Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research

Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University is a world-leading center of transdisciplinary infectious disease research.
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WHAT’S UP POSTER PEOPLE? The deadline to apply for virtual poster presentations for this year’s IIDR Trainee Day is comi...
09/10/2020

WHAT’S UP POSTER PEOPLE?

The deadline to apply for virtual poster presentations for this year’s IIDR Trainee Day is coming in hot! See the IIDR Trainee Day website at www.iidrtraineeday.com to apply by September 18th at 11:59pm and check out this step-by-step guide on how to create your poster.

Don’t miss out!

REMINDER! The deadline to apply and nominate for this year’s extensive list of IIDR Trainee Day awards and scholarships ...
08/18/2020

REMINDER! The deadline to apply and nominate for this year’s extensive list of IIDR Trainee Day awards and scholarships is fast approaching! See the IIDR Trainee Day website (www.iidrtraineeday.com) to apply by August 28th.

Any questions regarding abstracts or applications can be directed to the Trainee Day team at [email protected].

Don’t miss out!

Check out this year’s awards and scholarships for the 2020 IIDR Trainee Day! The Mildred Gulliver Graduate Scholarship i...
08/14/2020

Check out this year’s awards and scholarships for the 2020 IIDR Trainee Day!

The Mildred Gulliver Graduate Scholarship in Infectious Disease Research - Call for Applications

Established in 2009 by the estate of Mildred Katleen Hodgson, the Mildred Gulliver Graduate Scholarship is awarded to one graduate student for their significant contribution to anti-infective research.

IIDR Awards of Excellence - Call for Applications

The IIDR will present three Awards of Excellence to the postdoctoral fellow, PhD student, and master’s student receiving the best overall score on their poster presentation at this year’s Trainee Day.

Register via the IIDR Trainee Day website, iidrtraineeday.com, by August 28th for oral presentations and September 18th for poster sessions.

If you have any questions regarding abstracts or applications, feel welcome to contact the Trainee Day team at [email protected].

Now Accepting Applications! The Braley Fellows Program provides McMaster IIDR PhD students with a broad understanding of...
08/11/2020

Now Accepting Applications!

The Braley Fellows Program provides McMaster IIDR PhD students with a broad understanding of antimicrobial resistance from diagnosis, tracking, and surveillance to clinical management.

Learn more & apply online before September 7th at https://bit.ly/3kzabKr.

Check out this year’s awards and scholarships for the 2020 IIDR Trainee Day!Postdoctoral Awards - Call for Applications ...
08/11/2020

Check out this year’s awards and scholarships for the 2020 IIDR Trainee Day!

Postdoctoral Awards - Call for Applications (due August 28th, 2020)

Gerard Wright Postdoctoral Award in Infection Research - presented to an IIDR postdoctoral or MD fellow whose research, published or unpublished, has made a significant contribution to the field of infectious disease research over the past year.

Mildred Gulliver Postdoctoral Scholarship in Infectious Disease Research - awarded to one postdoctoral fellow for their significant contribution to anti-infective research.

Recipients of both awards will be invited to present a talk on their research at Trainee Day. Find out how to apply at www.iidrtraineeday.com.

Check out this year’s oral presentation categories for the 2020 IIDR Trainee Day!Further, applications for the following...
08/04/2020

Check out this year’s oral presentation categories for the 2020 IIDR Trainee Day!

Further, applications for the following scholarships are due ​August 28th, 2020​:

Michael Kamin Hart Scholarships​ – these awards recognize outstanding IIDR members ​who embody the passion that Michael had for research, science, and discovery. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to speak to their supervisors about applying. Technical staff are eligible for nominations as well.

Michael Kiley Graduate Student Award ​- this award was established in 2017 through the family and friends of the late Michael Kiley – an Ontario man who lost his battle to a drug-resistant superbug in 2011. It will be presented to an IIDR graduate student who has made a significant contribution to antibiotic research.

Recipients of either award will be invited to present a talk on their research at Trainee Day.

Find out how to apply on the ​IIDR Trainee Day website​, www.iidrtraineeday.com.

Trainee Day, an annual event hosted by the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR), has bec...
07/27/2020

Trainee Day, an annual event hosted by the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR), has become the ideal forum to recognize and celebrate the innovative work of the Institute’s students and postdoctoral fellows.

This year's event will take place on the weekend of November 11th to 13th, 2020, and will be hosted on online platforms like ​Zoom​ and ​iPosterSessions​. An Awards Ceremony will follow on November 13th, 2020 to showcase exceptional projects.

We are excited to be hosting Dr. Volker Gerdts as our Keynote speaker this year. More information about Dr. Gerdts can be found on the ​IIDR Trainee Day website​. In addition, multiple awards will be presented for the best oral and poster presentations.

