Letter from the DEAN AND VICE-PRESIDENT
While summer is a time of relaxation and
renewal, it’s also a period of immense transi-
tion for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
In July, we announced several changes to
our senior academic teams.
Faculty of Health Sciences • Summer 2010
McMaster alumnus Rob Whyte, a member
Faculty of Health Sciences • Spring 2007
of the Department of Anesthesia, has
succeeded Alan Neville as assistant dean of
the undergraduate medical program of the
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
Dr. Neville, a renowned innovator of
medical education, has been promoted to
associate dean, education. The position,
previously held by Susan Denburg, has University and government officials gathered in April for the official opening of the Waterloo Regional
been made into a separate role following the Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. In May, the Kitchener-based campus
doubling of enrolment within a decade. graduated its first class of physicians during spring convocation ceremonies.
Dr. Denburg has been reappointed as
associate vice-president, academic. The School of Rehabilitation Science (SRS)
has received more than $1.3 million in pro-
Major leadership changes have also taken vincial funding to continue a program that
place in several other areas of the Faculty, supports internationally educated occupa-
most notably in the School of Rehabilitation tional therapists as they transition into
Science. You can read more about these practice in Canada. Following the success
developments inside this newsletter. of an 18-month pilot project, the SRS has
launched the Ontario Occupational Ther-
In May, the School of Nursing welcomed a apy Examination and Practice Preparation
group of visiting nurses enrolled in the post- Project (OTepp), as well as a national
diploma BScN-linked Oncology Nursing version of the program in partnership with
Program in Trinidad. The capacity-building the Canadian Association of Occupational
project was developed by McMaster’s Therapists. The latter initiative received
Students of the oncology nursing program of
School of Nursing in partnership with the $2.1 million in federal funding.
the University of the West Indies work in the
University of the West Indies (UWI) School
McMaster Health Sciences Library during a
of Advanced Nursing Education. Beginning A research team co-led by Peter Szatmari,
campus visit in May.
this fall, the project will run independently a professor of psychiatry and behavioural
at UWI. neurosciences, has been awarded an
$8.9 million grant from the provincial McMaster and Maastricht University of
The McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Re- government to investigate the genetic basis the Netherlands and have announced a
search Institute has received $11.5 million of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Szatmari’s partnership to launch a Master of Science
to lead a world-class initiative to develop work has already garnered headlines. In June, Program in Global Health this fall. The
new stem cell-based therapies. The Ontario his research about the genetic underpinnings affiliation is in response to the growing need
Consortium for Regeneration-inducing of autism was published in Nature. for a well-prepared global health workforce
Therapeutics (OCRiT) is led by Mick to address the world’s most pressing health
Bhatia, scientific director of the institute. The University is already seeing the benefits issues.
The collaborative initiative integrates of the new David Braley Cardiac, Vascular
robotics and high-performance computing and Stroke Research Institute, which Thank you for taking a few minutes out of
to create an automated stem cell platform opened at the Hamilton General Hospital your summer schedule to read through this
to identify new drugs capable of inducing site in March. The institute brings together issue of the newsletter. Remember to visit
stem cells in one’s own body to repair two world-renowned research teams led by our website, fhs.mcmaster.ca, for the latest
damaged tissues. Salim Yusuf and Jeffrey Weitz. Faculty news.
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The Faculty’s leadership has been renewed Nicholas Leyland, a leading researcher in developing the first professional masters of
following several new senior appointments the development of new minimally invasive physiotherapy in Canada and she is one of
in July. Other faculty members have been surgical techniques, has been appointed the first rehabilitation scientists to develop
appointed to senior positions both within chair and chief of the Department of a research program in the area of HIV and
and outside the University. Obstetrics and Gynecology. Formerly of the disability.
University of Toronto, Leyland has been a
Marcel Doré, an assistant clinical professor part-time associate clinical professor in the Rob Whyte, an assistant professor in the
in the Department of Family Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Anesthesia, has been
has been appointed the acting assistant at McMaster since 2009 and is now appointed assistant dean for the under-
dean of the Continuing Health Sciences appointed full-time professor. graduate medical education program. The
Education Program. Doré is based at the McMaster medical alumnus is an anes-
Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael James Mahony, a professor of pathology thesiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences.
