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									                                                          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.


                                             TOGETHER, ADVANCING HEALTH THROUGH LEARNING AND DISCOVERY                                                            Dean’s Newsletter Summer ’10 1
               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.
APPOINTMENTS




               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.


                2 Dean’s Newsletter l Summer ’10                                          TOGETHER, ADVANCING HEALTH THROUGH LEARNING AND DISCOVERY
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




                                                                                                                                             RESEARCH CHAIRS
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




                                                                                                                                             HEADLINERS
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.


TOGETHER, ADVANCING HEALTH THROUGH LEARNING AND DISCOVERY                                               Dean’s Newsletter l Summer ’10 3
_---               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,
 RESEARCH GRANTS




                   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.
                                                                                         Sincerely,



                                                                                         John G. Kelton, MD
                                                                                         Dean and Vice-President


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