McMaster University

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Faculty of
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Collins reappointed FHS research head

Published: April 11, 2011
Stephen Collins
Stephen Collins, professor of medicine and Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

Stephen Collins has been reappointed as associate dean, research to continue to lead the research mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences for the next five years.

During the past five years, Collins has provided leadership during a time of significant research growth. The Faculty now oversees more than $120 million in research a year. Four research institutes have been opened: The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute. More than $35 million has been received for research capital infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario government and 16 endowed chairs have been established.

"A distinguished international-level researcher in his own right, Dr. Collins will continue to provide the excellent leadership required for our research program," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Collins obtained his medical training and internal medicine specialty at London University in England. He trained in gastroenterology at McMaster University before completing three years of research training in cell biology at the Digestive Diseases Branch, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

He has been on staff at McMaster University since 1981. He was the director of the Intestinal Diseases Research Unit from 1983 to 1993, and head of the Division of Gastroenterology from 1993 to 2006.

Collins is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and he also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor — the highest rank awarded by the University.

He has been the associate dean, research for the Faculty of Health Sciences, since May 2006 and his new term runs until June 30, 2016.

His areas of research interest include the role of microbes in functional gastrointestinal disorders, neuro-immune interactions and the role of commensal bacteria in health and disease.  He has over 200 publications including papers in Nature Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, Gastroenterology and Gut.

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