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Bramson named FHS associate dean, research

Published: June 20, 2017
Alfonso Iorio
Jonathan Bramson - to become the associate dean of research for the Faculty of Health Sciences

Jonathan Bramson, the assistant dean of research infrastructure, will become the new associate dean of research for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) on July 1.

Bramson is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, and an associate member of the departments of biochemistry and biomedical sciences, and oncology.

Bramson also holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Translational Cancer Immunology (2013) and the John Bienenstock Chair in Molecular Medicine (2012).

He said he is eager to start his new role.

"It is a huge honour to be selected as the next associate dean of research," Bramson said. "The FHS research enterprise is one of the strongest in Canada, so this is a pretty exciting opportunity."

Bramson first came to McMaster in 1994 for a three-year post-doctoral position, after receiving his PhD in 1994 from McGill University. He returned to McMaster as an assistant professor in pathology and molecular medicine in 1999.

His research focus is the development of immunological strategies to fight cancer. Bramson's peer-reviewed research papers number more than 100.

Looking to his new position, Bramson said he has a number of objectives.

"The goal here is not to just maintain the status quo, but to actually build new programs, see our student programs get stronger, and enable cross-fertilization between the folks at the applied end of medical sciences and those who are on the discovery end, and with our neighbouring Faculties," he said. 

The associate dean, research is responsible for guiding the research mission of the Faculty. The position reports directly to the dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and indirectly to the vice-president of research at McMaster University.

"Dr. Bramson is highly qualified for this position and I look forward to his expertise on furthering research opportunities in the Faculty," said Paul O'Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences. "I anticipate his history of excellence in research and leadership will enhance the reputation of McMaster on the national and international stage."

Bramson said he will measure success by numerical indicators such as programs, scientific manuscripts, citations, hires and revenue. However, as science has taught him, he is also keeping an open mind.

"As a scientist, everything I do is an experiment and I can't know how it will turn out," he noted. "In this position I have some ideas of where I would like to see the Faculty go, but I don't want to be overly prescriptive. I want to see it grow organically and I will be responsive to the feedback I receive. I am excited about this opportunity."

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