Province gives $4m to Mac for Biotech project

Hamilton Spectator; By Steven Buist

The Ontario government has announced it will inject $4 million into a high-tech biomedical engineering research centre being proposed for Hamilton.

The new venture will be a partnership between McMaster University and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology.

The new centre would be located in McMaster Innovation Park and have a goal of developing and producing specialized therapies to treat cancers and immune-based diseases.

The province’s cash contribution was announced on Monday afternoon at McMaster by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.

“It’s no secret that McMaster is known for its cutting-edge life sciences research, and I know that firsthand,” said Hoskins, who obtained both his science and medical degrees from the university.

“When McMaster reaches out globally like this, they’re making economic connections that benefit us all.”   Read the full story at the spec.


14th Art in the Workplace Round Up!

Art in the Workplace Round up!

Thank you to the entire Hamilton Community for coming out to the 14th Art in the Workplace (AWP) exhibit just one week ago today. The Atrium was filled with over 500 people, the largest turn out for any AWP exhibit.


The exhibit featured over 130 great pieces from nearly 100 local artists, which were all on sale (unless noted otherwise). Artist April Mansilla was even able to sell her art during the opening!

Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the art, and hear about the motivation for the pieces directly from the artists. This exhibit also featured 62 pieces of art in the Mohawk College Art Collection, curated by Dr. Alison McQueen, assisted by her Art Collection Seminar Students. This exhibit collaborated even further with the Hamilton Community with feature art prepared by the Westdale Secondary School Photography Class and Cardinal Newman Art Classes. Lastly, in honour of World Water Day 10 pieces of Art will be displayed showcasing talent from the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health international World Water Day photo competition.

Entertainment for the evening included local musical talent Sam Keddy (Female singer/songwriter of folk/adult contemporary music) playing the keyboard, accompanied by Matt Sousa on acoustic guitar. Anywhere you went in the Atrium, attendees couldn’t get over how great Sam sounded! She even covered favourites like Royals, by Lorde.

Buttons, which were on sale at the exhibit, were inspired by pieces from the Feature Artist, Sylvia Simpson.  These button images are based on the rock patterns that Sylvia saw while painting in the La Cloche Mountains – an area north of Manitoulin Island and south of Espanola.  These mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world.  The feature button is a depiction of the rock pattern on an island near White Fish Falls, ON. All proceeds from sales of the buttons were returned to AWP.  For more information on Sylvia and her work, visit her Facebook page “Sylvia Simpson’s Creative-Works”.

From the food to the art, to the music, and the people, the night was one not to be missed! Thanks to 28 Lister for the wonderful spread.


All pieces will be on display until late June and can be enjoyed throughout the Spring. See you at the next exhibit!

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Government of Canada funds research at McMaster University to strengthen healthcare

February 19, 2014 

 Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced $6.5 million in funding to McMaster University for a project to study the use of team-based care as a way to achieve better health outcomes for patients and make the system more cost effective.

The project: “Teams Advancing Patient Experience: Strengthening Quality,” (TAPESTRY), will examine how changing the way a primary healthcare team operates and interacts with its patients can improve the quality and efficiency of primary healthcare services.  By integrating resources such as community volunteers, eHealth technologies and system navigation, the project will support patient-centred care and stronger connections to community services.

The TAPESTRY project is expected to provide valuable information regarding ways to increase access to primary healthcare services.  The initiative aims to generate evidence and develop tools to assist provincial and territorial governments in addressing ongoing primary healthcare challenges.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is one of the largest investors in healthcare research with more than $1 billion invested annually.
  • The Government of Canada has increased health transfers to the provinces and territories to unprecedented levels. This funding will continue to grow, reaching $40 billion by the end of the decade.
  • The need for innovation, both in terms of medical technologies and healthcare delivery systems, is a significant public policy challenge that the Government of Canada is committed to addressing.


“Innovation is critical to improving the efficiency of the healthcare system but also to helping Canadians maintain good health. This project is looking at innovative ways that health professionals can work together to provide care to Canadians.”
Eve Adams 
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

“We’re finding ways to combine the personal touch of community volunteerism and the latest technologies to improve primary health care. The TAPESTRY project will connect citizens with their health care team to encourage early identification of potential health problems. This is important for Canadians and for the efficiency of our health care system.”
Dr. David Price
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University

“The TAPESTRY project promises us great insight on new and effective ways to provide proactive health care for Canadians in their own homes. This is an important advance towards improving health, starting with older adults.”
John Kelton
Dean and Vice President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

“The TAPESTRY project is an ideal platform for advancing patient health through collaboration.  Combined with access to evidence-based information, such as through the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal, Canadian citizens, clinicians, public health professionals and policymakers will be able to make informed decisions and support older adults to remain healthy and engaged as long as possible.”
Dr. Susan Denburg
Director of the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and Associate Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

“As a community volunteer for TAPESTRY, I enjoy making connections with older adults in our community that enable them to become more engaged in their own health and encourage discussion with their health care team about services they may require from the community.  I think the inclusion of university students in the volunteer program is a very positive and enjoyable experience for the older adults.”
Linda Gill
Community volunteer for the TAPESTRY project.

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