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Touch your heart: Watch the Anatomy Program's 2016 Service of Gratitude

Videos from the 2016 Service of Gratitude, an annual ceremony expressing appreciation to donors to McMaster University’s Anatomy Department and the donors’ families, have been produced by the Education program in Anatomy.

The videos by the Education Program in Anatomy feature talks by Rev. Allison Barrett, program director Bruce Wainman, program head of prosection Andrew Palombella, and students of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, the Midwifery Education Program, and the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program.

“Behind every specimen, there’s a story unknown to us,” said Nicole Jedrzejko, a second-year medical student.

"The wonder of navigating their brains and hearts is only matched by the immediate understanding that we will never navigate their minds and souls. ”

Both a condensed and full version of the moving ceremony held May 12, 2016 may be watched online.

[Watch the 2016 Service of Gratitude]

Gift from Zontas to support Physio program

A generous gift from the Zonta Club of Hamilton will soon help aspiring physiotherapists study at McMaster.

The Frances Colter Memorial Bursary, celebrated at a reception Wednesday at Alumni House, will be awarded to grad students enrolled in the School of Rehabilitation Science’s Physiotherapy program who demonstrate financial need.

The bursary is in memory, and from the estate, of Zonta member Fran Colter, who was a pioneer in the field of physiotherapy at Chedoke Hospital.

[Read more about Frances Colter Memorial Bursary]


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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Federal government investing $12M towards Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing centre


The federal government is investing almost $12-million to develop McMaster’s new Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing centre. Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development made the announcement at the site of the new Centre, joined by McMaster leaders and other officials.

The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) research facility, will be home to several of McMaster’s leading researchers operating from a state-of-the art facility to be constructed at the McMaster Innovation Park.

There, researchers will work to improve the quality of life of Canadians and those all over the world, including the development of novel technologies for eye care, point-of-care medical devices and cancer treatments.

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Gerry Wright receives NRC Research Press Senior Investigator Award

Gerry Wright

The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences has named Dr. Gerry Wright, professor and scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR), as the recipient of the 2016 NRC Research Press Senior Investigator Award.

The annual award, presented by the NRC Research Press, a division of Canadian Science Publishing, recognizes Canadian scientists with a record of exceptional accomplishment in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology or cellular biology.

Wright, a leading authority on bacterial and fungal antimicrobial resistance, was formally honoured this past week at the 16th International Conference of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Vancouver.

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Researchers produce first widely protective vaccine against chlamydia

David Bulir Steven Liang

The first steps towards developing a vaccine against an insidious sexual transmitted infection (STI) have been accomplished by researchers at McMaster University.

Researchers at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster have developed the first widely protective vaccine against chlamydia, a common STI that is mostly asymptomatic but impacts 113 million people around the world each year and can result in infertility.

In a study, recently published in the journal Vaccine, the researchers show that a novel chlamydial antigen known as BD584 is a potential vaccine candidate for the most common species of chlamydia known as Chlamydia trachomatis.

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In the Media

  • Media around the world followed up on the global INTERSTROKE study by Martin O’Donnell and Salim Yusuf (Medicine, Population Health Research Institute) that identified 10 risks of stroke are the same around the world, but vary regionally. The media included The Telegraph, Fox News, CBS, U.S. News & World ReportThe Irish Times, The Times of India, News World India, as well as health media  such as Six MinutesOnmedicaWebMD.
  • The Hamilton Spectator spoke to Eileen Hutton (Midwifery) about the new guideline from the Association of Ontario Midwives about home birth safety.
  • Local, national and international publications covered a study authored by David Bulir and Steven Liang (PhD students) and Professor James Mahoney (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) which outlines the first steps towards developing a vaccine against chlamydia. Those picking up the story included CTV, USA Today, BBC, Fox News, The Daily Mail and health media such as Medical Xpress and MD Magazine.
  • A study on the effectiveness of exercise for middle-aged patients who have knee damage has linked to Gordon Guyatt’s (Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) expert opinion on the results. Guyatt was quoted in The Times, The Scottish Daily Mail and medical publications such as Science Daily and OnMedica.
  • Grey-Bruce This Week, The Lucknow Sentinel and The Wiarton Echo are reporting that Bruce Country and McMaster University will be partnering together in a health risk assessment program for seniors.

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