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Researchers receive dementia research grant

Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson have received a grant from the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, led by Baycrest Health Sciences, supporting their dementia and caregivers research.

The grant through the Researcher-Clinician Partnership Program is valued at $450,000.

The funds will support the iGeriCare Initiative, which uses multimedia e-learning to improve quality of life for family caregivers of people with dementia.

Sztramko is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. Levinson is director of director of the division of e-Learning Innovation for the Faculty and an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences.


2018 Call for nominations to the Community of Distinction

The Faculty of Health Sciences is looking to honour former faculty, staff or alumni whose accomplishments in health sciences have brought worldwide renown to the Faculty and McMaster University.

Nominations are sought for a group of two to five contributors to be inducted into the Community of Distinction in 2018.

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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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Family medicine music to graduate's ears

Avis Favaro, medical specialist at CTV National News, is receiving an honorary degree from McMaster. Medical student Paul Carr was on an internal medicine rotation at Hamilton General Hospital when he noticed someone familiar walking down the hall.

"Mr. Carr?" she said.

It took only a moment before Carr recognized her as a former student from his years spent as a school music teacher. She was now a nursing student, while he was a medical student, both studying at McMaster University.

The encounter, which some would say happened by chance, reinforced Carr's belief that everything happens for a reason.

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Medical grad returning home to Eastern Canada to help fill need for family doctors

Avis Favaro, medical specialist at CTV National News, is receiving an honorary degree from McMaster. It's a busy time for Carl Marshall as he marks the completion of his medical degree from McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

He's in the process of preparing to move from St. Catharines to Corner Brook, Nfld., where he will be based for his two-year rural family medicine residency through Memorial University.

He and his partner, Timika, are also parents to a five-month-old boy named Asher.

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Medical journalist, HIV specialist receiving honorary degrees at spring convocation

Avis Favaro, medical specialist at CTV National News, is receiving an honorary degree from McMaster. Two respected leaders in their fields, one a journalist and the other a doctor, are being recognized with honorary degrees from McMaster University.

Avis Favaro, the medical specialist at CTV National News, and Anne-Marie Zajdlik, a family physician and HIV specialist, will be presented with the honour this week during spring convocation ceremonies for McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences.

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In the Media

Study reveals alternative treatment for mild asthma

  • The CBCHamilton Spectator and MedPageToday interviewed Paul O'Byrne (Medicine) about his research published in the NEJM that shows a combined-drug inhaler is a better choice than the rescue inhaler typically used by people with mild asthma.

The lowdown on endometrial ablation

  • Chatelaine interviewed Nicholas Leyland (Obstetrics and Gynecology) about endometrial ablation treatments.

Mac committed to Indigenous perspectives

  • The Hamilton Spectator ran an opinion piece by Bernice Downey (Indigenous Health Initiative) and Mark Walton (Faculty Affairs) about McMaster's priority to develop the next generation of health-care professionals who will provide a culturally safe environment of respect and understanding of Indigenous peoples.

Antidepressants difficult to quit

Peter Dent receives Order of Canada

  • The Hamilton Spectator highlighted Peter Dent's (Pediatrics) career at McMaster University and McMaster's Children's Hospital.

The Apgar score: A crucial tool in the first moments of life

  • The Hamilton Spectator published an adaptation of an essay by medical student Rui Hu (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) which won first prize in the 2018 Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society Student Essay contest.

When is acupuncture effective?

  • wrote about a study by Kien Trinh (Family Medicine) that found acupuncture worked better than fake or no treatments in relieving head or neck pain.

Serotonin and metabolism

  • MEDMIX reported on a study by Greg Steinberg (Medicine) that proved that blocking peripheral serotonin leads to an increase in the activity of brown adipose tissue.

The latest in allergy advice

  • Zoomer magazine interviewed Susan Wasserman (Medicine) about how the field is evolving in the treatment of allergies.

Is going gluten-free good for you?

  • Quench magazine spoke to Elena Verdu (Farncombe Institute) about who can benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Trust your gut? Science says you should

  • Blogarama spoke to Steve Collins (Farncombe Institute) about how gut bacteria impacts human emotions.

New ER doc for Chatham-Kent

  • The Chatham Daily News and Blackburn News reported that Mac graduate Tracy Zhang '14 (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) will be joining the health alliance.
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