Complex societal challenges require a multi-dimensional approach and that’s why many of our research centres and institutes cross traditional boundaries and disciplines. They allow us to advance basic research, increase our capacity to compete globally and bring our researchers and students together to apply cutting-edge methods to impact their respective fields of study. And our facilities and platforms – whether stand-alone or housed within one of our 70-plus centres and institutes – are pivotal to our research infrastructure; providing the requisite equipment and resources to enhance our ground-breaking research and to keep our industry partners competitive.
One of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, Bertrand Russell transformed logic and philosophy, as well as addressing numerous social and political issues of contemporary and continuing significance. Since Russell’s papers came to McMaster in the late 1960s, scores of books and hundreds of articles have been published using material from the Russell Archives. The Bertrand Russell Research Centre takes responsibility for the publication of Russell texts and for fostering Russell research. The Centre has three core scholarly activities: Russell: the Journal of Bertrand Russell Studies (now in its 48th year of publication), the McMaster Edition of The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, and the Collected Letters of Bertrand Russell—an electronic edition of all his correspondence, of which his prison letters from 1918 are the first batch to have been edited and published.
The creation of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre in 2000 gave all three of these projects a permanent home within McMaster’s Faculty of Humanities. The McMaster University Library remains responsible for the running of the Archives and for the care and preservation of the papers.
The Biointerfaces Institute is a state-of-the-art facility implementing high-throughput research pipelines to investigate the nature of the biological/material interface, or biointerface.
The institute is led by Dr. John Brennan, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry and Biointerfaces. Dr. Brennan is a world leader in the development of advanced sol-gel based biomaterials, biosensor technologies and high-throughput drug screening platforms.
The institute has ten additional core faculty members with expertise in high-throughput synthesis, surface characterization, polymer chemistry, bioassay development and opthalmic biomaterials, with backgrounds in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.
The BIMR plans for and operates sophisticated infrastructure for the production and advanced characterization of materials. It also both disseminates and celebrates research achievement covering a wide range of scientific and engineering interests, related to materials.
The BIMR is an interdisciplinary research organization with the mandate to develop, support and co-ordinate all materials research-related activities at McMaster. The facilities of the Institute and its pool of expertise are also available to industry and organizations that require assistance with materials research and development or material analysis. Its membership of 123 faculty members is drawn from 13 departments in the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Health Sciences and several Canadian and International Universities.
Founded by Howard Petch in the 1960’s, the IMR is the foundation on which McMaster’s internationally recognized, comprehensive programme in Materials Research has been built.
The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to Canadian researchers and industry working in a broad range of fields. Our vision is to be one of the leading electron microscopy facilities in the world for the quality of the scientific research, to be the go-to provider of electron microscopy services to Canadian industry and to play a leading role in promoting interactions amongst researchers in various fields nationally and internationally.
Located at McMaster University and operated by the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, the CCEM features a state-of-the-art suite of instrumentation and experienced, dedicated staff capable of getting the best out of each instrument. We are happy to work with you to find solutions to your materials research and development questions.
CanChild is housed within the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and is the hub in an academic network of international scientists that conduct applied clinical and health services research concerning children and youth with a variety of developmental conditions.
CanChild is a non-profit research and educational centre located within the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Our research is focused on improving the lives of children with a variety of developmental conditions and their families over the lifecourse.
Founded in 1989, CanChild is a world leader in the field of childhood disability. Our cutting-edge research and active strategies for making findings easily accessible to a wide range of audiences make CanChild the premier source for childhood disability information. CanChild has developed strong collaborative research partnerships, creating an alliance between families, world-class scientists, and established research organizations in Canada and internationally. These partnerships are vital to CanChild’s future growth and success.
CanChild’s multidisciplinary team includes researchers from pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine (physiatry), occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language pathology, kinesiology, social psychology, epidemiology and biostatistics.
The CAPPA-D is involved in research, education and technology transfer in the area of polymer processing and rheology. Projects involve formulation, conversion, and characterization of plastics, mathematical modeling of single and twin screw extrusion, coextrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, rotational molding, film blowing, reactive extrusion, mixing, and coating.
Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied linguistics (ARiEAL)
ARiEAL is an innovative and interdisciplinary research centre that brings together researchers around the world versed in experimental and applied methods, behavioural and neurophysiological approaches to linguistics, language, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience.
ARiEAL, the Centre for Advanced Research in Experimental and Applied Linguistics, is an interdisciplinary research centre housed within the Department of Linguistics and Languages, Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University. Recently founded in 2016, our goal is to investigate language, cognition and brain function by fostering collaboration across theoretical and applied disciplines. ARiEAL’s members represent demonstrated expertise in a number of areas from cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging to linguistics and speech language pathology (see laboratories).
CCENA aims to learn from the stories and narrative traditions through which communities imagine themselves and their relationships with each other.
