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Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine


Dr Mark Crowther, Chair
Pathology and Molecular Medicine

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Dr Crowther assumed the role of Chair of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine on October 1, 2014.

Norma Stewart will be Assisting Dr Crowther and continues as the contact for all matters relating to the Chair's office

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Hamilton Health Sciences Awards

McMaster's Health Research Services (HRS) biweekly Funding Opportunities Bulletin

What's New?

Ontario Tumor Bank

The tumor bank invites researchers to use tissues/samples collected in OICR's tumor banks, one of which is right here in Hamilton. Visit the Ontario Tumor Bank website for complete information and inventory.

Inventory of Science

The Faculty of Health Sciences is introducing an Inventory of Science (I0S) to assist new and established investigators seeking collaboration or advice on research expertise and methodologies. To assist in obtaining arms length peer-review of scientific content of grants applications. To assist the institution in developing responses to requests from government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and others regarding expertise within the faculty of health science. Researchers are asked to spend 30 minutes completing the online web form.

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News Bites

  • Dr. Shannon Bates has been appointed the new HRLMP Discipline Director of Hematology.
  • Dr. Jorge Arredondo and Dr. Joaquin Ortago have been appointed joint Directors of the Electron Microscopy Facility


Jack Gauldie has been named new Vice President, Research Institute at St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton more

Bruce Wainman has been selected as one of the
recipients to receive the 2015 Canadian Conference on Medical Education Certificate of Merit ... more

Manel Jordana (and Susan Waserman) awarded significant grants for food allergy research at McMaster

Guillaume Paré receives Canada Foundation for Innovation grant (Infrastructure award) for Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology ...more

Jonathan Bramson was recently recruited to the position of Assistant Dean, FHS ... more

Carl Richards assumes the position of Director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre ... more

Brian Lichty, Yonghong Wan, Jonathan Bramson  receive the single biggest funding commitment the federal government has ever made to cancer immunotherapy that will significantly speed up Canadian development of the next generation of cancer care ... more

Wali Khan is part of a research team from McMaster to have identified an important hormone that is elevated in obese people and contributes to obesity and diabetes by inhibiting brown fat activity ... more

Charu Kaushic's HIV Mucosal Team grant was ranked second of seven applications by CIHR and has been awarded a $1.2M Team grant for her work on HIV infection of the mucosal tissue. Other faculty members, Ali Ashkar and Fiona Smaill are co-PIs on this grant and Dawn Dawn Bowdish is a co-investigator ... more

Ted Warkentin is lead author in a recently published report that has found new evidence that suggests patients with a history of adverse reaction to the blood thinner heparin may be ready for urgent heart surgery sooner with a combination of appropriate blood screenings and therapeutic plasma exchange ... more

Peter Kavsak was recognized with an Innovator of Distinction award at the McMaster Innovation Showcase for researchers who have been listed as an inventor on a patent issued to McMaster University over the last year ... more

Brian Lichty and colleagues at Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College are in clinical trials using experimental treatments on cats with cancer as a way of testing their potential usefulness in treating humans ... more

Laurie Doering received a Passion in Science Award from New England Biolabs (as part of their 40th Anniversary) ... more

Gurmit Singh receives Movember Discovery Grant from Prostate Cancer Canada ... more

Dawn Bowdish featured in Lung Association fundraising campaign ... more

Bruce Wainman rolls out new ebooks ... more

Canadian Research Chairs were awarded October 2014 to ... more

Ali Ashkar (Tier 1) - Natural Immunity and NK Cell Function

Dawn Bowdish (Tier 2) - Aging and Immunity

Ali Ashkar will test the possibility of having the first termo-stable viral vaccine in his lab as part of a "Grand challenge"... more

Anatomical Pathology Residents win awards at the National Canadian Association of Pathologists Conference;
Aisling’O’Meara - CAP/ACP best Hematological poster/paper presentation “Low Grade Follicular Lymphoma with high proliferative Rate: An Adverse Prognostic Indicator
Jeremy Daniels -Quality Assurance Award (given by the Postgraduate department) for his project “Benford’s Law for Forensic Pathology Quality Assurance”

Cynthia Balion interviewed on CTV National News for her analysis of a study regarding the potential role of Vitamin D in preventing dementia (more)

Vina Alexopoulou receives the prestigious Leadership in Education award at the June 2014 Canadian Association of Pathologists meeting (more)

Mark Loeb was honored with the Jonas Salk Award for his lifetime work in infectious disease study at the March of Dimes “Ability and Beyond Gala” in June 2014 (more)

Laurie Doering awarded $2.5-million to lead a team researching new treatments for social disability disorders including autism, Fragile X syndrome, Alzheimer disease and related disorders. (more)

Jonathan Bramson, named project leader for the McMaster-Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM) for which the Province recently announced funding of $4M. (more)

Matt McQueen recieves the 2014 International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Distinguished Clinical Chemist Award

A McMaster spin-off company incorporated by Jim Mahony and Chris Stone in February 2013, earned the top prize at a new competition for life science businesses. Advanced Theranostics Inc. took first place in the inaugural Synapse Life Science Competition. (more)

Gui Pare has received the appointment of Cisco Professorship in Integrated Health Biosystems effective January 1, 2014-June 30, 2018 by McMaster University's Board of Governors.

Peter Kavsak has been awarded the Outstanding Scientific Achievements by a Young Investigator award by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (more)

Wali Khan has been awarded a five-year CIHR Operating Grant for his project "Crosstalk between the gut microbiome and serotonin- producing enteroendocrine cells: regulating gut inflammation and host defense".

Miranda Schell (Anatomical Pathology) has been named Best Resident in Laboratory Medicine.

Jonathan Bramson has been awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Translational Cancer Immunology

Jonathan Draper's Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Human Stem Cell Lineage Commitment has been renewed allowing him to continue to focus on the mechanisms that modulate both the initial steps of human pluripotent stem cells and the later specification of lung tissues, yielding insights that will benefit patient care.

Zhou Xing and Fiona Smaill publish TB Study article in the prestigious Science Translational Medicine

Mark Loeb encourages the public to get their flu shots (Hamilton Specator)

Congratulations to Karen Mossman who was appointed Chair of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences

Research from Karen Mossman's lab is showing further promise in the fight against cancer. Read about two recent studies led by postdoctoral researcher Sam Workenhe

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