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HEI, formerly CE&B, celebrates 50th

In 1967, McMaster University established Canada's first Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, now world renowned for its work and known as the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI). To commemorate this significant milestone of 50 years, HEI is hosting an all-day event on Sept. 7 at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton.

Faculty, both past and present, alumni, students and other interested people are invited to join a distinguished roster of guest speakers and panelists to celebrate the Department's storied past.

For more information on the day's activities, please click 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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McMaster MD alumna helping Team Canada athletes

Janet McMordieJanet McMordie, a McMaster University '13 MD alumna, is keeping Canadian athletes at the top of their games at the FISU (International University Sport Federation) 29th Summer Universiade 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.

A sport medicine physician, McMordie is part of the team of medical professionals with Team Canada at the event.

Competition runs from Aug. 19 to Aug. 30 and features more than 9,000 student-athletes and officials from more than 170 countries. The Universiade is the second-largest multi-sport games next to the Summer Olympics.

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Grants advance diabetes and tuberculosis research

Zhou Xing (Left) and Jonathan Schertzer (Right)Foundation grants have been awarded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research to two McMaster University researchers.

Zhou Xing, professor of pathology and molecular medicine, has a $2.5 million grant over seven years to decipher the immune mechanisms underlying the failure of the body to effectively control tuberculosis and to apply that knowledge in developing robust vaccination strategies to combat it.

This is needed because, despite decades of vaccine and antibiotics, tuberculosis is a leading infectious disease in developing countries and parts of some developed countries including Canada.

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Healthy diet could decrease gestational diabetes risk for South Asian women in Ontario

McMaster student Rebecca Crawford South Asian women in Ontario are at high risk for gestational diabetes, but a change in diet and pre-pregnancy weight could make a significant difference, according to a new study from McMaster University.

The research study, called the South Asian Birth Cohort (START), is led by Sonia Anand, professor of medicine at McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and senior scientist at the Population Health Research Institute of Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University.

The study revealed up to one-third of pregnant South Asian women in Ontario develop gestational diabetes. As well, pre-pregnancy weight and low-quality diet accounted for 37 per cent of the risk of gestational diabetes.

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In the Media

  • Commonly prescribed drugs for back pain often ineffective, review says

Harsha Shanthanna (Anesthesia) spoke to the media about his study which showed physicians should be more cautious in prescribing off-label drugs for chronic back pain. CBC, The Telegraph,

  • No bones about it: Surgeon helps keep patients on their toes. 

The Hamilton Spectator profiled Darren de SA, chief orthopedic surgery resident (Surgery)  - a proud Hamiltonian and McMaster University-lifer.

  • Poo transplants better than antibiotics

Pharmacy News quoted Paul Moayyedi (Medicine) in an article about the effectiveness of fecal microbiota transplantation.

  • We can no longer outrun antibiotic resistance interviewed Gerry wright (IIDR) for an article about antibiotic resistance 

  • Ways a sports massage can improve your workout

Shape Magazinespoke to Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine) about howgetting regular massages could potentially change the capacity of your muscles, actually altering your gene expression, temporarily increasing the signal for new mitochondrial growth.

  • Parents should talk about their own marijuana use 

CBC Newsspoke to Christina Grant (Pediatrics) about the health risks to teens and children when their parents use cannabis recreationally.

  • Joule announces recipients of second annual Innovation grants

Market Business Insider reported on the Joule awards noting Dennis DiValentino's (Family Medicine) grant to help provide care to marginalized individuals.

  • Study links gut bacteria imbalance to heart disease risks about a McMaster study thatdescribes how a gut microbial imbalance can disrupt heart health.

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