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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Celebrations of life planned for Del Harnish and Joshua Shadd

Jason Busse is an associate professor of anesthesia at McMaster University. Photo by Tina Depko

Memorial services will be held for two faculty members on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Delsworth "Del" Harnish, vice-dean of undergraduate education for the Faculty of Health Sciences, died Nov. 26. He joined the Faculty in 1984, and he was the founding assistant dean of the popular Bachelor of Health Sciences program from 2000 to 2015. An award-winner for educational innovation, Harnish was known as a visionary for whom the students were the priority.

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Impact of race on health focus of lecture

Jason Busse is an associate professor of anesthesia at McMaster University. Photo by Tina Depko

The ways race contributes to health disparities is the subject of a public lecture at McMaster University on Monday, February 4.

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, will examine the issue at 5 p.m. in HSC-1A1, located in the Ewart Angus Centre of the McMaster Health Sciences Centre at 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton. The epidemiologist and family physician will receive this year's Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and deliver the lecture.

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Faculty of Health Sciences researchers have three of top 100 papers

Jason Busse is an associate professor of anesthesia at McMaster University. Photo by Tina Depko

Three research papers with Faculty of Health Sciences authors have earned spots on the 2018 Altmetric Top 100 papers that caught wide attention around the world last year.

The annual list highlights research published in 2018 that has generated significant international online attention and discussion – from post-publication peer review sites and public policy documents to mainstream media, blogs, Wikipedia, and social media platforms.

McMaster researchers led one of the top 100 papers, and contributed to another two.

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In the Media

Insulin use expected to rise 20 per cent by 2030

  • A USA Today article about a Stanford study and related commentary by Hertzel Gerstein (Medicine) projecting a worldwide shortage of insulin due to rising demand was picked up internationally, including Newsweek, The Daily Mail (UK), Reuters, ABC News, Global News, The Toronto Star, The South China Morning Post and more.

PTSD research

  • Margaret McKinnon (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) talked with Guelph Today about her research at an open house hosted by Homewood Health. 

What is a missed miscarriage

  • Kathi Wilson (Midwifery) spoke to Today's Parent about when and how missed miscarriages are usually discovered.

The free birth movement

  • Liz Darling (Midwifery) spoke to the National Post about the risks for women choosing to give birth without medical help. 

Post-birth control syndrome

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) was quoted in a story at about there being no evidence to support 'post-birth control syndrome'.

Advances in treating lung cancer

  • John Goffin (Oncology) spoke to 900 AM about molecular targeted therapy, traditionally chemotherapy and immunotherapy therapy.

Delay using ultrasound at abortion clinic

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) spoke to the Canadian Press about the imaging requirement to date pregnancies before obtaining a medical abortion using pills. Postmedia newspapers, the CBC and Global TV picked up the article.

Mac researcher visits settlement for Syrian refugees

  • The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Ahmad Firas Khalid (Health Policy, PhD) about his visit to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.

Cannabis 101

  • Jason Busse (Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke toGlobal News about the labelling of cannabis products.

Disciplining cannabis producers

  • Michael DeVillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) spoke to The Leaf about regulatory actions for alleged cannabis infractions being long overdue.

Building up a tolerance to allergy

  • Susan Waserman (Medicine) spoke to Newstalk 770 and OMNI FM about a clinical trial of an oral immunotherapy regimen that aims to reduce kid's sensitivity to peanut allergy. 

The link between cannabis use and psychological distress

  • The PsyPost spoke to Jillian Halladay (Health Research Methodology program) about her research showing that cannabis use co-occurs with suicidal thoughts and psychological distress – and more so among women.

Unscientific drug testing

  • David Rosenbloom (Medicine) spoke to Corus Radio about the testing used to detect cannabis impaired driving.  The interview was pickup nationally by affiliated radio stations.
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