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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

An outside view of the Niagara Regional 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. Karl Stobbe, regional assistant dean, standing at a treadmill workstation in an office on the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

Niagara Regional Campus moves into high-tech home

There was applause at the open house of the Niagara Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in September as visitors admired the new state-of-the-art facility in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex of Brock University.

The tours were part of the official opening of the new building on the St. Catharines campus that will be home for Brock's science and health science research. The medical school campus, with more than $1 million in installed technology, is in the middle of the first floor of the large building.

"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."

At the event McMaster University President Patrick Deane thanked Brock, the Niagara Health System and the people of Niagara for their warm welcome of the campus established four years ago.

"This collaboration leverages the strengths of each institution and I look forward to seeing how the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex expands our partnership, amplifies our abilities and recalibrates our ambitions."

The campus has a lecture hall, tutorial rooms, clinical skills rooms and anatomy and computer labs, some which are designed to be shared with Brock and other partners. All rooms have advanced video conferencing technology, and there is a "continuous presence" wall where students at any of McMaster's three medical school campuses can meet simultaneously.

The campus has 84 undergraduate medical students as well as a growing number of residents.