G. DeGroote School of Medicine where he and molecular medicine, has been He has held appointments as clerkship
is also the faculty development and contin- appointed assistant dean of the Medical chair and electives chair in the under-
uing health science education coordinator. Sciences Graduate Program. He is graduate MD program and director of
director of the Regional Virology and the Clinical Placement Liaison Office in
Jennifer Everson, an associate clinical Chlamydiology Laboratory at St. Joseph’s the medical school.
professor of family medicine, has been ap- Healthcare Hamilton, as well as an
pointed the LHIN liaison for the Faculty investigator in the Michael G. DeGroote Seanne Wilkins, an associate professor in
of Health Sciences, as well as the physician Institute for Infectious Disease Research. the School of Rehabilitation Science, will
lead, planning and integration, for the serve as associate dean (acting), rehabilita-
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local David Morgan, an associate professor of tion science until Dec. 31, 2010. An occu-
Health Integration Network. She will liaise medicine, has been named president of pational therapist, she recently completed
between the LHIN and the Faculty to the Canadian Association of Gastroenter- a term as assistant dean for the school’s
facilitate the integration of clinical, teaching ology. He is a member of the Division of graduate program during which it expanded
and research activities across the LHIN. Gastroenterology and head of the gastro- to include a new PhD program.
enterology service at St. Joseph’s Healthcare
Brian Haynes, a professor in Department Hamilton. The following faculty members have been
of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics reappointed to senior positions within the
and the Department of Medicine, has been Alan Neville has been named the associate Faculty:
named an Officer of the Order of Canada. dean, education, for the Faculty. He is a
The appointment recognizes a lifetime professor in the Department of Oncology Susan Denburg, a professor in of psy-
of outstanding achievement and merit and a medical oncologist at the Juravinski chiatry and behavioural neurosciences,
of a high degree, especially in service to Cancer Centre. A renowned leader in has been reappointed for a second term
Canada or to humanity at large. Haynes is medical education, he received three awards as associate vice-president, academic.
recognized for his contributions as a world for his educational innovation and teaching Previously, she held a joint appointment
leader in medical information research, and earlier this year. He was instrumental in the as the associate dean, education, for the
for advancing evidence-based medicine in development of the COMPASS curriculum Faculty of Health Sciences. The position
Canada and abroad. for the undergraduate medical program, was divided into two separate roles as a
which was introduced in 2005. result of the Faculty doubling enrolment
Eileen Hutton, assistant dean of McMaster’s during the past decade.
midwifery program, is the first midwife Akbar Panju, professor and deputy chair,
to hold an endowed professorship in the clinical programs, for the Department Del Harnish, a professor in the Depart-
Netherlands. She has been appointed to of Medicine, has been named president ment of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
the new role as professor of the Midwifery of the Hamilton Academy of Medicine. and the Department of Biology, has been
Science Division at Vrije University (VU) He also holds appointments as director reappointed the assistant dean, Bachelor
and VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam of the Division of General Internal of Health Sciences (Honours) Program.
or a five-year term. She will maintain her Medicine, medical director of the Michael Harnish has led the innovative undergrad-
McMaster roles as assistant dean and director G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research uate program since its establishment in
for the McMaster Midwifery Education and Care and the inaugural holder of the 2000.
Program and associate professor in the Medard DeGroote Chair in Medicine.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Salim Yusuf, a professor of medicine, has
Patty Solomon, a physiotherapist and been reappointed for a second five-year
Mark Kamath, an associate professor of professor in the School of Rehabilitation term as director of the Population Health
medicine, has been appointed editor-in- Science, has been appointed associate dean, Research Institute at McMaster University
chief of the journal Critical Reviews in rehabilitation science, beginning Jan. 1, and Hamilton Health Sciences. He also
Biomedical Engineering. He has been a 2011. Solomon is director of the Program holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation
member of the journal’s editorial advisory for Interprofessional Practice, Education of Ontario/Marion W. Burke Chair in
board since 1994. and Research. She was actively involved in Cardiovascular Disease.
