McMaster University

McMaster University

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Holiday Closures:

McMaster University will be closed from Wednesday Dec. 25, 2019 through Wednesday Jan. 1, 2020 with the exception of essential services.  The University re-opens Thursday Jan. 2, 2020.

For more information please see our closure listings 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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College of Health Inventors created at McMaster

Tim WhelanA networking think tank focused on fostering success in entrepreneurship and innovation has been formed at McMaster University.

The College of Health Inventors comes out of the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare (MGDII).

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Warm greetings follow announcement of new McMaster president

Tim WhelanDavid Farrar is being welcomed as McMaster University's next president.

"At the Faculty of Health Sciences we have been very impressed with Dr. Farrar since we began working with him after he arrived as provost and vice-president, academic, and even more recently in his role as the acting president," said Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

"We know he understands McMaster's culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and focus on innovation and excellence, and we greatly look forward to working with him in his new role."

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Indigenous and Hamilton researchers work together on health study

Tim WhelanIndigenous researchers are working together with their non-Indigenous academic partners to analyze a major health study at a Hamilton-based research institute.

Eight First Nations communities from across Canada are involved in directing the large study into the factors leading to the development of chronic disease in Indigenous  communities.

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In the Media

Pot use a safety risk in some jobs

  • James Mackillop (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to the Toronto Star about a McMaster study that shows cannabis use affects reaction times.

Stunning disparities in Hamilton's opioid crisis

  • Neil Johnston (Medicine), Bill Krizmanich (Family Medicine) and Tim O'Shea (Medicine) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about data from the Code Red Series that shows disparities between the poorer and richer parts of the city when it comes to the effects of the opioid crisis.

The 100% Certainty Project

  • Alan Taniguchi (Family Medicine) spoke to CHCH TV about a community program using books to help people engage in discussions about end of life care.

Younger Canadians are more likely to try cannabis

  • Jason Busse (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to several media organizations about results of the Statistics Canada 2018 National Cannabis Survey, including CBC The National, CBC Hamilton and CHML radio.

Extracting EHR data to view the patient journey

  • AI in Healthcare wrote about research by Mark Levine (Oncology) that has shown that AI-based technology can reveal real-world experiences and outcomes of patients with stage III breast cancer.

Opioids are not the solution to all post-surgical pain

  • The Toronto Star published an opinion piece by Duncan Rozario (Surgery) noting that surgeons need to assess individual responsibilities in prescribing opioids for pain after many surgical procedures.

Calls urging feds to fast-track cannabis research growing

  • Michael Verbora (Family Medicine) spoke to CTV and BNN Bloomberg about the governments over-regulation of cannabis research.

Does cannabis reduce pharmaceutical use?

  • Ira Price (Family Medicine) spoke to the Vancouver Province about what role cannabis might play in mitigating polypharmacy.

Risk of death not in operating room but after

  • There was further pick up this week of an international study led by P.J. Devereaux (Medicine and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact) showing that few who have non-cardiac surgery die in the operating room but during recovery in hospital or home. MENAFN, IndiaPost, Japan Today, Jordon Times and Zoomer radio.
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