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Alba DiCenso appointed to the Order of Canada

Dr. Alba DiCenso, was appointed to the order of Canada, honoured for her research in evidence-based nursing and for her contributions to the development of nurse practitioners. More ►


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CE&B researchers awarded new Canada Research Chairs

Guillaume Paré was re-appointed Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Mohit Bhandari was promoted to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopedic Surgery, and Sarah McDonald was awarded the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Maternal and Child Obesity Prevention and Intervention. more ►


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Meta-analysis led by HRM PhD student Nathan Evaniew, may change the practice of minimally invasive disc surgery

Nathan Evaniew's, new study published in the CMAJ Open found that current evidence does not support the routine use of minimally invasive surgery to remove herniated disc material pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in the neck or lower back. The Hamilton Spectator | CBC | more ►


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Andrew Costa is the first holder of the new Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging

$1-million gift by Kitchener philanthropist Ron Schlegel, which will support the creation of the Schlegel Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Aging at McMaster University, to be held by Dr. Andrew Costa. more ►


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The Globe and Mail published Gordon Guyatts' piece on activity-based hospital funding

The Globe and Mail and The Waterloo Region Record published an opinion piece on activity-based hospital funding, co-authored by Dr. Gordon Guyatt, where Canada is warned to tread cautiously. More ►


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CE&B ethicist, Dr. Lisa Schwartz, joins WHO team for Ebola fight

McMaster university medical ethicist Dr. Lisa Schwartz, has been appointed by the World Health Organization to advise it on the development of clinical trials for treatments to fight Ebola.More ►


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Gordon Guyatt received the Lifetime Innovator Award at the 2014 McMaster

Dr. Gordon Guyatt, a Distinguished University Professor of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, received the Lifetime Innovator Award for his pioneering work in evidence-based medicine.More ►


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Cochrane systematic review led by Dr. Robby Nieuwlaat challenges science on medication adherenc

Dr. Robby Nieuwlaat study for the international Cochrane Library for health information reviewed 182 trials that were testing different approaches to increasing medication adherence and patient health.More ►


Photo of Dr. John YouJohn You - new research reveals top five things to discuss near life's end

Dr. John You led study that has identified the top five things health care teams should discuss with hospitalized patients and their families at the end of life, but the research also found gaps between what patients would like and the care they receive. more ►

 


Photo of Dr. Gordon GuyattGordon Guyatt's new research shows alternative hospital-funding proposal risky

"Governments implementing ABF in hospitals need to watch out for increasing burden on post-acute services, particularly home care," said co-investigator Gordon Guyatt, the study's senior author, a physician and professor of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "If they don't make sure the funding is available, patients could suffer."

This study is the first systemic review of worldwide evidence on ABF. It involved 19 researchers at several Canadian, Swiss and Australian universities, and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. more ►


Photo of Dr. David MeyreDavid Meyre led team that discovered a simple way to predict an adult's future risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

"Having the one-hour plasma glucose (1h-PG) information alone is sufficient to identify people who are more at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes in the future," said David Meyre, the paper's senior author and an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. "Only 30% of non-diabetic middle-aged adults in the study displayed a high 1h-PG (higher than 8.9 mmol/l), but they accounted for 75% of all future diabetic cases". more ►


 

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is the 'Rotten Tomatoes' of health advice

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is the 'Rotten Tomatoes' of health advice led by research team members: Anthony Levinson, John Lavis, Maureen Dobbins, Parminder Raina and Brian Haynes.

Now the new McMaster Optimal Aging Portal is becoming the go-to place for Canadians, care-givers and health professionals to find quality health and medical information on senior life.

The McMaster University resource will serve as a trusted voice to guide the choices of citizens, caregivers, health professionals and health system decision-makers on matters related to healthy aging. more ►

 

 


Photo of Dr. Sonia Anand and Dr. Russell de SouzaCMAJ publishes paper by Dr. Sonia Anand and Dr. Russell de Souza

CMAJ publishes paper by publishes paper by Dr. Sonia Anand and Dr. Sonia Anand and Dr. Russell de Souza with HRM students Ayesha Rana and Sujane Kandasamy showing that South Asians living in Canada have a higher rate of heart disease and double the rate of diabetes when compared with white people.

