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HIV researcher honoured

Charu Kaushic, professor of pathology and molecular medicine, has received the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology Award.

The honour is presented annually to a senior investigator who has made outstanding contributions to the area of reproductive immunology.

Kaushic, a respected HIV researcher, was presented with the award at the American Society for Reproductive Immunology Annual Meeting in Chicago.




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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Being active saves lives whether a gym workout, walking to work, or washing the floor

Scott LearPhysical activity of any kind can prevent heart disease and death, says a large international study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries published this week in The Lancet.

The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, led by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, shows any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a week to raise the heart rate.

Although previous research, from high income countries, shows leisure time activity helps prevent heart disease and death, the PURE study also includes people from low and middle-income countries where people don't generally don't participant in leisure-time physical activity.

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McMaster's Eileen Hutton first midwife inducted into Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Eileen HuttonEileen Hutton, assistant dean of midwifery at McMaster University, is the first midwife to be inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Considered to be one of the highest honours for members of the Canadian health sciences community, she and 51 other new Fellows were formally celebrated at a ceremony on Sept. 14 in Ottawa.

In addition to her role as assistant dean, Hutton is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology as well as health research, evidence and impact at McMaster.

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Karen Mossman appointed as associate vice-president, research

Karen MossmanKaren Mossman, professor in pathology and molecular medicine, has been named the University's associate vice-president, research.

McMaster's Board of Governors recently confirmed Mossman's appointment: Her term started September 1 and runs until June, 2022.

Prior to this appointment, Mossman was chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences for the Faculty of Health Sciences. She holds a joint appointment to the departments of biochemistry and biomedical sciences as well as pathology and molecular medicine.

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In the Media

CIHR says 2017 opioid guideline 'scientifically rigorous'

  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) reports the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, developed by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre, provides unbiased, evidence-based  guidance to clinicians on opioid prescribing practice. CIHR's review followed questions about an administrative error which saw the conflict-of-interest of one voting member not promptly identified. The review result was picked up by the Globe & Mail, National Post, Hamilton Spectator, CBC, CTVand other media outlets.

Collision Course: Concussions are ticking time bomb for former players

  • The Hamilton Spectator collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team of McMaster researchers including Dr. Luciano Minuzzi (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) to study the brains of living retired CFL players for concussion-related brain damage. The four-part Spectator series prompted other coverage Sportsnet, Yahoo News,, Parklandonline, CBC Radio, TSN Radio, CJOB Radio (Winnipeg) and The Fan 590.  The Spectator and The Toronto Star also published editorials about the findings.

Study showing some fat good echoes in the media

Doctors denying 'tubals' to women under 30 opting out of motherhood

  • The National Post spoke with Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) about his study that showed many women who desire sterilization at a young age experience barriers from physicians who decline to facilitate the request.  The story was picked up in affiliated Post Media papers across campus.

Study will help seniors avoid treatments they don't want

  • John You (Medicine) spoke to Radio-Canada International about a new study that will look at ways to improve discussions about care between patients, families and health professionals.  Research suggests that frail elderly patients prefer to maintain a quality of life rather than prolong it by use of sometimes invasive technologies. CHML also interviewed Dr. You.

CBC Quirks & Quarks: Why does my tummy hurt when I'm nervous or scared?

  • Maria Ines Pinto Sanchez (Farncombe Institute) explained that there is a connection between nerves in your stomach and the brain.  When your brain signals nervousness or fear, your stomach responds accordingly, even though you may not be ill. The explanation played on many CBC Radio One stations.

For such a simple compound, salt is complicated.

  • In a feature about salt, the National Public Radio (U.S.) included details of a study by Andrew Mente (PHRI) that was published in The Lancet in 2016. The features was picked up by 96 affiliated NPR radio stations. 
Wreck Cove native well-regarded upper extremity researcher
  • The Cape Breton Postpublished a feature on Joy MacDermid (Rehabilitation Science) one of Canada's foremost hand therapists and researchers on the body's upper extremities. 

Illicit opioids more responsible for opioids-related deaths than medical prescriptions

  • Jason Busse (National Pain Centre) spoke to radio host Roy Green about an Ontario report on opioid-related deaths that showed Hamilton was the only urban centre to have high deaths coupled with lower prescribing, and they also talked about the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain.

Sales of hair color are up  - there's a reason experts say 

  • 96.7 CHYM, 800 CJBQ, and 92 CKPC radio explored the reason people are going grey earlier, and noted results of an earlier study on mice by Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine), which showed lack of exercise is one factor for early greying.
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