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To Note:

McMaster's snow closure policy

As the days are colder and winter has arrived, it's time to get reacquainted with McMaster's snow closure policy.

The University remains open unless it is formally closed.

If necessary, the University will formally announce a closure when severe weather poses a danger to students, staff and faculty while on campus or if the weather would prevent large numbers of them from coming to campus or returning safely to their homes.

If there is no specific announcement about McMaster being closed, then the University remains open.

Every effort will be made to confirm a closing by 5:30 a.m. If weather conditions change throughout the day, the University will make an announcement as soon as possible. When a closing has been confirmed, it will be communicated via the Daily News and on the University's social media sites: Facebook, Twitter as well as by Hamilton media (radio and television).

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for checking local media and the Daily News on stormy days.




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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Health sciences course unites elementary students and seniors through music

Brian Coombes - chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

A health sciences course at McMaster University is bringing generations of Hamiltonians together using the power of music.

Music, Health and the Community is an interdisciplinary McMaster course that provides students with hands-on community experience through an intergenerational music program in Hamilton.

The course is offered through the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, and is also open to McMaster music students.

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Coombes named Chair of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Brian Coombes - chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Brian Coombes has been appointed the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Coombes is a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease Pathogenesis and is a University Scholar.

His five-year term started on Jan. 1, 2018.

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Being born during a flu pandemic may increase risk of death in another influenza pandemic: McMaster

Matthew Miller

While past exposure to influenza A viruses often builds immunity to similar, and sometimes different, strains of the virus, Canadian researchers are calling for more attention to exceptions to that rule.

New data analysis suggests that people born at the time of the 1957 H2N2 or Asian Flu pandemic were at a higher risk of dying during the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic as well as the resurgent H1N1 outbreak in 2013-2014. And it is not the first time this has happened.

Results of the study by researchers of McMaster University and the Université de Montréal were published today in mBio, published by the American Society for Microbiology.

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In the Media

Heart and stroke research saves lives

  • Mark Crowther (Medicine) spoke to CHCH TV about Heart and Stroke Foundation-funded research, especially the advances from research taking place in Hamilton.

In denial about death

  • Denise Marshall (Family Medicine/Palliative Care) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about death illiteracy and how we need to talk about death to support the growing number of aging people in our society.

Health risks of loneliness

  • Robin Lennox (Family Medicine) spoke to CBC Radio about the appointment of a Minister of Loneliness by the British government and how it might benefit both older and younger populations experiencing social isolation.

Marijuana addiction in young people

  • Christina Grant (Pediatrics) spoke to the CBC News Network about concerns around young people and cannabis use disorders.

How gaining and losing weight affects the body

  • Jennifer Stearns (Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute) spoke to The Scientist about a recent study looking at how microbes could be influencing weight gain. 

Birth year increases risk of dying during a flu pandemic

  • CBC HamiltonandRadio Canada Internationalreported on a study by Matthew Miller (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences/IIDR) that showed exposure to pandemic influenza early in life is a risk factor for mortality during subsequent cross-strain pandemics.
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