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Paper recognized by American Heart Association

A paper authored by Guillaume Paré, associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at McMaster University, and a team of researchers has been selected by the American Heart Association as one of the top 10 advances in cardiovascular research in 2018.

In the study published in the AHA journal Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine, researchers found that developing a risk score that measures 182 variants associated with coronary artery disease may more reliably identify people at risk for early-onset disease who need aggressive preventive treatment.

Paré is a Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, and a scientist with the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences.



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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Call for 2019 nominations to the Community of Distinction

Karun Singh is a principal investigator of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at McMaster University.

Do you know a former faculty, staff or alumni member who is deserving of being recognized by the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University?

Nominations are now open for the 2019 inductees to the Community of Distinction.

The Community of Distinction is the Faculty of Health Sciences' highest honour, in tribute to those who have brought worldwide renown to the university.

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McMaster helps provide new insight on gene mutations associated with autism

Karun Singh is a principal investigator of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at McMaster University.

A McMaster scientist has co-lead new research which suggests increased activity in neurons that are deficient in two genes could cause autism-related characteristics in humans.

The novel investigation into the impacts of neuronal mutations of the CNTN5 or EHMT2 genes on autism-related characteristics has been described in the open-access journal eLife.

"We're glad to be involved in this research which shows such promise," says author Karun Singh, associate professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster and a principal investigator of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. "We can now use the resources developed in this study to identify new therapeutics for autism."

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Research on post-traumatic stress injuries receives funding

McMaster University's Margaret McKinnon (left) and Sandra Moll (right) are recipients of the CIHR PTSI Catalyst Grant competition.

Two Faculty of Health Sciences faculty members are receiving funding to support their research on post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) in public safety personnel.

Margaret McKinnon and Sandra Moll are two of 22 recipients of one-year grants of $150,000 as part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) PTSI Catalyst Grant competition. The grants are a springboard for researchers who are raising the understanding of how to identify, treat, and prevent PTSI among public safety personnel.

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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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