McMaster University

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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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Fourteen Mac researchers among the world's most cited

McMaster Medical Centre- PhotoThe 2016 listing of the world's most highly cited researchers includes 14 scientists from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.

Clarivate Analytics recently released its Highly Cited Researchers list, formerly known as Thomson Reuter's annual publication of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. Nine McMaster researchers were listed in the clinical medicine category, five in social sciences, and one in psychiatry/psychology.

Their work is rated as among the most referenced by other researchers worldwide.

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The future of research explored in Chanchlani lecture

Dr. John Ioannidis- PhotoThe professor who wrote the "cult classic" paper about why most published research findings are false, will give the Chanchlani Global Health Research lecture at McMaster University on Feb. 6.

Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford University professor and one of the most cited experts in clinical medicine and social sciences, will talk about the current status of research practices and examine how these affect the use of scientific research in biomedicine and beyond.

He will also explore the suggestions for improvements, while looking at the current and future global landscape of research. The title of his presentation is "Improving Research Practices: A Global Challenge."

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McMaster professor awarded for complementary cancer care

Dr. Stephen Sagar- PhotoBack in the '90s, patients would ask radiation oncologist Dr. Stephen Sagar about other approaches to their cancer care, but often those alternatives did not make sense or were potentially harmful.

Those requests prompted the McMaster University oncology professor to start research into which evidence-based complementary therapies could be helpful, particularly with symptom control. He and his team have integrated acupuncture, exercise, meditation, yoga, tai chi and nutritional changes with conventional care.

Now he is receiving an award for lifetime achievements in the field. Next month Sagar will be given a $50,000 Dr. Rogers Prize Groundbreaker Award for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as one of five Canadian physicians to be recognized.

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Study shows not enough funding for prison health research

Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian- PhotoHamilton, ON (Jan. 10, 2017) – Little money is spent researching the health of prisoners in Canada, even though this is a large population with a disproportionate burden of illness, says a new study from McMaster University.

In the study, published in CMAJ Open, researchers looked at the proportion and number of grants awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the national research agency, from 2010 to 2014. They found that for every $100 of funding from CIHR, less than five cents was spent on prison health research. They found one in every 1,000 grants from CIHR was for prison health research, with total funding per year for this area being less than $500,000.

"The health status of people who spend time in jails and prisons in Canada is poor compared to the general population, with high rates of mental illness, substance use disorders, and infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis C," said Dr. Fiona Kouyoumdjian, the study's lead author.

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In the Media

  • The Globe and Mail sought comment from Susan Waserman (Allergy and Immunology) about McDonalds Canada no longer being nut-free. She was also interview by CFRA radio.
  • The National Post interviewed Lori Burrows (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) for a feature story about the risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix also published the story.
  • The Atlantic wrote about the limits of sugar guidelines and included details of Brad Johnston’s (Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact) recently published systematic review of studies on sugar guidelines.
  • spoke to Dee Mangin (Family Medicine) about iron deficiency and what you can do to prevent it.
  • A CBC News story featured McMaster MD grad and palliative care physician Naheed Dosani ’11 who runs a program that delivers palliative care to the homeless in Toronto
  • CHCH TV, The Standard and Niagara This Week highlighted the new medical team at the Thorold Medical Centre included McMaster-trained physicians Andre Blanchard ’14 and Brian Siu ’12, and assistant professor of family medicine Preston Zuliani .
  • The Orillia Packet and the Chatham Daily News wrote about a clinical trial coordinated by McMaster called REMIT that is looking at whether Type II diabetes can be put into remission.
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