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Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University - the birthplace of Evidence-Based Medicine. 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.
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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.

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COVID-19: September 10 update. Part 2
09/18/2020
COVID-19: September 10 update. Part 2

COVID-19: September 10 update. Part 2

Dr Dominik Mertz, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at McMaster University and medical director of infection prevention and control at Hamilton Health Sciences, talks about COVID-19 vaccines, reopening schools, and air travel duri

It’s only been a year since the release of the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine, but it’s already been accessed by...
09/17/2020
McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine is a global success

It’s only been a year since the release of the McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine, but it’s already been accessed by tens of thousands of people around the world.

People from more than 75 countries have accessed the free digital version of the made-by-McMaster resource, which is the first comprehensive Canadian textbook of internal medicine.

Winter term will be online, says McMaster University's Provost, Susan Tighe.
09/14/2020
Winter term will be online: Provost’s letter

Winter term will be online, says McMaster University's Provost, Susan Tighe.

On the recommendation of a group with broad representation of academic and campus leaders, McMaster will be extending this fall’s online delivery of academic programs into the winter term.

MacTalks is launching the second of its online researcher conversations with a focus on the future: preventing the next ...
09/14/2020
Preventing the next pandemic

MacTalks is launching the second of its online researcher conversations with a focus on the future: preventing the next pandemic.

The second instalment in a series of virtual conversations with McMaster researchers tackling the world’s biggest challenges pairs infectious disease researcher Gerry Wright with author and journalist Maryn McKenna.

Academics across Canada are organizing activities in support of Black Lives Matter as the school year begins
09/10/2020
Academics supporting activities against anti-Black racism

Academics across Canada are organizing activities in support of Black Lives Matter as the school year begins

The Scholar Strike for Black Lives in Canada, which takes place on Sept. 9 and 10, is an opportunity for many in the university community to show support for and learn more about these issues.

Would you like guidance on your Cochrane knowledge translation (KT) project or activity?
09/09/2020
Cochrane Canada

Would you like guidance on your Cochrane knowledge translation (KT) project or activity?

The mentoring scheme aims to connect people who are planning or running a KT project or activity within Cochrane with people who have experience and knowledge of delivering KT activities or projects. Apply today!

Congratulations to Mark Loeb on being elected a new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Read more here: http://bit.ly...
09/08/2020

Congratulations to Mark Loeb on being elected a new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Read more here: http://bit.ly/FHS_RSC2020.

McMaster University
09/07/2020
McMaster University

McMaster University

It's the start of a new term -- and it's going to be a term like no other. If you're a Mac student, here's what you need to know.

McMaster University has been named one of the top 70 universities in the world, according to an internationally influent...
09/02/2020
McMaster ranked among the top 70 universities worldwide

McMaster University has been named one of the top 70 universities in the world, according to an internationally influential ranking encompassing more than 1,500 institutions worldwide.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 place McMaster at 69th in the world, and 11th globally in Clinical and Health.

McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine
09/01/2020
McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine

McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine

How would you treat a patient with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) these days? All that you need to know about modern treatment options expertly reviewed by Dr Harriette Van Spall and Dr Roman Jaeschke (McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences) in the new episode of #McMasterPerspective.

Hamiltonians could have the chance to volunteer in the new year to test a COVID-19 vaccine trialled by McMaster Universi...
08/28/2020
COVID-19 vaccine to be tested in Hamilton

Hamiltonians could have the chance to volunteer in the new year to test a COVID-19 vaccine trialled by McMaster University and the University of Cambridge.

‘This is a vaccine that is developed by Canadians and will be tested by Canadians and hopefully Canadians will get first dibs,’ said Dr. Mark Loeb, Ha...

Based on campus community feedback, University Technology Services (UTS) is working with Microsoft to implement some exc...
08/28/2020
New in Microsoft Teams: Automatic Teams, Attendance Reports & more! - Office 365 Hub

Based on campus community feedback, University Technology Services (UTS) is working with Microsoft to implement some exciting new features within Microsoft 365.

Based on campus community feedback, University Technology Services (UTS) is working with Microsoft to implement some exciting new features within Microsoft 365. These features further enhance the teaching and learning capabilities of 365 applications. Learn more about three new features within the M...

Vaccine development in a hurry carries risks Canadians deserve to know about - an opinion piece by Laura Duncan and Mich...
08/21/2020
Vaccine development in a hurry carries risks Canadians deserve to know about

Vaccine development in a hurry carries risks Canadians deserve to know about - an opinion piece by Laura Duncan and Michael Boyle (The Offord Centre for Child Studies)

Under pressure, vaccine approval will be based on limited scientific evidence about their safety and efficacy and vague criteria for approving their u...

This year we are inviting faculty, staff and students to join us virtually for our annual Welcome Back event. The event,...
08/20/2020

This year we are inviting faculty, staff and students to join us virtually for our annual Welcome Back event. The event, which will be hosted on Zoom, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join us here: https://bit.ly/3hiKnQS.

Two new evidence reviews related to acute musculoskeletal injuries like strains and sprains suggest other forms of treat...
08/18/2020

Two new evidence reviews related to acute musculoskeletal injuries like strains and sprains suggest other forms of treatments are as effective as opioids and have less risk of harms to patients. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3aIwiK0.

Webinar recording: Engagement of Key Stakeholders in Evidence Synthesis - featuring HEI's Nancy Santesso.
08/11/2020
Webinar: Engagement of Key Stakeholders in Evidence Synthesis • Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Webinar recording: Engagement of Key Stakeholders in Evidence Synthesis - featuring HEI's Nancy Santesso.

Together with the HRB-Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland, ESI are delighted to share this webinar, presented by Dr. Nancy Santesso on the engagement of key stakeholders in evidence synthesis. Dr Nancy Santesso is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence an...

This year we are inviting faculty, staff and students to join us virtually for our annual Welcome Back event. The event,...
08/06/2020

This year we are inviting faculty, staff and students to join us virtually for our annual Welcome Back event. The event, which will be hosted on Zoom, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Join us here: https://bit.ly/3hiKnQS.

McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine
08/05/2020
McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine

McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine

Is perioperative #MyocardialInfarction (MI) an important issue? Do we have any methods for prevention and treatment?

HEI's Mark Crowther: "Diagnosis of aggressive cancer like this in dinosaurs has been elusive and requires medical expert...
08/04/2020
Malignant cancer diagnosed in a dinosaur for the first time

HEI's Mark Crowther: "Diagnosis of aggressive cancer like this in dinosaurs has been elusive and requires medical expertise and multiple levels of analysis to properly identify."

Researchers at McMaster University and the Royal Ontario Museum have reported the discovery and diagnosis of an aggressive malignant bone cancer — an osteosarcoma — for the first time ever in a dinosaur.

Listen: Evaluating Patient Engagement - A Conversation with HEI's Julia Abelson
08/04/2020
Evaluating Patient Engagement - A Conversation with Julia Abelson - Matters of Engagement podcast

Listen: Evaluating Patient Engagement - A Conversation with HEI's Julia Abelson

How can we evaluate patient engagement when often the goals for engagement are not clearly defined or articulated? How do we come to agreement on what good engagement looks like? Join us for this illuminating conversation with researcher Julia Abelson on challenges and opportunities for improvement....

The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations of a promising junior health services researcher to give the 20...
07/30/2020

The Labelle Lectureship Committee is seeking nominations of a promising junior health services researcher to give the 2020-21 Labelle Lecture. More details here: https://bit.ly/3hQ8C8D.

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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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