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2022 NEWS


Hamilton Charter for Promoting Gender Equity in Health Care signed

The McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, together with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences, signed a new Hamilton Charter for Promoting Gender Equity in Health Care. This was discussed and signed during the second annual Faculty of Health Sciences Women's Symposium. You can watch the signing of the charter below:

ASHA study funded

The Indian Council of Medical Research has decided to fund the ASHA study (deriving 24-hour Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring reference values for SoutH Asian children). This funding will allow a team to work in India in parallel with the team here lead by Dr Rahul Chanchlani.

The Rise in Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Chronic Diseases in Guyana

Loshana Sockalingam (a recent MSc graduate from McMaster University) presented at the 14th Guyana Medical Research Conference (GMRC 2022) organized by the Institute of Health Sciences Education, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. Loshana’s presentation is based on her paper “The Rise in Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Chronic Diseases in Guyana: A Narrative Review” (Annals of Global Health, 2021). This presentation discusses the main modifiable risk factors that have led to an increased prevalence and burden of cardiovascular disease as well as focuses on strategies to curb the cardiovascular disease epidemic in Guyana.

COVID CommUNITY receives funding

The Government of Canada, through the Immunization Partnership Fund, has funded the Chanchlani Research Centre's COVID CommUNITY South Asian and First Nations studies. These studies aim to work in partnership with the Canadian South Asian population and First Nations communities to foster trust and co-develop innovative, evidence-based, culturally appropriate vaccine tools, and to disseminate the information we learn in a relevant and culturally tailored manner.

More information can be found about the studies here: COVID CommUNITY First Nations and COVID CommUNITY South Asian

2021 NEWS


Cardiology Rounds: Indigenous Heart Health

Miles Marchand (Cardiology Fellow at UBC) and Dr Sonia Anand recently presented at Cardiology Rounds. Miles presented his perspective as a First Nations Cardiology Fellow in Canada; Sonia presented her perspective working with the Six Nations of the Grand River community, as well as data from the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds study. Their presentations are below:

CANCOVID Speaker Series

Dr Sonia Anand was a recent speaker in the CANCOVID speaker series, and presented Understanding COVID 19 risk, vaccine confidence, and immunogenicity in the South Asian population in Canada, which includes data from the COVID CommUNITY: South Asian study. You can watch her presentation here:

Training South Asian Youth as "Agents of Change" to foster evidence-based dialogue within their networks

Grants Awarded

  • CIHR: Dr Rahul Chanchlani - ABPM STANCE
  • COVID-19 Immunity Task Force: Dr Sonia Anand - COVID CommUNITY South Asian
  • COVID-19 Immunity Task Force: Dr Sonia Anand - COVID CommUNITY First Nations
  • Government of Canada: Sujane Kandasamy - COVID-19 vaccination knowledge translation

9th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

Dr Nadine Caron is the recipient of the 9th Chanchlani Global Health Research Award. Her lecture challenged us to think deeper and act on issues of equitable health services access, especially for marginalised populations.

2020 NEWS


8th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

The 2020 recipient of the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award is Dr Jonathan Patz.We had the joy of listening to Dr Jonathan Patz speak on ways in which policies that mitigate climate change in eergy, food, and transportation sectors can substantially reduce the global burden of chronic diseases. Dr Patz is the recipient of the 8th Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and as such he spent his day with us in round table discussions and finished off the day with his lecture and award presentation.

Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 recipient of the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award is Dr Jonathan Patz. He will deliver a lecture and receive this award February 10, 2020 at McMaster University.

2019 NEWS


7th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

Dr. Camarra Jones (middle) is presented the 7th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award by Jaya (left) and Sonia (right) ChanchlaniWe had the joy of listening to an inspiring and thought provoking lecture from Dr Camarra Jones on Monday, February 4. Dr Jones is the recipient of the 7th Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and as such she spent her day with us in round table discussions and finished off the day with her lecture and award presentation.

Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

We are pleased to announce that Dr Camarra Jones is the recipient of the 2019 Chanchlani Global Health Research Award. She will be giving a lecture on February 4, after which she will be presented with the award.

Description of 7th annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award & Lecture

2018 NEWS


Map describing Canadians' context now available online

Members of our group have collected data from communities across Canada and assembled it into a map available online. The map contains data about connectivity as well as food, tobacco, and alcohol availability and price. This data was collected as part of the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds, which is studying cardiometabolic risk factors in Canadians. Papers describing the data collected and the map have now been published.

Healthy Roots Study: Participant experience video

Our team collaborated with the Six Nations Health Services to conduct a pilot study of the Healthy Roots Challenge. Here is a video telling the story of the participants going through the study.

6th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

We had the pleasure of listening to the 2018 recipient of the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, Dr Dariush Mozaffarian. In his lecture, he discussed the growing epidemic and global burden of cardiometabolic diseases, the role nutrition has in tackling these global health issues, and how policies can be used to encourage improvements in eating practices.

