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McMaster University Ranked 72nd in the World

For the first time since 2012, McMaster is ranked among the top 75 universities in the world. The university is ranked 72 in the internationally respected 2020 Times Higher Education rankings released today in Switzerland, advancing five spots over last year and one of only four Canadian universities in the world’s top 75. It’s the […]

September 11, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Versant Ventures Enables Launch of Vensana Capital to Focus on Medtech Sector

Since it was conceived, Versant Ventures has provided enabling support for the design and launch of an independent new venture capital and growth equity investment firm dedicated to the medtech sector. Today Vensana Capital debuted with the closing of its inaugural fund, Vensana Capital I, with $225 million in committed capital. The fund was…

September 4, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Future of Health Summit – Summary Report

Thank you again to all who participated in the inaugural Future of Health Summit 2019 presented by Hamilton Health Sciences. HHS would also like to thank the delegates who provided their valuable feedback. We have summarized our reflections in the attached Future of Health (FOH) Summit Report 2019

August 28, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Hamilton and Burlington health providers apply to be first in Ontario to reinvent care

Proposed Ontario Health Teams will transform how local care is provided under sweeping changes coming into effect as part of Conservative health care reform Hamilton and Burlington organizations want to be among the first to adopt a major overhaul of the health care system by the Progressive Conservative government. Health and social…

July 19, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Summit will focus on taking innovation to market

Hamilton and area voices will play a key role in the second annual gathering, writes Keanin Loomis. World attention was focused on Toronto last month as the city hosted Collision, North America’s fastest-growing tech conference. The event provided a platform for Canada’s top startups and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents…

June 10, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinskis gift researchers with $100 million legacy fund

The endowment, which will be used to create the Juravinski Research Centre, will provide $5 million a year for research. Hamilton’s medical research community is abuzz with a $100 million gift from local philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski. The gift is a legacy endowment fund, which means the money will be given out once the…

May 29, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Ontario couple pledge bulk of estate to Hamilton health institutions in one of Canada’s largest ever legacy gifts

An Ontario couple who grew up in poverty during the Great Depression and became self-made millionaires have pledged to donate the bulk of their estate, totalling more than $100-million, to create a new health-research institute in Hamilton. The endowment from Charles and Margaret Juravinski, called the Juravinski Research Centre, will be a…

May 29, 2019 | Alex Muggah

McMaster Researchers Create a Better Way to Transport Life-Saving Vaccines

Researchers at McMaster University have invented a stable, affordable way to store fragile vaccines for weeks at a time at temperatures up to 40C, opening the way for life-saving anti-viral vaccines to reach remote and impoverished regions of the world. The new method combines the active ingredients in existing vaccines with a sugary gel,…

May 22, 2019 | Alex Muggah

Firestone Institute Receives OLA Funding to Study the Effects of Cannabis Smoke on the Immune System

The Ontario Lung Association (OLA) has announced a funding commitment of $50,000 to study the effects of combusted (smoked) cannabis on the immune system. The study is being led by Dr. Jeremy Hirota at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Dr. Hirota is the Canada Research Chair in Respiratory…

April 17, 2019 | Alex Muggah