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Validation of a new white blood cell therapy for cancer

Featuring: Dr Jonathan Bramson
November 2017
Hamilton Spectator

Dr Bramson is one of five new projects to share $8.1 million in federal funding under Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program. The announcement from the parliamentary secretary for science, highlighted Jonathan’s project that will validate a new white blood cell therapy for cancer.

Developing new methods for comprehensive drug surveillance of synthetic opioids and a broad spectrum of other classes of prescription/drugs of abuse

Featuring: Dr Philip Britz-McKibbin
November 2017
CBC News
The Hamilton Spectator

Dr Britz-McKibbin has generated some recent media interest on recent work on developing new methods for comprehensive drug surveillance of synthetic opioids and a broad spectrum of other classes of prescription/drugs of abuse from a recent publication.

Body and Soul: Inside McMaster's Anatomy Lab

Featuring: Bruce Wainman
October 6, 2015
The Hamilton Spectator

Dr Wainman, Associate Professor with our Anatomy division and Director of the Anatomy Education Program, was featured in a three-day series by The Hamilton Spectator’s feature writer Jon Wells that explores the Anatomy lab and its work. This is a powerful piece well-worth reading. It brings prestige not only to Dr Wainman and his staff and students but, through association, to our department, the faculty of Health Sciences and the University as a whole.

Prostate Cancer Vaccine Development

Featuring: Brian Lichty
October 1, 2015
The Hamilton Spectator

Dr Lichty, Associate Professor with our Molecular Medicine division, was featured in The Hamilton Spectator and CHML Radio in reference to the research project he is leading into the possible development of a prostate cancer vaccine.

New four-strain, quadrivalent (QIV) flu vaccine

Featuring: Mark Loeb
October 2, 2015
Global News

Mark Loeb, Professor with our Clinical Pathology division, was featured in an interview by Global News in regards to the new four-strain, quadrivalent (QIV) flu vaccine.

Good Bacteria and Probiotics

Featuring: John Bienenstock
FHS News
CTV News

Dr Bienenstock, director of the Brain-Body Institute at St. Joseph’s Healthcare explains that those with depression and other mental health disorders typically have signs of inflammation in their body. They hope to use probiotics to reduce that inflammation and see what happens to them mentally. While Dr Bienenstock and his fellow researchers don’t think probiotics will cure mental illnesses, the bacteria could help supplement medications and therapy.

New Investigational Cancer Therapy

Featuring: Brian Lichty

McMaster Daily News
Hamilton Spectator
CHCH TV (watch)

Dr Lichty, Dr David Stojdl (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and University of Ottawa), and John Bell (Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa) along their research teams have jointly discovered and are now developing the world’s first clinical trial of a novel investigational therapy that uses a combination of two viruses to attack and kill cancer cells and stimulate an anti-cancer immune response.

Research to Reality (R2R) social media campaign to highlight Canadian Research

Featuring: Dawn Bowdish
June 2015

Dr Bowdish is part of the Research to Reality (R2R) social media campaign to highlight Canadian Research and her video was released this week.  R2R is a groundbreaking initiative that shines a spotlight on world-class scientists engaged in innovative and leading edge research in Canada.  The video series is continually updated to celebrate the success of researchers who are establishing the new frontiers of science and to share the impact of their discoveries with the public.

Inter-professional education in anatomical sciences

Featuring: Bruce Wainman
June 2014

Dr Wainman is featured in Anatomy Now, the official newsletter of the American Association of Anatomists speaking to the issue of inter-professional education in anatomical sciences.

Inhibiting peripheral serotonin synthesis reduces obesity and metabolic dysfunction by promoting brown adipose tissue thermogenesis

Featuring: Dr Wali Khan
December 2014

Dr Khan is is part of a research team from McMaster to have identified an important hormone that is elevated in obese people and contributes to obesity and diabetes by inhibiting brown fat activity.