Those of us who participate in the Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts (CCENA) believe that addressing the inequities in our world depends upon widespread recognition of the inherent value of diverse communities’ everyday, experiential knowledge: their stories. CCENA aims to learn from the stories and narrative traditions through which communities imagine themselves and their relationships with each other. With this aim in mind, CCENA seeks to support and sustain art-based community listening, remembering, and story-making. We link community members with other communities, and with various media and sources of expertise in order to support them in telling their stories. CCENA works with:
Organization that facilitates study of optical, electrical, mechanical and biological properties of semiconductors and related materials and promotes the development of technology based on these materials.
Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is an organization that facilitates study of the optical, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties of semiconductors and related materials and promotes the development of technology based on these materials.
Today, the Centre is made up of faculty members and graduate students from the various departments under both Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Sciences:
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Physics & Astronomy
Geography & Earth Sciences
The Centre’s focus has been on photonics and optical materials & devices, however, the approaches and applications are extremely diverse. Further, the research interests span a diverse area. We develop lasers, MEMS, detectors, waveguide devices, and much more. Industrial collaborations take place frequently and new initiatives are always welcome.
Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)
CHEPA investigates pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.
CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.
The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers – Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David Feeny, George Torrance and Amiram Gafni – to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.
It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.
A world class research and development Centre that promotes hybrid technology and its transfer to Canada while working with industrial partners to enhance their global competitiveness and augment their capabilities in training and recruitment.`
Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research (MODR)
The Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research is focused on translating world leading basic science into clinical practice to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases in children and adults across the lifespan.
The Centre includes research teams dedicated to furthering research efforts to develop new preventative and treatment strategies for chronic metabolic diseases.
MNSL is a unique facility in North America offering fabrication, characterization and integration of different materials, components and devices at multiple length scales.
The Micro- and Nano-System Laboratory (MNSL) at McMaster University. MNSL is a unique facility in North America offering fabrication, characterization and integration of different materials, components and devices at multiple length scales. For example, Nano-Bonding and –Interconnect System (NBIS) and Nanoimprinting Lithography System (NIL) provide fabrication and integration of nanometer scale structures and devices. Research using MNSL infrastructure spans from fundamental areas such as molecular interactions during bonding to applied relating to miniaturization of emerging systems for health and environmental applications.
The Centre of focus is on understanding the nature and outcome of human and physical processes that take place over space with the use of quantitative methods, such as spatial statistics, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Spatial Analysis has a long tradition in Geography at McMaster University. Our focus is on understanding the nature and outcome of human and physical processes that take place over space with the use of quantitative methods, such as spatial statistics, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Recent focus of the Spatial Analysis group has been in applications of transportation geography, urban land use, urban and regional air pollution, and the impact of environmental pollution on human health. Faculty members from the group participate in multi-disciplinary projects, both within and outside the School of Geography & Earth Sciences. Graduates with Spatial Analysis training pursue academic careers or find employment in the public and private sectors.
The Chanchlani Research Centre is comprised of a vibrant group of researchers who investigate the intersection of genomics and culture on human health. Thanks to a generous donation by the Chanchlani family and with support from McMaster University, we have the infrastructure both human and physical to undertake large scale genomics projects as related to chronic diseases. The Centre provides an ideal training group for students in statistics, epidemiology, and medicine and by investigating how genomics intersects with health, some of our researchers consider the socio-cultural and clinical application of such information. Further, once a year we award the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award to an outstanding scientist whose research impacts global health.
Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighborhoods (CRUNCH)
The Collaboratory for Research on Urban Neighbourhoods, Community Health and Housing (CRUNCH) is a cluster of research equipment and facilities and a network of affiliated researchers.
Housed at McMaster University, CRUNCH is dedicated to examining the complex interactions between housing, neighbourhoods and health.
Along with our partners in government, the charitable and nonprofit sectors, community groups, and industry, we collaborate on a number of studies that seek to understand neighbourhood-level, population-based health and child development their social determinants.
The David Braley Centre for Antibiotic Discovery, operating from the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, is home to McMaster’s leading researchers in the field of antimicrobial resistance.
Escarpment Cancer Research Institute (Joint Institute)
ECRI will be the national leader of innovative and sustainable solutions that will put research into action for the benefit of people affected by cancer.
ECRI brings together scientists representing many disciplines, including anatomical pathology, clinical chemistry, nuclear medicine, immunology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, gynecological oncology, nursing, psychology, health policy, cancer epidemiology, and biostatistics. ECRI has an integrated research agenda which encompasses translational research, clinical trials, quality health care and knowledge translation, all focused on the rapid transfer of research to patient care, system design and health care policy.
The Hamilton academic community has a rich history of innovation in education, multidisciplinary health research and a commitment to evidence based practice. ECRI scientists build on this foundation of innovation by collaborating with cancer researchers across McMaster University and around the world, with policy makers and decision makers interested in building a sustainable and transformative cancer system, and, most importantly, with patients and families challenged by cancer.