Find out more about awards, scholarships, our Keynote speaker, abstract deadlines, guidelines on online poster presentations, and other information on the​ ​IIDR Trainee Day website​ at https://www.iidrtraineeday.com/.

Hope to see you there!

In case you missed it! Check out this morning's ID/IIDR Rounds seminar, hosted by Dr. Lori Burrows and featuring some of...
06/03/2020

In case you missed it!

Check out this morning's ID/IIDR Rounds seminar, hosted by Dr. Lori Burrows and featuring some of McMaster's top COVID-19 researchers: Drs Donald Arnold, Jeffery Pernica, Arinjay Banerjee & Dawn Bowdish.

Watch at https://bit.ly/378K86J.

McMaster's Eric Brown, distinguished university professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and a member of the Mi...
05/26/2020

McMaster's Eric Brown, distinguished university professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences and a member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery, has been awarded a Killam Research Fellowship from the Canada Council of Arts that will allow him to focus on antibacterial drug discovery for drug-resistant infections.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2X3erbx.

Congratulations, Dr. Brown!

The IIDR has created a new LinkedIn company page! The purpose of this page is to offer an open forum to our members and ...
05/22/2020
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The IIDR has created a new LinkedIn company page!

The purpose of this page is to offer an open forum to our members and trainees, where we can engage with one another and learn more about the myriad of exciting new research endeavors taking place within the institute. Visit and follow the page here: https://bit.ly/3edLPlg

675 million+ members | Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.

Our partners at CAIN have released a special COVID-19 edition of their AMR eNews last week, with stories from Stat News,...
04/27/2020

Our partners at CAIN have released a special COVID-19 edition of their AMR eNews last week, with stories from Stat News, Scientific American, Conversation Canada, Globe and Mail, and more. An informative newsletter on AMR Research & Policy. Read and subscribe here:

http://gr8.com/r/39GoG/E/hFOFm?t=

"As the Covid-19 pandemic moves across the world, it may drag a second slow-motion pandemic behind it." Infectious disea...
04/27/2020
Covid-19 May Worsen the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

"As the Covid-19 pandemic moves across the world, it may drag a second slow-motion pandemic behind it."

Infectious disease experts, including IIDR director Dr. Gerry Wright, discuss the worsening rise of the antimicrobial resistance crisis due to Covid-19 in this WIRED story written by Ms. Maryn McKenna.

The disease can't be treated with these drugs, but antibiotic use is rising anyway, in ICUs and among the worried well.

"Antimicrobial resistance is a slower-moving pandemic than COVID-19, but one that is worsening every day." Our own Dr. L...
04/20/2020
Drug-resistant superbugs: A global threat intensified by the fight against coronavirus

"Antimicrobial resistance is a slower-moving pandemic than COVID-19, but one that is worsening every day." Our own
Dr. Lori Burrows on how COVID-19 might be enabling AMR.

The COVID-19 pandemic shows that despite all of our medical advances, we remain incredibly vulnerable to infections for which we have no therapies. But, sufficiently motivated, we can make huge changes in short timeframes.

Congratulations to this year’s ten DBCAD & IIDR Undergraduate Summer Student Fellowship recipients! We continue to be am...
04/07/2020
Announcing the 2020 DBCAD & IIDR Summer Student Fellowship Recipients! | IIDR

Congratulations to this year’s ten DBCAD & IIDR Undergraduate Summer Student Fellowship recipients!

We continue to be amazed each year by the outstanding achievements, leadership, and dedication of our young scientists.

https://bit.ly/3aY0dgE #BrighterWorld

A huge congratulations to this year’s ten DBCAD & IIDR Undergraduate Summer Student Fellowship recipients. These competitive awards, now in their eighth year, are designed to support trainees…

“I just wanted to help friends and to protect front-line workers. I have worked with amazing people.” — Dr. Yingfu LiAn ...
04/07/2020
McMaster researchers’ act of kindness comes full circle

“I just wanted to help friends and to protect front-line workers. I have worked with amazing people.” — Dr. Yingfu Li

An outstanding story highlighting an incredible act of kindness by the Li Lab to buy PPE for Hamilton medical workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/mcmaster-researchers-act-of-kindness-comes-full-circle/

Researcher Yingfu Li raised money to send protective gear to hospitals in China at the height of the COVID-19 crisis there. Now, scientists in China are pitching in to buy protective gear for front-line medical workers in Hamilton.

“The widespread use of antimicrobials in this pandemic could leave us with another, more dangerous legacy: a dramatic in...
04/02/2020
Opinion: The dangerous legacy of COVID-19: A rise in antimicrobial resistance

“The widespread use of antimicrobials in this pandemic could leave us with another, more dangerous legacy: a dramatic increase in drug-resistant infections.”

