Subject: IIDR eNews - January 29th, 2018

Issue 11 - January 29th, 2018
This Month at the IIDR 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Fall 2017 Project Grant Recipients

Congratulations to 8 of our Institute for Infectious Disease Research Principal Investigators for receiving Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project grants for the Fall 2017 competition. Of the 21 Principal Investigators receiving grants from McMaster University, almost 40% were members of the IIDR, and received a third of all McMaster funding - an incredible success.

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Trainees Apply Lubricant-Infused Coating to Inexpensive 3D Printed Molds to Produce Smooth Polymeric Microfluidic Devices

Although photolithography has been the conventional method for the fabrication of master molds used in soft lithography casting, it is an expensive and time-consuming process. A cheaper solution is the prototyping of microfluidic molds using 3D printer technology – however, rough topology and surface imperfections result. In a recent publication in ScienceDirect, engineering trainees within IIDR’s Dr. Tohid Didar’s lab introduce an omniphobic lubricant coating to inexpensive 3D molds, resulting in a smooth interface that subsequently transcribes onto the polymeric microfluidic devices. The obtained devices display a 10-fold reduction in surface roughness - an attribute of great importance for studies where shear rate is investigated.
Beth Culp Joins the Fight Against the World’s Deadliest Superbugs
McMaster University

Beth Culp, Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship recipient and PhD student within Dr. Gerry Wright's lab, speaks with McMaster University about the importance of new antibiotic discovery and how it drives her research.

Dr. Brown’s “The Good Bugs, Bad Bugs Program” Largest of Four Funded McMaster University Projects
The Hamilton Spectator

IIDR’s Dr Eric Brown speaks to The Hamilton Spectator about “The Good Bugs, Bad Bugs Program” - an exciting new initiative that will bring together investigators from the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, with the common goal of understanding the roles of good and bad microbes to human health and disease.
Dr. Lori Burrow's Comments on the Discovery of 10 New Immune Systems in Bacteria
The Scientist

Researchers recently report in Science (January 25, 2018) that they have discovered 10 more immune systems that bacteria use to protect themselves against phages and plasmids. In a new article in The Scientist, IIDR’s Dr. Lori Burrows, Professor within the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, comments on this feat.

Dr. Jonathan Dushoff Comments On The Pattern of Influenza Dispersal Across Canada
CBC Radio

In "A flu mystery: why does it spread from west to east in Canada?" IIDR's Dr. Jonathan Dushoff, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, speaks with CBC's Blair Sanderson to help explain why influenza develops across the country the way it does, with initial cases typically appearing in western provinces first, and then in the east.
Dr. Karen Mossman Nominated for the 2018 Women of Distinction Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Mossman on her nomination for the 2018 YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinctions Awards in the Science | Technology | Trades category. The Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women. YWCAs from across Canada join in the celebration each year, honouring the achievements of women across the country. Learn more about Dr. Mossman and the other amazing nominees here.

Opportunity for PhD Graduates and Faculty to Contribute to Science Policy

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship is now accepting applications from prospective fellows interested in undertaking a 12-month policy project with a Canadian government host office. Applicants can apply to up to six approved projects in their area(s) of interest. Applications will be accepted until March 4, 2018. Visit the Canadian Science Policy Fellowship webpage for more information.

Research2Reality: Call for Graduate Students for Instagram Interview Series

Molly Shoichet, Ontario's Chief Scientist, is looking for science grad students to participate in the Research2Reality (R2R)'s Instagram Interview SeriesThese exceptionally popular posts include a photo of the student and some words on what inspired them to become a researcher, what they study, and what impact they hope their work will have. If you are interested, you can email Molly directly at
! There will be no ID/ IIDR Combined Joint Rounds for the month of February. Click here to view the 2017 - 2018 schedule.

Planning for the IIDR Trainee Day 2018 is underway. If you or someone you know is interested in being a Trainee Day Ambassador, please contact to sign up to the mailing list.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 31st: Work In Progress (WIP) Seminar Series
Grace Teskey, "The immune system on the spectrum: the role of inflammation in autism spectrum disorder”
Sophie Poznanski, “Harnessing patients’ own NK cells through ex vivo expansion to treat ovarian cancer"
9:00am - 10:00am
MDCL 3023
Wednesday, January 31st: Immunology and Infection Program (IIP) Seminar Series
Dr. Carlos J. Orihuela, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
“Cardiotoxicity during invasive pneumococcal disease”
9:00am - 10:00am
MDCL 3023
Tuesday, February 6th: Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series
Dr. Matthew Miller will be hosting Dr. Janice Robertson, Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
“Uncovering Mechanisms of TDP-43 Neurotoxicity in Lou Gehrig’s Disease”
11:30am- 12:30pm
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Coffee and cookies will be served at 11:15am.
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