It started with a shave and a conversation about the weather. That’s the moment Doug Oliver cites as the beginning of his career in health care. Now, he is focused on improving the health of older adults in his role as a respected physician researcher working in downtown Hamilton.
Hsien Seow was six when his mother, Suat-Tein, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died four years later.
The close-knit family that included Seow’s father and older brother wasn’t prepared for her death, holding out hope as doctors had suggested until the last week of her life.
Clinical research trials on optimal radiation treatments for breast cancer often take years, and without any guarantee of meaningful outcomes.
But Timothy Whelan perseveres, driven by a singular factor, and that is the patient.
“All of my research derives from how we treat breast cancer patients, and what we could do better,” says Whelan, professor of oncology at McMaster University and radiation oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre of Hamilton Health Sciences. “They are at the centre of everything I do.”
Elena Verdú has numerous titles, publications, grants and honours to her name.
She holds the Canada Research Chair in Nutrition, Inflammation and Microbiota. She is a professor in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at McMaster University. She is the director of the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit in the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, and she oversees her own lab.
Brian Coombes likes to ask the question: ‘Why?’
But he likes searching for the answer to the question even more.
Growing up before you could ask your phone to show images of insects that live under rocks or a fish dissection, a young Coombes would go out and find the answers.
Those looking to speak with Bruce Wainman can find him in the anatomy lab at McMaster University.
Tucked away down a corridor in the basement of the Health Sciences Centre, the anatomy lab is often bustling with students from different disciplines, from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program to Engineering.
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