ECRI is co-located with the Juravinski Cancer Centre (JCC) at Hamilton Health Sciences, on the spectacular Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The JCC is one of the largest academic regional cancer centres in the country. Serving a regional population of 1.3 million, the cancer centre is a natural partner for ECRI, and the region it serves a natural laboratory within which to identify the most pressing cancer patient, provider and systems issues, and to design, test and evaluate solutions to these issues that will be meaningful to the community and applicable to other cancer programs provincially, nationally and around the world.
Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute
The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute’s vision is to better understand and treat, and ultimately cure, the most common categories of intestinal illness that burden our society: inflammatory, functional and diet-induced disorders
The Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute was established in 2008 replacing McMaster University’s Intestinal Disease Research Program that had been in existence since 1984. The Institute’s vision is to better understand and treat, and ultimately cure, the most common categories of intestinal illness that burden our society: inflammatory, functional and diet-induced disorders. The Institute pursues its vision by adopting an integrated multidisciplinary approach that encompasses bench-to-bedside research and involves close collaborations between clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists. The vision also mandates the provision of the best possible experience that will enable our trainees to pursue successful careers in the academic and private sectors. Knowledge translation is a key aspect of our vision, serving to inform the public of advances in our understanding of digestive diseases, and to increase awareness of the burden of these diseases on our society.
General Motors Centre for Automotive Materials & Corrosion (CAMC)
The CAMC’s research focuses on materials engineering including themes like strip casting of sheet metal, light-weight material systems, material degradation and protection, and joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations.
The Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion (CAMC) is located in the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) The CAMC’s research focuses on materials engineering including themes like strip casting of sheet metal, light-weight material systems, material degradation and protection, and joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations. The Centre is also investigating opportunities for developing magnesium-based components for lightweight fuel-efficient vehicles.
The Gilbrea Centre is an interdisciplinary research hub that is dedicated to address issues of aging through collaborative and policy relevant research.
Based on a collaborative undertaking by outstanding researchers and educators , the Centre produces and communicates socially-relevant knowledge which helps to broaden understandings of aging, the challenges that exist, and the suggested directions for change.
Our vision is to address the needs of an aging society through research that is grounded in community partnerships, and knowledge exchange with target groups including students, faculty, community organizations, decision-makers, and older people.
Created as a major step forward in addressing contemporary issues of aging, the Centre’s work on aging extends beyond McMaster’s campus through partnerships and collaboration with National and international research teams, and partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition
The Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition has contributed to research and teaching excellence about globalizing processes and how these come to bear upon our lives, our communities, and the environment in which we live.
The IGHC plays a crucial role in promoting research and teaching on global and international issues and themes. It will be a significant contributor to the academic and intellectual sides of the University’s internationalization mission, contributing to research excellence, student experience, and community engagement. It not only seeks to integrate students into research and creative projects on globalization and bring scholarly research into the classroom, but it also aims to examine the activist impact of globalization scholarship in the material world
The Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI) is focused on identifying and addressing ethical challenges, ethics-related risk, and policy gaps that have the potential to undermine the impact of life-saving technologies and interventions in Global Health and Development.
We help researchers, funders, sponsors, policymakers, and other stakeholders in global health navigate through ethical issues that impact work across the innovation lifecycle: discovery, development, delivery and policy & advocacy. Our aim is to:
Enable programs by emphasizing the ethical aspects that enhance their quality and efficiency
Anticipate and address ethics-related challenges and ethics-related risk, including reputational risk
Be respective and inclusive of the perspectives of those most affected by programs and interventions
We take a multidisciplinary approach and use mixed methods to understand the problems and develop solutions –conceptual and qualitative analyses, landscape, systematic and policy reviews, and syntheses. Importantly, we work collaboratively with stakeholders and decision-makers to ensure translation and uptake of our research and the solutions we propose.
The L.R. Wilson Institute seeks to understand Canada’s place in a global perspective and how Canada has influenced – or been influenced by – transnational phenomena.
Founded in 2008, the Wilson Institute for Canadian History (then called the Wilson Centre) is named in honour of its main donor, L.R. (Red) Wilson. It was created with a simple vision: rethink Canadian history, pre- and post-Confederation, within a transnational framework. We seek to understand Canada’s place in a global perspective and how Canada has influenced – or been influenced by – transnational phenomena.
Over the years, the Wilson Institute has encouraged and funded transnational history in Canada. The institute offers teaching and research fellowships to recent PhDs, has hosts numerous workshops, talks, and conferences, and provides grants and awards to graduate students at McMaster University. To help publish books that rethink Canadian history from transnational and global perspectives, the Wilson Institute also supports the Rethinking Canada in the World Series published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
The Wilson Institute for Canadian History and the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History are supported by a generous donation from the Chancellor, L.R. Red Wilson, and McMaster University.
Lab for Interdisciplinary Research on Archaeological Ceramics (LIRAC)
The Lab for Interdisciplinary Research on Archaeological Ceramics was founded by Dr. Kostalena Michelaki in 2004, and is currently directed by Dr. Andy Roddick. This laboratory includes three laboratory spaces for microscopy, clay work and analysis, and artifact photography/recording.
