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McMaster prof swims into history books

A McMaster psychiatry professor who is one of Canada's greatest open water swimmers has completed her final swim.

Marilyn Korzekwa, an associate professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, spent 18 hours and 45 minutes swimming the Santa Barbara Channel earlier this month. She was the first Canadian and the oldest woman to complete this difficult trek across shark-filled waters. This summer, she also swam across Lake Superior.

After conquering many bodies of water, from the English Channel to the Cook Strait, Korzekwa will be retiring from her marathon swim career.

Read more about her swims and fundraising for The Sashbear Foundation here.



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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Faculty member named to Royal Society of Canada

Mahshid Dehghan is an investigator at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI). A researcher in McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences has been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for his scholarly and scientific accomplishments.

Guillaume Paré is a member of the incoming class of the RSC's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Paré is an associate professor in both the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology.

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Susan Denburg elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Mahshid Dehghan is an investigator at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI). Susan Denburg, executive vice-dean and associate vice-president, academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada's academic community. Denburg, along with 43 other new Fellows, are being formally celebrated on Sept. 13 in Vancouver.

In addition to her role as executive vice-dean and associate vice-president for the Faculty, Denburg is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences.

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Dairy consumption linked to lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality

Mahshid Dehghan is an investigator at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI). Dairy consumption of around three servings per day is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality, compared to lower levels of consumption, according to a study led by a team of McMaster University researchers.

The study also found that people who consumed three servings of whole fat dairy per day had lower rates of mortality and cardiovascular disease compared to those who consumed less than 0.5 serving of whole fat dairy per day. 

The global observational study included more than 130,000 people in 21 countries. The results were published in The Lancet.

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In the Media

Marijuana research in Canada

  • The National Post highlighted the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research where researchers are examining marijuana's perceived health benefits, including a study exploring its use for anxiety disorders, and for pain management. 

How aging influences cognitive functioning

  • Anthony Levinson (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) spoke to 770 CHQR in Calgary about cognitive function and aging and the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.

Sodium not associated with major cardiovascular disease

  • Reuters interviewed Andrew Mente (Population Health Research Institute) about his research that showed moderate consumption of sodium may not affect the risk for cardiovascular problems in people without heart disease. Picked up by Reuters UK.

Think critically about cannabis use

  • James MacKillop (Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) spoke to the Hamilton Spectator about the effects of marijuana use.

Heath Innovation using 3D printing

  • 3D Printing Industry and Technology Networks wrote about the development of a 3D printed PFIBox designed by Eric Brown (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences) and his team to assist with antibiotic resistance research.

Seniors transitioning home from hospital

  • The Vancouver Sun published an opinion piece by Ruta Valaitis and Maureen Markle-Reid (Nursing) about the need for more home care services for seniors transitioning home from the hospital.

Diagnosing heart attack patients in the ER

  • The HealthDay wrote about a study by Peter Kavsak (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and Andrew Worster (Emergency Medicine) on how a lab score may reduce both the number of blood tests and time spent in the emergency department for chest pain patients.

Rethinking a healthy diet from a global perspective

  • Andrew Mente and Mahshid Dehghan (Population Health Research Institute are using research from several large global studies to develop an updated, international approach of identifying a healthy diet. Medicine Newsline, the Oman Daily Observer, and Iran Daily.

Death after non-cardiac surgery

18 health research projects receive funding

  • Hamilton Spectator Innovation Notebook highlighted $12.5 million in recent health research grants for McMaster studies from the federal government.
  • Comments by Jan Willem Gorter (CanChild/Pediatrics) at a CBC White Coat Black Art town hall, on the struggle of disabled children aging out of the system, has been summarized by the Kids Brain Health Network.
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