McMaster University

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Niagara Regional Campus moves into permanent home

Published: August 28, 2012
Karl Stobbe, regional assistant dean (middle), and  staff members of the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine take lunch   in the  two-storey student commons  at the new location for the campus.
Karl Stobbe, regional assistant dean (middle), and staff members of the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine take lunch in the two-storey student commons at the new location for the campus.

Faculty, staff and students of the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine have moved into their purpose-built home in the new Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex on Brock University campus in St. Catharines.

The 9,400 square feet of space doubles the room the campus had in its temporary home in the St. Catharines General hospital site of the Niagara Health System, home of the campus for its first four years.

"This campus is built for collaboration both across McMaster's medical education network and with local partners including Brock University," said Karl Stobbe, regional assistant dean for the Niagara campus. "The natural light and open design, combined with state-of-the-art infrastructure, will make for an excellent student experience."

Brock University is holding an official opening of the $111 million building on Friday, Sept. 14 at 2:30 p.m. followed by tours of the 176,500 square foot building. The building will significantly increase the research space of the St. Catharines' university by providing science research laboratories for applied health science and biosciences researchers, as well as space for the McMaster campus.

The building is named for the Cairns family which donated $10 million to the project. Roy Cairns, a St. Catharines lawyer and businessman who announced the gift in 2010, had been an active supporter of the university since its founding in the 1960s. He died last year. McMaster contributed $4 million for the capital cost of the new home for the Niagara medical school campus.

The campus is on the first floor and includes a lecture hall for 50; three tutorial rooms; two clinical skills rooms and anatomy and computer labs. A highlight is a student commons room with two-storey windows at both ends. Arrangements have been made that some of the space, including the lecture hall, can be made accessible to Brock and to the public.

All rooms have state-of-the-art video conferencing technology which will allow all the faculty and students to be fully interactive with the faculty and students of the medical school's campuses in Hamilton and Waterloo. All three campuses have a student 'continuous presence' room where they can meet anytime by videoconference.

The campus will welcome the Class of 2015 in December after the students finish their first term at the Hamilton campus and then will have 84 undergraduate medical students. There are currently 18 post-graduate residents: 16 in the two-year Niagara family medicine residency program, one in surgery and one in emergency medicine. 

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