2017 NEWS


The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have accepted papers from Dr Sonia Anand, with Drs Stu Connolly and John Eikelboom. These papers stem from the COMPASS study, which is an international study from 33 countries and over 27 000 participants.

The NEJM paper has shown that rivaroxaban (a.k.a. Xarelto) and aspirin in combination are more effective in preventing heart attacks, strokes, and death (from heart disease). The difference (aspirin vs aspirin and rivaroxaban) was so clear, that they stopped the trial early.

This same combination of drugs (aspirin and rivaroxaban) was shown in the Lancet paper to reduce damage to limbs (loss of limb or reduced blood flow) by 46% and reduce heart attacks, stroke, and death from heart disease by 28%.

Rivaroxaban was not more effective than aspirin on its own. The use of rivaroxaban (on its own or with aspirin) increased major bleeding, but not fatal or critical organ bleeding.

Read the McMaster news article here for more information.

Dr Sonia Anand has published a paper on gestational diabetes risk in South Asian women in Ontario. In the START prospective cohort, 36.3% of women had gestational diabetes. Factors that were associated with gestational diabetes included maternal age, family history of diabetes, prepregnancy weight, and diet quality. The modifiable risk factors (prepregnancy weight/BMI and diet) accounted for 37% of the population attributable risk of gestational diabetes. McMaster also featured this paper in its news.

5th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award and Lecture

We had the pleasure of having Dr John Ioannidis here as the fifth annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award Lecturer on February 6. While here, he presented his thoughts on currently used study methodologies, and their merits or dangers.

It is with our deepest regrets that we learn of the passing of Hans Rosling. We had the pleasure of having him here as the second annual Chanchlani Global Health lecturer and award winner in 2014, and all valued the opportunity to meet him. We will miss his data-driven insights into global health. Here is an obituary from the Guardian.

2016 NEWS


Fifth annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award recipient named

Dr John Ioannidis is the recipient of the fifth annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award. He will present his lecture Improving Research Practices: A Global Challenge on Monday February 6, 2017. For more details, see this article from the McMaster Global Health Office.

December 7, 2016

MICYRN Member Organizations– A Closer Look

With exceptional work taking place at the 20 organizations that make up the MICYRN collaborative, the quarterly newsletter will now include a new feature exploring their research and achievements. This issue features the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University, a long-standing member of MICYRN that played a key role in the early days of the network’s formation.

The department has strong research, education and clinicalprograms with more than 200 faculty comprised of clinician-educators, clinician scientists and basic scientists. Research conducted within the Department of Pediatrics is supported by the Associate Chair (Research), Dr. Anthony Chan, a research services specialist, and two statisticians with research design expertise, and several wet and dry laboratory research facilities. Child health research in the department is categorized into five thematic programs, including Determinants of Health and Disease, Mechanism of Disease and Disability, Innovative Management of Childhood Disease, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, and Knowledge Translation and Education. A number of the department’s investigators have benefited from linking to MICYRN, most recently Katherine Morrison (TeamABC3, CIHR Bariatric Care grant), Deborah Sloboda and Stephanie Atkinson (Hugs for HEALTH: Healthy Bugs for Healthy Babies, CIHR DOHaD Team grant), and Jan Willem Gorter (CHILD-BRIGHT, CIHR SPOR Chronic Diseases grant).

One of the department’s leading research foci is developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) using epidemiological, clinical trial and basic animal research.

McMaster researchers have taken a national lead on optimizing the use of study data through collaborative research using software and metadata facilities. With a network start-up grant from MICYRN in 2008, Dr. Stephanie Atkinson, (McMaster University professor and current MICYRN board chair) led a symposia on Birth Cohort Studies: Findings, best methods and gene studies, which led to the recent partnership between MICYRN and Maelstrom Research (McGill), and highly collaborative interactions with pregnancy and birth cohort researchers across Canada.

MICYRN has provided the investigators in-kind support towards the objective of building a virtual infrastructure to connect Canadian pregnancy and birth cohort studies to share study designs, methodologies and eventual harmonization of data.

In March, the CIHR DOHaD Registry – Research Advancement through Cohort Cataloguing and Harmonization (ReACH) was approved for $1.3M in funding distributed over five years.

The ReACH initiative will address the issue that individual studies often do not have the statistical power, specific data items, or appropriate design needed to fully support the current and upcoming needs of cutting-edge research. It will provide resources (a comprehensive web-based catalogue and harmonization platform) to the Canadian research community to optimize the use of existing Canadian cohort data and samples, and leverage national and international DOHaD research collaborations. A small portion of funds will come to MICYRN’s coordinating centre for logistical support. Several of the funded research projects in DOHaD have also been provided in-kind support by MICYRN for knowledge translation.

Visit the McMaster University Department of Pediatrics research page for more news on recent accomplishments.