Drs Gerry Wright & Andrew Morris explain the link between the COVID-19 & AMR crises in this Globe and Mail opinion piece: https://tgam.ca/3dQT57h.

If there is no second wave of this drug-resistant disease, there will almost certainly be a second wave of drug-resistant bacteria

5th Interdisciplinary Course on Antibiotics and ResistanceOctober 17th - 25th, Les Pensières, Annecy, FranceThe emergenc...
03/30/2020
Interdisciplinary Course on Antibiotics and Resistance, Les Pensières, France

5th Interdisciplinary Course on Antibiotics and Resistance
October 17th - 25th, Les Pensières, Annecy, France

The emergence and spread of bacteria resistant to many drug classes seriously threaten all branches of modern medicine. There is currently no course providing advanced instruction on antibiotics and resistance. The specific goal of ICARe is to bring leaders in academics and industry together with trained scientists at the dawn of their careers. Cutting-edge approaches for the study of resistance and antibiotic discovery will be examined. Learn more and apply online at https://www.icarecourse.org/.

The specific goal of the Interdisciplinary Course on Antibiotics and Resistance (ICARe) is to bring leaders in academics and industry together with trained scientists at the dawn of their careers. Cutting-edge approaches for the study of resistance and antibiotic discovery will be examined.

So appreciative of the hard work put in by Drs Banerjee, Mubareka, & Kozak from the McMaster IIDR, Sunnybrook & UofT. Th...
03/14/2020
McMaster researcher plays key role in isolating COVID-19 virus for use in urgent research

So appreciative of the hard work put in by Drs Banerjee, Mubareka, & Kozak from the McMaster IIDR, Sunnybrook & UofT. The team acted quickly to isolate the agent responsible for COVID19, enabling further research into how it behaves & might be controlled.

A McMaster researcher has played a critical role on a small team that has successfully isolated and grown copies of the virus responsible for COVID-19, enabling urgent Canadian research into how it behaves and how it might be controlled.

A McMaster University study led by Eric Brown, Maya Farha and Omar El-Halfawy has identified an antibacterial compound m...
02/28/2020
McMaster researchers uncover hidden antibiotic potential of cannabis

A McMaster University study led by Eric Brown, Maya Farha and Omar El-Halfawy has identified an antibacterial compound made by cannabis plants that may serve as a lead for new drug development.

McMaster University researchers have identified an antibacterial compound made by cannabis plants that may serve as a lead for new drug development.

The first type of influenza virus we are exposed to in early childhood dictates our ability to fight the flu for the res...
01/30/2020
Research establishes how first exposure to a flu virus sets immunity for life

The first type of influenza virus we are exposed to in early childhood dictates our ability to fight the flu for the rest of our lives, according to a study co-authored by McMaster University's Matthew Miller. | http://bit.ly/FHS_Miller

Were you born in an H1N1 year or an H3N2 year? The first type of influenza virus we are exposed to in early childhood dictates our ability to fight the flu for the rest of our lives, according to a new study from a team of infectious disease researchers at McMaster University and Université de Mont...

What Is Coronavirus, the Mysterious Virus Spreading Across China?"Most coronaviruses in humans cause milder infections t...
01/28/2020
What Is Coronavirus, the Mysterious Virus Spreading Across China?

What Is Coronavirus, the Mysterious Virus Spreading Across China?

"Most coronaviruses in humans cause milder infections that we would call the common cold, but occasionally they can be more serious” explains Dr. David Earn, a professor of mathematics specializing in modeling infectious disease epidemics at McMaster University.

https://bit.ly/3aOzSSd

18 people have died and more than 600 have been infected around the world by ‘novel coronavirus,’ an illness that originated in China

The human microbiome has been shown to be of overwhelming importance to health and disease.A new Nature Microbiology stu...
01/23/2020
The old with the new: the importance of combining microbial culture with DNA sequencing for the future of microbiome research.

The human microbiome has been shown to be of overwhelming importance to health and disease.

A new Nature Microbiology study led by Dr. Fiona Whelan (University of Nottingham) and Dr. Michael Surette (McMaster University) demonstrates how combining the standard method of metagenomic sequencing with the microbiological culture of bacteria allows for an even deeper analysis of microbial diversity than by sequencing alone.

Such studies are key in gaining a better understanding of diseases and disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and obesity, among others.

Read the Behind the Paper article at https://naturemicrobiologycommunity.nature.com/users/335758-fiona-jane-whelan/posts/56942-draft.

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$35,000 USD Grant closing soon! We are issuing this request for proposals which awards one research grant for a project relating to applied research in infection prevention.