"[Our findings emphasize] the need to develop a standardized surveillance system for non-communicable diseases, such as CVD, cancer and lung diseases, by ethnic group in Canada," writes Sonia Anand

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Photo of Dr. Kathryn BennettGlobe and Mail Health Advisor features research led by Dr. Kathryn Bennett on suicide-prevention programs

Research led by Dr. Kathryn Bennett on suicide-prevention programs featured in Globe and Mail Health Advisor article.

They found that actual suicides are much rarer than suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. They also determined, though, that sometimes young people take their own life without any prior warning.

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Photo of Dr. Jack SinclairDr. Jack Sinclair is featured in The Globe and Mail "Lives Lived" column

Dr. Jack Sinclair (1933-2014), Professor Emeritis, is interviewed by The Globe and Mail for its "Lives Lived" column.

Thousands of people today, in Canada and around the world, are leading healthy and productive lives despite their premature births, thanks to the pioneering work of neonatologist John Collinson Sinclair.

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Photo of Dr. Bradley JohnstonBradley Johnston is lead author in new study in effectiveness between branded diets

Bradley Johnston, Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is lead author in new study in effectiveness between branded diets. The study finds little difference in effectiveness between branded diets, and notes that branded or trademarked diets have similar levels of effectiveness; the key is sticking to it. more ►

 


Photo of Dr. Salim YusufDr. Salim Yusuf interviewed by The Globe and Mail for series, “So You Want to Be a…"

Dr. Salim Yusuf is interviewed by The Globe and Mail for its regular career series, “So You Want to Be a…Scientist”. “There is no single description, but what is unifying is that a scientist is somebody who uses systematic methods and tries to advance knowledge,” says Dr. Yusuf, a cardiologist and director of McMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute. He is known as Canada’s most influential scientist, based on citations.

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Photo of Dr. Alfonso IorioDr. Alfonso Iorio is the new Chief for The Health Information Research Unit

Dr. Alfonso Iorio, has been announced as the new Chief for the The Health Information Research Unit (HiRU), taking over from Brian Haynes, who will assume Dr Iorio’s duties as Deputy Chief. Dr. Iorio is an internist and hematologist with training in medical informatics, and has been working within HiRU as an associate professor since 2010. HiRU conducts research and dissemination projects in the field of health information retrieval and appraisal, and knowledge translation research. more ►



Photo of Dr. Andrew MenteDr. Andrew Mente's research published in NEJM

Dr. Andrew Mente's research published in the New England Journal of Medicine challenges international salt intake guidelines. more ►


Photo of Dr. Paola MutiDr. Paola Muti interviewed by The Hamilton Spectator

Dr. Paola Muti, interviewed for The Hamilton Spectator for her study on looking at Vitamin D and melatonin to slow the growth of breast cancer cells. The study, which started in December, will compare the effects of Vitamin D and melatonin pills together or separately against placebos in patients with early stage breast cancer.

Dr. Mark Levine also interviewed. more ►

 


Photo of Dr. Salim YusufDr. Salim Yusuf is Canada’s most influential scientist.

Dr. Salim Yusuf, Professor, member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and director of the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, is Canada’s most influential scientist, based on citations.more ►

Janice Pogue, Gord Guyatt, and Charlie Goldsmith, (Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics) are listed as “Highly Cited Researchers,” ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication in the world. more ►


Photo of Dr. Hertzel GersteinDr. Hertzel Gerstein, interviewed by The Chicago Tribune and the Globe and Mail about a new diabetes study.

Switching to a diet low in simple sugars and high in healthy fats, like the types found in canola oil, could help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar, according to a new study.

