Subject: IIDR eNews - October 20th, 2017

Issue 1 - October 20, 2017
Dear IIDR Members & Trainees,

Welcome to the IIDR eNews! Every month, take a look at the exciting things happening within our institute regarding infectious disease research.

During the past month, I have had the pleasure of meeting with several IIDR principal investigators and trainees. I have learned about our member's areas of interest, past achievements, and present research endeavours, and am compelled by the outstanding strength and diversity within our institute. The IIDR's representatives punch above their weight in research intensity - they are eager to learn, enthusiastic to teach, and passionate about making a difference towards improved global healthcare. I am honoured to be a part of such a dedicated and admirable team.

Connectivity is highly important in keeping our members engaged and informed about our current successes, challenges, changes, and opportunities. I therefore encourage you to share your stories and ideas with me, as every message - whether big or small - has the ability to inspire.

Kind Regards,

IIDR Communications Coordinator
This Week at IIDR 
“Dirt Day” at Dundas Central Elementary – Bringing Biology from the Lab to the Classroom

IIDR's Dr. Dawn Bowdish and trainees bring the biology lab to the classroom for Dunda's Central's "Dirt Day". Read about the action-packed two-day event, filled with agar gel "finger-painting", "bacterial bingo", and more!

Influenza Vaccines: Didactics, Debates, and Developments

Dr. Mark Loeb & Dr. Matthew Miller reiterate the importance of multidisciplinary research in the fight against infectious disease in this month's ID/IIDR Combined Rounds.
DNA deepens mystery of Newfoundland's lost Beothuk people

In one of the largest ancient population studies to date, IIDR's Dr. Hendrik Poinar and post-doctorate fellow Ana Duggan sequence DNA from Beothuk, Maritime Archaic, and Paleo-Eskimo remains to better understand the compelling population dynamics between the lost indigenous peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador.

McMaster Engineers Create Catheter Coating that Reduces Blood Coagulation

Researchers within IIDR member Dr. Tohid Didar’s lab have developed a novel technique to minimize the ongoing problem of catheter-associated blood clotting.
TEDxUIdaho: Do Not Be Afraid of Organic Chemistry – New IIDR Member Jakob Magolan

What if you could learn any 'hard' science in 15 minutes or less? Our newest IIDR member Dr. Jakob Magolan teaches us the basics of organic chemistry in just 15 minutes.

Using Clinical & Molecular Research to Prevent Clostridium difficile Infection

Virtually all cases of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection follow recent antibiotic use - and most are directly or indirectly health care-associated. Read more about how Dr. Marek Smieja & Dr. Andrew McArthur combined their unique skill sets in clinical practice and molecular research to help prevent the spread of C. diff infection.

! The 7th Annual IIDR Trainee Research Day is Thursday, October 26th! If you have not already registered, please take a minute to do so here.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, October 24th: Dr. Zachary Dalebroux
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of Oklahoma
“Mechanisms of Salmonellae outer-membrane lipid homeostasis for survival during bacteremia"
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Wednesday, October 25th: 2017 
Gairdner Lecture: Dr. Rino Rappuoli
Chief Scientist and Head External R&D for GSK vaccines, Siena, Italy
2017 Canada Gairdner International Laureate, awarded for "pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B which has saved many lives worldwide”
10:00 am
MDCL 1102

Thursday, October 26th: The 7th Annual IIDR Trainee Research Day
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
CIBC Hall, Room 319 (McMaster University Student Centre) & The Faculty Club
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