Dr. Deborah Cook conducts patient-centred research in the ICU. She is interested in risk factors for serious illness, prevention of ICU-acquired complications, life support technology, and end-of-life decisions for critically ill patients. Her methodological interests are in the design and conduct of multicenter randomized trials, research ethics, and incorporation of diverse kinds of evidence into clinical recommendations. Dr. Cook is Academic Chair in Critical Care Medicine at McMaster, Director of Academic Affairs in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, and holds a Canada Research Chair for Research Transfer in Intensive Care. She is a member of the CLARITY (Clinical Advances through Research and Information Translation) Research Group. She has had an enormous influence on evidence-based decision making in critical care worldwide. Dr. Cook has been recognized for her accomplishments with numerous local, national and international awards. Most notably, she is a Distinguished University Professor at McMaster, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. She was awarded a Killam Fellowship as well as a CIHR Gold Leaf Prize for Impact. She has recently appointed to the expert advisor panel to Canada’s Chief Science Advisor.
Dr. Waleed Alhazzani (Founding Chair) and Dr. Emilie Belley-Côté (Co-chair) lead a team of experts in the field of clinical practice guideline development and systematic reviews, mostly, critical care clinicians with methodology expertise. This group of experts provides support for guideline development and other evidence synthesis, as well as mentoring and offering trainees opportunities to participate in various projects. GUIDE has been actively engaged in high impact guidelines supported by SCCM and ESICM. Most notably, Dr. Alhazzani is the methodology chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign as well as many other guidelines.
Dr. Maureen Meade is a senior clinician investigator who has developed an international reputation for practice-changing clinical research in the field of lung protective ventilation strategies in ARDS. Her current focus of research relates to the management of deceased organ donors in the ICU. She is the director of the Canada-DONATE Research Program, building a national research platform to support clinical trials in a field that is challenged by unique pragmatic, methodologic and ethical considerations. She collaborates with intensive care physicians, organ donation organizations across Canada, Canadian Blood Services, the Canadian National Transplant Research Program and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. Dr. Meade has been recognized regionally and nationally for her strong mentorship of early career investigators. As a member of the CLARITY (Clinical Advances through Research and Information Translation) Research Group, she has been very influential on evidence-based decision making in critical care worldwide.
Dr. Emilie Belley-Côté is an investigator conducting research that focuses on perioperative cardiovascular medicine, including improving the short and long-term outcomes of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery. She is leading trials that assess optimal treatment in aortic valve disease as well as having methodologic expertise for guideline development.
Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud is an investigator conducting research in sepsis. She leads Sepsis Canada, a national team of over 190 researchers whose aim is to “reduce sepsis-associated illness and death and to lessen the long-term impact of sepsis on patients and society”. Her research program extends from preclinical models and translational biomarker studies through to clinical trials. She is the past president of the Canadian Critical Care Society and inaugural president of the Canadian Sepsis Foundation.
Dr. Bram Rochwerg is an investigator conducting clinical trials in sepsis and fluid resuscitation research. He is conducting the FISSH trial (Fluids in Sepsis and Septic Shock) which evaluates different fluid types for resuscitation in patients with sepsis. He has specific expertise with meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, resource utilization and clinical practice guideline development. As a member of CLARITY (Clinical Advances through Research and information Translation) Research Group and a SCCM section representative, he has had a substantial influence on evidence-based decision making in critical care worldwide.
Dr. Joanna Dionne is a Clinical Scholar completing her PhD thesis. She is an investigator with a focus on gastrointestinal issues affecting critically ill patients. She is conducting a prospective multi-centre cohort study (DICE-ICU) that will determine the incidence, risk factors, consequences and epidemiology of diarrhea in the ICU. In addition, she has methodologic expertise and interest in clinical practice guideline development.
Dr. Michelle Kho is a clinician-scientist in the School of Rehabilitation Science as well as being a physiotherapist in the St. Joseph’s Healthcare ICU in Hamilton. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Critical Care Rehabilitation and Knowledge Translation. Dr Kho leads a clinical research program of novel early rehabilitation strategies to reduce weakness and improve outcomes in ICU patients. She currently leads CYCLE, a multi-centre international randomized trial of early in-bed cycling with mechanically ventilated patients to improve physical function. She is also interested in research methodology, clinical practice guidelines, and health services and outcomes research.