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The Faculty of Health Sciences continues Several faculty members were reappointed Chair in Immunobiology of Respiratory
to enrich its research programs through the to research chairs this year: Diseases and Allergy;
support of endowed chairs and professor-
ships, as well as the Canada Research Chairs Mohit Bhandari, an associate professor Mary Law, a professor in the School of
program. of surgery, has received a renewal of his Rehabilitation Science, has been reap-
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Musculo- pointed for a third term as the John and
Guillaume Paré, an assistant professor in skeletal Trauma and Surgical Outcomes; Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood
the Department of Pathology and Molecular Disability Research;
Medicine and the Department of Clinical Stuart Connolly, a professor in the Depart-
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has been ment of Medicine, has been reappointed for Mark Levine, a professor and chair of
named the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in a second term as the Salim Yusuf Chair in the Department of Oncology, has been
Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology. Paré Cardiology; reappointed for a third term as the Buffett
is director of the Genetic and Molecular Taylor Chair in Breast Cancer Research;
Epidemiology Laboratory. His research John Eikelboom, an associate professor of
focuses on using genetic and molecular medicine, has received a renewal of his John Turnbull, a professor and head of the
markers to help prevent strokes. Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cardio- Division of Neurology of the Department
vascular Medicine; of Medicine, has been reappointed for a
A $2-million investment has established the second term as the Andrew Bruce Douglas
latest endowed research chair in the Faculty Jeffrey Ginsberg, a professor of medicine, Chair in Neurology;
of Health Sciences. In May, the Faculty has been reappointed for a second term as
celebrated the establishment of the LEO the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair Jeffrey Weitz, a professor of medicine and
Pharma Chair in Thromboembolism, which in Thromboembolic Disease; director of the Thrombosis and Athero-
will support thromobembolism initiatives sclerosis Research Institute, has been reap-
at McMaster and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Manel Jordana, a professor of pathology pointed for a third term as the Heart and
Hamilton. A formal announcement of the and molecular medicine, has received a Stroke Foundation of Ontario/J. Fraser
chair holder is expected in September. renewal of his Tier 1 Canada Research Mustard Chair in Cardiovascular Research.
Mehran Anvari, a professor in the De- Thromboembolism, has received the 2009 Sat Somers, a professor and former chair
partment of Surgery, has been named a Council Award from the College of Physi- of the Department of Radiology, has been
2010 recipient of the ORION Leadership cians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO). The named the recipient of the Richard H.
Award. The ORION Awards recognize award is presented at each annual council Marshak International Lecturer Award by
individuals and groups who have led and meeting of the CPSO to honour outstanding the Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists.
championed the use of advanced and col- Ontario physicians who have demonstrated He will represent the society at the
laborative technologies to support research, excellence and come closest to meeting international education conference held in
education and discovery in Ontario or on society’s vision of an “ideal physician.” Cape Town, South Africa, in August.
the global stage.
Stephen Foster, an associate clinical pro- Karl Stobbe, the regional assistant dean
Jean Clinton, an associate professor of fessor of surgery, has been named the 2010 for the Niagara Regional Campus of the
psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, recipient of the Teasdale-Corti Humani- Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine,
has won a 2010 Women of Distinction tarian Award by the Royal College of has been named the 2010 recipient of
Award in the health and wellness category. Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The the John C. Sibley Award. The award is
The child psychiatrist is recognized inter- award is given to a Canadian physician presented annually to a part-time faculty
nationally as an advocate for children’s whose current practice reflects altruism member in the Faculty of Health Sciences
issues. and integrity, courage and perseverance in who has made outstanding contributions
the alleviation of human suffering. to the education of health professionals.
Brian Coombes, an assistant professor of
biochemistry and biomedical sciences, has Cheryl Levitt, a professor in the Depart- Six doctoral students in the Faculty of
been awarded the Young Investigator Award ment of Family Medicine, has won the Health Sciences have been honoured with
in Biological Sciences from Boehringer prestigious World Organization of National 2010 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.
