November 30, 2011



New endowed chair focuses on child blood disorders


Hamilton Health Sciences backs research position at McMaster University


Hamilton, Ont. November 30, 2011Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and the McMaster Children’s Hospital are teaming up to establish a new research chair in pediatric blood disorders at McMaster University, with the assistance of Bayer Inc.

The inaugural chair holder will be Dr. Anthony Chan, a professor of pediatrics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster and division chief of the pediatric hematology/oncology and director (pediatrics) of the Hemophilia Treatment Centre at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Chan has a clinical focus on children with bleeding and clotting disorders, including stroke, and a leading research program of study including novel anticoagulants.  He will hold the McMaster Children’s Hospital/Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Chair in Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis.

Dr. Chan and one of his patient families will be introduced at an event and available for interviews:

When:             Thursday, December 1, 2011 – Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where:           Atrium, Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and   Discovery, McMaster University

Who:               Speakers:

    • Dr. John Kelton, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

    • Dr. Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University

    • Dr. Shurjeel Choudhri, Vice-President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer Inc.

    • Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President, McMaster Children’s Hospital

    • Dr. Lennox Huang, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Chief of Pediatrics, McMaster Children’s Hospital

    • Dr. Anthony Chan, inaugural holder of the McMaster Children’s Hospital/Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Chair in Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis

    • Marc and Rolean Williston, parents of Jessica




Dr. Martin O’Donnell is located at the National University of Ireland.  He can be reached via email at


Dr. Salim Yusuf is supported by an endowed chair from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.



For further information, and to arrange interviews, please contact:



Veronica McGuire

Media Relations, Faculty of Health Sciences,

McMaster University

(905) 525-9140, ext. 22169


Agnes Bongers
Public Relations & Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences
Telephone: (905) 521-2100, ext. 76056
Pager: (905) 521-7374