The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging (LCMA) was created in 2016 to facilitate and amplify research initiatives that mitigate the risk and consequences of declining mobility with age. Situated within the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), and built on the groundwork supported by the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative and the Labarge Foundation, the Centre fosters interdisciplinary research approaches to all aspects of mobility in aging, including:
Biological and physiological contributors;
Behavioural, cognitive and psychosocial influences;
Biomedical, clinical and technological innovations;
Availability of prevention, rehabilitation and management strategies for mobility challenges; and
Environmental components, such as social, economic, policy and physical/structural factors.
Through the generosity of Suzanne Labarge, McMaster’s strength in aging research has been magnified with the aim of developing evidence-based interventions that will impact the lives of today’s aging population.
Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship
The Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship provides consulting, instruction, and technical support to faculty, staff, and graduate students with all levels of technological experience. Sherman Centre staff consult on any stage or aspect of a digital scholarship or pedagogical project to help determine the digital tools, techniques, and methods that best suit the project–whether big or small.
The Sherman Centre’s scholarly and technical research projects range from software development, 3D modeling and printing, digital pedagogy, visualization, digital storytelling, social media data ethics, and research data management.
MacData promotes the engagement of researchers and students within McMaster as well as externally with industry, government and community to strengthen McMaster’s position as an international leader on all matters related to data.
MacData’s goals are to:
Show leadership regarding best practices around data security, privacy, proprietary issues, and ethical collection and use of data. Identify, shape, and support training and experiential leaning focused on data literacy and skills needed to harness big data.
Encourage and promote developments in data analytics, including work across and beyond campus in AI, machine learning, statistical learning, and statistics.
Improve efficiencies related to data creation, collection, management, and transformation.
Promote and support development of large-scale partnerships with private and public organizations.
Run seminars, research workshops and graduate training programs on big data.
Encourage researchers and students from diverse disciples to explore synergies that can further data science and innovation.
Support the recruitment of talented researchers and students.
The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) was established in 1988 to promote and advance process automation and related process systems engineering technologies through academe-industry interactions. Company membership grew and also diversified, with current member companies spanning the petroleum, chemical, steel, food and control technology vendor industries.
The research is directed by four faculty members in the McMaster Department of Chemical Engineering. The remaining research complement comprises of graduate students, research engineers, post-doctoral fellows at various points in time, and undergraduate research students.
MACC continues to thrive after 31 years, and has provided significant benefits to both McMaster University and member companies. MACC has graduated numerous graduate studentswith Ph.D. and Master’s degrees. The high technical skills that MACC graduate students develop through their course work at McMaster and their industrially relevant research make them sought-after and valuable assets to the process industries and their technology suppliers.
The Centre for Buddhist Studies aims to support a dynamic research environment in Buddhist Studies across the McMaster campus and beyond in order to expand scholarly understanding of Buddhist traditions past and present.
The mission of the McMaster Centre for Climate Change is to promote and facilitate education, research activities and collaborations to study and model processes of Earth’s climate system and the impacts of climate change on the environment, ecosystems, water resources and human health.
Establish a multi-disciplinary collaborative research program by bringing together researchers working on climate change research at McMaster University and beyond, and to promote these research activities at national and international levels.
Study the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, water resources, human health and society to improve our understanding of physical, biological and chemical processes and advance the predictive capabilities of Earth System models.
To explore human perceptions of and responses to climate change and its likely impact on health and social activity.
Promote graduate and undergraduate teaching and scholarships, focusing on the environment, climate change and their impacts.
Enhance public outreach and provide scientific input to academic and public debates on environmental and climate change issues.
Encourage the application of scientific knowledge for the sustainability and resilience of ecosystems, water resources, and infrastructure while developing public policies that will meet societal challenges caused by future climate change.
McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert)
The McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert) develops tools and methods to create certifiably safe, secure and dependable software. This work is urgently needed for software-intensive mission-critical systems where software failure can have devastating physical, financial or political consequences.
Software is used to control medical devices, automobiles, aircraft, manufacturing plants, nuclear generating stations, space exploration systems, elevators, electric motors, trains, banking transactions, telecommunications devices and a growing number of devices in industry and in our homes.
Software developed for critical systems must meet minimum safety, privacy, security and reliability standards, especially as these systems are becoming more interdependent and complex. Manufacturers of these systems need consistent, clear and effective guidelines as to what may be regarded as acceptable standards in these situations
McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC)
McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC) is a world-class research organization bringing together top researchers from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, and beyond. MDTRC engages in cutting-edge multidisciplinary research aimed at better understanding how the digital revolution is impacting individuals and transforming organizations and society at large.
The MDTRC is designed to facilitate collaborative multidisciplinary research, student training, and executive education. This is facilitated through collaborations with key partners and affiliates in academia as well as the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
The mission of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre is to investigate, create and implement approaches utilizing the delivery of genes as therapeutic agents in the treatment of human and animal disease.
