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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 3, Fall 2015

Message from the Dean and Vice-President

John Kelton
John G. Kelton

Through making scientific discoveries and by providing leadership in many diverse areas of health care, McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences continues to have a remarkable impact on health nationally and all over the world. However, one only needs to look locally to see firsthand the power of creativity and how doing things differently can affect great change.

In this issue of Network, we highlight the design of our new David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC) at the McMaster Health Campus, and the people and programs who are now calling it home. Since its official opening in May, over 500 events have been booked for the DBHSC and in short order, the beautiful building has become a showpiece for downtown Hamilton.

Getting this project to fruition was a momentous task that involved the hard work of hundreds of people, and I want to once again thank everyone involved with the design, construction and office moves. I'm very grateful for the generosity and vision of the building's namesake, businessman David Braley, as well as additional funding from the University, City of Hamilton, and Province of Ontario, which made all of this possible.

The multipurpose DBHSC is unique in Canada and I know it will set a strong example for cities across the country looking to combine health care, research and education to spark innovative collaborations between scientific researchers, public health officials, medical and academic staff, and members of the community.

Also in this edition, you will find a story on professor Deborah Cook's Three Wishes Project, which involves eliciting three wishes to best honour a dying person and then finding a way to fulfill them. It was found to personalize the dying process for patients and their families.

You will also read about how McMaster, led by researchers Gerry Wright, Eric Brown and Lori Burrows, is at the forefront of the fight against antibiotic resistance, an escalating global threat.

In addition, Mick Bhatia and his team discovered how to make adult sensory neurons from human blood. This major breakthrough will improve researchers' understanding and treatment of neurological diseases, particularly neuropathic pain.

We also profile alumna and nursing professor Denise Bryant-Lukosius, whose research is improving nursing care for cancer patients.

As well, these pages detail many reasons we have had to celebrate over the past few months.

John Lavis and Gerry Wright were awarded Tier 1 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) for their research on better health systems and on infectious disease, respectively. Lavis now holds the Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems, while Wright had his Canada Research Chair in Molecular Studies of Antibiotics renewed.

Mohit Bhandari, Gregory Steinberg and P.J. Devereaux were named University Scholars, the University's new title that honours faculty members in mid-career who have already distinguished themselves as international scholars.

Peter Rosenbaum was awarded the inaugural Medal of Excellence in Childhood Disability from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, recognizing his lifetime commitment to improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families.

And, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), the most comprehensive study of aging ever undertaken in Canada, received $41.6 million in CIHR funding to continue its work for the next five years. It also reached its ambitious recruitment goal of 50,000 participants.

I'm sure you will find it interesting to read about these and other recent accomplishments of the faculty, staff and alumni of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Stay up to date on all the latest news from our Faculty of Health Sciences website.

Signature of John Kelton

John G. Kelton, MD
Dean and Vice-President
Faculty of Health Sciences