McMaster University

McMaster University

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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Nursing professorship named for McMaster professor emerita

Laura Harrington

The inaugural holder has been announced for a nursing professorship established at McMaster University in recognition of a distinguished professor emerita.

Denise Bryant-Lukosius has been selected for the Alba DiCenso Professorship in Advanced Practice Nursing. Her five-year term was effective July 1, 2018.

"Over the course of my nursing career, Dr. DiCenso has been a research tutor, mentor and colleague," said Bryant-Lukosius, associate professor in the School of Nursing and an affiliate member of the Department of Oncology at McMaster. "To be the inaugural holder of this professorship that recognizes her contribution to advanced practice nursing research at McMaster is an incredible honour and privilege for me."

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Finding the sweet spot of sleep for heart health

Laura Harrington

How much you sleep is linked to your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and death, according to a McMaster University-led study of more than 116,000 people in seven regions of the world, published in the European Heart Journal this week.

The researchers found people who slept for more than the recommended six to eight hours a day had an increased risk of dying or developing diseases of the heart or blood vessels in the brain. The study, of more than 116,000 people worldwide, was published in the European Heart Journal this week.

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Harrington appointed as assistant vice-president for the Faculty

Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington, who has a background both as a research scientist and senior administrator at McMaster University, has been appointed assistant vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

"I am thrilled to join the excellent team of senior administrators in the Faculty, and contribute strategically to support the academic mission of the Faculty and the University," she said.

Harrington has been the managing director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging since June 2016.

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In the Media

Insulin use expected to rise 20 per cent by 2030

  • A USA Today article about a Stanford study and related commentary by Hertzel Gerstein (Medicine) projecting a worldwide shortage of insulin due to rising demand was picked up internationally, including Newsweek, The Daily Mail (UK), Reuters, ABC News, Global News, The Toronto Star, The South China Morning Post and more.

PTSD research

  • Margaret McKinnon (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) talked with Guelph Today about her research at an open house hosted by Homewood Health. 

What is a missed miscarriage

  • Kathi Wilson (Midwifery) spoke to Today's Parent about when and how missed miscarriages are usually discovered.

The free birth movement

  • Liz Darling (Midwifery) spoke to the National Post about the risks for women choosing to give birth without medical help. 

Post-birth control syndrome

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) was quoted in a story at about there being no evidence to support 'post-birth control syndrome'.

Advances in treating lung cancer

  • John Goffin (Oncology) spoke to 900 AM about molecular targeted therapy, traditionally chemotherapy and immunotherapy therapy.

Delay using ultrasound at abortion clinic

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to the Canadian Press about the imaging requirement to date pregnancies before obtaining a medical abortion using pills. Postmedia newspapers, the CBC and Global TV picked up the article.

Mac researcher visits settlement for Syrian refugees

  • The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Ahmad Firas Khalid (Health Policy, PhD) about his visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.

Cannabis 101

  • Jason Busse (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke toGlobal News about the labelling of cannabis products.

Disciplining cannabis producers

  • Michael DeVillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) spoke to The Leaf about regulatory actions for alleged cannabis infractions being long overdue.

Building up a tolerance to allergy

  • Susan Waserman (Medicine) spoke to Newstalk 770 and OMNI FM about a clinical trial of an oral immunotherapy regimen that aims to reduce kid's sensitivity to peanut allergy. 

The link between cannabis use and psychological distress

  • The PsyPost spoke to Jillian Halladay (Health Research Methodology program) about her research showing that cannabis use co-occurs with suicidal thoughts and psychological distress – and more so among women.

Unscientific drug testing

  • David Rosenbloom (Medicine) spoke to Corus Radio about the testing used to detect cannabis impaired driving.  The interview was pickup nationally by affiliated radio stations.
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