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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Ink Movement founder named to Plan Canada's Top 20 Under 20

Maxwell Tran

Maxwell Tran always believed in the power of art to affect social change. Now he's striving to inspire other young artists to use their talents for good.

The 19-year old Mississauga native was recently named to Plan Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for his efforts to grow and promote  Ink Movement — a non-profit organization that was conceived to empower youth through the arts.

"I was an avid writer in high school, and I noticed right away there aren't the same kind of networking opportunities for youth working in the arts as there are in business and health sciences," says Tran, a third-year student in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program (BHSc) with an interest in researching chronic disease and global health.

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McMaster researchers test fecal transplantation to treat ulcerative colitis

Paul Moayyedi Elena Verdu

Two new studies led by researchers from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University show that transplantation of fecal matter may be a useful tool in the fight against ulcerative colitis (UC).

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic, debilitating inflammatory bowel condition characterized by symptoms including bloody stools, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and malnutrition. It results from the development of abnormal immune responses to the normal bacteria in the digestive tract. It is difficult to treat and standard therapy doesn’t always work.

There is currently great interest in treating UC with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), which involves transplanting gut fecal bacteria from healthy people into patients with UC.

A study led by associate professor of medicine Elena Verdu that was recently published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases found that UC can be controlled by the type of bacteria that inhabits the gut. Along the same theme, in research published on June 29 in Gastroenterology, professor of medicine Paul Moayyedi and his team explored the safety and efficacy of FMT by conducting a placebo-controlled, randomized trial.

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