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John Bienenstock honoured with festschrift

Published: December 1, 2016
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Dr. John Bienenstock is being honoured in festschrift

A world-renowned McMaster University professor is being honoured in festschrift style Friday.

Former trainees of Dr. John Bienenstock, a Distinguished University Professor of medicine and pathology and molecular medicine, are returning to pay tribute to him with a day of talks on his specialty. He is known as one of the founding fathers of mucosal immunology, and he is recognized as a global authority on the lung and gut and their interaction on the brain.

Bienenstock came to McMaster University in 1968 after graduating in London, UK, and a period of post-doctoral training at Harvard and Buffalo University, and he has continued his research program since becoming a professor emeritus in 1998. He is the director of the Brain and Body Institute at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.

"He's been a major mover in mucosal Immunology and understanding the brain, immune systems and overall integration of the host response in the body," said Jack Gauldie, a fellow Distinguished University Professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster and currently vice-president, research for St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton.
Gauldie said the festschrift is an academic event, a celebration of achievements of an individual's career when former students, trainees and colleagues return to honour their mentor's accomplishments.

The event takes place on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at McMaster's David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton. Among the speakers are Fergus Shanahan, director of the Microbiome Institute of University College Cork, Ireland; Glenda MacQueen, vice dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary; Robert Clancy, professor emeritus of biomedical sciences and pharmacy of the University of Newcastle, Australia; and Michael Zasloff, scientific director of the MedStar-Georgetown Transplant Institute of Georgetown University Hospital in the U.S.

Bienenstock said he is looking forward to the day.

"I am close to the end of my career and I've been very privileged to have done what I have done with McMaster University and, for the last ten years, St. Joseph's Hospital," he said.

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