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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Bringing together disaster relief and primary care

Lynda Redwood-Campbell in Mozambique with the Canadian Red Cross

Lynda Redwood-Campbell is a professor with the Department of Family Medicine as well as an active member of the Canadian Red Cross International Emergency Response Unit (ERU) team.

This spring, Redwood-Campbell travelled to Mozambique with the Canadian Red Cross to support the disaster response after Cyclone Idai. The cyclone was one of the worst in Mozambique's history, affecting over 1.8 million people, destroying approximately 111,000 homes and half a million hectares of agricultural land.

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Large international study finds diabetes drug cuts cardiovascular and kidney problems

Charles and Margaret Juravinski at their home in Greensville.

A clinical trial that followed more than 9,900 people in 24 countries has found that the drug dulaglutide reduced cardiovascular events and kidney problems in middle-aged and older people with Type 2 diabetes.

During more than five years of follow-up, cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes were reduced by 12% in people taking dulaglutide compared to people taking a placebo. This effect was seen in both men and women with or without previous cardiovascular disease.

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Hamiltonians Charles and Margaret Juravinski create $100M+ endowment to fund health research in perpetuity

Charles and Margaret Juravinski at their home in Greensville.

Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski will create an endowment of more than $100 million to support researchers across Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

Their estate gift is one of Canada's largest ever legacy gifts. A planned endowment of $100 million or more will provide up to $5 million a year to the institutions, in perpetuity.

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In the Media

MOU will drive knowledge exchange around healthy aging

  • Business Manchester reported that the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging will partner with the Northern Health Science Alliance to identify and address key challenges and opportunities around aging through knowledge exchange, research partnership and commercial collaboration.

Acid reflux drug safe long ter

  • reported on a clinical trial led by Paul Moayyedi (Population Health Research Institute/Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute) that found a popular proton pump inhibitor used to treat stomach and esophagus problems is safe to use long-term.

Amylase trypsin inhibitors (ATIs)

  • The AFA Journal blogged about research by Elena Verdu (Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute) on strategies to alter the intestinal microbiome, such as administration of bacteria with ATI-degrading capacity for patients with wheat sensitivity.

How bacteria walk across a surface

  • The Scientist highlighted a paper by Lori Burrows (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) about the coordinated sequence of pili movements that Pseudomonas aeruginosa use to move.

Growing up high

  • The Jamaica Observer wrote about research by Iris Balodis (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosceinces) comparing decision-making in individuals suffering from cannabis addiction presented at the 2019 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting.

Hyperbole over CBD benefits exceeding evidence

  • Jason Busse (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to CBC Hamilton about the benefits of medical cannabis.
Sharing data on early childhood education
  • A blogpost by Magdalena Janus (Offord Centre for Child Studies) about the use of assessment data to strengthen lifelong learning in early childhood education was published by
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