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Health policy experts receive 2017 Egon Jonsson Award

A team of health policy experts led by Julia Abelson has been awarded the 2017 Egon Jonsson Award in recognition of excellence in contributions made to the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.

Abelson is a professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and faculty member of the McMaster Health Forum.

The award also recognized co-authors John Lavis, professor of health research methods, evidence, and impact and director of the McMaster Health Forum, and François-Pierre Gauvin, scientific lead, evidence synthesis and francophone outreach at McMaster Health Forum, as well as researchers and collaborators from other institutions across Ontario.



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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Crowther named chair of medicine

Mark Crowther – incoming chair of medicine - Photo

Mark Crowther, the chair of pathology and molecular medicine, will become the chair of the Department of Medicine for the Faculty of Health Sciences on July 1.

Crowther has joint appointments as a professor for the departments of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Medicine, and he is an associate of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.

He says he has worked towards this appointment for a long time, inspired by the department's reputation for excellence.

"I am extremely excited about the challenges this position presents," he said. "The Department of Medicine at McMaster is the engine of the Faculty of Health Sciences. It has a wonderful faculty, a solid practice plan and has been well-led for many years."

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Friendship bench honours Dr. Robert Chu, opens door for mental health

Dominik Nowak talks with Jasreen Cheema,  on the Friendship Bench - Photo

A bright yellow bench sits in the lobby of the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University, but it has more significance than just another place to study or drink an iced latte.

The Friendship Bench is a place where students may connect with a friend, a classmate or a kind stranger. When someone sits on the bench, they are asking in a brave way for a new friend, someone to listen or simply a shoulder on which to cry.

McMaster's first Friendship Bench was officially unveiled on June 26. It was donated by family and friends of Dr. Robert Chu, a graduate of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Robert took his life on Sept. 5, 2016; he was 25 years old.

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Walton appointed inaugural associate dean, faculty affairs

J. Mark Walton - Photo

J. Mark Walton, a professor of pediatric surgery, has been appointed as the inaugural associate dean of faculty affairs for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

This is a new position that will provide guidance to the Faculty's dean and vice-president on faculty issues, professional development and engagement.

As such, Walton will oversee a strategy aimed at furthering the success, well-being and academic advancement of faculty members. 

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In the Media

  • CTV interviewed Nicholas Leyland (Obstetrics and Gynecology) about a less invasive hysterectomy procedure – called same day discharge hysterectomy -  that could drastically shorten recovery times.
  • Epidemiologist Sean Wharton (Medicine) spoke to CBC Marketplace about the lack of evidence behind green tea extract being marketed as a weight loss supplement.
  • Notable Life featured an article about Arash Zohoor (Family Medicine) and the Inkblot app, a video counselling app that matches clients with registered psychotherapists, social workers and psychologists based on their needs and preferences
  • Hemophilia News Today and many other media sites reported on a new project between McMaster, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Green Park Collaborative that aims to set new guidelines for hemophilia gene therapy trials. Alfonso Iorio (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) is a co-principal investigator.
  • Stelios Georgiades (Offord Centre) was quoted in a commentary on about the services needed by families living with autism in Canada.
  • The Hamilton Spectator, CBC Hamilton and Hamilton Community News reported that Hamilton will expand an epinephrine auto injector program to include restaurants.  Joseph Greenbaum (Medicine) commented on the program on CHML radio.
  • A Reuters Health article included comments by Grigorios Leontiadis (Medicine) about new research that looked at the accuracy of fecal immunochemical tests for cancer in patients at high risk.
  • Gerry Wright (Infectious Disease Research Institute) spoke to The Atlantic about hunting for antibiotics in the worlds dirtiest places.  Wright says, we haven't come close to tapping the potential of the natural world.
  • An article in the African Health News about collaboration to strengthen evidence use in Africa mentioned the successful North-South engagements with John Lavis (McMaster Health Forum) in Canada.
  • The Toronto Star ran an article about the need for the government to ensure that there are enough residency placements for all medical school graduates in the wake of the death of a McMaster medical student. An editorial and two opinion pieces by Bigham/Suryavanshi and Warsh followed.
  • Netscape ISP reported on a recent study by Andrew Smyth (Population Health Research Institute) about the danger of a heart attack after heavy exertion while you are stressed or mad.
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