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FHS welcomes three new CRCs

Published: December 2, 2010
New Canada Research Chairs: Parminder Raina, Michael Surette, David Meyre

The Faculty of Health Sciences has welcomed three new Canada Research Chairs into its ranks as part of a larger announcement that saw McMaster University increase its overall chair allocation through a federal research investment of more than $12 million.

Tony Clement, industry minister, made the announcement last week at a two-day conference in Toronto organized to mark the 10th anniversary of the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.  In total, the Government of Canada committed $275.6 million to fund 310 new or renewed CRCs across the country. McMaster received funding for five new Canada Research Chairs and six chair renewals.

In the Faculty of Health Sciences, three professors received Tier 1 or Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs:


Parminder Raina, a professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, was named the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Geroscience. Raina is leading the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) to bring together the capacity, knowledge and expertise of experts in the physical, psychological and social health domains to unlock some of the greatest mysteries of aging that have the most impact on the health of Canadians over time. He also holds the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging and is the director of McMaster's Evidence-based Practice Centre.

Michael Surette, who joined McMaster in fall 2010 from the University of Calgary, was named to the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research. The professor of medicine, biochemistry and biomedical sciences is studying the relationships between microbes and humans in health and disease. This research has the potential to transform the ways we understand human health and prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions.

David Meyre, the new Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Genetic Epidemiology, joined McMaster from the Institut de Biologie de Lille in France. The associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics studies the genetic determinants of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. His research is focused on the interaction of genes and ethnicity, and genes and the environment, with the goal of better genetic prediction of high-risk individuals.


Tier 1 CRCs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.

McMaster now boasts 64 Canada Research Chairs, an allocation that ranks the university ninth in Canada and third in Ontario.

Other new CRC recipients include: Philip DeCicca, associate professor of economics, who received the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Public Economics; and Stephen McBride, a professor of political science, who was named the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization.

McMaster researchers Michael Boyle, Qiyin Fang, Rick Hackett, Catherine Kallin, Carmel Mothersill and Parameswaran Nair received renewals of their chairs.

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