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How 3D Printing will Shape the Future of HealthCare

Mariam Abdel-Baset—McMaster Life Sciences 2023 Close your eyes and think of a hospital. What is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it doctors and nurses running around from room to room? Do you think of a hospital drama and your favourite character? Or is it a big and modern building filled with a […]

Personalized Cancer Vaccines

Danielle Zak—McMaster Life Sciences OOD 2024 Cancer is a disease, resulting from a mutation which causes cells to divide uncontrollably1 and skip cell cycle checkpoints. This results in a tumor, a mass of damaged cells 1left undestroyed.  Tumors are classified as either benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not able to spread 1to  other regions […]

Blockchain and its Applications in Medicine

Alicia Tran—McMaster Software and Biomedical Engineering, 2023 With the fast rate at which technology is developing during today’s day and age, many novel digital solutions are making their way to solve problems in new contexts. Blockchain is one such buzzword being thrown around in recent years. A Surface-Level Look The main characteristic of a blockchain […]

Regenerating Tissues and Organs: Stem Cells and the Future of Medicine

Vedish Soni—McMaster Health Sciences 2023 Stem cells have captured the imagination of researchers worldwide. With millions of dollars in funding, labs have been fervently working to make the dream of fully regenerative stem cell therapies a reality. Stem cell therapies promise a radically different way to treat disorders, as they use the body’s own regenerative […]

The Future of Vaccine Companies: Unceasing Competition

Seonhwa Lee—McMaster Honours Human Behaviour 2024 With decreasing trend in infection cases and lighter restrictions following the expedite development of effective vaccine supply, it seemed like the world was finally coming back to normal. This hope is now shattered with the recent emergence of omicron, the new variant of COVID virus. At this time of […]

The Future of Health Monitoring with Consumer Gadgets

Stephanie Chung — McMaster Honours Life Sciences 2023 As technology continues to progress and aid in daily activities, people nowadays are growing increasingly dependent upon their smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices. With this trend, there is a growing market and consumer base for individuals to use health monitoring devices in order to keep track […]

How Modern Genomics has Changed our Approach to Cancer Treatment

Alexia Di Martino—McMaster University Molecular Biology & Genetics 2023 Within our chromosomes, there are billions of nucleotides that are all a part of our genome, the entirety of our DNA. Genomics is the study of the genome. A nucleotide sequence, its precise location, and the gene-gene or gene-protein interactions of specific genes are just a […]

The End of “One-Size-Fits-All” in Medicine

Tisha Parikh (Honours Life Sciences – 2023) In today’s age, everything from clothing to housing to cars can be customized. We alter things to our liking and do not have to worry about this concept of “one-size-fits-all.” So why should medicine be any different? The emerging concept of precision medicine works to answer this question […]

The State of Gene Therapies

Nima Karimi — McMaster University Health Sciences 2023 As the quest of mankind for optimal health continues,  different avenues for achieving this goal have emerged. One area, in particular, is looking at the role of genes in the pathophysiology of diseases, and consequently, investigating therapeutics that target those genes. Genes are the basic functional unit of […]

Progress on Remote Respiratory Monitoring

Kaitlyn Hui—McMaster University Health Sciences 2022 With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for remote respiratory monitoring has been integral for patients and physicians alike. This system allows for the continuous tracking of patient oxygen levels even when the clinician is not present, reducing the risk of missed respiratory complications. This is not […]

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