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Global Health focus of Mac Symposium

Delegates from seven countries will attend meetings on global health being held at McMaster University beginning Sunday.

Countries involved include the Netherlands, India, Thailand, Sudan, Norway, Colombia, South Africa, and Japan, and state representatives include the consul general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Norwegian honorary consul general.

"We are moving closer to a multinational transdisciplinary educational model in higher education," said Andrea Baumann, chair of the symposium and associate vice-president, global health for the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is director of the global health graduate program designed to allow students to move across specialties and apply a deep understanding of the complexities of global health.

Two sessions are open to the public. On Monday, Oct. 22, Govindakarnavar Arunkumar of the Manipal Centre for Virus Research in India will give a Global Health Speaker Series lecture on 'Nipah Virus: An Emerging Pandemic' from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in MDCL-3020.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, McMaster, in partnership with the University of South-Eastern Norway, will host a symposium on global health issues specific to Arctic communities in Canada and Norway. The session is called 'Global transition within local communities, small places, big changes', and more information on the 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. program in L.R. Wilson Concert Hall may be found here.  




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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McMaster professor celebrated with prestigious pediatric award

Paul Moayyedi has been named the inaugural assistant dean, researchA McMaster University professor and pioneer in the health of extremely premature infants is being recognized with a major award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Saroj Saigal, a professor emerita of pediatrics, is the 2018 Virginia Apgar Award recipient.

She is only the third Canadian to win the award, along with Robert Usher from Montreal and Jack Sinclair from McMaster. Sinclair was a professor of pediatrics at the university from 1970 to 1999.

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Moayyedi appointed inaugural assistant dean, research

Paul Moayyedi has been named the inaugural assistant dean, researchAn accomplished McMaster University researcher has been selected for a new position in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Paul Moayyedi has been named the inaugural assistant dean, research.

The assistant dean, research is primarily responsible for the operational management of selected biomedical and clinical research facilities, as well as for facilitating clinical investigations within the Faculty.

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Midwifery bursary named for first two assistant deans

Feng Xie is a professor of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster.Eileen Hutton retired as assistant dean of McMaster's midwifery program in July, but the professor emeritus has left more than a legacy of research and education excellence.

Her family and friends have begun a bursary in the names of both Karyn Kaufman, the founding dean of the program, and Eileen Hutton. The bursary will provide grants for undergraduate students of the midwifery program in financial need.

In addition, donations to the bursary are being matched by the Hutton family and the Faculty of Health Sciences. The family will match further donations to the Hutton-Kaufman Midwifery Bursary on a ratio of 3:1, and the Faculty 1:1, meaning a $5,000 donation will snowball to $25,000 added to the fund.

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In the Media

Maclean's university rankings 2019

  • McMaster University moved up from the 6th to 4th spot in the Maclean's annual university ranking of medical/doctoral schools.

Police forces announce rules around cannabis use

  • Jason Busse (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to CBC's The National (10:30 mark) about police forces implementing policies that prohibit or limit cannabis use by off-duty police officers.

Doctor's concerns about marijuana legalization

  • Christina Grant (Pediatrics) spoke to the Globe and Mail about the potential for addiction to marijuana, especially among teens and young adults.

Ontario motorists admit to driving while high on cannabis

  • The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Michael Amlung (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) about the perception of some that driving after consuming cannabis is not dangerous or is less dangerous than alcohol.

Medical marijuana users feeling marginalized

  • Michael Devillaer (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to CTV about complaints around the supply of cannabis for medicinal use in the ramp up to legalization.

Impact of cannabis use on puberty

  • Constantine Samaan (Pediatrics) spoke to CHCH news about the need for studies on the physical health effects of cannabis use, including its impact on puberty.

Pity the Ontario spine care patient

  • The Toronto Star published an opinion piece by Drew Bednar (Surgery) that highlights the lack of resources for spinal surgery. 
Nurturing the doctor-patient relationship
  • The Niagara-on-the-Lake-Advance published an opinion piece by Bill Brown (Neurology) promoting the importance of communication between doctor and patient.
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