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To Note:

McMaster's snow closure policy

As the days grow colder and winter approaches, it's time to get reacquainted with McMaster's snow closure policy.

The University remains open unless it is formally closed.

If necessary, the University will formally announce a closure when severe weather poses a danger to students, staff and faculty while on campus or if the weather would prevent large numbers of them from coming to campus or returning safely to their homes.

If there is no specific announcement about McMaster being closed, then the University remains open.

Every effort will be made to confirm a closing by 5:30 a.m. If weather conditions change throughout the day, the University will make an announcement as soon as possible. When a closing has been confirmed, it will be communicated via the Daily News and on the University's social media sites: Facebook, Twitter as well as by Hamilton media (radio and television).

Faculty, staff and students are responsible for checking local media and the Daily News on stormy days.




McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences trains physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health care researchers, physician assistants and midwives to work together in teams, providing the finest patient care.

Our programs cover the spectrum of health care, including the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Science, Midwifery, a Bachelor of Health Sciences program and Canada's first physician assistants' program.

We are known for innovating small group, problem-based education, with a focus on self-directed, life-long learning, as well as the development of evidence-based medicine.

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McMaster alumnus recognized for top thesis

A paper led by McMaster researchers on avoiding high carbohydrates ranks first on the Altmetric Top 100.

Chad Johnston has been named the recipient of the 2017 Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) ProQuest Dissertation Award in the field of biological sciences.

His thesis, New Techniques Facilitate the Discovery and Study of Modular Microbial Natural Products, was selected as the best among 57 nominations from universities throughout North America.

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McMaster University researchers have four – including number one – of the top 100 papers of 2017

A paper led by McMaster researchers on avoiding high carbohydrates ranks first on the Altmetric Top 100.

An academic article debunking the myths of low-fat diets led by McMaster University researchers has been ranked first in 2017 by an international ranking system of scholarly publications.

The annual U.K.-based Altmetric Top 100 highlights published research papers in 2017 that have generated significant international online attention and discussion from mainstream news media, blogs, Wikipedia, social media platforms, including Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, and in scholarly spaces such as post-publication peer-review forums and patient advocacy groups. 

McMaster researchers led three of the top 100 papers, and contributed to an additional one.

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Study links tendency to undervalue future rewards to ADHD, obesity and smoking

From left: Sameer Parpia, Jim Julian, Donna McCarty, Clive Kearon, Marc Filion, Chu-Shu Gu, Lucy Spadafora and Erin McGean were part of the Ontario Clinical Oncology Group ATTRACT trial team.

A McMaster University researcher is part of a team that has found a genetic signature for delay discounting — the tendency to undervalue future rewards — that overlaps with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obesity and smoking.

James MacKillop, director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at McMaster University and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, is a co-investigator on the study that used data from customers of a genetic testing company, 23andMe. The customers consented to participate in research and answered survey questions to assess delay discounting.

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In the Media

Capsules for fecal transplants

  • Christine Lee (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) spoke to the Canadian Press about a new study that shows a capsule for fecal transplant is as good as colonoscopy to treat C. difficile. She said an alternative is using an enema to introduce donor fecal matter into the colon, which studies have shown is almost as effective and also doesn't require sedation of the patient. The article was carried in newspapers nationally and internationally. Paul Moayyedi (Farncombe Institute) shared his thoughts with CTV on the potential of the capsules to treat illnesses like Crohn's disease.

Antibiotics during labour and gut bacteria

  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on a study by Jennifer Stearns (Farncombe Institute) that showed that antibiotics administered during labour for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) affect the development of gut bacteria in babies. Eileen Hutton (Midwifery) spoke to CBC Hamilton about the study.

Outbreak of Strep A in London

  • Mark Loeb (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) spoke to Global National news about an outbreak of invasive group A streptococcal infections in London, Ontario where about half of the people affected by the outbreak have been living in vulnerable situations, including injection drug users and/or those without access to stable housing.

Hamilton safe injection site

  • The Hamilton Spectator and CHCH noted a needs assessment and feasibility study by Hamilton Public Health Services in partnership with McMaster University that showed there is a need to have a safe injection site in the Hamilton core as deaths, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and paramedic responses related to illicit drug use have been rising.

Men and abortion

  • Dustin Costescu (Obstetrics and Gynecology) participated in a CBC Ontario Today radio call-in program about men's experiences and thoughts on abortion.

Youth ambassadors meet Michelle Obama

  • Kanwarpreet Karwal (BHSc Hons.) a Plan Canada youth ambassador and fourth-year health sciences student spoke to CBC News and other media about an event she attended where Michelle Obama spoke about education and equality for girls and women around the world hoping to create change.

The power of sport to drive world health

  • reported that Margo Mountjoy (Michel G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Campus) will be a co-chair for a new conference program HealthAccord: The Power of Sport-The Power to Change at the SportAccord convention in Thailand in April.

Advances in hemophilia treatment

  • Alfonso Iorio (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) spoke to HemOncToday about the multistakeholder CoreHEM initiative, a joint effort between McMaster University, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Green Park Collaborative, a program of the Center for Medical Technology Policy, to seek consensus on a core set of evaluation outcomes for hemophilia treatment.

Ask your doctor about hip fractures

  • The Medical Express ran a piece by Mohit Bhandari (Surgery) noting five questions he recommends patients discuss with their doctor about hip fractures.

Can bats help humans survive the next pandemic?

  • A submission by Karen Mossman (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) to The Conversation was picked up by several Post Media newspapers. She has been studying immune response modulation by viruses for more than 25 years and will be working with another researcher to explore the immune responses in bat and human cells to different viruses, including MERS-CoV, as part of his PhD research.

Link between immune function, osteoarthritic pain and progression

  • Science Daily reported on research by Dawn Bowdish (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) that found that monocytes, the white blood cells necessary to regulate immune responses, were more activated and pro-inflammatory in women with osteoarthritis, and that elevated inflammation and body mass index were associated with this increased activation.

Link between depression and gut bacteria

  • IEEEPulse interviewed Jane Foster (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) for an article about how the gut and the brain communicate. She recalled how difficult it was to publish her first paper on germ-free mice and behavior.

Mapping the spread of flu across Canada

  • BestHealth wrote about research by David Earn (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) shows how cold and flu viruses spread across Canada, according to regional temperatures.

A handshake tests patient's health

  • AfricanPlanet wrote about research by Darryl Leong (Population Health Research Institute) that shows a handshake can be an easy test to assess patient's health.

Coffee might be good for you

  • CBC Radio Syndication arranged a series of interviews with Andrew Mente (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) about the challenge of proving or disproving that coffee has benefits. Other CBC outlets across Canada featured Mente.
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