November 25, 2019
Research led by scientists from McMaster University has yielded a potent antimicrobial that works against the toughest infectious disease strains. The find could be the beginning of developing new therapeutics to combat drug-resistant infections. The discovery is important as it is directly related to the development of Staphylococcus aureus diseases, known popularly as staph infections, which are the leading cause of the growing global danger of antimicrobial resistance, particularly the Methicillin-resistant (MRSA) strains which are becoming resistant to all current antibiotics.
November 21, 2019 by McMaster Daily News
Fight Back…Waging war against antimicrobial resistance…Gairdner Video, featuring Lori Burrows
November 13, 2019 by CTV News Article
November 12, 2019
Humanity’s defences against infection are wearing thinner by the day, and the microbes responsible are getting stronger. One in four infections is already resistant to antibiotics and other known forms of treatment, and 5,400 Canadians died last year from infections that until recently had been treatable. That’s according to a comprehensive peer-reviewed report presented by the Council of Canadian Academies this week.
November 6, 2019
An international research collaboration has discovered a new bacteria-killing toxin that shows promise of impacting superbug infectious diseases. The discovery of this growth-inhibiting toxin, which bacteria inject into rival bacteria to gain a competitive advantage, was published today in the journal Nature.
October 31, 2019 by McMaster IIDR
September 13, 2019
June 3, 2019
A team of McMaster researchers has discovered a unique subset of cells within human stem cells that appear to signal how the surrounding cells will develop and grow.
May 28, 2019
Investigators from Canada’s McMaster University have recently found that microbes in the maternal intestine may contribute to an impairment of the gut barrier during pregnancy.
March 14, 2019
McMaster University is receiving $8.45 million from the federal government to support 13 health research projects.
November 8, 2018 by Tina Depko
McMaster University researchers have found that gut bacteria, modified by diet, plays a role in elevated blood glucose, which is the primary indicator of Type 2 diabetes. Based on research in mice, the data showed that while an obesity-causing diet altered gut bacteria within days, it took more than a month for these new gut bacteria to change blood glucose.
October 23, 2018
McMaster University researchers have found a new way bacteria evade the human immune system and promote infection. Comparing two strains of Salmonella – one that causes disease in humans and the other in reptiles – researchers discovered a covert way that the human-affecting bacteria essentially tricks the immune system into not attacking.
September 10, 2018
McMaster University researchers have provided evidence of new cancerous cells they have termed cancer regenerating cells, which are responsible for the return of acute myeloid leukemia after remission. Current therapy is effective at inducing remission in adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia, but most patients later succumb after a relapse. That relapse has been thought to be caused by rare and dormant cancer stem cells that escape chemotherapy.
August 29, 2018
A small, black box developed in a McMaster University lab could change the way scientists search for new antibiotics. The Printed Fluorescence Imaging Box - or PFIbox, for short - is capable of collecting massive amounts of data that will help researchers in the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research in their quest to discover new antibiotics.
April 9, 2018
Two faculty members are being recognized for their outstanding leadership with the title of Distinguished University Professor.
March 6, 2018
The public conversation is loaded with references toDNA through news and drama featuring criminal investigations, home-testing kits that tell us about our health and ancestry, and new advances in science.
March 1, 2018
A study led by researchers at McMaster University has pinpointed a gene that is linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.
January 22, 2018
Brian Coombes has been appointed the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Coombes is a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences. He also holds the Canada Research Chair in Infectious Disease Pathogenesis and is a University Scholar.
September 25, 2017
Brian Coombes has been named acting chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.