McMaster Daily News
Hamilton Spectator

Nature Journal

Some heparin-allergic patients could have urgent heart surgery sooner

Featuring: Dr Ted Warkentin
November 2014
American Society of Hematology

Dr Warkentin is lead author in a recently published report that has found new evidence that suggests patients with a history of adverse reaction to the blood thinner heparin may be ready for urgent heart surgery sooner with a combination of appropriate blood screenings and therapeutic plasma exchange. Many patients taking blood thinners will eventually require some form of heart surgery and will need large quantities of heparin during the surgery to prevent clots. Some patients who have already taken heparin develop antibodies against it, activating platelets and unexpectedly forming clots. This condition is called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).

Experimental Breast Cancer Therapy

Featuring: Dr Brian Lichty
November 2014
Waterloo Region Record
CBC Hamilton
Toronto Star

Brian Lichty and colleagues at Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College are in clinical trials using experimental treatments that are being used on cats with cancer as a way of testing their potential usefulness in treating humans.

Lung Association Fundraising Campaign

Featuring: Dr Dawn Bowdish
November 2014
Lung Association Campaign Website
Newspaper Insert

Dr Bowdish has been working with the Lung Association to promote their fundraising campaign to raise money for lung research and is featured in a newspaper insert recently released Canada-wide.

Two new e-books released: Pharmacology Revealed and Physical Assessment of the Well Woman and Newborn

Featuring: Dr Bruce Wainman
November 2014
McMaster Daily News

Dr Wainman and his colleagues have created two unique and engaging learning tools useful to anyone involved in primary care obstetrics, including physician assistants, nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, and family medicine and obstetric residents. The newly released e-texts use text, audio, video and animation to explain concepts.

What would happen if Ebola came to Canada?

Featuring: Dr Mark Loeb
October 2014
Globe and Mail

Analysis of a study regarding the potential role of Vitamin D in preventing dementia

Featuring: Dr Cynthia Balion
August 2014
CTV National News

McMaster-Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM)

Featuring: Dr Jonathan Bramson
April 2014
Fraunhofer Press Release
Province's Announcement (youtube)
Hamilton Spectator
Lab Canada News

Province announces $4M for the McMaster-Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM).

McMaster University is partnering with the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) to establish a joint venture in Hamilton named the Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (BEAM), which will be located in McMaster Innovation Park.  BEAM will develop innovative technologies to automate production for cell therapies, significantly lowering the cost for cell therapies to treat degenerative diseases like cancer.  Jonathan Bramson, Director of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre, is leading this project, which will serve as a commercialization platform for the novel cell therapies for cancer that are being developed within the department.  This university-wide initiative benefits from critical manufacturing expertise within the faculties of science and engineering and represents an excellent opportunity to capitalize on the university’s collective experience in advanced manufacturing.  BEAM is anticipated to create up to 100 jobs and attract top scientists and industry researchers from around the world to Hamilton and help to establish Hamilton as a hub for Ontario’s life sciences sector. 


Hamilton Flu Clinics Underway

Featuring: Dr Mark Loeb
October 2013
Hamilton Spectator

A Human Type 5 Adenovirus–Based Tuberculosis Vaccine Induces Robust T Cell Responses in Humans Despite Preexisting Anti-Adenovirus Immunity

Featuring: Dr Fiona Smaill and Dr Zhou Xing
October 2013
Science Translational Medicine full article
McMaster Daily News

Dr Smaill and Xing's research findings were recently published in the prestigious Science Translational Medicine and since the study has received major local, national, and international media attention.

Melanoma Drugs Breakthrough
CTV Canada AM Interview

Featuring: Dr. Jonathan Bramson


Effect of influenza vaccination of children on infection rates in Hutterite communities: a randomized trial

Featuring: Dr. Mark Loeb
March 2010

Dr Loeb’s article (Loeb M, Russell ML, Moss L, et al. Effect of influenza vaccination of children on infection rates in Hutterite communities: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2010 Mar 10;303(10):943-50) is one of six studies shortlisted for the Lancet's Paper of the Year 2010.