The McMaster Institute for Energy Studies (MIES) is an interdisciplinary institute for the study of energy extraction, transformation, generation, transportation and end-use. Its research mission emphasizes the economic and environmental impacts of all stages in the energy process. MIES counts researchers from the sciences, engineering, social sciences and business administration among its members.
McMaster has a long and distinguished track record in energy matters. MIES was founded in 1980 in the Faculty of Engineering as an interdisciplinary institute for the study of energy extraction, transformation, generation, transportation and end-use. In the following decades the Institute also developed a focus on policy and economics.
Internally, MIES provides a forum for cooperation and interdisciplinary interactions between McMaster faculty members in the energy area and acts as a point of contact at McMaster for energy-related opportunities and to communicate them to the McMaster community. It encourages and fosters an interdisciplinary systems approach to the solution of energy problems in order to establish a credible capability for the assessment and evaluation of energy systems, thus providing authoritative advice to governments and industry.
The Goal of the Institute for Healthier Environments is to facilitate, promote and publish environment and health research, and to share our expertise with the community.
To promote research on environments and health at McMaster, across a broad spectrum of topics, including new fields, such as built environments, socio-economic effect modification and health supportive environments policy
To leverage research funding opportunities from Tri-Council agencies, with a specific focus on the CIHR Strategic Initiative on Environments & Health
To build research capacity in the university for agenda-setting, implementation and evaluation research with partner organizations
To build receptor capacity in partner organizations and develop new models and institutional structures for knowledge mobilization
To provide leadership in transformative, evidence-informed policy and action on environments and health issues
To raise McMaster’s profile in environments and health research and knowledge mobilization locally, provincially, nationally and internationally
McMaster Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies (INTERFACE)
The Interface Institute is a Level VI Knowledge Mobilizer that works at the interfaces between social-natural-and medical sciences and engineering.
The 16th-18th centuries represented the epitome of science and art interaction where truly disruptive discoveries opened the gates to changing the world we live in today. With advancement in science, art, and humanity, the interface spaces between disciplines shrank as thinkers and scientists were consumed within their own microcosms racing time to discover scientific breakthroughs and harnessing technologies, as quick as it became available, to serve their respective specific focus areas. With the large amount of data generated through Level I (experimental and observational) research and inquiries, there was a need for analytical tools and theories (Level II) to build on our database of observations through experimentation and from the lessons that the environment taught us.
As we became more specialized, there was a need for serious computational powers and efficient numerical models (Level III) to advance the different specialties through informatics ranging from neuroscience to digital arts. Subsequently, our societies felt the might of their computational, manufacturing, engineering, medical, and financial powers, which led them to believe that they can harness and control the hazard consequence within both the built and natural environment. Nevertheless, slowly but surely, our societies became very aware of the fragility and vulnerability of their subsystems (e.g. transportation networks, water ecosystem, energy grid etc.) and started to adopt a risk-based approach to assess, analyze, and manage risk due to different individual hazard effects (i.e. Single Hazard Risk Assessment) on their respective subsystem (Level IV). It wasn’t that long before stakeholders realized that, with the increased complexity of our subsystems, there was a need to adopt a Multi-Hazard Risk Management) knowledge translation approach (Level V) to different subsystems within our built and natural environment.
The INTERFACE institute’s approach builds, not only on Levels I to IV data and knowledge generators, but also integrate the data created by Level V knowledge translators and harness cyber and physical technologies to facilitate real-time systemic-risk-informed decision making (Level VI).
The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers including psychologists, neuroscientists, music theorists, musicians, dancers, media artists, mathematicians, kinesiologists, health scientists, and engineers.
At the institute, scientists, researchers, and musicians study questions about the physical structure, evolution, neural processing, performance, and perception of music, dance and media arts. Specific questions concern how the auditory and motor systems interact to produce music, how performers synchronize with each other, how people encode and recognize music, and how groups in society are defined by the music they play.
Critically, the developmental neuroscience perspective informs the research community on how music induces emotional reactions, how musical experience and training affect brain development, and how musical training/exposure affects language, cognitive, and social abilities in both children and adults.
This institute brings together science and the arts in a unique and innovative way, with the goal of enhancing the scientific study of music across Canada and internationally
MIRA is a cross-faculty research institute for advancing the science of aging.
Aging is a social force worldwide, and the rising age of our population profoundly impacts individuals, families, communities, and health and social care systems. While the growing population of older adults in Canada should be celebrated as a success, there are also challenges in developing policies and solutions that consider the older adults and citizens who will be most impacted.
MIRA’s approach is to conduct research in cross-Faculty teams and engage the older adult community, their families, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders through every stage of our activities, from research to evaluation and implementation of interventions and technologies. The input of multiple perspectives and complementary areas of expertise will ensure that our research is, from the outset, optimized to create useable, practical, older adult-centred solutions that promote aging in place.
McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL)
MITL was born from a pressing need and a desire for change by business leaders, by civic leaders at all levels of government, and by academics that specialize in the study of transportation and logistics.
MITL is designed to harness the resources of McMaster University in pursuit of our mission. There are opportunities to draw on the expertise of university faculty members from multiple faculties such as: engineering, science, business, health sciences and social sciences and many sub-disciplines. Researchers on MITL projects have access to worldwide research that has taken place on the movement of goods and people and have the opportunity to build on this work as they solve current research problems for the benefit of our stakeholders.
McMaster Institute of Urology at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton (Joint Institute)
Through St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) and Hamilton Health Sciences, the McMaster Institute of Urology Division provides specialty urological care for Hamilton and the surrounding communities. This Division of Urology is noted for its education, research and clinical centres of excellence at each of its teaching sites. St. Joseph’s Healthcare, the regional centre for hemodialysis, nephrology and renal transplantation, has hosted over 1000 major urologic procedures and is recognized as one of the busiest minimally invasive urologic surgical centres in Canada.
In addition to providing innovative clinical services, the division features the 14,000 square feet McMaster Institute of Urology, located in our Mary Grace wing. Designed to provide full sub-specialty urologic care to patients throughout Ontario, the multi-million dollar infrastructure is home to an interactive learning centre, its own urology library, research offices, a conference room and twelve exam rooms. By streamlining the referral process and educating patients about sub-specialty care, the newly implemented education and referral model for patients and family physicians, guarantees patients a higher quality of care at a faster rate. Resources available to patients and physicians include access to web-based information, computer models, counseling and clinicians.
The Division of Urology is also home to one of Canada’s newest urological residency programs, granted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2002. The Division facilitates the education of 11 residents and 1 fellow, providing the optimum material for training residents in a comprehensive program complimented by availability of urologists and scientists to provide the infrastructure for research training as well as post training fellowships. By combining research and clinical expertise the division provides for its residents and fellows state of the art, cutting edge treatment modalities that are evolving on a regular basis, ensuring knowledge translation of all new technologies.
The MMRI’s focus is to develop intelligent solutions to issues faced by Canada’s manufacturers in all steps of machining processes.
Nearly every industry is experiencing technological disruption. In manufacturing, developing new tooling and processes to meet shifting demands allows our partners to stay ahead of the disruption curve, and we’re proud to help them do it.
Since 1999, we’ve been a strategic partner to industry, applying our world-class expertise and cutting-edge facilities to solving manufacturers’ challenges — honing processes to maximize productivity and quality while reducing cost and facilitating product innovation.
For prospective researchers excited about the future of manufacturing, the MMRI is a leading institute, spanning many manufacturing processes, where you can grow your experience and career in advanced manufacturing.
The centre will focus on research activities consistent with the Centre’s mission and vision including improving maternal child outcomes, advocating for health service provision for families and newborns, and advancing health professional education.
The Centre’s research focuses on clinical and educational topics in the field of maternal child health and midwifery. Specifically, the Centre’s research areas of focus include:
McMaster Paleoethnobotany Research Facility (MPERF)
Our research at the MPERF focuses on foodways and ethnoecology. Research teams draw botanical residues from artifacts, teeth, and sediments to understand human-plant relationships in the historic and ancient past. Paleoethnobotancial research enables us to pose new questions about human adaptations to climate shifts and human impacts on local environments over time. We can also derive understandings of culinary practices and gastronomic traditions through the methods of paleoethnobotany.
Through generous funding provided by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the MPERF laboratories house extraction materials and microscopy equipment for macrobotanical analysis, extraction materials and microscopy equipment for microbotanical analysis, and a portable NanoRam spectrometer for limited chemical analysis of uncharred botanical specimens. Active projects include work in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, and Ontario.
McMaster Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)
Our five research-based exercise programs serve seniors and people living with cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries.
More than 200 students work alongside our team of health professionals and staff in a specialized exercise and rehabilitation centre at McMaster University. Together, we provide community members with a welcoming, safe and supportive environment.
Along with achieving their health and wellness goals, community members help students gain invaluable experience through experiential education. Community members can also participate in faculty-led research studies that advance scientific discoveries and knowledge related to health and exercise, active living and optimal aging.
Our first program at the Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE) grew out of a research study conducted 40 years ago. Participants wanted a way to stay connected with each other and the university once the study was completed. While PACE has grown significantly over the decades since, that spirit of camaraderie remains strong among our community members, students, staff and researchers.
Whether you are a community member, student or donor, we would be honoured to welcome you at PACE.
Stuart Phillips, Ph.D., FACSM, FCAHS
Professor & Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
Department of Kinesiology
Director, Physical Activity Centre of Excellence (PACE)
The SRC combines research objectives established by the steel industry with government funding supporting wealth creation through science and McMaster’s own identification of Science-based Manufacturing as a key research area. Developing exploitable technologies motivates and sustains a talented academic research team for the benefit of the steel industry, while producing a stream of knowledgeable engineers ready to make careers in steel. There are three components to the SRC’s mission:
Research leading to commercially relevant new approaches to ironmaking, steelmaking process control, waste processing, steel product design and metal forming technologies.
