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Canada Gairdner International Award laureate speaking at McMaster

A 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award laureate is giving a lecture at McMaster University.

Rino Rappuoli is speaking on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. in MDCL 1102.

One of seven laureates to receive the award, Rappuoli was honoured for pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B. That vaccine is now approved in more than 35 countries with more than 10 million doses distributed from Italy around the world.

Rappuoli is currently the chief scientist and head of external research and development at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines in Siena, Italy.




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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Ontario college strike impacts students

Information on the strike by Ontario college instructors and impact at the McMaster University campus will be kept updated on the Daily News here.

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Bolstering fat cells offers potential new leukemia treatment

Healthy bone marrow and lukemia biopsy

Killing cancer cells indirectly by powering up fat cells in the bone marrow could help acute myeloid leukemia patients, according to a new study from McMaster University.

Researchers with the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute found that boosting adipocytes, or fat cells, located in the bone morrow suppressed cancerous leukemia cells but – in a surprise to the research team – induced the regeneration of healthy blood cells at the same time.

The production of healthy red blood cells is critical for those with acute myeloid leukemia but is sometimes overlooked as conventional treatments focus on killing the leukemia cells alone. Patients with this disease suffer from anemia and infection due to the failure of healthy blood production, all of which are leading causes of hospitalization and death from the disease. 

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Partners congratulate Turnstone Biologics on major deal to develop cancer-fighting viruses

Greg Spadoni

Canadian academic institutions and research organizations are congratulating Turnstone Biologics on a new partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, to develop cancer-fighting viruses (also called oncolytic viral immunotherapies).

Turnstone was founded in Ottawa based on research led by professors Brian Lichty of McMaster University, John Bell of The Ottawa Hospital and uOttawa, and David Stojdl of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and uOttawa). The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and BioCanRx have also played a key role in advancing the technology.

Turnstone was recently recognized as one of the top 15 biotech start-ups in the world, and in 2016, Turnstone secured US$41 million in venture capital (VC) funding, which is believed to be the second largest biotech VC deal in Canada that year.

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In the Media

Snow leopard DNA

  • ABC Radio Australia highlighted research being coordinated with Yingful Li's lab (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) on a paper-based test that will help track, through their scat, the threatened snow leopard population in Nepal. CBC Radio also reported on the research. 

Photos give voice to most marginalized men

  • An opinion piece in the Hamilton Spectator highlighted a photography project led by Stephanie Zubriski (Rehabilitation Science) as part of her Master's degree. The Hamilton area photos have all been taken by men with a criminal record.

Prof talks to opioid crisis

  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on James MacKillop (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences/Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research) and other Hamilton experts on a panel about the current opioid crisis in Hamilton.  MacKillop also talked on the same topic with CHML.

Powering up fat cells could help fight leukemia

Aging as an asset

  • Parminder Raina (McMaster Institute for Research on Aging) wrote a piece for The Conversation about how a global shift in demographics between children under 15 and people over 65 should be seen as an asset and not a problem. The article was also pick up by the by the National Post.

Ontario start-up lands deal to develop cancer-fighting virus

  • The Ottawa Business Journal and The Hamilton Spectator wrote about a licensing agreement between Turnstone Biologics and a US biopharmaceuticalfirm. Brian Lichty (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) is a founder of the start-up.

Blending Indigenous and mainstream medicine

  • The Hamilton Spectatorcovered a national conference on native and mainstream medicine. Amy Montour and Bradley Johnson (McMaster med school graduates) were speakers at the event.

Cannabis market

  • Michael Devillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences/Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research) was live on CBC radio's Ontario Report talking about the upcoming cannabis market. The interview was picked up by other CBC radio programs.
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