McMaster University

McMaster University

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Health Sciences

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McMaster named Canada's most research-intensive university

McMaster continues to lead in university rankings – this time being recognized as Canada's most research-intensive university in the recent 2017 Research Infosource rankings.

With a total research income of $354.6 million, up from $324.6 million last year, McMaster outpaced its peers in research-intensity, averaging $405,300 per faculty member – more than double the national average.

Looking at corporate research income over a five-year period (2012-2016), McMaster earned the top spot in total research income among medical/doctoral schools, bringing in close to $480 million. Over that same time period, it placed first in the category measuring corporate research income as a percentage of total income, with more than 29% coming from corporate investments.

 

 

Welcome

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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Graduate inspired by brother's illness to pursue drug discovery and commercialization

DSheetij Ricky Ghoshal

It was while caring for his younger brother that Sheetij Ricky Ghoshal realized he wanted to help take medical discovery from the bench to the bedside.

Ghoshal was a second-year student in biochemistry at McMaster with hopes of becoming a doctor when his brother, Gaurav, became critically ill. The then Grade 12 student was diagnosed with a rare, life-altering condition called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), caused by the measles virus.

Ghoshal took a leave of absence from McMaster so he could move home to Mississauga and help his close-knit family care for Gaurav.

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Study finds asthma and food allergies predictable at age one

Dr. Malcolm Sears, founding director of the CHILD Study (left) and Maxwell Tran, a BHSc graduate from McMaster University and AllerGen trainee (right).

Children at one year old who have eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) and are sensitized to an allergen are seven times more likely than other infants to develop asthma, and significantly more likely to have a food allergy by age three.

This new finding from the Canadian CHILD Study will help doctors better predict which children will develop asthma and allergies, according to a paper published today by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

It has long been known that infants with eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) are more likely to develop asthma and allergic rhinitis in later childhood, a progression known as "the atopic march." But predicting precisely which children with AD will go on to develop these conditions has been difficult.

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Polanyi Prize-winner setting her sights on targeted asthma treatment

Sarah Svenningsen - McMaster post-doctoral fellow

Targeted, personalized treatment may soon be on the way for some of Canada's 2.4-million asthma sufferers, thanks to McMaster post-doctoral fellow Sarah Svenningsen.

Using magnetic resonance imaging and sophisticated computer programming, Svenningsen is paving the way for personalized treatment techniques that could dramatically improve the quality of life for those suffering with the chronic lung disease.

Characterized by the unpredictable inability to breathe due to airway narrowing, asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization in children. It's also a leading cause of workplace absence among adults.

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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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