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Two up CRC appointments

Two Faculty of Health Sciences researchers were mentioned in this week's announcement by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research regarding the Canada Research Chair program.

Greg Steinberg, professor of medicine, had his Tier 2 Canada Research Chair become a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Diseases. The seven-year Tier 1 chairs are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their field.

Steinberg works on metabolic studies to understand how obesity causes Type 2 diabetes and the role of nutrition and exercise in maintaining good health. He is also co-director of the Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research (MODR).

Michelle Kho, an associate professor of the School of Rehabilitation Science, received a renewal of her Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Rehabilitation and Knowledge Translation.

Her research interests include early rehabilitation strategies to reduce weakness in ICU patients, knowledge translation, research methodology, as well as health services and outcomes research.



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 Chair in Health Technology Management announced

Jonathan Schertzer, right, and Kevin Foley in the Schertzer lab at McMaster University. Photo by Tina Depko

A new research chair has been created and its first holder appointed as McMaster University looks to cement its place as a leader in health technology management.

Jean-Éric Tarride is the inaugural McMaster Chair in Health Technology Management. He is an associate professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), and an associate member of the Department of Economics at McMaster. 

His five-year term was effective July 1, 2018.

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Family medicine faculty harvest awards

Jonathan Schertzer, right, and Kevin Foley in the Schertzer lab at McMaster University. Photo by Tina Depko

Ten faculty members of the Department of Family Medicine are gathering up a wide range of awards this month.

Gina Agarwal, an associate professor of family medicine, is receiving an international award from the North American Primary Care Research Group. She is being toasted with the Mid-Career Researcher Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments and with significant recognition for a mid-career researcher.

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Gut bacteria that are changed by diet play key role in increased risk of diabetes: McMaster researchers

Jonathan Schertzer, right, and Kevin Foley in the Schertzer lab at McMaster University. Photo by Tina Depko

McMaster University researchers have found that gut bacteria, modified by diet, plays a role in elevated blood glucose, which is the primary indicator of Type 2 diabetes.

Based on research in mice, the data showed that while an obesity-causing diet altered gut bacteria within days, it took more than a month for these new gut bacteria to change blood glucose. 

The findings were published today in the journal Nature Communications.

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In the Media

'Post-birth control syndrome' is not a real thing

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to the National Post about symptoms related to birth control use.

Chiropractic 'vitalists' promote unscientific treatments

  • Stelios Georgiades (Offord Centre for Child Studies) talked to Globe and Mail about the lack of scientific evidence around chiropractic treatment for autism.

Therapy for pregnant women with anxiety

  • Sheryl Green (Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences) spoke to Wall Street Journal about her treatment program for perinatal anxiety.

Dementia: Caregivers get online help

  • Anthony Levinson (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) spoke to CBC Radio Canada International about iGeriCare, a free online program he developed with Richard Sztramko (Geriatric Medicine) to help informal caregivers of people with dementia.

Troponin test could curb the need for stress testing

  • PJ Devereaux (Heath Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) spoke to Reuters Health about troponin assays that identify patients at low- and high-risk of cardiovascular death and nonfatal myocardial infarction.

What is death?

  • Bill Brown (Medicine) wrote and opinion piece for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Advance about how genes and modern medicine can delay the inevitability of death.

The Nobel Prizes 

  • Bill Brown (Medicine) wrote an opinion piece for Niagara This Week about the Nobel Prizes being more about respect than the money, but not without controversy.
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