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Michael McGillion, Nurse Scientist, Explorer
November 30, 2018

From hospital to home

Imagine having a major surgery and being able to go home only days later. We know that people recover better in their own surroundings, where they’re most comfortable. But, there’s…

Dr. Terry Bennett, child psychiatrist, Explorer, making the race fair lead researcher
November 9, 2018

Making the Race Fair

In 2015 Sonja Baker’s family grew from three to five when she gave birth to twin girls. Even as newborns the twins, August and Violet, had very different personalities, but…

lab assistant removing research samples from a nitrogen tank
November 8, 2018

HHS ranks in the top three research hospitals in Canada

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has been ranked among the top three research hospitals in Canada, as announced today by Research Infosource Inc.. Research Infosource Inc. is an independent, leading source…

Dr. Andrew Mente in the produce aisle of a grocery store
October 31, 2018

The evolving relationship between diet and health

By Dr. Andrew Mente Principal Investigator, Population Health Program, Population Health Research Institute Associate Professor, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University Understanding how food affects our health is…

Stelios Georgiades, autism researcher, explorer
October 22, 2018

Autism research should be based on individual strengths

By: Dr. Stelios Georgiades Co-Director, McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) Scientist, Offord Centre for Child Studies Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University Autism is challenging and complex. It…

Katie Porter, Explorer, HHS Research Administration
October 15, 2018

Exploring a healthier community together

By: Katie Porter, Director of Research Administration, Hamilton Health Sciences At Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), research isn’t something that happens on the outskirts of health care. Health care and research…

Dr. Stacey Marjerrison
October 3, 2018

Improving care for Indigenous children with cancer

Written By: Dr. Stacey Marjerrison, pediatric oncologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital and assistant professor at McMaster University. Treating childhood cancer is an incredible privilege. Most days, I get to meet…

researcher and lab technician in the lab
October 3, 2018

Leading thrombosis care

Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University are the epicenter of thrombosis research in Canada and the world. Through their ground breaking discoveries, our experts have set the global standards for…

September 12, 2018

Hamilton researchers’ discovery challenges global dietary guidelines

Researchers at the Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) & McMaster University Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) have made a discovery that challenges standard nutritional guidelines worldwide. The PURE study, which involved…

John Eikelboom, explorer, co-principal investigator of COMPASS
August 27, 2018

Cancer and heart disease: An unexpected discovery

Hamilton Health Sciences researchers have discovered that patients with heart disease who develop major internal bleeding are much more likely to be diagnosed with cancer. Patients with gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding…

salted pretzels
August 27, 2018

Pass the salt: Average sodium intake proven safe, after all

When it comes to salt consumption – an ever-controversial topic in the world of nutrition and health – the old adage “everything in moderation” has proven to be true. Researchers…

Acting VP Research, Ted Scott
August 17, 2018

BLOG: Redefining research

By: Ted Scott, Acting Vice President Research & Chief Innovation Officer The dictionary definition of “researcher” is painfully self-explanatory: “someone who conducts research.” Based on my experience at Hamilton Health…

Dr. Harriette Van Spall, Explorer, cardiologist at Hamilton Health Sciences
August 8, 2018

Helping those with heart failure live long healthy lives

Carol has been an avid clogger for the past 20 years. What’s clogging, you ask? It’s a folk dance similar to tap dancing. Carol is part of a clogging group…

researcher analyzing a brain scan after a stroke
August 8, 2018

Creating a world without stroke

For decades, our teams have been tackling stroke head-on. Their discoveries have set the compass for how we treat and prevent stroke worldwide. Cutting stroke in half Can you imagine…

Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou by the YMCA swimming pool
June 28, 2018

Pre-surgery program for better post-surgery results

Age hasn’t slowed Annette Atwood down. She’s never been one to sit around in front of the TV, even now in her 70’s, unless perhaps if Wimbledon is on. When…

An HHS geriatrician meeting with a patient
June 26, 2018

Helping people age better

We’re living longer than ever before, and that’s a good thing. But, are we aging well? Our researchers are exploring ways to help people live better, longer by tackling aging…

