Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare
Thanks to a gift given by Mr. DeGroote, this initiative out of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine aims to create enablers of health-related commercialization and entrepreneurship within the School, Faculty of Health Sciences, and university overall.
As an Innovation and Commercialization Consultant, I am part of a team focused on engaging students, researchers, and clinicians in this movement. Our main focus is to organize events and provide innovation services (e.g. secondary research, commercialization plan development, strategic recommendation) to individuals pursuing a health-focused commercial/entrepreneurial route out of McMaster.
Contact me if you'd like to chat about it.
Viruses as environmental risk factors for ALS
Over a summer work term and senior undergraduate thesis position, I investigated the potential for common viruses to "trigger" or worsen the devastating neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. To share the rationale for our line of investigation, Dr. Matthew Miller and I wrote a perspective piece. It reviews the existing reports of associations between viruses and ALS, while laying out a new framework for future research. Our hope is to to ignite a conversation between neurology and infectious disease experts so they can perform multidisciplinary research to better understand how viruses may be involved in ALS.
Celeste DB, Miller MS. Reviewing the evidence for viruses as environmental risk factors for ALS: A new perspective. Cytokine. 2018.
Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program
The BDC program is a relatively new offering by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Beginning mid-way through undergrad, the program adopts science students and equips them with business acumen while focusing on developing inquiry-based biomedical research rigour.
After completing the undergraduate portion and graduating with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in BDC in April 2018, I look forward to joining the Class of 2019 cohort for the course- and internship-based Master of BDC program.