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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



McMaster University prof kicks off platelet support group in Canada

Donald Arnold, associate professor of medicine, is helping jump start the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in Canada, a not-for-profit patient advocacy group that has been very active in the U.S. It aims to improve the lives of people with ITP and other platelet disorders through education, advocacy, research and support.

Arnold, a hematologist, is a medical advisor for the PDSA, which is holding its first meeting April 29 in Montreal. This meeting is geared for ITP patients, caregivers and the medical community.

"People with ITP are often overlooked because the condition is rare," said Arnold. "But it's not rare for the people who have it. Having the PDSA group in Canada will be important for patients because it connects people who are struggling with this condition on their own. Plus, we have work to do to get Canadians better access to new medications. Groups like the PDSA can help with issues like that."

He will be presenting the opening talk about the changing landscape for ITP in Canada.

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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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Hamilton patient first to receive experimental immunotherapy combination for cancer in clinical trial

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A Hamilton patient is the first trial participant to receive a novel experimental immunotherapy treatment for lung cancer.

Experts at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and McMaster University, in partnership with The Ottawa Hospital, have begun a clinical trial to determine if the unique experimental immunotherapy combination may be able to treat non-small cell lung cancer. The experimental therapy combines two different viruses with an approved drug to stimulate the immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells.

"Lung cancer is the most common kind of cancer in Canada, with more than 28,000 new diagnoses each year," said trial leader Dr. Rosalyn Juergens, oncologist at HHS and associate professor of oncology at McMaster. "We've come a long way in improving our patients' survival rates and outcomes, but we can do more. Immunotherapy is the leading edge of a new wave of cancer treatment – we're excited about the potential that it offers to patients with this devastating disease."

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McMaster scientist awarded inaugural national prize for excellence in health research

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Gregory Steinberg, a professor of medicine of McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, has been awarded a new national prize for outstanding accomplishments early in his career.

Today it was announced Steinberg is the one Canadian scientist to be awarded the Gold Leaf Prize for Outstanding Achievements by an Early Career Investigator by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Steinberg, 41, is also a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Metabolism and Obesity and the J. Bruce Duncan Chair in Metabolic Diseases. He is also the co-director of the Metabolism and Childhood Obesity Research Program (MAC-Obesity) at McMaster.

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Carroll named acting associate dean of McMaster's School of Nursing

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Associate professor of nursing Sandra Carroll, known for her achievements in cardiovascular nursing research, will be the acting associate dean and director of McMaster's School of Nursing (SON), beginning July 1.

Carroll joined the nursing faculty at McMaster University in 2010. She is director of clinical health professional research, Hamilton Health Sciences and an associate scientist with the Population Health Research Institute. She is also an adjunct professor with the University of Ottawa's School of Nursing.

In her new role, Carroll will oversee the School of Nursing, including the popular McMaster-Mohawk-Conestoga BScN Program. She is following Carolyn Byrne, who is retiring as associate dean and director of the SON.

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In the Media

  • The New York Times, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, TIME, BBC, Sky News, The Globe and Mail, CBC News Network and ABC News, were among the outlets carrying stories featuring interviews with Christina Grant (Pediatrics) about the federal government's plans to table legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Grant was lead author of the Canadian Pediatric Society's position paper on the issue.
  • CBC's Ontario Today spoke to Mike Devillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) about the legalization of cannabis and whether possession convictions should be pardoned.
  • CBC's Metro Morning spoke to Alison Fox-Robichaud (Medicine) about and early warning system she developed to alert a rapid-response team to a crisis before a Code Blue is called.
  • CBC Radio's Metro Morning (Toronto) highlighted the efforts of Mohit Bhandari (Orthopedic Surgery) to engage orthopaedic surgeons in discovering signs of spousal abuse in their patients.
  • 660, 680 and 980 News spoke to Ira Price (Emergency Medicine) about the medical use of marijuana.
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