Researcher and lab technician removing study samples from a nitrogen tank in the biobank
June 22, 2018

Preventing disease, everywhere

One third of all global deaths are caused by heart attacks and strokes, and most of them in lower income countries. We’re finding solutions to prevent these deadly diseases –…

Surgeon performing open heart surgery
June 22, 2018

Making surgery safer

The last one hundred years have seen life-saving advancements in surgery. Still, it’s not without its risks. Our researchers are leading a new wave of exploration aimed at making surgery…

Dr. Devereaux, Researcher, Explorer
April 30, 2018

This discovery will save lives after surgery

Researchers at Hamilton Health Sciences have discovered that a blood-thinning drug, dabigatran, significantly reduces the risk of death, heart attack, stroke, and other heart or blood-vessel complications in patients following…

holding cannabis buds
April 20, 2018

Are there long-term effects to cannabis users?

Before the end of 2018, many Canadians will be able to legally purchase cannabis for recreational use in their communities. But, despite its impending widespread availability, there’s very little known…

Guillaume Pare, HHS researcher, explorer
April 11, 2018

Unlocking the code

By: Dr. Guillaume Paré Medical biochemist, Hamilton Health Sciences Senior Scientist, Population Health Research Institute Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University April marks the 15th anniversary…

Explorers of hospital to home technology
March 13, 2018

Ground-breaking project aims to minimize complications after cardiac surgery

A ground-breaking project is underway at Hamilton Health Sciences’ Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) to address a major medical issue in Canada and around the world: too many patients develop…

Mike McGillion, Nurse Scientist, Explorer
March 2, 2018

The technological revolution of healthcare

By: Dr. Michael McGillion Nurse scientist, Population Health Research Institute Associate professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University Like most health care professionals, I became a nurse to make a difference….

Dr. Guillaume Pare, medical biochemist, explorer
March 1, 2018

Discovering a new way to predict early heart disease

Researchers in Hamilton have developed a genetic test that is five times more accurate than the current standard method in predicting early coronary artery disease (CAD) in young adults. “This…

Dr. Rosalyn Juergens, Oncologist, Researcher, Explorer
March 1, 2018

The new generation of lung cancer treatment

At age 69, Ed Wand had a heart attack. It came as a surprise – he’d been healthy his entire life. Unfortunately, the trip to the hospital brought about more…

February 11, 2018

Helping kids with chronic disease be kids

Bennett Walkinshaw is a typical six year old boy, full of energy. He’s quite the character and will have you laughing in no time. Two years ago, Bennett started having…

Dr. Nikhil Pai, pediatric gastroenterologist, researcher, explorer
February 11, 2018

BLOG: Creating an alternative treatment option

By: Dr. Nikhil Pai Pediatric gastroenterologist, McMaster Children’s Hospital Assistant professor, department of pediatrics, McMaster University  Coughs and colds, stomach aches, and fevers are part of every child’s life. But…

Dr. Richard Whitlock, cardiac surgeon, researcher, explorer
February 11, 2018

BLOG: The stubborn pursuit of “Why”

By: Dr. Richard Whitlock Cardiac surgeon, Hamilton Health Sciences Principal investigator, Population Health Research Institute Associate professor of surgery, McMaster University I entered medicine with the aspiration of impacting people’s…

February 11, 2018

Curbing the perfect storm for stroke

On a gloomy day last April, Richard te Boekhorst was doing yard work when the clouds above him threatened to open up. He sped up his pace in a race…

discussing surgery recovery
February 11, 2018

Weighing the costs and benefits of surgery

If you knew that your recovery from surgery would last months or even years, would that change your mind about having it? Hamilton Health Sciences researchers at the Population Health…

February 11, 2018

Hamilton researchers discover combo therapy works best for heart disease

Hamilton researchers have made a discovery that could prevent complications and death in thousands of people around the world living with heart disease. A major international study, named COMPASS, led by the…

child with autism
February 11, 2018

A collaborative approach to autism research

Staff and researchers at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH), McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences have come together to form the McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) to explore how to improve…