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Research Chairs

Maureen Markle-ReidCanada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions

Dr. Maureen Markle-Reid

Dr. Markle-Reid designs, evaluates and translates new and innovative community-based interventions to improve access to healthcare, quality of life, and health outcomes. This funding is matched by the McMaster University School of Nursing and supported through the Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU).

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Heart and Stroke Foundation / Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Cardiovascular Nursing

Dr. Michael McGillion

Research Focus: Clinical research in improving cardiovascular health; Education and training of cardiovascular nurse-scientists




Bernice Downey

Indigenous Early Career Women's Heart and Brain Health Chair Award

 Dr. Bernice Downey

Understanding & Mending ‘Broken’ Hearts: Linking European Colonization, Indigenous Women’s Heart Health, and resiliency-focused approaches to heart literacy.
The goal of this project is to deepen our understanding about how Indigenous knowledge about well-being can help Indigenous women to understand and manage their heart illness by exploring the culture-related factors that have led to gaps in health promotion, diagnosis, treatment and research which impact Indigenous women. This study will inform our work to educate health practitioners so that the provision of care is culturally safe when working with Indigenous women with cardiovascular disease and stroke.

 Denise Bryant

Alba DiCenso Chair in Advanced Practice Nursing

Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius

The chair is named for Alba DiCenso, professor emerita, distinguished nurse researcher and an alumna of McMaster's School of Nursing. DiCenso is well known for her research in evidence-based nursing and for her contributions to the development of advanced practice nursing.


Diana Sherifali

Heather M. Arthur Population Health Research Institute/Hamilton Health Sciences Chair in Inter-Professional Health Research

Dr. Diana Sherifali

The chair honours the late Heather Arthur, a McMaster nurse scientist who pioneered cardiac rehabilitation research in Canada. Dr. Sherifali's research focuses on optimizing the management of diabetes and quality of life of people with diabetes across the lifespan.



Sharon KaasalainenGladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing at McMaster University

Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen 

The chair is named in honour of the late Gladys Sharpe, who was hired by McMaster University in 1946 to lay down the foundation for a nursing education program. As an international leader in research in dementia in long-term care communities, Dr. Kaasalainen's research has informed practice, policy, and health systems, largely related to implementing a palliative approach in long-term care settings.


 Dorothy C. Hall Chair in Primary Health Care Nursing

Established in 2007, this endowed chair was named in honour of Dorothy C. Hall who was a pioneer in primary health care nursing and advanced practice nursing. The inaugural holder was Dr. Ruta Valaitis. The chair is currently vacant.

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