CBC's Ontario Today spoke to Mike Devillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) about the legalization of cannabis and whether possession convictions should be pardoned.
  • CBC's Metro Morning spoke to Alison Fox-Robichaud (Medicine) about and early warning system she developed to alert a rapid-response team to a crisis before a Code Blue is called.
  • CBC Radio's Metro Morning (Toronto) highlighted the efforts of Mohit Bhandari (Orthopedic Surgery) to engage orthopaedic surgeons in discovering signs of spousal abuse in their patients.
  • 660, 680 and 980 News spoke to Ira Price (Emergency Medicine) about the medical use of marijuana.
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