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2013 Holiday Closures

Six new projects funded through the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative

The Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative, funded through a generous donation from Chancellor Suzanne Labarge, has awarded funding to six new projects for the coming year.  The initiative, which started in 2012, has now funded 13 research projects in addition to the creation of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, which was launched Oct. 1.

[Read more about optimal aging projects]

CASCaDEContinuing Academic
and Scholarly Career Development

A one-stop online career development resource designed to help McMaster's health sciences faculty members progress seamlessly through their careers.

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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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New research shows alternative hospital-funding proposal risky

Thomas Agoritsas Gordon Guyatt

A study led by researchers from McMaster and Simon Fraser universities says Canadians should be concerned about federal and provincial policymakers' increasing interest in adopting activity-based funding (ABF) of hospitals. This leads, they say, to a "sicker and quicker" discharge of patients from hospitals.

Published in PLOS ONE, the study reveals a 24 per cent increase in discharge from hospitals to post-acute services after implementing ABF. More patients were discharged to community-based providers, such as convalescent care, long-term care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and homecare.

"Governments implementing ABF in hospitals need to watch out for increasing burden on post-acute services, particularly home care," said co-investigator Gordon Guyatt, the study's senior author, a physician and professor of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "If they don't make sure the funding is available, patients could suffer."

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Ebola may be quietly immunizing many

Jonathan Dushoff

A McMaster researcher is one of four scientists raising the issue that Ebola may be silently immunizing large numbers of people, who never fall ill or infect others yet become protected from future infection. Their letter was published today in the medical journal The Lancet.

If true, this finding could have significant ramifications for both projections of how widespread the disease will be, and strategies policy makers and health workers should use to contain the disease, say the authors.

"Although resources on the ground are scarce, now is the best time to learn more about immunity to Ebola, and the sooner we know the sooner the knowledge can be used to stop the epidemic," said Jonathan Dushoff, an associate professor of biology and an investigator with the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.

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