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In the same year that McMaster launched its radically different medical school, a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals came together to create another innovation for McMaster – the first clinical epidemiology department in Canada. HEI conducts world-leading research into the nature, prevention and management of health care problems. HEI is where evidence-based medicine got its start, and where modern-day clinical epidemiology came into its own.

It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Yann...
07/16/2020
Dr. Yannick Le Manach Family Support Fund organized by James Paul

It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Yannick Le Manach.

At this most difficult time, our thoughts remain with his wife Stephanie and their three daughters, Maëlle, Enora and Rozenn, and with his many friends and colleagues here at McMaster and around the world.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Dr. Le Manach's family. Please click here: https://bit.ly/3h5SnUz.

Dr. Yannick Le ManachOctober 16, 1974 - July 13, 2020It is with great sadness tha… James Paul needs your support for Dr. Yannick Le Manach Family Support Fund

McMaster University's Daily News asked Peter Keir, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, for some simple tips to...
07/14/2020
WATCH: Ergonomic tips for your home office

McMaster University's Daily News asked Peter Keir, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, for some simple tips to help avoid strains on the body.

An improvised work space and improper set-up can cause troublesome health problems which can include backache, carpel tunnel syndrome and other ailments. Here's what to do instead.

Crises, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, impact mental well-being by giving rise to feelings of sadness, fear, stress...
07/09/2020
Mental well-being: What’s ‘food’ got to do with it?

Crises, like the current COVID-19 pandemic, impact mental well-being by giving rise to feelings of sadness, fear, stress, and boredom. These emotions can impact our diet.

Can diet impact mental well-being? Emerging evidence gives us some food for thought.

Decision thresholds for health benefits and harms in the GRADE Evidence-to-Decision framework. Clinicians, guideline met...
07/08/2020

Decision thresholds for health benefits and harms in the GRADE Evidence-to-Decision framework. Clinicians, guideline methodologists, systematic reviewers, and other researchers please provide your input via this survey: https://bit.ly/3bOloRB. Thank you!

HEI's Holger Schünemann on mask wearing: "What this evidence supports is that, if there is a policy around using face ma...
07/08/2020
Yes, Wearing Masks Helps. Here's Why

HEI's Holger Schünemann on mask wearing: "What this evidence supports is that, if there is a policy around using face masks in place, it does actually come with a fairly large effect."

Politicians argue. Those opposed to mask mandates protest. But meanwhile, growing evidence shows that mask wearing is a critical tool in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

The Society for Clinical Trials is hosting a special webinar to induct Lehana Thabane as a Fellow tomorrow at 11 a.m. It...
07/07/2020

The Society for Clinical Trials is hosting a special webinar to induct Lehana Thabane as a Fellow tomorrow at 11 a.m. It's open to members & non-members. Register here: http://ow.ly/VJD050Ama7r.

Further research to identify the hospital, midwife and midwifery client factors that influence very early discharge coul...
06/29/2020

Further research to identify the hospital, midwife and midwifery client factors that influence very early discharge could help to inform efforts to promote optimal levels of early discharge.

HOT OFF THE PRESS 🚨: Research on trends in #veryearlydischarge in Ontario are now published in our latest research article in CMAJ Open! Findings show a wide variation in #veryearlydischarge rates across the province with complex contributing factors.

Congrats to all authors on this informative research, including McMaster University Midwifery Education Program Director and MMRC Scientist Liz Darling, Glenda Babe, Carla Sorbara, and Richard Perez!

This work was done in collaboration with Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Ryerson University Midwifery and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Read the full article here: http://cmajopen.ca/content/8/2/E462.full

#BrighterWorld #MidwiferyResearch

HEI's Gordon Guyatt: “We are never going to be completely free of this thing. And in a low-prevalence environment, the r...
06/26/2020
In Norway, Gymgoers Avoid Infections as Virus Recedes

HEI's Gordon Guyatt: “We are never going to be completely free of this thing. And in a low-prevalence environment, the risk is low wherever you go — gyms or grocery stores or even restaurants.”

In an unusual experiment, researchers found no coronavirus infections among thousands of people allowed to return to their gyms.

