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Communicating about health in the spotlight at Just the Facts Please event

December 6, the Faculty of Science and Department of Kinesiology are hosting several experts to discuss issues associated with communicating health information to general public. Just the Facts Please: An Exercise in Achieving Optimal Health brings together high-profile journalists and commentators with leading kinesiology researchers to discuss a broad range of exercise and health topics.


The evening’s schedule includes:
Pop Culture and Twisted Science, Timothy Caulfield, Professor, University of Alberta
Exercise & Cardiovascular Health, Making Every Minute Count: Martin Gibala, Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster
Exercise & Musculoskeletal Health, The Unique Benefits of Strength Training: Stuart Phillips, Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster
Exercise & Brain Health, Preventing Cognitive Decline, Jennifer Heisz, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster
Lessons for Personal Health, How to Move Better and Live Longer: Gretchen Reynolds, Writer and Phys Ed Columnist, The New York Times
Lessons for Public Health, The Exercise Prescription: André Picard, Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Moderated by a long-time reporter with the Hamilton Spectator, Steve Buist, the event will include a Q & A with the all-star panelists. Activities start at 7 pm at The Atrium, McMaster Innovation Park.  Just the Facts Please is supported by the Department of Kinesiology, the Faculty of Science and McMaster’s Research Office. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Just the Facts event poster Dec 6

Bruce Gaulin receives graduate supervision award

The Graduate Students Association and the School of Graduate Studies have awarded Bruce Gaulin, Physics & Astronomy, and Director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR), with a President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision. Gaulin received his award at the 21st Annual Graduate Student Recognition Awards Reception held recently. The annual awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge excellence in supervision and support for graduate students. Other awards presented highlight graduate student leadership, excellence in teaching, service to the community, and communicating the broader impact of research.

Remembering Greg Bahun

It is with profound shock and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Greg Bahun, Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Greg has been a familiar friendly face in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology since his undergraduate days. His love for organic chemistry was apparent in his choice of research group; he was the first student to join the Adronov group. Shortly thereafter he took on the important role of Instructional Assistant for the large second year organic chemistry courses, CHEM 2OA3 & 2OB3.  In this role, he mentored and encouraged innumerable undergraduate students with his humour and easy approachable manner. Greg was also a mentor and friend to many of our graduate students, through his role as the Teaching Assistant Coordinator and his general love of life. He was a constant participant in the Department’s social activities, including his ongoing support of its baseball teams, and enthusiastic participation in Trivia Night at the Phoenix, Halloween parties, Golf Days, and all things that brought people together. He will be dearly missed by the faculty, staff and students who have worked with him. His funeral will be held in Sault Ste. Marie on Saturday. More details about Greg's life can be found here.

Developing evidence for green tea's role in taming Alzheimer’s

Wonder if and how green tea can help fight Alzheimer’s disease? Chemistry & Chemical Biology’s Giuseppe Melacini is uncovering clues about the ways that the components of green tea may interfere with the Alzheimer’s disease process. Recent pre-clinical research suggests that the green tea compound known as EGCG interferes with the formation of toxic assemblies or oligomers, one of the prime suspects in the early steps of the molecular cascade that leads to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients. Better understanding of these mechanisms will help with the development of future treatments. The work was featured on the cover of a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/breaking-down-alzheimers-green-tea-extract-delivers-molecular-punch-to-disrupt-formation-of-neurotoxic-species/

Remembering Russell Bell

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Russell Bell, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. A native of New Zealand, he completed his undergraduate degree there and his PhD at Stanford. Bell joined McMaster’s Department of Chemistry in 1964; he also held a joint member of the Department of Biochemistry. He was an excellent researcher, who made pioneering discoveries in the area of nucleic acids and natural materials, utilizing state-of-the-art NMR methods. He collaborated with many colleagues with the Department, and ran an active research group for more than 30 years. Dr. Bell was also well-loved professor of organic chemistry and an outstanding instructor, recognized by a life-time achievement award from the McMaster Student Union in 1996. Following his retirement, Bell remained an active scientist, regularly attending departmental seminars in his areas of interest and social events in the Department. He was always warm and encouraging to students, staff, and colleagues alike. More details can be found here.

New technique may better detect cystic fibrosis in newborns


Researchers have identified new biological markers of cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease which affects children and young adults, leaving them with lifelong health complications including digestive problems and persistent lung infections.

The findings, published in the journal ACS Central Science, shed new light on the underlying mechanisms of CF. They may could lead to improved prognosis and better therapies for a disease which is quite variable, affecting different children in different ways, say researchers.

“There are chemical signatures in sweat that tell us an infant has CF even when they do not exhibit any symptoms,” says Philip Britz-McKibbin, lead author of the study and a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at McMaster University. “We set out to discover whether there were chemical indicators detected in sweat that could complement the gold standard for CF diagnosis: the sweat chloride test.”


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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Office of the Dean of Science
McMaster University
Burke Science Building (BSB), Room 102
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Business Hours:
8:30AM - 12:00PM + 1:00PM - 4:30PM
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.22616
Fax:
(905) 546-9995
Student Inquiries:
science@mcmaster.ca