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Labarge Mobility Scholarship recipients named

Two students focused on the field of aging have been named the first recipients of the Labarge Mobility Scholarship.

Michael Kalu is pursuing a PhD in in rehabilitation science in the Faculty of Health Sciences, while Sydney Valentino is a master's student in kinesiology in the Faculty of Science.

The scholarships for graduate students in their first year of study are presented by the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging within McMaster's Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA). They are valued at $15,000 for a master's student and $18,000 for a PhD student.

The new awards are made possible thanks to a donation by Suzanne Labarge, McMaster University chancellor and alumna.




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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Ontario college strike impacts students

Information on the strike by Ontario college instructors and impact at the McMaster University campus will be kept updated on the Daily News here.

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Bolstering fat cells offers potential new leukemia treatment

Healthy bone marrow and lukemia biopsy

Killing cancer cells indirectly by powering up fat cells in the bone marrow could help acute myeloid leukemia patients, according to a new study from McMaster University.

Researchers with the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute found that boosting adipocytes, or fat cells, located in the bone morrow suppressed cancerous leukemia cells but – in a surprise to the research team – induced the regeneration of healthy blood cells at the same time.

The production of healthy red blood cells is critical for those with acute myeloid leukemia but is sometimes overlooked as conventional treatments focus on killing the leukemia cells alone. Patients with this disease suffer from anemia and infection due to the failure of healthy blood production, all of which are leading causes of hospitalization and death from the disease. 

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Partners congratulate Turnstone Biologics on major deal to develop cancer-fighting viruses

Greg Spadoni

Canadian academic institutions and research organizations are congratulating Turnstone Biologics on a new partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, to develop cancer-fighting viruses (also called oncolytic viral immunotherapies).

Turnstone was founded in Ottawa based on research led by professors Brian Lichty of McMaster University, John Bell of The Ottawa Hospital and uOttawa, and David Stojdl of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and uOttawa). The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and BioCanRx have also played a key role in advancing the technology.

Turnstone was recently recognized as one of the top 15 biotech start-ups in the world, and in 2016, Turnstone secured US$41 million in venture capital (VC) funding, which is believed to be the second largest biotech VC deal in Canada that year.

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In the Media

Pediatrician notes obesity trends

  • CTV National News featured the reaction of Katherine Morrison (Pediatrics) to a paper in The Lancet about the trends in obesity among children worldwide.
Aging is a hot topic
  • The Hamilton Spectator quoted Parminder Raina (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) in its article about a McMaster Institute for Research on Aging event on plans for a more inclusive society for seniors.
Reducing bullying could help extremely low weight preemies
  • Media, including Romper and the Philadelphia Inquirer, ran stories on Ryan Van Lieshout's (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences)  research on the impact of mental health risk factors on extreme preemies in their childhood and adolescence.
Go ahead, order that cheesecake
  • Bloomsberg is among media continuing coverage on research by Russell De Souza (Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact) showing fats are not necessarily bad in the diet.
The gut and depression
  • A Huff Post columnist reported on McMaster research about gut bacteria impacting personalities in a piece about depression treatment in the U.S. 

Prof speaks on cannabis laws

  • Michael DeVillaer (Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences/Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research) spoke to several CBC radio stations about the potential impact of the upcoming cannabis legalization.
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