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Mac prof welcomes new students to Harvard

A McMaster University pediatrics professor is headed to Cambridge, Mass. to welcome first year students to Harvard College.

Dr. Robert Issenman has been asked to serve as class marshall at theHarvard College Fall Convocation on Tuesday, joining other alumni in formally welcoming students and their families to their respective houses.

"I have been participating in alumni activities for about 45 years," said Issenman, who completed an Arts Bachelorum in Government with great distinction (magna cum laude) from Harvard College in 1969 before moving on to graduate from the second class of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 1973.

"There's a lot of pomp and circumstance," said Issenman. "It's a real celebration of people who have worked very hard to get into the Harvard College.



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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Gut bacteria could tip balance in developing celiac disease or staying healthy

photo or gluten researcher Elena Verdu

About 40 per cent of the population have a genetic disposition to celiac disease, but only about one per cent develop the autoimmune condition when exposed to gluten, and this could be promoted by the type of bacteria present in the gut.

Researchers at McMaster University have found that gluten, a common protein in the Western diet which is not well digested by the gut enzymes, could be metabolized by bacteria.

The scientists of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University discovered that mice that harboured in their gut the opportunistic bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Psa) isolated from celiac patients, metabolized gluten differently than mice treated with Lactobacillus, often used in probiotics.

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Mac grad's bequest includes his house


A McMaster graduate has left the University his library, a scholarship fund, and his Westdale home to be used as a laboratory.

“This will be a living laboratory,” says Qiyin Fang, Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics at McMaster. He will lead a unique research project in 2017, retrofitting the interior of the house to develop and test smart technology that will enable older people to live in their homes longer.

Located a block from main campus, the house was the family home of Ernest Kay ’47, ’49, who moved there with his parents in 1936. A lifelong supporter of his alma mater, Kay has left a bequest valued at more than $1.8 million, which includes his library collection, funds to augment a scholarship he established in 1999, and his two-storey Westdale home.

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Flu nasal spray provides similar protection against influenza as flu shot: study


A study led by McMaster University researchers has found that, contrary to recent reports, flu nasal sprays provide similar protection against influenza as standard flu shots.

Published today in the scientific journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the study shows that the nose spray had a similar effect to the standard flu shot. Previous recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) had previously called for nasal sprays, or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season.

Dr. Mark Loeb, lead author of the study, says his team’s findings challenge the ACIP’s recommendations towards flu shots, or inactivated vaccines.

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In the Media

  • The Stratford Beacon Herald highlighted an article from Alicia Cundall, a new graduate of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine on the warm welcome medical residents receive at the Stratford hospital.

  • The interviewed Ashkan Shoamenesh (Neurology) about his research which found that people with high levels of four biomarkers in the blood may be more likely to develop a stroke than people with low levels of the molecules.

  • The Hamilton Spectator published an article about a dance program for people with Parkinsons. The coordinators have partnered with Rick Paulseth (Neurology) and Matthew Woolhouse to scientifically monitor and access the effects of the program.

  • The Dundas Star interviewed Doug Oliver (Family Medicine) about back-to-school nutrition advice for parents. The Guelph Mercury also picked up the story.

  • The Dundas Star News and The Hamilton Spectator featured Brandon Meaney (Pediatric Neurology) discussing a rare neurological syndrome that afflicted a young boy, Finnegan Danné, who accidentally drowned near his home.

  • The Windsor Star interviewed Arthur Sweetman (Economics) and Michel Grignon (Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis) after doctors voted against a proposed fee agreement with the provincial government.

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