People with type 2 diabetes who were advised to follow a diet with a low glycemic index supplemented with extra canola oil had lower blood glucose levels and greater reductions in heart risk than those who ate a diet high in whole grains, researchers found. more ►



Photo of Dr. David SackettDr. David Sackett is keynote speaker for 25th annual Internal Medicine Research Day.

Dr. David Sackett, HEI professor emeritus, was the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Internal Medicine Research Day held at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.The annual event allows residents, both core and subspecialty, to showcase their research and be recognized for excellence in clinical and scientific projects. more ►



Photo of HRM students at the CSEB 2014 conferenceHRM students hosted 2014 Annual CSEB Student Conference to widespread praise.

On May 9 and 10, HRM students in McMaster University’s Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics hosted the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB) National Student Conference. Over 200 delegates from across the country attended the event.

HRM students Kevin Quach (MSc) won first prize for poster presentations and Lawrence Mbuagbaw (PhD) won the second place prize for oral presentations. more ►



Photo of Dr. Jack SinclairDr. Jack Sinclair, McMaster neonatal pioneer, life-long teacher and mentor passes away

Dr. John (Jack) C. Sinclair, the creator of McMaster’s neonatal intensive care unit and perinatal service died peacefully on Friday, May 2nd, at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto. He was 81. A celebration of Jack's life will take place on June 12th from 4-6 p.m. at the University Club at McMaster University. more ►



Photo of Pavel RoshanovCIHR recognizes Pavel Roshanov as a Rising Star

Pavel Roshanov, MSc, PhD (c), has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his research on Features of effective computerised clinical decision support systems: meta-regression of 162 randomised trials. more ►



Photo of Dr. Salim YusufDr. Salim Yusuf to be inducted into the the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Salim Yusuf, is one of the six Canadians that will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for his work on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Yusuf director of the Population Health Research Institute and Joint Member of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is the only national hall of fame dedicated to achievement in the medical field. more ►



Photo of Dr. Geoff NormanHonoured by his peers: Festschrift tribute celebrates Geoff Norman's career in medical education

Dr. Geoff Norman | The long-time McMaster medical educator's peers will pay tribute to him (Norman) at a Festschrift celebration on April 30, 2014 at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education and the Ottawa Conference, a biennial forum for worldwide leaders in healthcare. more ►



Photo of Dr. Daria O'ReillyDr. Daria O'Reilly receives Early Researcher Award.

The Early Research Award program recognizes promising researchers and their potential to become world-class innovators. Dr. Daria O'Reilly, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, has received this award in regards to her research about exploring ways to spend resources more efficiently in the treatment of diabetes. more ►

 


Photo of Dr. Salim YusufDr. Salim Yusuf wins prestigious Gairdner award.

Dr. Salim Yusuf has added one more award to his already impressive collection. Yusuf will receive the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for leadership in global clinical trials and population studies that have shaped prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. more ►

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Photo of Dr. Gordon Guyatt and David Johnston, Governor General of CanadaDr. Gordon Guyatt takes 2013 CIHR Health Researcher of the Year Award.

Dr. Gordon Guyatt, has been announced as the 2013 Canada Health Researcher of the Year. The top national award, in recognition of Guyatt’s instrumental role in changing how doctors practice medicine, is from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) which oversees the federal research grant program in health. Dr. Guyatt is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatics at McMaster University. more ►

 


Dave Sackett, Brian Haynes, and Gord Guyatt were featured in 2 important medical journals that praised McMaster, faculty as pioneers of evidence-based medicine

"Provides the background to one of modern medicine’s Photo of Dr. Sackett, Dr. Haynes and Dr. Guyattgreatest intellectual achievements"

“The personal stories of the origins of evidence based medicine were recentlyexplored ina filmed oral history of some of the individuals most strongly associated with the birth of the movement,” including Dave Sackett, Gordon Guyatt and BrianHaynes.

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Photo of Dr. Mohit Bhandari, Photo courtesy of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and ImmigrationDr. Mohit Bhandari honoured with the Order of Ontario.

