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Faculty of Health Sciences awarded two new Canada Research Chairs

Published: March 15, 2013
Maureen Markle-Reid
Maureen Markle-Reid, associate professor in the School of Nursing, was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions
Nathan Magarvey
Nathan Magarvey, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Natural Product Drug Discovery

Two researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences were awarded Canada Research Chairs to continue work on what happens naturally in the world: aging, disease and microorganisms.

The prestigious designation has been awarded to a total of three McMaster University researchers who are pushing the limits of their disciplines to investigate how to optimize the aging and work processes, maximize the properties of natural drugs and exploit the non-invasive, non-destructive properties of microwave technology. Another award was renewed.

Maureen Markle-Reid, associate professor in the School of Nursing, will use her Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions (Tier 2) to develop and evaluate innovative interventions to reduce the burden and impact of chronic disease on the population of community living older adults and their family caregivers.

Four of these interventions will focus on frail older home-care clients, stroke survivors who use home care, and older adults with Type 2 diabetes — all of whom have multiple chronic conditions. She is also developing strategies to enhance the uptake and spread of evidence-driven fall prevention for older adults by community-based providers.

Her research program will build knowledge of the prevalence, determinants and costs of multiple chronic conditions, and work to enhance health outcomes.

As Canada Research Chair in Natural Product Drug Discovery (Tier 2), Nathan Magarvey, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will use a number of integrated tools and technologies — from genomics to small molecules — to target drugs from nature.

Magarvey's focus will be to mine these natural source materials for new bioactive compounds, so they can be produced into a more efficacious and targeted therapy for diseases.

His research will support initiatives toward medical innovations that will lead to developing new natural drugs.

In addition, within the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business, Catherine Connelly, an associate professor of organizational behaviour and human resources management, was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour (Tier 2) and in the Faculty of Engineering Natalia Nikolova's Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in High Frequency Electromagnetics was renewed.

"The Canada Research Chairs program provides our University with the opportunity to retain exceptional talent and to recognize the stellar research undertaken by Professors Connelly, Magarvey, Markle-Reid and Nikolova," said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president, Research and International Affairs. "Their ambitious research programs will create knowledge that is vitally important to our quality of life, and will have a direct impact on the processes, policies and technologies that will shape Canada's future."

McMaster University has been allocated 68 Canada Research Chairs; with today's announcement, our University currently boasts 61 Canada Research Chairholders.

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