You can vote for Dr. Loeb's article at Go to Announcements on the right side. Look for- Paper of the Year 2010 and click on that section to open the voting page.

Mac tests TB vaccine in Hamilton

Featuring Dr. Fiona Smaill
September 23, 2010 The Hamilton Spectator

Dr. Fiona Smaill is at the Second Global Forum on TB Vaccines in Tallinn Estonia and this morning presented the preliminary data on a new tuberculosis vaccine being developed by McMaster University that has proven to be safe and effective in the first 19 healthy adults to try it. McMaster is still looking for volunteers to bring that number up to 48.

No pain, big gain. Researcher studies promising new way to block pain caused by cancer

Featuring Dr. Gurmit Singh
May 14, 2010
The Hamilton Spectator

Gurmit Singh has been awarded a $430,000 grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to better understand the cellular mechanisms that can lead to the intense pain suffered by patients with certain types of cancer.

Early results from the work of Dr. Singh and his team at the Juravinski Cancer Centre suggest a promising new way to block the pain could also be a novel way to fight cancer that has spread to bones.

A gift that cannot be measured:
Donating one's body so others may learn

Featuring: Dr. Bruce Wainman
Apr 30, 2010 The Hamilton Spectator

On Thursday, April 29th, McMaster University held a special service to thank the families who gave up the remains of their loved ones in the name of education.

In the chapel of the university's divinity college, about 100 people gathered for the solemn service, an annual event that brings students and faculty together with donors' families.

Protocols for Neural Cell Culture

Featuring: Dr. Laurie Doering
April 5, 2010
Springer Protocols, Humana Press

Dr. Doering was selected as editor for the recently published 4th edition of this series which has been extensively revised and updated. The book consists of 23 invited chapters describing the latest methods to culture cells from the  central nervous system.

Investigation of the "gatekeeper" function of scavenger receptors

Featuring: Dr. Karen Mossman
March 29, 2010
McMaster Daily News
PLoS Pathogens

Dr. Mossman leads research team to investigate the "gatekeeper" function of scavenger receptors in both human and mouse cells. Until now, it was thought that the role of scavenger receptors was limited to the removal of foreign substances and waste materials from the body.

Hutterite Influenza Studies

Featuring: Dr. Mark Loeb
March 9, 2010
Hamilton Spectator
New York Times
The Journal of the American Medical Association

Dr. Loeb leads an usual study done in 49 remote Hutterite farming colonies in western Canada that has provided the surest proof yet that giving flu shots to schoolchildren protects a whole community from the disease.

Milestone Paper published in "Blood"

Featuring: Dr. Cathy Hayward
December 2009 Blood

Dr. Hayward is excited to share the news about the publication of her paper "Persons with Quebec platelet disorder have a tandem duplication of PLAU, the urokinase plasminogen activator geneis". Cathy notes that research is a real milestone in her career as her team has identified the genetic cause of a unique Canadian bleeding disorder, called Quebec platelet disorder. Read Cathy's paper here

Surgical Mask vs N95 Respirator for Preventing Influenza Among Healthcare Workers

September 30, 2009 JAMA

Surgical masks as good as respirators to contain swine flu: study

October 1, 2009 The Toronto Star

Featuring: Dr. Mark Loeb

A new landmark study led by Dr. Mark Loeb (Professor, Clinical Pathology), suggests surgical masks protect health-care workers from flu as well as N-95 respirators do.

High-fat diet impairs muscle health before impacting function

Featuring: Dr. Tom Hawke
March 20, 2009 McMaster Daily News

In a paper published today in the scientific journal PLoS One, a team of McMaster University researchers, led by Thomas Hawke, an associate professor of pathology and molecular medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, report that the health of young adult muscle declines during the pre-diabetic state, which is when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but lower than during Type 2 diabetes.

