May 25, 2018

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from the Faculty of Health Sciences

Parameswaran Nair, professor of medicine at McMaster and staff respirologist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Study Demonstrates New Treatment for Severe Asthma

Researchers from McMaster University and the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, together with colleagues at other partnering institutions, have developed a new method to treat severe asthma.

In a study of over 200 participants with severe asthma, the new treatment was shown to have improved asthma symptoms and lung function, while reducing the need for corticosteroids by up to 70%.

According to Statistics Canada, eight per cent of Canadians aged 12 or older – approximately 2.4 million people – have been diagnosed with asthma. Of that, approximately 25% are considered to be severe cases of asthma.

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McMaster prof leads team developing approach to assess hemophilia research

Patients are helping researchers, including those at McMaster University, clarify the essential aspects of assessing the value of gene therapy in hemophilia.

The patients were part of the coreHEM initiative, which this week announced the publication of a core set of outcomes sought for clinical trials of gene therapy in hemophilia.

Patients have a central role, said Alfonso Iorio, professor of McMaster Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact and a co-principal investigator of the project.

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Medical journalist, HIV specialist receiving honorary degrees at spring convocation

Two respected leaders in their fields, one a journalist and the other a doctor, are being recognized with honorary degrees from McMaster University.

Avis Favaro, the medical specialist at CTV National News, and Anne-Marie Zajdlik, a family physician and HIV specialist, will be presented with the honour this week during spring convocation ceremonies for McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences.

Favaro is Canada's longest-serving television medical and health correspondent. She has a well-earned reputation for producing factual, in-depth health stories on topics that matter to Canadians.

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In the Media 

CLSA report notes half of senior Canadians are caregivers

  • A report by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and PI Parminder Raina (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact) received attention from the Globe & Mail and The Hamilton Spectator.

 CTV journalist becomes McMaster doctor

  • Avis Favaro, an acclaimed TV medical reporter for CTV received an honorary doctorate at McMaster’s School of Nursing convocation. 

 Marijuana consumption limits questioned

  • James MacKillop (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences/Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research) testimony about cannabis consumption to a Senate sub-committee on Veterans Affairs was reported by

 The window seat and DVT

  • Mark Crowther (Medicine) spoke to (Indonisia) about air travel and risk of deep vein thrombosis.

Bacterial signals may set stage for leukemia

  • HealthMedicineNet and MedicineNewsOnline wrote about a collaborative study between Elena Verdú (Farncombe Institute) and McMaster’s axenic unit and the University of Chicago that showed a link between signals from the microbiota in the gut and leukemia.

Part-time teaching award winner

  • Hamilton Mountain News wrote about Patrica Ford (Nursing) the recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for excellence in education.

Credibility called into question in court case

  • A Hamilton Spectator columnist is following a domestic violence case that includes an academic integrity investigation.

Event of the Week

Promise and Pitfalls of Publicly Available Data

Date: Monday May 28 – Tuesday May 29, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Department: Population Genomics Program
Location: MDCL Lecture Hall 3020

Learn the promise and pitfalls of publicly available data in the era of genomics, metabolomics, microbiomics, and phenomics, as applied to human health and precision medicine.


Keynote Speakers: Dr. Hertzel Gerstein, Dr. Alfonso Iorio

Speakers: Laura Banfield, Phil Britz-McKibbin, Lisa Schwartz, Jennifer Sterns, Sonia Anand, Joseph Beyene, Russell de Souza, David Meyre, Guillaume Pare, Zena Samaan

Who Should Attend: 
Open to everyone​

Registration Required.​

Contact Info:

Contact Name: Kathy Stewart
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 21523

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