How the environment impacts obesity and other problems such as diabetes and liver disease is the focus for a McMaster University research team which is receiving a large federal grant today.
Drs. Gregory Steinberg and Katherine Morrison lead the team, which will receive $2 million. They are the co-directors of the Metabolism and Childhood Research Program (MAC-Obesity) of McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences.
Researchers at McMaster University's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI) have made significant steps forward in understanding the stem cells of the human blood system after discovering how a key protein allows for better control and regeneration of these cells.
This discovery, published today in the scientific journal Nature, illustrates how a protein called Musashi-2 regulates the function and development of important blood stem cells.
This knowledge provides new strategies that can be used to control the growth of these cells — cells that can be used as therapeutics for a range of life-threatening diseases but are, in general, in very short supply.
Kristin Hope, principal investigator at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute and assistant professor with McMaster University's Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, is the senior author of the study. The research was spearheaded by Stefan Rentas, a doctoral student in the Hope laboratory, and involved researchers from the University of California San Diego, University of Toronto and the University of Montreal.
More than 175 students, parents, faculty and staff gathered recently to celebrate the impact of donor-funded awards.
Organized by McMaster's School of Nursing and held this year at Convocation Hall, the event celebrated the impact of donor generosity on the lives of nursing students at McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga College.
The event recognized two generous bequests that will total more than $2.5 million. Nursing pioneers Clara Elman '46 and Jean Rankin '83 have each left a significant legacy to support generations of nursing students at McMaster.