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Vladimir Ljubicic Faculty’s newest CRC

Vladimir Ljubicic Faculty’s newest CRCNew faculty member Vladimir Ljubicic, Kinesiology, was recently awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Plasticity in Health and Disease. His research explores the ways that disease, exercise and experimental drugs remodel the neuromuscular system. Studying disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and myotonic dystrophy, his goal is to uncover how low-cost interventions such as physical activity, dietary supplements and common generic medications can be used to slow, prevent or reverse the advance of these diseases.

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LIVELab Now Open for Research

After a successful launch and open house in September, McMaster's new LIVELab (Large Interactive Virtual Environment), located in the Psychology Building, is ready for research. This innovative new facility has unique capabilities in virtual acoustics, EEG and motion capture allowing for research in areas from musical collaboration and creativity to dance to the development of better hearing aids and more. You can learn more about the LIVElab in The Globe and Mail and The Hamilton Spectator.

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Paul Ayers receives the Rutherford Medal

 

Paul Ayers, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, has been awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal by the Royal Society of Canada. The award, named for Lord Rutherford of Nelson, a great scientist and a leader in nuclear research, is given for outstanding research in chemistry or physics.

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Partnership grant will improve the lives of people living with a disability

Kathleen Martin Ginis, Kinesiology, has received over $2.6 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for a seven-year project to enhance the lives of Canadians living with a physical disability. Working with Steven Bray, Kinesiology, Catherine Connelly, DeGroote School of Business, and more than 50 partners – community-based disability-related service groups, government organizations at every level, non-profits and national charities, and university researchers – Martin Ginis will lead a team focused on developing and implementing evidence-based tools and services to assist Canadians with disabilities to achieve full participation in employment, sports and leisure and other areas. With nearly three million Canadians living with physical disabilities, this project has the potential to improve Canadian society profoundly.

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Paul Ayers presented Steacie Prize

Chemistry professor Paul Ayers formally received his Steacie Prize at a ceremony at McMaster in June 2014. The Steacie Prize is widely recognized as Canada's most prestigious award for scientists and engineers under the age of 40. Ayers is the third McMaster researcher to receive the Steacie Prize, and the first since 1975. His work in theoretical chemistry has also earned him two medals from prominent world associations and a Steacie Fellowship. You can watch Ayers' lecture, "Uncovering the Inner Lives of Electrons", delivered at the awards ceremony.

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Science grad transforms from patient to researcher

This summer Ben Diplock, a 2014 Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour graduate, will spend the summer working with Donald Mabbott at the Hospital for Sick Children, exploring whether physical exercise helps strengthen connections in the brains of those who have had brain tumours removed. Ben strongly suspects the answer is yes. He credits exercise as helping him to recover from life-saving surgery to remove a benign brain tumour conducted at the Hospital for Sick Children over 15 years ago.

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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Office of the Dean of Science
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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

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