Important message to all McMaster University staff. Enjoy the extra long weekend, everyone.
06/25/2020
Canada Day holidays extended by two days

Important message to all McMaster University staff. Enjoy the extra long weekend, everyone.

In appreciation of faculty and staff's contributions during the COVID-10 pandemic, Thursday, July 2 and Friday, July 3 will be university holidays this year.

McMaster University has garnered $20M in new funding for 17 COVID-19 research projects - some of which are led by HEI fa...
06/25/2020

McMaster University has garnered $20M in new funding for 17 COVID-19 research projects - some of which are led by HEI faculty - from Canadian Institutes of Health Research and their funding partners. Congratulations all! Read more here: https://bit.ly/2Nq69EW.

No data, no problem, no action - an opinion piece by Magdalena Janus from The Offord Centre for Child Studies
06/25/2020
No data, no problem, no action

No data, no problem, no action - an opinion piece by Magdalena Janus from The Offord Centre for Child Studies

It is too costly for us as a society not to know how children of various race and ethnicity are doing, Magdalena Janus writes.

Aimed at trainees, researchers, and practitioners, each Journal Club covers a single Cochrane Review of special interest...
06/25/2020
100th edition of the online Cochrane Journal Club

Aimed at trainees, researchers, and practitioners, each Journal Club covers a single Cochrane Review of special interest, selected from the new and updated reviews published in the Cochrane Library.

Aimed at trainees, researchers, and practitioners, each Journal Club covers a single Cochrane Review of special interest.

06/23/2020
McMaster University

McMaster University

As more places ease into reopening, Zain Chagla from McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences says it's crucial that we scale up and maintain testing for COVID-19 so we're prepared in case of another wave.

06/23/2020
McMaster University

McMaster University

It's too easy to be self-critical right now. Treat yourself with the kind of compassion you would show other people. Take each day one step a time, advises Randi McCabe from McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research fro...
06/23/2020
Cochrane Clinical Answers related to COVID-19

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically-focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews.

Readable, clinically-focused, actionable answers to inform point-of-care decision-making for health professionals.

A large proportion of older adults and caregivers are not formally engaged in discussions about their own health and wel...
06/19/2020
Do not take a back seat: Be engaged in decisions that affect your health and wellbeing

A large proportion of older adults and caregivers are not formally engaged in discussions about their own health and well-being.

We often take for granted that we will have a say in decisions affecting us. However, a large proportion of older adults and caregivers are not formally engaged in discussions about their own health and well-being. Decision aids and decision coaches are among some of the tools and support that can h...

How far should Canada go to contain the future spread of COVID-19? - an opinion piece by Michael Boyle and Laura Duncan ...
06/18/2020
How far should Canada go to contain the future spread of COVID-19?

How far should Canada go to contain the future spread of COVID-19? - an opinion piece by Michael Boyle and Laura Duncan from The Offord Centre for Child Studies.

Many countries such as Canada are queasy about monitoring and surveillance of individuals, Laura Duncan and M.H. Boyle write.

Working together to beat COVID-19: Cochrane’s consumer rapid response group
06/18/2020
Working together to beat COVID-19: Cochrane’s consumer rapid response group

Working together to beat COVID-19: Cochrane’s consumer rapid response group

In April 2020, Cochrane launched the COVID-19 consumer rapid response group. Currently, nearly 100 people with lived experience related to COVID-19 have joined the group, signing up to offer their time, skills, and experience to get involved with Cochrane’s work on COVID-19 rapid reviews and accom...

COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance: Parallel and Interacting Health Emergencies. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2AJPx...
06/17/2020

COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance: Parallel and Interacting Health Emergencies. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2AJPxFo

Frederick was a compassionate public health champion. More importantly, he was our friend and colleague and will be miss...
06/17/2020
In Memory of Frederick Morfaw organized by HEI McMaster

Frederick was a compassionate public health champion. More importantly, he was our friend and colleague and will be missed by all. To everyone who has shared their condolences and donated so generously to our GoFundMe initiative, thank you.