Training of highly qualified personnel to provide the means of transferring new technology to the steel industry.
Continuing education for steel industry engineers to enhance the receptor capacity for innovation.
Guidance from the Centre’s industrial members is an essential principle of the organization. We have built up a membership consisting of the world’s major steel producers, as well as suppliers and engineering consultants to the industry.
McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI)
McMaster’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute is a collaborative group of laboratories performing innovative studies with a focus on translating discoveries into clinical applications.
Effective healthcare is dependent on the knowledge generated by biomedical research. At the SCC-RI, we are motivated to improve healthcare options for patients who currently have few or none. To realize this, we are working with human cells throughout the scientific process in our unique, state-of-the-art facilities.
McMaster University Centre for Effective Design of Structures
The Centre assists industry in the development of cost-effective products and construction processes through sponsored and collaborative research.
The basic objective of the Centre is to link research with education to produces engineers who:
understand durability of materials
possess advanced analytical skills
can identify client-specific needs
can integrate design with the construction process
can integrate sustainability considerations including maintenance and service life
can include building envelope and services considerations.
The Centre will assist industry in development of cost-effective products and construction processes through sponsored and collaborative research. In addition, it is a goal of the Centre to increase recognition of the value of effective design to include optimum design, including timeliness of completion of construction. Also, the Centre will focus on practices that satisfy the need for comprehensive evaluation and documentation of design to limit extra costs, delays, compromised utility, and high operating and maintenance costs.
Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research (Joint Institute)
The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research focuses on: curating evidence-based content, conducting cutting-edge research, and creating a network of medicinal cannabis professionals
The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research is a multidisciplinary leader in medicinal cannabis research. The Centre is led by the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
This initiative leverages McMaster University’s world-renowned expertise in health research and evidence-based medicine to create a hub for evidence-based data and innovative research.
The Centre is a partnership between McMaster University, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
Michael G. DeGroote Cochrane Canada Centre at McMaster
The Centre supports Cochrane initiatives across the country by conducting education activities, functioning as the communications and knowledge brokering lead for Cochrane Canada, and advocating for the use of evidence in decision-making within Canada.
Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research
The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research (IIDR) at McMaster University is a world-leading centre of transdisciplinary infectious disease research.
Since its inception in 2007, through an unprecedented gift from Hamilton businessman Michael G. DeGroote, the IIDR has attracted a unique group of experienced principal investigators who are engaged in life-altering work in the fields of virology, immunology, bacterial pathogenesis and population biology and epidemiology.
With distinctive strengths in basic and clinical antimicrobial and infectious disease research, the IIDR has become synonymous with innovation in the area of antimicrobial resistance. Using state-of-the-art infrastructure in drug discovery, genomics and bioinformatics, our investigators collaborate to develop novel approaches to speed the discovery of new antibiotics, and track and characterize resistance before it emerges in the clinic.
The IIDR is also home to over 300 graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, all of whom are involved in cutting-edge research in our advanced facilities, including the Centre for Microbial Chemical Biology (CMCB) – a 12,000-square-foot space that features six integrated labs, enabling chemical biology research to be conducted in one central location.
Committed to advancing the next generation of antimicrobial strategies for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, the IIDR is bridging the laboratory and the marketplace, positioning McMaster University at the forefront of infectious disease research.
Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care
Pain is central to many medical conditions and ailments, and has a tremendous impact on quality of life, health care costs and economic productivity. However, the causes of pain, and pathways to new and more effective therapies, are still shrouded in mystery.
As a result of the DeGroote family gift, a world-class institute has been created at McMaster University to focus the clear, piercing light of science and medicine on this age-old problem. Encompassing an array of technologies, disciplines and specialties, the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care (IPRC) is exploring the causes of a number of different types of pain, developing new strategies for its prevention, diagnosis and management, and innovative care for patients.
The institute places a special emphasis is on thalamic pain. This type of pain is centred in the thalamus of the brain and may cause sufferers to experience numerous forms of discomfort. Michael DeGroote himself has suffered from a severe form of thalamic pain after experiencing a stroke.
The Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre (MGD NPC) was established in 2010 through a generous gift from Michael G. DeGroote. The centre draws on McMaster’s expertise in evidence-based medicine to identify, collate, review, revise, update and develop clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain. Guidelines will then be disseminated, using best practice techniques of knowledge translation.
Through collaboration across fields such as child psychiatry, psychology, epidemiology, pediatrics, policy development, social work, and nursing, the Centre’s aim is to better understand children’s mental health problems with the overall goal of improving the lives of children and youth.
The Offord Centre for Child Studies leads the search for solutions that enhance the mental health of children by:
Leading scientific research that influences programs, policies and solutions that improve children’s life opportunities;
Forging partnerships with key stakeholders and policy-makers to apply research findings through families and communities to have maximum positive impact on children’s development;
Training the next generation of scientists and policy makers to carry on this mission.
