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Jane Foster article most cited in last 90 days

An article by Jane Foster, an assistant professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, has been identified as one of the most cited by the journal Trends in Neurosciences.

The paper entitled, "Gut–brain axis: how the microbiome influences anxiety and depression," published in May 2013, was one of the most downloaded articles from the journal in the last 90 days.

In her review, Foster suggested that gut microbiota are an important player in how the body influences the brain, contribute to normal healthy homeostasis, and influence risk of disease, including anxiety and mood disorders.



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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Renaissance Award winners to study perception of disability, gender identity

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By Matt Terry, March 17, 2017

Two McMaster students will spend the summer learning about the relationship between culture and identity in five different countries around the world.

Medical student Kira Gossack-Keenan will travel to India, Cambodia and Vietnam to find out how the region's inhabitants relate to and interact with those with physical disabilities. She'll also study the relationship between disability and art, while producing some artistic works of her own along the way.

"We're not perfect in Canada, but we try to incorporate accommodation into many of the things we do," says Gossack-Keenan. "In many countries, access to the physical environment continues to be less accessible to those with disabilities, and I'd like to explore this issue."

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McMaster alumnus, rheumatologist remembered for sharing love of art

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Dr. William (Bill) Bensen, a nationally recognized rheumatologist who was a McMaster alumnus, faculty member and donor, died March 15. He was 67.

Bill Bensen came from a family with a long history in Hamilton and particularly at McMaster, with his grandfather, father and son, Rob all graduating with degrees from the University.

He was in the second graduating class of what is now known as the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, in 1973. He became a part-time faculty member with the Department of Medicine in 1978 and had held the title of clinical professor since 2007.

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New blood thinner better at preventing recurrent blood clots than aspirin

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An international research team with prominent Canadian leadership has found that the blood thinner rivaroxaban is as safe as aspirin, and more effective at preventing recurrence of life-threatening blood clots in the legs and lungs, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

At least one out of 1,000 Canadians will experience one of these blood clots every year, a condition called venous thromboembolism. The clots can be deadly if they travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), and are the third most common cardiovascular cause of death after heart attack and stroke.

Venous thromboembolism is a chronic disease, with risks of additional blood clots over a patient's lifetime. However, many physicians and patients are deciding against long-term treatment with blood thinners because of concern about the risk of bleeding. Some are choosing aspirin instead because they consider it to be safer.

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In the Media

  • Global National, The Spectator,, CHCH TV, The Centre for Infectious Disease and Policy interviewed Eric Brown (Institute for Infectious Disease Research) about his lab's discovery that the antiprotozoal drug Pentamidine can disrupt the cell surface of Gram-negative bacteria and when used with antibiotics works against multidrug resistant bacteria.
  • Jacarandafm and other media covered the discovery of a new gene that is seen as a major cause of sudden death among young people and athletes.  Guillaume ParĂ© (Population Health Research Institute) worked with researchers in South Africa and Italy.
  • The Irish Times picked up on comments made by Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine and Pediatrics) in the New York Times noting that it's just unequivocal that caffeine improves athletic performance. It's been shown in well-respected labs in multiple places around the world.
  • In an article promoting screening for colon cancer in the Brantford Expositor, Barry Lumb (Gastroenterology) confirmed the importance of people getting checked for this disease beginning in their early 50s.
  • The Globe and Mail highlighted a new research study by graduate student Anthony Gatti and Monica Maly (Rehabilitation Science) that explored the subtle changes in knee cartilage that occur after running or cycling and offers guidance for people with osteoarthritis.
  • Jean Clinton (Offord Centre for Child Studies) talked to CBC's Metro Morning about kindergarten.
  • A Globe and Mail article featured research using the Early Development Instrument. The first EDI study mentioned was co-authored by Magdalena Janus (Offord Centre for Child Studies)
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