Dr. Jennifer Tsang and Dr. Erick Duan are the Co-Directors of the Research Program at Niagara Health. Together with other colleagues and the support of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, they have created the Canadian Community ICU Research Network (CCIRNet). This is a novel network of community hospital ICUs in Canada working together to promote participation in clinical research studies. These investigators are studying the effects of this network while participating in a number of CCCTG studies. In addition to her expertise in critical care, Dr. Tsang is a PhD scientist and a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and she is building a research program around critical illness and obesity. Dr. Erick Duan has methodologic expertise and interest in clinical practice guideline development.
Dr. Simon Oczkowski is an investigator formally trained in both bioethics and research methodology. His clinical and research interests include end-of-life decision-making in the ICU, organ donation, patient and family engagement in critical care as well as medical assistance in dying (MAID). His current research projects on MAID include a multi-centre mixed-methods study to develop and validate an instrument to measure patient and family satisfaction with MAID, as well as a series of observational studies evaluating medication use and complication rates in MAID. He is the co-lead of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers’ Research Committee.
November 9, 2020
November 9, 2020
September 18, 2020
Five McMaster University professors, all members of the Faculty of Health Sciences, are joining the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) as fellows.
September 15, 2020
It has been a year since the release of the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine, and already, it’s been accessed by tens of thousands of people around the world.
September 10, 2020
August 11, 2020
Working together, researchers at McMaster University and the University of Waterloo are searching for how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects the lungs – and they’re challenging what has become an accepted truth about the virus.
August 5, 2020
Much has been made recently about the new antiviral drug remdesivir for COVID-19 patients, but a McMaster University-led guideline for physicians warns that it would only be used in the most serious cases, and more research is needed.
August 4, 2020
Researchers at McMaster University and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) have reported the discovery and diagnosis of an aggressive malignant bone cancer — an osteosarcoma — for the first time ever in a dinosaur.
July 23, 2020
A new McMaster University-based network will bring together researchers and patients to tackle sepsis — a leading cause of death in COVID-19.
July 14, 2020
July 13, 2020
June 25, 2020
McMaster University has garnered $20 million in new funding for 17 COVID-19 research projects from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and their funding partners.
May 25, 2020
The evidence shows that cloth masks, particularly those with several layers of cotton cloth, block droplet and aerosol contamination of the environment, may reduce transmission of COVID-19.
April 14, 2020
Health sciences and engineering researchers at McMaster University have been racing to assist Woodbridge Foam Corporation in getting a new made-in-Canada mask designed, tested and certified, as supplies of existing medical masks become less certain.
November 15, 2019
New McMaster research has found a program that honours dying patients by fulfilling end of life wishes can be powerful, affordable and sustainable in many settings.
October 24, 2019 by Tina Depko, Health Sciences
The first edition of the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine is making its formal debut, fittingly, in time for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine this month.
August 6, 2019
A Hamilton-led international study of more than 3,000 patients could set the stage globally for how patients can safely use blood-thinning medications before and after surgery to mitigate risk of bleeding and stroke. The Perioperative Anticoagulation Use for Surgery Evaluation (PAUSE) study was conducted across 23 clinical centres in Canada, United States and Europe.
July 29, 2019
It's the recovery period, not the operating room that is risky for patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery, according to a large international study led by McMaster University. Based on patients at 28 health centres in 13 countries, the results show less than one per cent of deaths of these patients occurred in the operating room, but 29 per cent of deaths occurred after discharge from hospital.
July 11, 2019
The 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects has ranked McMaster’s clinical medicine and civil engineering programs 29th in the world. The clinical medicine is ranked second in Canada, and the civil engineering program is third in the country.
May 23, 2019
Deborah Cook, a renowned McMaster University professor, researcher and physician, has been named the recipient of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Gold Leaf Prize for Impact.
March 14, 2019
McMaster University is receiving $8.45 million from the federal government to support 13 health research projects.
October 19, 2017 by Lori Dillon
The Good Bugs, Bad Bugs program, led by Canada Research Chair in Chemical Biology, Eric Brown, received nearly $6 million to allow researchers to generate a more thorough understanding of the ways in which microbes benefit us and sometimes cause disease.