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In the Media 2012

  • December
  • November
  • October
  • September - July
  • June - April
  • March - January

December 2012

Jonathan Bramson

Study looks at the effect of aging on immune response

Jonathan Bramson is the principal investigator of a study that that says our immune system does not shut down with age. The study published inshows a specialized class of immune cells, known as T cells, can respond to virus infections in an older person with the same vigour as T cells from a young person.


Christine Lee

McMaster professor writes about policies required to pay the growing costs of long-term care in Canada

Michel Grignon, an associate professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Health, Aging & Society, is an expert adviser with EvidenceNetwork.ca and Director of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA) at McMaster.


Christine Lee

McMaster professor leads C. difficile study Video

Dr. Christine Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at St. Joseph's Hospital, is the lead researcher on a study investigating whether fecal transplants are an effective treatment against C. difficile.


Mahshid Dehghan

A healthy diet helps prevent second heart attack and stroke

Mahshid Dehghan,a nutritionist at McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute (PHRI),led a study that found a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fish significantly reduces the chance of a second heart attack and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease.


Jean Clinton

Ask the Expert: Dr. Jean Clinton talks about teenagers and mental health

Dr. Jean Clinton, associate clinical professor, Division of Child Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, talks in a series of videos about about the teen brain, importance of relationships and other issues related to children's mental health.


David Chan

Examining OSCAR (Open Source Clinical Applications and Resource), an e-health system developed at McMaster

Dr. David Chan, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine, helped invent OSCAR, the fastest-growing electronic health record system in Cananda. This article has a section about OSCAR with comments from Dr. Chan.

November 2012

Steven Hoffman

McMaster professor speaks out on Canada's foreign aid and global health

Steven Hoffman, an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics and an an adjunct faculty member with the McMaster Health Forum, calls for Canada to re-affirm its commitment to global health in foreign-aid policy.

October 2012

Paola Muti

Dr. Muti appointed ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics

Dr. Paola Muti is appointed the inaugural holder of the new ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics. Her research focuses on chemoprevention, which investigates the potential for agents including vitamins and drugs, both old and new, to prevent cancer.


McMaster grad makes a difference

McMaster alumna and registered nurse Katherine Burress tells about her experience providing care for people living with HIV and how her education at McMaster has prepared her for that role.


2012 White Coat Ceremony

First year students of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine crossed the stage Sept. 15 to receive their white clerk's jacket and be welcomed into the profession of medicine. But when they returned to their seat, they found something tucked into the pocket of their jacket — a handwritten note to them from a graduate of the medical school.


Times Higher Education World University Rankings

McMaster University has been ranked number one in Canada for its medical school and health programs and 14th in the world.

September 2012

Suzanne LabargeBusinesswoman and McMaster graduate Suzanne Labarge has given $10 million to McMaster for a program sponsoring interdisciplinary research and a website portal on healthy aging that will provide accessible information for the public as well as health care professionals, researchers and policy makers. The program is called the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.


July 2012

McMaster engineering students Ali Shahzada and Luis Michelangeli are the co-founders of Storytelling Medicine, a new company formed to market their idea of a storybook-based approach to taking the fear out of a hospital stay for children. A story is created using an iPad application tells and can be customized to the specific procedure the child will be facing. All of the pictures the child sees will be of the specific hospital where the procedure will take place.


Sheila Singh

Christy Gombay, assistant director of McMaster’s Masters in Global Health program, was nominated for a $10 million award to support a project that has already saved the lives of hundreds of Guatemalan people. He was one of two Canadians among 65 finalists in a competition called Saving Lives at Birth, which is sponsored in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Although, Gombay did not win the award, announced July 14, he says the work will continue.

June 2012

Sheila SinghMcMaster University scientist Dr. Sheila Singh has joined a national "dream team" that's assembling to find new treatments for glioblastomas (GBM), tumours that arise from the star-shaped cells that make up the "glue-like" or supportive tissue of the brain. The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI), the Terry Fox Foundation and their partners have committed $8.2 million toward the collaborative project.


May 2012

Mick BhatiaA team of scientists at McMaster University has discovered a drug, thioridazine, successfully kills cancer stem cells in the human while avoiding the toxic side-effects of conventional cancer treatments. Mick Bhatia is the principal investigator for the study and scientific director of McMaster's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI).


Otis KryzanauskasOtis Kryzanauskas is now the first man to graduate from a Canadian midwifery program. He believes more men should consider becoming a midwife. McMaster's midwifery program, started in 1993, is the oldest in Canada.


April 2012

Jean Clinton"Childhood experiences build the brain and build the reactivity of the stress system, and the damaging impact of that may not be shown for many, many years," said Dr. Jean Clinton, an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences who has worked with children and families for 25 years.


Parminder RainaThe Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), located at the McMaster Innovation Park (MIP), is one of the largest and most comprehensive, long-term studies ever done on health and aging. The lead principal investigator of the study is Parminder Raina, a professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.


Sandeep RahaSandeep Raha, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and coordinator, Metabolism and Nutrition Division, Medical Sciences Graduate Program, was lead author of a study on obesity and pregnancy:

March 2012

Mick Bhatia

Mick Bhatia, scientific director of McMaster's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, comments on how many biomedical researchers fear that proposed changes to how they get federal funding would weaken, even throttle health research in Canada.


Sonia Anand

Tracking health differences by ethnicity is the cornerstone of the new Chanchlani Research Centre at McMaster University. Director of the new centre is McMaster professor and research scientist Dr. Sonia Anand, a Canadian leader in the research of genetic and environmental causes of vascular disease.


Jan Willem Gorter

McMaster University scientists are providing their expertise to new cutting-edge research projects announced by the Ontario Brain Institute: Peter Szatmari, Gabriel Ronen, Michelle Shapiro, Jan Willem Gorter, Ronit Mesterman and Peter Rosenbaum.


February 2012

Ray Truant

Dr. Ray Truant and his lab worked with scientists from Alberta and discovered pumping measured amounts of ganglioside GM1, a lipid, into the sick rodents’ brains restored the mice to their normal motor functions.


Mick Bhatia

$30M gift to fast forward health care research, education and care at McMaster University: Boris family gift propels stem cell therapies and one-stop patient care. Mick Bhatia, scientific director of McMaster's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, comments on the impact of the gift.


January 2012

John Kelton

McMaster University has selected Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital as the preferred site for the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre. Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of McMaster’s Health Sciences faculty, makes a statement regarding the importance of the new site.


David Armstrong

Dr. David Armstrong, an associate professor of gastroenterology and member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, chaired the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) endoscopy committee that has published its first national guidelines for endoscopy services in Canada.


Alison Holloway

Alison Holloway, an endocrinologist and associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, comments on research linking obesity to chemicals in the environment.


Dr. Molly Cooke, co-author of the Carnegie Foundation’s Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency points to the DeGroote School of Medicine at Canada’s McMaster University, which according to its Web site offers "a unique three-year (rather than the usual four) program based on small-group, problem-based study and an early introduction to the clinical experience."

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