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Heddle takes prestigious award

Nancy Heddle will be the third McMaster University professor to receive the Emily Cooley Award and Lectureship from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) when she accepts the award later this weekend.

The professor of medicine and director of research at the McMaster Centre for Transfusion Research follows professors John Kelton and Morris Blajchman to receive the memorial award given to an individual who has demonstrated teaching ability and made a major contribution to the field of transfusion medicine or cellular therapies.

Heddle was chosen for her many contributions to clinical research and her ability to combine her expertise in transfusion medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics to create evidence based transfusion practices.

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Removing barriers one step at a time

CanChild has developed a new hands-on approach to allow clients and therapists to remove potential barriers in day to day activities.

Researchers at the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University have created the PREP (Pathways and Resources for Engagement and Participation) Intervention Protocol, a new evidence-based approach to occupational therapy.

This new protocol will allow therapists and clients to collaborate together to develop and implement a plan to identify, minimize, and/or remove barriers within the environment to ensure clients can participate in activities both during therapeutic interaction and beyond.

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Med student receives CMHF award

Inspiration from a McMaster University medical school alumna has led to a prize won by a current student of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Third-year student Petra Hroch has been awarded the 2016 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award. She says she was inspired by ’77 alumna Roberta Bondar, who became Canada’s first woman astronaut in 1992 and is a CMHF laureate.

“I’m inspired and humbled by the lives and accomplishments of the CMHF Laureates, moved by being selected for this prestigious award, and deeply motivated to continue to learn and contribute in creative ways to the future of health care in Canada as a physician, scholar and advocate,” said Hroch.

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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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Preparing for the aging tsunami target of $15 million gift from Chancellor Labarge

Suzanne Labarge

Preparing Canada and Canadians for the oncoming "grey tsunami" - the overwhelming, unavoidable and never before aging of our population - is the focus of a remarkable new $15 million gift from McMaster's chancellor Suzanne Labarge.

The gift, announced tonight at an event at Queen’s Park in Toronto, funds the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. It is the next chapter in the McMaster alumna and volunteer’s generous philanthropy supporting aging research.

“In just eight years, one in five Canadians will be 65 or older and the challenges of aging are so commonplace we accept them as normal,” Labarge, the former vice-chair of the Royal Bank of Canada, says. “Not only are more of us entering our senior years than ever, we are also living longer once we get there. A longer life can and should be a blessing but for many it can be a big problem.”

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Two top research organizations join to speed cancer research with molecular probes


McMaster's Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute of Harvard University will work together to create novel molecular probes for non-invasive imaging in cancer research, drug development and patient care.

The two leading organizations will form an International Probe Development Consortium (IPDC) to enable and support their collaboration.

The IPDC will combine the technical expertise of the CPDC with Dana-Farber’s deep cancer knowledge and experience, making it an attractive partner for academic and industry researchers seeking to develop and exploit next generation probes. The arising discoveries will allow researchers and clinicians to use non-invasive molecular imaging to understand the biology of cancers and accelerate the development of new therapeutics.

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Emotional upset and heavy exertion may trigger a heart attack

Andrew SmythYou know those movie scenes where a guy is arguing with another person while throwing straw bales in the pickup truck, and then he keels over with a heart attack? It can happen, say McMaster University investigators.

Research from a large international study says that being angry, emotionally upset or engaging in heavy physical exertion may trigger a heart attack.

In fact, there is an association, more than twice the risk, between anger or emotional upset and the onset of heart attack symptoms within an hour. The same is true for heavy physical exertion during the hour before a first heart attack. The association is stronger -- more than triple the risk -- in those patients who recalled being angry or emotionally upset while also engaging in heavy physical exertion.

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In the Media

  • The gift of $15 million from Chancellor Suzanne Labarge to establish the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging at McMaster, headed by Parminder Raina (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) was featured in The Hamilton Spectator and other media including AM640 Radio .
  • The New York Times column focused on Andrew Smith (Population Health Research Institute)’s research on the heart attack risks of working out while angry.
  • Norm Buckley (Anesthesia) responded to the new provincial opioid strategy for CBC Hamilton.
  • The Hamilton Spectator called on Richard  Sztramko (Geriatric Medicine) to talk about people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers after an Ancaster man wondered 30 km from home.
  • CTV and other broadcast media continued coverage of research led by Brian Coombes (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) about a round of food poisoning leaving bacteria that may underlie later development of Crohn's disease.
  • Handling drug overdoses was discussed by resident Blair Bigham (Emergency Medicine) on CBC’s The World This Weekend.
  • A published commentary by Andrew Mente (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) on a study about the dangers of salt was noted in the
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