McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

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Three FHS researchers receive funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation

Identifying individuals at increased risk of cancer, discovering the genetic causes of cardiovascular diseases, and furthering the understanding of how the colon works are Faculty of Health Sciences research projects to receive infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Paola Muti, Guillaume Paré and Jan Huizinga were awarded funding through the John R. Evans Leadership Fund. The fund is named for John R. Evans, who was the founding dean of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (1965-1972) and the CFI's first board chair.

[Read more about CFI Awards]


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 Health Campus moves ahead

McMaster Health Campus

The six-storey McMaster Health Campus in downtown Hamilton is expecting its first inhabitants. Moves are being planned to fall consecutively into place beginning in March. Grand opening celebrations are planned for late spring.

The 192,000-square-foot building, directly across from Hamilton City Hall on Main Street, will provide Canada's first co-location of public health services and academic primary care. Both the City of Hamilton Public Health Services and the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will be headquartered there, in space built to encourage collaboration.

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One punch to knock out flu: McMaster researcher sees universal flu vaccine ahead

Matthew Miller

The fact that this year's flu shot is not a good match against this year's influenza strain is well known, and has happened before.

But now researchers at McMaster University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York say that a universal flu vaccine may be on the horizon, thanks to the recent discovery of a new class of antibodies that are capable of neutralizing a wide range of influenza A viruses.

"Unlike seasonal vaccines, which must be given annually, this type of vaccine would only be given once, and would have the ability to protect against all strains of flu, even when the virus mutates," said Matthew Miller, an assistant professor in McMaster's Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "This would prevent the occurrence of flu pandemics and poor vaccine efficiency in the case of mismatches, which actually occurred this year."

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