In the News

Katherine Morrison spoke to CTV.caRadio Canada InternationalPost MediaReuters NewsCBC radio across the country, and other media about a new study that suggests that a more holistic tool is better to assess a patient’s overall health and inform treatment options, rather than simply looking at BMI.

Zoomer magazine quoted Russell de Souza (Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact) on the best way to lose weight as we age.

Deborah Sloboda's study is highlighted in a recent Gut Microbiota for Health article. This new study has found that changes in the maternal gut microbiota contribute to an increased risk of obesity in the offspring through gut microbiota, gut barrier and placental adaptations.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky and colleagues recently published “Nutrition for ultramarathon running: Trail, track and road” in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky and colleagues recently published “Truncating mutations in UBAP1 cause hereditary spastic paraplegia” in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

CTV News, CBC News, Times Now, CBC radio and other media reported on a study by Brian Timmons (Pediatrics) and grad student Nicole Proudfoot that found preschoolers’ physical activity can have an impact on heart health later in life. 

There was substantial media coverage of the REWIND clinical trial led by Hertzel Gerstein (Medicine) that assessed cardiovascular outcomes in patients treated with dulaglutide, including MDMagazine, the Hamilton Spectator, Renal and Urology News, Healio, and Technology Networks.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky and colleagues published “Loss of the sphingolipid desaturase DEGS1 causes hypomyelinating leukodystrophy” in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky and colleagues published “Nutrition for Special Populations: Young, Female and Masters Athletes” in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.

Celebrations & Successes

Sandy Raha received funding from NSERC Discovery for “Role of endocannabinoid system in regulating trophoblast cell function”.

Constantine Samaan has been chosen to receive funding from the recent HHS Foundation Gala for his work in reducing the lifetime effects of pediatric cancer.

Dr Sandeep Raha has received Hamilton Community Foundation ABACUS funding for a unique partnership between McMaster Child and Youth University and Neighbour2Neighbour. Together they will be providing math skills support to middle school children in grades 7 and 8 through the medium of cooking and baking. The funding will allow expansion of the current single site program to more schools in the Rolston neighbourhood and increase the mentorship opportunities between MCYU’s postsecondary workshop facilitators, N2N’s middle school participants and their program graduates, who are now secondary school students.

Presentations and Publications

Congratulations to the McMaster residents who presented their research at the Canadian Pediatric Society conference last week: Kristin Zahn, Jess Norris, Kendra Komsa and Sarah Campos, Kal Mungoven, Paige Landy, Ranu Malhi and Muneera Al Haddad.