Dr. Mohit Bhandari, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon whose research has profoundly changed the practice of orthopedic medicine, was honoured with the Order of Ontario this week. Dr. Bhandari is an Associate member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatics and a professor of surgery of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. more ►



Photo of Dr. Salim YusufSalim Yusuf named Officer in the Order of Canada and listed as one of the world's leading scientific researchers.

Professor Salim Yusuf has been named an officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to establishing effective treatments for heart disorders internationally.

For the second year in a row, Dr. Salim Yusuf has been named to the esteemed list of the world's leading scientific researchers by ScienceWatch.

Yusuf is a leader in the research and prevention of cardiovascular disease, had 11 "hot" research papers published in 2012. His selection to the who's who of scientific research and researchers is alongside others who attracted a high degree of attention for their research which ranged from cancer to the hunt for the "God particle" that may explain the fundamental forces at work in the universe. The definition of "hot" was measured by how many times the scientist's published papers are cited by other researchers in their work.

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Photo of Dr. Geoff NormanPhoto of Mark EmbrettWinners of the 2013 Graduate Student Awards

Geoff Norman, is the 2013 Health Sciences recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision

Mark Embrett, Health Policy PhD student, is one of six recipients of the 2013 Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research

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Photo of Dr. Stephen WalterWalter named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Stephen Walter, Professor in HEI, was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada today. He will be celebrated at the society's annual gathering later this year.

Walter has an outstanding international reputation for his work in developing and applying statistical methods in biomedical research. His work has had particular impact in the evaluation of disease screening and diagnostic tests. more ►

 


Photo of Dr. Salim YusufSalim Yusuf, Joint member of HEI, still a hot, hot researcher,

For the second year in a row, Dr. Salim Yusuf has been named to the esteemed list of the world's leading scientific researchers by ScienceWatch. Dr. Yusuf is becoming an officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to establishing effective treatments for heart disorders internationally.

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Photo of Dr. David SackettSecond Sackett Symposium

September 27 & 28, 2013
Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls

"Is It Time to Retire the Randomized Trial? "

This symposium will explore whether or not the evolution of observational research methods for making fair-comparisons on the one hand and the mushrooming ethical, logistical, and financial barriers to performing RCT’s on the other, have finally tipped the balance. Drawing speakers and panelists from international, continental and local centres of excellence, we will present the issues, arguments, and counter-arguments in open plenary sessions, and provide plenty of times and places for their informal exploration and debate. more ►

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Photo of Jenny Ploeg, left, and Maureen Markle-ReidHEI faculty are prominent players in MHLTC HSRF $13M research awards:

Lavis, Hurley, Markle-Reid, Boyle, Georgiades and Dolovich

McMaster researchers were awarded the lead on four projects and co-lead on one other,
making the university the most successful Ontario institution in the Health Research Fund competition.
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HEI's Public Health and Preventive Medicine residents sweep national awards

Residents in McMaster University’s Public Health & Preventive Medicine program recently swept up national awards. They were recognized by the Public Health Physicians of Canada, a national society representing public health specialists across Canada. more ►

Dr. Farhan Asrar Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan Dr. Mustafa Hirji Dr. Kit Ngan Young Hoon

Photo of Dr. Mohit Bhandari by Stephen UhraneyStartling research on intimate-partner violence reported in fracture clinics:
Bhandari and Sprague et al.’s paper is editor’s choice in Lancet

One in six women arriving at orthopedic fracture clinics have been victims of physical, emotional, or sexual violence at the hands of an intimate partner within the past year, and one in 50 arrive as a direct result of intimate partner violence (IPV), according to the largest multinational study of its kind to date, led by McMaster University researchers.

"Almost three-quarters of the women in our study believed that health-care providers should ask all women about intimate partner violence, and about two-thirds agreed that orthopedic surgeons are particularly well placed to do this," Bhandari said.

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