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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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Dutch royalty visit campus

Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Professor Pieter Van Vollenhoven (centre) arrive at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON on May 15, joined by Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger (left) and McMaster University President Patrick Deane (right).- Photo

International university collaborations were the focus of the visit to McMaster University by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven on Monday.

Their first duties were overseeing a ceremonial signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between McMaster and Vrije University (VU) of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Faculty members from the universities have worked together on research projects for many years, and the MOU formalizes the arrangement and begins exploration of more opportunities for educational and research cooperation.

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Professor awarded Order of Canada

Dr. Mark Levine - Photo

Dr. Mark Levine, professor and chair of oncology at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, is inducted as a member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada David Johnston in an investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on May 12.

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ADA announced its international 2017 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award

Gregory Steinberg - Photo

Gregory Steinberg, a professor of medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced its international 2017 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award today. He is the first scientist from a Canadian university to take the 60-year-old award given annually to a scientist under 50 years of age.

Steinberg's research contributions are cited as having "significantly shaped our understanding of how lipid metabolism, insulin sensitivity and energy sensing are intimately linked and contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes."

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In the Media

  • Mick Bhatia (SCC-RI) spoke to The Scientist about research by two teams of scientists who have generated blood stem cells by reprogramming either human or mouse cells.
  • Peter Vignjevic (Dermatology) spoke toChatelaine magazine about what your skin says about your health.
  • The website Publicreported that Mehan Anvari (Surgery) has been invited to speak at the University of Toledo College of Medicine commencement on May 26.
  • HealthLine spoke to Salim Yusuf (PHRI) about the benefits of statins for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Reuters Health and NBC spoke to Elena Verdue and María Inés Pinto-Sanchez (Farncombe Institute) about new research on whether eating oats is safe for people on gluten free diets.
  • Elaine McWirter (Oncology) spoke to Canadian Living about a rise in the cases of melanoma.
  • Dawn Bowdish (Institute for Infectious Disease research) spoke to the Globe and Mailabout why the centenarian gender gap exists – and whether men will catch up.
  • The Hamilton Spectator reported on Mark Levine (Oncology) receiving the Order of Canada.
  • CHML spoke to Jennifer Skelly (Nursing) about urinary incontinence in women.
  • CBC Newsspoke to Gerry Wright (Infectious Disease Research Institute) about a study that showed antibiotic-resistant microbes date back 450 million years. Picked up by Yahoo News.
  • Liz Shaw (Family Medicine) and Sandi Seigel (Pediatrics) were quoted in a series by the Hamilton Spectator  about babies suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) -  being born in opioid withdrawal. Also covered in the Toronto Star.  
  • The Canadian Press wrote about the new opioid prescribing guidelines developed by an international team of clinicians, researchers and patients and led by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain CentreThe Globe and Mail has questioned membership of the guideline committee and in a separate article reported on concerns raised by Health Canada.
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