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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Recent cannabis use may slow memory

Lynda Redwood-Campbell in Mozambique with the Canadian Red Cross

Recent cannabis users may be more likely to experience memory problems or difficulties with cognitive function than those who don't use the drug, says a study led by McMaster University researcher James MacKillop.

The professor of psychiatry holds the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research and he is director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research.

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Indigenous Students Health Sciences celebrates decade of success

Lynda Redwood-Campbell in Mozambique with the Canadian Red Cross

The past year has been one of success for the Indigenous Students Health Sciences (ISHS) team.

Most recently, for the second year in a row, three Indigenous students took prizes at the 2019 Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary Awards.  Jillian Roberge, an emergency medicine resident; Danielle Bourque, a nursing master's student, and Brittany Lickers, a master's student in occupational therapy were recognized with the ISHS Graduate Performance and Community Leadership Award.

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The future of Aging: Smart Technologies event

Lynda Redwood-Campbell in Mozambique with the Canadian Red Cross

For many older adults, advancements in technology can allow them to live more independently and longer in their places of choice.

The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) is partnering with the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences and Science for a full day of exploring new research and smart technologies that can change the future of aging.

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In the Media

Drug resistant UTIs

  • Dominik Mertz ( Infectious Disease/Medicine) did a series of interviews for CBC Radio Syndication about how urinary tract infections used to be quickly cured with a course of antibiotics but are now increasingly resistant to these medicines.

Making houses smart 

  • Parminder Raina (McMaster Institute for Research on Aging) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about a smart home in Westdale where technologies to make housing smarter for an aging population will be tested.

Climate change places older adults at risk

  • An opinion piece by George Heckman (Medicine) and colleague John Muscedere about recent catastrophic events that have directly imperiled Canadians in their own homes was published in the Toronto Star and other newspapers. 

N-of-1 trials take on challenges in health care

  • Research by Gordon Guyatt (Health Research Methods Evidence, and Impact) is noted in an article in The Scientist about treatment-response data in a single patient.

Medical cannabis for menopause symptoms

  • Shelley Turner (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Cannabis Research) spoke to YOUAREUNLTD about her work in the medical cannabis field.

Burlington doctor packed and ready for global disaster

  • Inside Halton wrote about Lynda Redwood-Campbell (Family Medicine) and her work in emergency response situations in other countries.

Being born early can affect an individual later in life 

  • Newsweek interviewed Saroj Saigal (Pediatrics) about the importance of studying premature infants throughout the life course for social outcomes in addition to medical and mental health outcomes.

Mac MD grad new dean of the NOSM 

  • interviewed Sarita Verma (alumna, MD program) about her new position as dean, president and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
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