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Faculty profs recognized by the Canada Research Chairs program

Published: February 11, 2016
Hsien Seow
Hsien Seow, associate professor, Department of Oncology, has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation
Brian Timmons
Brian Timmons, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Child Health and Exercise Medicine.

Six Faculty of Health Sciences researchers are among 12 McMaster University professors awarded $11.4M to improve the health and prosperity of people across Canada and around the globe.

Two Faculty researchers are among six new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) awarded to the University, another four are among six University researchers who have had their Canada Research Chairs renewed to pursue their world-leading research programs.

"Retaining these talented individuals means that Canada can reap the benefits and outcomes of their innovative research programs, which will ensure better health across the lifespan, improved health care in our hospitals, cutting edge drug delivery technologies, and enhanced understanding of materials," said Allison Sekuler, interim vice-president research for McMaster.

Sekuler noted that the process for renewal of a CRC is as rigorous as it is for the initial round and subsequent terms are not automatically renewed.

"The continuity of these Chairs confirms that McMaster identified ideal candidates initially and by doing so enriched the research focus in the strategically important areas of health, aging, neuroscience and advanced materials and manufacturing."

There were a total of 305 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs in today's announcement by the Government of Canada. McMaster University currently has 68 Canada Research Chairs.


The Faculty's newly awarded Canada Research Chairs are:

  • Brian Timmons, associate professor, pediatrics, has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Child Health and Exercise Medicine to chart a new course in pediatric exercise medicine and immunology. Experimenting with novel approaches to understand the mechanisms that translate exercise into skeletal muscle during growth, Timmons is shedding new light on the physical-activity-to-health connection in young children.
  • Hsien Seow, Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and Health System Innovation (Tier 2), is advancing the field of quality indicator development for end-of-life cancer care, and identifying the gaps that need further attention. The research done by Seow –an associate professor in the department of oncology — will result in the development of new quality indicators and system performance measurements that can better inform policymaking decisions around how palliative care should be delivered and by whom, how early it should start, and how intensive it should be.

The other new Chairs at McMaster include Todd Hoare, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Engineered Smart Materials and an associate professor of chemical engineering; Paul McNicholas, a Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics and a professor of mathematics and statistics; kinesiologist Stuart Phillips , a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Human Skeletal Muscle Health in Aging, and engineering physicist Leyla Soleymani , a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices.


In addition, the following Faculty CRCs had their existing Chairs renewed:

  • Deborah Cook, Canada Research Chair in Research Transfer in Intensive Care — Tier 1
  • Brian Coombes, Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease Pathogenesis — Tier 2
  • David Meyre, Canada Research Chair in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics — Tier 2
  • Jeffrey Weitz, Canada Research Chair in Thrombosis — Tier 1

Also named were Patrick Bennett, Canada Research Chair in Vision Science — Tier1, and Gianluigi Botton, Canada Research Chair in Electron Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials — Tier 1.


There are two types of Canada Research Chairs:

  • Tier 1 Chairs, tenable for seven years and renewable, are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields. For each Tier 1 Chair, the University receives $200,000 annually for seven years.
  • Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier 2 Chair, the University receives $100,000 annually for five years.

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