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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…

Michael McGillion, Nurse Scientist, Explorer
March 7, 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…

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…

Katie Porter, Explorer, HHS Research Administration
March 1, 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. 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…

Acting VP Research, Ted Scott
February 11, 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. 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’ 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…

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…