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Join FHS writers at library event today

By Suzanne Morrison
Published: September 27, 2011
FHS Writes
Sonia Anand
Sonia Anand, associate professor of medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics

When Dr. Sonia Anand reflects on her days as a medical student, she fondly recalls how time spent in McMaster University’s Health Sciences Library led her to explore novel ideas while making new friends.

"It was kind of a meeting place for all medical students," says Anand, now a clinician scientist renowned for her research on gender and cultural differences in cardiovascular disease. "We would congregate there, have our tutorials there and study there.  It holds a special place for me from that perspective because they were my formative years in medicine."

Anand’s sense that the FHS library is a valuable haven for study, learning and preparation remained with her throughout her years as a McMaster medical student and graduate student, and continues with her today as a professor of medicine.

She will share those personal memories about the library’s contribution to her career on Tuesday, Sept. 27 as guest speaker at FHS Writes, an annual event hosted by the library to highlight the achievements of Faculty of Health Sciences faculty, staff, students and alumni. The event is being held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Jan and Mien Heersink Pavilion.

Liz Bayley, director of the Health Sciences Library, said FHS is featuring two distinct themes this year: FHS researchers whose published works have made national and international headlines and "Getting to the Click", a reference to the cost and staffing required for the library to supply valuable electronic resources.

Twelve research articles, representing various disciplines, are being highlighted and all have made a splash, she said, throughout Canada and around the world.  The research has appeared in prestigious journals such as JAMA, Nature, The Lancet, the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the New England Journal of Medicineon topics as varied as brain injury, influenza vaccination and radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Included in the FHS Writes highlights is research by Catherine Kreatsoulas, a PhD candidate of Anand’s at McMaster and recent recipient of a Fulbright Student Award to Harvard University. Kreatsoulas’ research paper, which was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, discovered women with the most serious form of angina are three times as likely to have severe coronary artery disease as men with the same condition.

In 2010, approximately 925 McMaster researchers, faculty, staff and students published 1,770 articles and contributed to 10 books and book chapters.

Bayley said FHS Writes encourages collaboration between authors, fosters new knowledge within the Faculty of Health Sciences and highlights the library’s role in supporting education and research.

For more information, contact Jo-Anne Petropoulos at petroja@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140, ext. 24168 or Jane Syrotuik at syrotuik@mcmaster.ca or ext. 22148. Or find more information on the web:

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