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FHS faculty awarded three new Canada Research Chairs

Published: November 10, 2014
Guillaume Paré
Guillaume Paré

Three researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been awarded new Canada Research Chairs in a recent federal announcement.

As a Tier 1 chair holder, Mohit Bhandari will receive $1.4 million over seven years. As Tier 2 Chairs, Dawn Bowdish and Sarah McDonald will each receive $500,000 over a five-year term for their research.

In addition, Guillaume Paré's Canada Research Chair in Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, worth $500,000 over the next five years, was renewed.  

Three other McMaster faculty members were also named to new or renewed Canada Research Chairs.

"Our five new Canada Research Chairs and the renewals of two Chairs recognizes research programs that are at the frontier of discoveries that will not only improve our health, but also our quality of life," said Mo Elbestawi, vice-president of research and international affairs

Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopedic Surgery

Mohit Bhandari

Mohit Bhandari, a professor of orthopedic surgery, was promoted to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopedic Surgery. Bhandari will build on a research program that began with his Tier 2 CRC in Musculoskeletal Trauma and Surgical Outcomes, and continue to improve the lives of persons with musculoskeletal trauma.

Using multinational large randomized trials and large observational cohort studies, Bhandari's research will focus on:

  • Road traffic and associated high energy trauma
  • Intentional injuries in women (violence against women, intimate partner violence)
  • Osteoporotic and low energy trauma in the elderly

Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity 

Dawn Bowdish

Dawn Bowdish, an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, was named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aging and Immunity. She will use her Chair to explore age-associated deterioration of the immune response.

Of the one-third of deaths in the elderly that occur due to infectious disease, pneumonia is the most frequent and most costly. Bowdish will investigate the mechanisms that cause pneumonia in the elderly and explore why acquiring bacterial pneumonia in mid- or late life often exacerbates or accelerates other chronic inflammatory conditions.

This new Chair will allow Bowdish to develop novel approaches that will improve the lives of Canadians with age-associated inflammation and deterioration of the immune response.

Canada Research Chair in Maternal and Child Obesity Prevention and Intervention

Sarah McDonald

Sarah McDonald, an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was awarded the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Maternal and Child Obesity Prevention and Intervention. With this she will further her research program which examines two prevalent and serious interrelated health conditions that are adversely impacting women and their children:

  • Excess maternal pre-pregnancy weight
  • Excess weight gain during pregnancy

Excess pregnancy weight gain increases maternal risks for postpartum weight retention and obesity, and is a key risk factor for high infant birth weight and obesity in children. McDonald will focus on developing interventions to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

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