Ingelheim. The award supports research by Colleges, Academies and Academic Asso- This year’s recipients include: Rebecca
new faculty members at Canadian univer- ciations of General Practitioners/Family Ganann, School of Nursing; Christine Kerr,
sities in virology, cellular and molecular Physicians (Wonca) Fellowship. The award Department of Pathology and Molecular
or structural biology, biochemistry or is given to individuals who have rendered Medicine; Regan Patrick, Neuroscience
pharmacology. outstanding service to Wonca and its Graduate Program; Rhandi Senaratne,
mission to improve the quality of life of Medical Sciences Graduate Program; Andy
Mark Crowther, a professor of medicine, the peoples of the world by fostering high Kin On Wong, Medical Sciences Graduate
pathology and molecular medicine and standards of care in general practice and Program; and Soumaya Zlitni, Department
director of the Division of Hematology and family medicine. of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
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_--- The Faculty of Health Sciences manages renewed funding for several research projects ton Health Sciences Early Research Career
$133 million in research a year. Grants of led by investigators in the Faculty of Health Award from Hamilton Health Sciences
$100,000 or more were received by these Sciences: Yingfu Li of biochemistry and Foundation; Brian Haynes, CE&B, from
faculty members between January and June biomedical sciences and Dawn Bowdish Elsevier Inc.; Alison Fox-Robichaud, medi-
2010. of pathology and molecular medicine cine, from Canadian Blood Services; Paul
received a new grants; Laurie Doering Moayyedi, medicine, from AstraZeneca;
FHS researchers have been successful in of pathology and molecular medicine Premysl Bercik, medicine, from Nestec Ltd;
earning important research and personnel and Brian Coombes and Gerry Wright Irwin Walker, medicine, from Genzyme;
grants from the Canadian Institutes of of biochemistry and biomedical sciences Warren Foster, obstetrics and gynecology,
Health Research (CIHR). Faculty members received grant renewals. from Health Canada; Guillaume Paré,
who received new grants include: pathology and molecular medicine, from
The Ontario Ministry of Research and the Canadian Stroke Network; Fred Ofosu,
Wendy Sword of the School of Nursing; Innovation granted funding to several FHS pathology and molecular medicine, from
Carol DeMatteo, Monica Maly, Joy researchers including: Peter Kavsak and Boehringer International; Waliul Khan,
MacDermid and Patty Solomon of the Waliul Khan of pathology and molecular pathology and molecular medicine, from
School of Rehabilitation Science; Eric medicine; Katholiki Georgiades of psy- the Canada Foundation for Innovation;
Brown, Bradley Doble and Bernardo chiatry and behavioural neurosciences. John Bienenstock, pathology and mole-
Trigatti of the Department of Biochemistry cular medicine, from Abbott Laboratories,
and Biomedical Sciences; P.J. Devereaux, The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research Ltd. (Canada); Uma Athale, pediatrics,
Mita Giacomini, Gordon Guyatt, John awarded grants to several faculty members: from C17 Research Network and Childhood
Lavis, Barbara Schmidt, Lehana Thabane Anita Bane and Mark Levine of oncology; Cancer Foundation/Candlelighters Canada;
and Feng Xie of the Department of Clinical Brian Lichty of pathology and molecular Brian Timmons, pediatrics, from the Dairy
Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B); medicine. Farmers of Canada; Anthony Levinson,
Lisa Dolovich of the Department of Family psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences,
Medicine; Donald Arnold, Carlos Morillo, Other FHS faculty members received from AllerGen; Boris Sakic, psychiatry
Damu Tang and Jeffrey Weitz of the significant grants from a wide range of and behavioural neurosciences, from the
Department of Medicine; Som Mukherjee organizations in 2009-2010. They include: Ontario Mental Health Foundation; and
of the Department of Oncology; Dawn David Koff, radiology, from the National
Bowdish, Carl Richards and Yonghong Andrew Mente, CE&B, received a Hamil- Research Council of Canada.
Wan of the Department of Pathology and
Molecular Medicine; Peter Rosenbaum
and Brian Timmons of the Department
of Pediatrics; Michael Boyle, Margaret
Fahnestock, Katholiki Georgiades and
Michael Van Ameringen of the Department
of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuro-
sciences; Niv Sne and Kevin Teoh of the
Department of Surgery.
Faculty members who received renewals of
CIHR grants include: Eric Brown and
David Andrews of biochemistry and bio-
medical sciences; Jan Huizinga of medicine. From left: Holger Schünemann, chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
(CE&B); Brian Haynes, immediate past chair of CE&B; Michael Gent, professor emeritus, past CE&B
The Natural Sciences and Engineering chair and 2010 honorary degree recipient; and David Sackett, founding chair of CE&B, celebrate at
Research Council of Canada granted or the health sciences convocation dinner in May.
Congratulations on these remarkable achievements. Your
contributions to the Faculty of Health Sciences inspire a
sense of pride in all of us.
John G. Kelton, MD
Dean and Vice-President
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