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Michael G. DeGroote’s institutes at McMaster University

Published: June 19, 2009
Michael G. DeGroote
Michael G. DeGroote

Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR)

  • The scientific director is Gerry Wright, a professor and past chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. He also holds the endowed Chair in Infection and Anti-Infective Research, as well as a senior Canada Research Chair in Molecular Studies of Antibiotics.
  • The focus of this institute is to be the global leader in infectious disease research.
  • The institute is a collaboration of leading scientists and researchers, including mathematicians, chemists, clinicians, microbiologists, virologists and immunologists, even experts from social sciences, with 30 principal investigators along with 200 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical research fellows.
  • This institute is 20,000 square feet, and offers the very latest in wet laboratory space, along with offices and meeting rooms.
  • The institute also has two additional facilities, the new Centre for Microbial Chemical Biology, funded with $20 million by the federal Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the McMaster High Throughput Screening Laboratory, which both bring new and additional opportunities for collaborative research.

McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCCRI)

  • Mick Bhatia is the scientific director. He is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. He holds the endowed Chair in Stem Cell and Cancer Biology as well as a senior Canada Research Chair in Human Stem Cell Biology.
  • The institute’s focus is on advancing cancer research by becoming the Canadian leader in the investigation of human stem cells.
  • This institute is 15,000 square feet, and offers the latest in wet laboratory space, along with offices and meeting rooms.
  • The institute has attracted $30 million in research support, including the $15-million David Braley Human Stem Cell Library, which offers unique opportunities.
  • The institute has attracted five Canada Research Chairs, which are held by researchers judged by their peers to be either Canada’s top scientists or emerging leaders in their fields.  
  • The institute also has more than 50 researchers and staff that have come to McMaster from around the world for unique training opportunities only available at the stem cell institute.

Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care

  • The medical director is Dr. Akbar Panju, a professor of medicine and past chief of medicine of Hamilton Health Sciences.
  • The institute has the mission of understanding the underlying mechanisms of chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain, to develop innovative prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies.
  • This new institute space on the second floor of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery is 5,000 square feet, and offers the latest in wet laboratory space, along with offices and meeting rooms.
  • The institute has had a focus on research and educational outreach on chronic pain, and has developed an international network of investigators dedicated to this area of research.
  • McMaster is currently recruiting a scientific director for the institute.

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