It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that the Department of Health Researc… HEI McMaster needs your support for In Memory of Frederick Morfaw

The Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action (VEGA) project led by McMaster University has developed evidence-based online r...
06/16/2020

The Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action (VEGA) project led by McMaster University has developed evidence-based online resources to assist health-care and social service providers to recognize and respond safely to family violence. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2Cd9NQa.

In 1934, the first students to begin their studies at McMaster’s new Hamilton campus celebrated their convocation.
06/16/2020
Vintage Mac footage provides glimpse of convocations past

In 1934, the first students to begin their studies at McMaster’s new Hamilton campus celebrated their convocation.

In 1934, the first students to begin their studies at McMaster’s new Hamilton campus received their degrees. Footage of this and other convocations from decades past are among the historic films that can be found online in McMaster University Library’s Digital Archive.

The Canadian Mental Health Association found that almost half of Canadians are feeling more isolated and anxious and cra...
06/12/2020
Experts worry about the heavy toll the pandemic is taking on mental health

The Canadian Mental Health Association found that almost half of Canadians are feeling more isolated and anxious and crave the social interactions that seemed so routine only a few months ago.

As the pandemic continues, mental health experts are increasingly worried about the fallout of constant stress and anxiety from prolonged social isolation, financial pressures, stresses of family and general uncertainty.

Join HEI's Lisa Schwartz on June 15 as she Chairs the next The Global Health Network seminar on how to engage communitie...
06/11/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Beyond ‘good enough’: How to engage communities with COVID-19 research quickly and effectively. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join HEI's Lisa Schwartz on June 15 as she Chairs the next The Global Health Network seminar on how to engage communities with COVID-19 research quickly and effectively. Registration details below.

Response to COVID-19 requires rapid research to develop vaccines, treatments and other kinds of urgently needed knowledge. Previous public health emergencies have demonstrated that good community engagement helps move research forward, ensures it is feasible, relevant, and accepted, and that its fin...

Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences, including a handful from HEI, have collected almost $9 million of suppo...
06/11/2020

Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences, including a handful from HEI, have collected almost $9 million of support for 33 COVID-19 studies. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2zohf9X.

HEI's Mark Loeb and Dominik Mertz weigh in on the Province's decision to exclude Hamilton from transitioning into Phase ...
06/10/2020
Why can’t Hamilton reopen with most of the rest of the province Friday?

HEI's Mark Loeb and Dominik Mertz weigh in on the Province's decision to exclude Hamilton from transitioning into Phase 2 of reopening.

Medical officer of health says Hamilton was excluded because of a spike in cases among young adults but infectious disease experts say they see no goo...

Improving the participation of under-represented groups is not just fairer — it could produce better research.
06/08/2020
Science benefits from diversity

Improving the participation of under-represented groups is not just fairer — it could produce better research.

Improving the participation of under-represented groups is not just fairer — it could produce better research.

What all parents should know about school closures and COVID-19 - an opinion piece by Michael Boyle and Laura Duncan fro...
06/05/2020
What all parents should know about school closures and COVID-19

What all parents should know about school closures and COVID-19 - an opinion piece by Michael Boyle and Laura Duncan from The Offord Centre for Child Studies.

The lack of evidence about the impact of school closures should be addressed, M.H. Boyle and Laura Duncan note.

Congratulations Dr. Lehana Thabane, interim chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HE...
06/05/2020

Congratulations Dr. Lehana Thabane, interim chair of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), on being inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Trials and The American Statistical Association.

The Lancet voice podcast sits down with HEI's Holger Schünemann and Derek Chu to discuss vital COVID-19 control methods,...
06/04/2020

The Lancet voice podcast sits down with HEI's Holger Schünemann and Derek Chu to discuss vital COVID-19 control methods, including physical distancing, face masks and eye protection. Listen here: https://bit.ly/3cwQr4Q.

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In 1967, a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals came together to create yet another innovation for McMaster – the first clinical epidemiology department in Canada. Since then, HEI continues to conduct world-leading research into the nature, prevention and management of health care problems. HEI is where evidence-based medicine got its start, and where modern-day clinical epidemiology came into its own.

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