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Three FHS researchers featured in campaign to promote Canadian scientists

Published: July 2, 2015

Three members of the Faculty of Health Sciences are among those featured by the Research2Reality social media initiative to popularize the latest Canadian scientific innovations.

The new digital campaign is shining a spotlight on the work of researchers across the country and is intended to connect today's research with tomorrow's reality.

Sheila Singh, Dawn Bowdish and Parminder Raina are three of 10 McMaster researchers highlighted as part of the campaign, launched recently in Toronto. All of them had short videos produced for the campaign.


Sheila Singh

In her video, Singh, an associate professor of surgery, discusses how stem cells may hold the secret to curing pediatric cancer. In her lab, she is asking questions like: Do cancer stem cells evade therapy? Which cancer stem cells evade therapy? How can they be targeted? Singh is a principal investigator with McMaster's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute and holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Cancer Stem Cell Biology.

Do Stem Cells Hold the Secret to Curing Pediatric Cancer?
— A Video Interview with Sheila Singh

Dawn Bowdish

Bowdish, an associate professor of pathology and molecular medicine, explores the interplay between our immune system and pathogenic bacteria, and how this relationship changes as we age. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity.

Everything Changes As We Get Older — Including Our Immune Systems?
— A Video Interview with Dawn Bowdish

Parminder Raina

Raina, a professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, looks at the processes of aging, diseases of aging, and functioning in the aging, from the biology of aging to social aspects of aging. He is the Director of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, and holds the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging as well as the Canada Research Chair in Geroscience.

The Science of Aging
— A Video Interview with Parminder Raina


"Right now many Canadians don't understand the scope of cutting-edge work being done in our backyards," says Research2Reality co-founder and professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto Molly Shoichet. "This initiative will bridge that gap between researchers and the public."

A complementary website features interview sessions, and a series of public service announcements will be televised on Discovery Science and the Discovery Channel through the end of the year.

Research2Reality's founding partners are leading research-intensive universities, including McMaster, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Western University, along with the Ontario Government and Discovery Networks.

Discovery Science is the official media partner. Research2Reality is also supported by The Globe and Mail.

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