As a recognized leader in conducting scientific research related to child development, The Offord Centre has played an important role in supporting evidence-based policies that improve the present and future lives of children, youth and families.
Centre research seeks answers about the emotional, developmental and behavioral problems children suffer from, including:
The prevalence, nature and development of such conditions
Factors that affect or prevent their development, and
Promising interventions and treatment strategies to help children and youth overcome negative emotional and behavioral concerns and lead more fulfilled lives.
The Origins Institute focuses on some of the most-interesting and most important questions in science: how did the universe begin? how did elements form? how did stars, galaxies and planets form? how did life emerge on Earth, and has it also emerged on other planets? what processes account for the diversity and disparity among organisms? how does bioelectrical activity give rise to perception, cognition, and consciousness? These questions are multifaceted, and a transdisciplinary approach is required to address them.
The Origins Institute at McMaster University commenced operations July 1, 2004 (note the comment at this article in Science). The first Director is Ralph Pudritz (from the Department of Physics and Astronomy) and the first Associate Director is Jonathon Stone (from the Department of Biology). Current membership includes faculty members at McMaster University – from the Departments of Anthropology, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour, and the School of Geography and Earth Sciences; councilors at Cambridge University, the Santa Fe Institute, and TRIUMF; and fellows at the University of Toronto and Perimeter Institute.
Population Health Research Institute (Joint Institute)
The Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) is Canada’s premiere global health research institute and a world leader in large clinical trials and population studies. Originally formed with a focus on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes, PHRI’s research areas have broadened to include population genomics, perioperative medicine, stroke, thrombosis, CV surgery, renal, obesity, childhood obesity, bone and trauma and implementation science.
Over the years, the PHRI has developed unparalleled expertise in epidemiology, population health and clinical trials. Examining biological and genetic determinants of health, as well as social, environmental and policy factors, the research focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other common conditions. PHRI’s capacity to conduct several international studies concurrently, with tens of thousands of participants in each, is a capability very few organizations in the world can match. To date, PHRI studies have enrolled almost 1,000,000 participants worldwide.
A core strength of the PHRI is the multidisciplinary team of world-class scientists and research support teams. The environment promotes collaboration and a multifaceted approach which allows researchers to capitalize on the wealth of collective knowledge as they each bring areas of expertise to a single study.
The Productivity Partnership aims to engage researchers interested in studying Canada’s productivity challenge. The project is funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and awarded to a team of Canadian researchers.
The project’s goal is to increase the flow of existing knowledge (including data), and add to existing research capacity by bringing together thinkers from academia, public and private sectors, and funding their scholarly research.
The Partnership has funding available to support researchers in working with firm-level data, as well as attending related conferences in Canada or abroad. Moreover graduate students have the chance to work not just with their supervisor, but potentially network members, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, or researchers at Statistics Canada.
The Research Data Centre at McMaster is a member of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) that provides researchers with access to Statistics Canada’s microdata ‘masterfiles’. The RDC is a secure facility/computer lab on campus. To use the centre researchers with approved projects must become “deemed employees” of Statistics Canada. The master files of a large number of Statistics Canada’s population, social, and health surveys, as well as the Census and administrative databases, are housed in the RDC.
Access is free of charge to all faculty, students and staff affiliated with McMaster. All work must be conducted in the RDC and only vetted output is released. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents, data in any form cannot be released or made accessible outside of the centre.
Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI) (Joint Institute)
TAARI’s objectives are:
To carry out basic, clinical, and epidemiologic research in thrombosis, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease including venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, cardiac thromboembolism, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral vascular disease.
To develop joint research programmes with scientists and clinicians based at the Hamilton Health Sciences, Cancer Care Ontario (formerly the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation), Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre and with investigators based at other universities in Canada and abroad.
To encourage and facilitate clinical research among members of the medical and allied health professional staff at the Hamilton Health Sciences.
To obtain research funding from statutory granting agencies, from industry, and through partnerships with investors in the private sector.
To patent and commercialize inventions through the Hamilton Civic Hospitals Research Development Corporation.
The scope of the research is broad, extending from the basic laboratory to the bedside and beyond into the local, national and international communities. A unique feature of TaARI is that the research is driven by clinically relevant problems which, if solved, have the potential to be translated rapidly into more efficacious and cost-effective patient care or preventive strategies.
Dino and GeoffTo act as a resource and methods centre for the design, execution and analysis of local, national and international clinical trials and epidemiologic studies in cardiovascular disease, and for other clinical programmes which are part of the strategic plan of the Hamilton Health Sciences.
We bring a social science perspective to issues of direct concern to paid and unpaid workers, and the institutions representing their interests. We have established links with researchers in the trade union community and at universities in a number of countries. WIGS facilitates research, holds regular seminars, and plans occasional conferences. We can facilitate trade unionists, researchers, faculty and graduate students wishing to visit McMaster and participate in our activities.