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McMaster Health Sciences convocation – May 25, 2017

Medical students, midwives, Bachelor of Health Sciences students and a variety of master's and doctoral students will graduate at the Faculty of Health Sciences convocation on May 25, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Hamilton Place.

In total, there will be 523 graduates participating in the ceremony.

Dr. Abraham Verghese, a professor at Stanford University, will receive an honorary degree from McMaster.

Earlier in the day, graduates of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will read the Hippocratic Oath at a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

The keynote speaker is McMaster graduate Dr. Naheed Dosani '11, a palliative care physician with the William Osler Health System, who also delivers palliative care to the homeless.

The contributions of Peter George, McMaster's former president and vice-chancellor from 1995-2010, were recognized with an honorary degree during a special ceremony on March 31, 2017. He died April 27, 2017.

To Note:

2017 Call for nominations to the Community of Distinction

For an outline of eligibility and requirements for the nomination, please review the Community of Distinction Nomination Criteria. Nominations should be sent to Betty Chung at or can be submitted through the link below.

Click here to submit a nomination for the McMaster Community of Distinction 2017

New Employee Orientation Program

The McMaster New Employee Orientation Program (NEO) is designed to be an informative and highly interactive experience to welcome new employees to the University.

If you are a new employee to McMaster, don't miss your opportunity to join fellow new hires for an engaging day of learning about the University's mission, structure, culture, and some key services that will help you acclimate to the McMaster community more quickly.  Plus, you have an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the organization and explore the campus environment.

The University is proud to have YOU join its community. This session will not only provide you with a high level overview of McMaster, it will affirm the important role each individual plays in contributing to the University's success.

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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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New medicine shows potential to reduce oral steroid use in severe asthma patients

Dr. Parameswaran Nair - Photo

A trial led by a McMaster University respirology professor shows promising results for a new medicine for severe asthma patients.

The results of the trial, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrate that patients treated with a potential new medicine and antibody, called benralizumab, were more than four times likely to reduce their usage of oral corticosteroids than those taking a placebo.
"The data is very impressive," said Dr. Parameswaran Nair, the study's lead investigator, professor of medicine at McMaster University, staff respirologist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and an AllerGen NCE Investigator.

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Faculty members awarded grants by Canadian Frailty Network

Two members of the Faculty of Health Sciences have recently been awarded funding through the Canadian Frailty Network.

John You and Deborah Cook were among the nation-wide recipients sharing an $8 million investment. The funding is aimed at boosting Canada's knowledge base and body of evidence to transform care for older adults living with frailty.  

You, an associate professor of medicine and health research methods, evidence and impact, received a grant of $2.6 million to lead five research teams that are working together to develop a new comprehensive suite of advance care planning tools tailored to older Canadians. This will increase uptake, impact and access to advance care planning across primary care, long-term care and hospital settings. Michelle Howard, assistant professor of family medicine, and Sharon Kaasalainen, associate professor of nursing, are also part of this interdisciplinary team.

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Kelton named Distinguished University Professor

Dr. John Kelton - Photo

Dr. John Kelton has many titles and honours to his name.

At the Faculty of Health Sciences convocation today, he added one that few receive.

Kelton, a professor of pathology and molecular medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, was conferred with the lifetime title of Distinguished University Professor.

This is the highest honour bestowed by the University and recognizes extraordinary faculty members with outstanding contributions in scholarship and education.

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In the Media

  • Mick Bhatia (Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute) spoke to The Scientist about research by two teams of scientists who have generated blood stem cells by reprogramming either human or mouse cells. Nature and Scientific American also published articles.
  • Jonathan Sussman (Oncology) was interviewed for an article in the National Post about cancer being managed as a chronic disease, not cured.
  • Christina Grant (Pediatrics) was quoted in an article by the Associated Press on Canada lowering the age for cannabis legalization, which was picked up by several news organisations including The Washington Times. 
  • United Press International reported on research by Premysl Bercik and Maria Pinto Sanchez (Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute) that showed a link between probiotics and improved depression symptoms.
  • An article in The National Post about the practice of pier review being turned upside down amid a slew of complaints and controversies included comment by  Peter Kavsak (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) editor of the journal Clinical Biochemistry.
  • A Toronto Star article about a recent Ontario report that shows opioid prescriptions are on the rise noted the opioid guidelines developed by McMaster's National Pain Centre.
  • An article in Ottawa Life mentions ongoing research at McMaster that is looking at whether diabetes can be reversed.
  • FoxNews Radio quoted Brian Timmons (Pediatrics) about the benefits of rehydrating with milk a source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes.
  • The Globe and Mail, CBC and Global reported on an independent review order of the opioid use guidelines after a conflict of interest controversy.
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