Evidence-Based Infectious Diseases (2nd Edition)

Featuring: Dr. Mark Loeb, Dr. Fiona Smaill, Dr. Marek Smieja
September 2009 BMJ Books

Following the success of their original 2004 edition of Evidence Based Infectious Diseases, Drs. Loeb, Smaill, and Smieja were privileged to have the opportunity to edit this updated edition. The book is targeted to general internists and to trainees in infectious diseases and the editors hope that this new edition will bring added value while continuing to serve as an evidence-based resource for physicians who manage patients with infections.

Let’s All Play Doctor:
Do you have what it takes to get through the Multiple Mini Interview?

Featuring Dr. Jack Rosenfeld
September 16, 2009 MacLeans

Interviewing meets speed dating:
Med-school admission tool goes to market

Featuring Dr. Jack Rosenfeld
July 6, 2009 The Hamilton Spectator

The system developed by a team of professors including department Emeritus Professor, Jack Rosenfeld, was first used at Mac's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in 2004 and is now the standard at 12 of Canada's 17 medical schools, along with a whole host of other health-care programs, such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacology, physiotherapy, midwifery and veterinary medicine, in academic institutions in Australia, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia.

Canadian Cancer Society Award

Featuring: Dr. Brian Lichty
May 7, 2009 The Hamilton Spectator

Brian Lichty received a grant from the Canadian Cancer Society yesterday to continue his quest to cure cancer with viruses that kill tumours and warn the immune system to destroy any more it finds.

He was one of three Hamilton researchers awarded funds in a tight competition for research funds that saw less than 20 per cent of submissions get funded.

Federal Government's New Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Featuring: Derek Chu (with supervisor, Dr. Manel Jordana) May 2, 2009 The Hamilton Spectator

Derek Chu was one of eight McMaster students to receive one of the 166 national awards from the Federal Government's new Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships for his work on Peanut Allergies. Derek is supervised by Dr. Manel Jordana.

Derek joined McMaster University’s new MD/PhD program in 2008. This seven year program integrates McMaster’s innovative medical education program and internationally recognized research training with a goal to producing the next generation of leaders in health care and research. Congratulations Derek.

TB Vaccine Study Announced

Featuring: Dr. Zhou Xing and Dr. Fiona Smaill
March 20, 2009 The Hamilton Spectator

A new tuberculosis vaccine study headed by Zhou Xing and Fiona Smaill (co-investigators: Jonathan Bramson, Ronan Foley, Jack Gauldie, Maria Fe Medina, and Marek Smieja) was announced to the public yesterday. McMaster is part of the global TB vaccine initiative and the first Canadian team to test a new TB vaccine in humans.

Pandemic research receives $1.6M funding boost

Featuring: Dr. Mark Loeb
July 29, 2008 EurekAlert! (a service of AAAS, the science society)

Densely populated cities and increased air travel can be factors which create and spread pandemic disease. But a McMaster University researcher is working with isolated Hutterite communities to understand the transmission of pandemic diseases like influenza.

Dr. Mark Loeb and his research team have received $1.6 million in funding to carry out the research from the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Public Health Agency of Canada:
Vitamin D Influenza Link pilot study

Featuring Dr. Mark Loeb

March 6, 2008 McMaster Daily News
March 5, 2008 National Post

The Public Health Agency of Canada has commissioned a novel study into the possible link between the nutrient and flu in senior citizens, suggesting a shortage of vitamin-producing sunlight may make Canadians more susceptible to the virus.

The study is already underway at Mc-Master University, with Dr.Mark Loeb helping lead the project.

Respiratory test gets FDA approval

Featuring Dr. Jim Mahoney
January 29, 2008 McMaster Daily News

Diagnosing a nasty cough is now a lot easier thanks to a new test developed at McMaster University, which has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States.


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