McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

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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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Critical care professor wins top national prize

Deborah Cook is a professor of medicine, and health research methods, evidence, and impact at McMaster University.

Deborah Cook, a renowned McMaster University professor, researcher and physician, has been named the recipient of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Gold Leaf Prize for Impact.

The Gold Leaf Prizes are among the country's highest and most prestigious honours that can be bestowed on an individual or team for excellence in health research and making a difference in the lives of Canadians. Only four awards are made every two years.

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Manitoba midwifery students mark special convocation at McMaster

Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, addresses the crowd at the spring 2018 convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

When the Bachelor of Health Sciences degrees in midwifery are conferred at McMaster University today, there will be 12 special graduates from Manitoba.

The class of midwifery students had completed their first year of training at the University of Manitoba when their program was discontinued, and McMaster and the University of Manitoba formed a partnership enabling the students to take the McMaster program while remaining in Manitoba.

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McMaster researchers invent a way to get life-saving vaccines to previously inaccessible parts of the world

Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, addresses the crowd at the spring 2018 convocation ceremony for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

McMaster University researchers, including from the Faculty of Health Sciences, have invented a stable, affordable way to store fragile vaccines for weeks at a time at temperatures up to 40C, opening the way for life-saving anti-viral vaccines to reach remote and impoverished regions of the world.

The new method combines the active ingredients in existing vaccines with a sugary gel, where they remain viable for eight weeks or more, even at elevated temperatures.

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In the Media

New concussion guidelines for kids

  • CTV News reported on research by Carol DeMatteo (CanChild/School of Rehabilitation Science) that informed a new set of guidelines for return to school and activity after concussion. The website SheKnows posted a story, and she was interviewed by CHML and SiriusXM radio.

Pap spas

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to the Toronto Star about HPV, pap tests and vaginal steaming. The Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Record, St. Catharines Standard and three Metroland community dailies also ran the article.

Model train livens up Braley Centre

  • John Kelton (Medicine) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about the model train set display created by David Lee of Dundas who passed away in January.

Better aging

  • Andrew Costa (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) spoke to AM800 radio about better care and support systems for older adults in health care facilities.

Know the signs of a blood clot

  • Deborah Siegal (Medicine) talked to the Toronto Sun about the need to develop tools to increase the public's understanding about thrombosis. The Vancouver Province, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Sun and Edmonton Sun ran the article.

Walk with a doc

  • CHCH TV reported on Marianne Talman (Medicine) participating in the global movement that encourages healthy habits.

Quitting antidepressants

  • An article on The Wire quoted Dee Mangin (Family Medicine) about the importance of quitting antidepressants over months not days. The Daily Hunt, Centre Daily Times, and posted the article.

A love affair with meat

  • A RedState article noted research by Andrew Mente (Population Health Research Institute) that showed an overall balanced diet could include red meat.

Growing out of penicillin allergies

  • Healthline noted research by Derek Chu and David McCullagh (Medicine) that showed many people who believe they're allergic to penicillin either aren't allergic at all or have only had mild intolerance.

Is the official advice on salt wrong?

  • Andrew Mente (Population Heath Research Institute) spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the sodium "sweet spot" the amount we should consume to provide benefit. The New Zealand Herald also ran the article. 

ALS drug

  • A St Louis Post-Dispatch article about the drug edaravone noted a paper by John Turnbull (Medicine) that argued infusions of the drug could be both ineffective and harmful.

Anti-aging tips

  • A article noted a McMaster University study that showed exercise is good for your skin.

How to improve your grip

  • An article noted a McMaster study that showed grip strength may be an indicator of overall wellness.
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