Vikram Patel: Celebrating Mental Health for All at the 4th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award & Lecture

Published: February 29, 2016

Tina Chanchlani, Jaya Chanchlani, Vikram Patel and Sonia Anand
From left: Tina Chanchlani and her mother Jaya Chanchlani; Vikram Patel (recipient of the 4th Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award); Sonia Anand (professor and director of the Chanchlani Research Centre)

Vikram Patel's vision of mental health for all "is one that we should all celebrate," said Dr. Tina Chanchlani, who presented the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award to this year's recipient on February 23, 2016 at the 4th annual award and lecture.

Chanchlani's father, philanthropist Vasu Chanchlani who passed away in 2014, and her mother, Dr. Jaya Chanchlani, created the award with McMaster in 2012 to honour an outstanding scientist who has made a significant impact in the area of global health.

As Chanchlani noted, Patel is a "psychiatrist, researcher, author, and professor who has dedicated his life's work to making a positive difference in the field of global health and giving voice to those who are marginalized."

He delivered his talk "The Black Dog: Why We Don’t Care" to a packed lecture hall. The dynamic presentation shed light on the issue of depression and mental illnesses, which are among the leading causes of disability around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly four to five hundred million people are affected by mental illness.

"We were delighted to recognize Vikram Patel and his contributions to the area of global mental health," says Andrea Baumann, director of the Global Health program. "The stigma of mental health is a very real issue, and it needs to be addressed, especially considering the fact that depression is a leading cause of the global burden of disease."

Patel is co-founder and former Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions for the Public Health Foundation of India, as well as the co-founder and a member of the Managing Committee of the NGO Sangath.

Dr. Vikram Patel poster

Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award recipient

Dr Vikram Patel, MRCPsych PhD FMedSci

Although depression is one of the leading causes of the global burden of disease, there is little action by global or national policy makers to implement the interventions which are known to help people recover. This lecture will consider the assumptions and myths which underpin this inaction and the knowledge base which addresses these. The lecture will propose the necessary steps for the global health community to address one of the most neglected health conditions of our times.

The award ceremony will be held after the lecture on Tuesday February 23, 2016

2015 NEWS

Michael Zulyniak accepting SANSAR award

Michael Zulyniak is presented the SANSAR Young Investigator Award 2015

SANSAR is a charitable organization whose mission is to promote the health of South Asians through community awareness, educational programs and research. The SANSAR Young Investigator Award is meant to provide recognition and support to an outstanding young investigator whose activities are focused on the health of South Asians.

Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award recipient

Professor Ab Osterhaus, PhD Professor of Virology in Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Hannover.

Ab Osterhaus is an award-winning scientific researcher and principal investigator for numerous major scientific projects. As Professor of Virology in Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Hannover, he ran the virology diagnostic and research labs at Erasmus MC and is currently establishing new One Health Institutes in Utrecht and Hannover.

He has discovered over 50 new viruses in humans and animals, and his work has enabled health authorities including the WHO to combat outbreaks like SARS, MERS, and the avian influenza. As Chief Scientific Officer at Viroclinics Biosciences BV, Osterhaus leads effective testing and refining of preventive, therapeutic, and diagnostic tools.

Osterhaus mentors many students, holds several key patents, and has authored more than 1,100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He firmly believes scientists have a role to play in translating their knowledge for the benefit and protection of society.

The award ceremony was held on February 25, 2015 in Health Sciences Centre at McMaster University.

2014 NEWS

We are all deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Vasudev Chanchlani on September 7, 2014 His passion for medical research, higher education, and celebrating Canada’s multicultural diversity was evident in his unwavering support of the Chanchlani Research Centre. His passion will continue to influence our research, and we are ever so grateful for his and his family's support of our mission.

McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences


Second Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award recipient

Hans Rosling PosterDr. Hans Rosling, PhD, MD Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute, Co-founder & Chairman, Gapminder Foundation

The award ceremony was held on February 24, 2014 in Health Sciences Centre at McMaster University

[View details and photo slideshow of event]

2013 NEWS

Read the synopsis of the Women's Health Symposium which was held on May 10, 2013 in Boston.

Event Synopsis: Women's Health The Future Is Now

Click on the link below to read about this prestigous award.

Vasu Chanchlani awarded Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Award

2012 NEWS

First Annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award Receipients — Dr. Madhukar Pai and Dr. Nitika Pai

Dr. Madhukar Pai
Dr. Madhukar Pai
Dr. Nitika Pai
Dr. Nitika Pai 

The Chanchlani Global Health Research Award was created by the Chanchlani Family and McMaster University in 2012 to recognize a leading scholar in the area of Global Health. The Scholar will be selected based on his or scholarly contributions to Global Health. Each year a discipline within Global Health (i.e. Determinants of Health, Policy Development, Innovative Solutions) will be chosen, and an internal review committee at McMaster will review leading candidates.

The successful applicant receives a monetary prize of $5,000 CDN, and travel and accommodations are covered to enable the scientist to visit Hamilton, Ontario, Canada for a minimum of three days to receive the award. During that time, he or she will present a state-of-the-art lecture to researchers, and present a lecture of more general interest to the McMaster University community on a Global Health topic of broader scope. Opportunities for informal scientific exchanges between the scientist/scholar and faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate medical students will be emphasized during the visit.