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News Archives 2009

Ronald Barr

Dr. Ronald Barr, a professor of pediatrics, pathology and medicine, received the 2009 O. Harold Warwick Prize from the Canadian Cancer Society. The award honours a Canadian investigator who has undertaken research that has led to significant advances in cancer control.

Barr honoured for contributions to cancer research (Hamilton Spectator, December 9, 2009)

Katherine Morrison

Dr. Katherine Morrison, an associate professor of pediatrics at McMaster University, says obesity is a huge concern in Canada, where 28 per cent of children are overweight. But she says a sugary breakfast might be better than no breakfast at all. "I am happy that they're at least getting some milk with it," she says.

The 10 least nutritious breakfast cereals (Toronto Star, October 27, 2009)

Saroj Saigal

Amy and Stephanie were born 12 weeks early in 1988. Their experiences illustrate, almost to the letter, the findings of the few researchers who have followed people born prematurely into their adulthood: learning problems are common, but when nurtured in a good home environment, the majority of preemies grow into productive, independent adults.

"Against all odds, they have learned to adapt and had a more successful transition than we ever predicted," says Dr. Saroj Saigal of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Saigal has been following 166 people who were born weighing less than 1,000 grams (2 pounds, 3 ounces) between 1977 and 1982, comparing them with 145 full-term children born during the same period.

By adulthood, many have beaten long odds and are thriving (Providence Journal, September 7, 2009)

Ronald Barr

Imagine for a moment that you have a cancerous tumour eating away at the bone and muscle in your leg. You can choose to amputate the leg or undergo surgery that removes the cancer and leaves the limb intact.

It seems like a no-brainer.

But surprising new Canadian research, published in the medical journal Cancer, says that amputees often have better outcomes.

Limb-sparing surgery may not be better than amputation (Globe and Mail, August 10, 2009)

Anne Klassen & Ronald Barr

Hamilton's Dr. Anne Klassen was awarded $162,000 to determine what support single parents need when caring for a child with cancer. She will also do preliminary work on how to improve quality of life for kids battling the disease.

Dr. Ronald Barr is getting just over $47,000 to investigate what age and treatment is best for kids with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

A story in the Hamilton Spectator on May 6, 2009 regarding the award.

Peter Rosenbaum

Parents of disabled children report having far worse health than other parents and a McMaster researcher is determined to find out why.

Dr. Peter Rosenbaum is leading 13 Canadian researchers on a quest to find out the impact of raising a disabled child and how to prevent parents from becoming sick themselves.

His three-year study received $800,000 last Friday from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Bloorview Children's Hospital Foundation.

Tallying the burden of care (Hamilton Spectator, April 27, 2009)

Mark Tarnopolsky

A McMaster researcher is one baby step closer to the fountain of youth after discovering genes likely to have a role in the aging process.

Hamilton's Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky teamed up with researchers from California and Utah to determine whether discoveries made over the last decade about what genes are involved in the aging of worms, flies and mice can be translated to humans.

They found similar genes make people age, in a study published in PLoS Genetics that raises the possibility of popping a pill that could stall or even reverse aging.

A story in the Hamilton Spectator on March 18, 2009 regarding Dr. Tarnopolsky's research.


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