Head of new biomedical engineering
HAMILTON, Ont. – A pioneer in the science and technology of biomaterials
has been appointed director of the newly established McMaster School of
Biomedical Engineering. At the same time, an orthopedic surgeon, who
also holds a degree in electrical engineering and management, has been
appointed associate director.
Professor John Brash (pictured at left) has
been appointed director of the new School of Biomedical Engineering at
McMaster University. Over the past four decades, his studies in
biomaterials have contributed directly to the development of advanced
medical devices such as artificial arterial grafts, blood pumps and
Brash joined McMaster as an associate professor in the departments of
Chemical Engineering and Pathology & Molecular Medicine in 1972. He
served as the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1997
to 2000. He has been recognized internationally with numerous awards,
holds an honorary doctorate from the Université Paris XIII and is a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Anthony Adili has been appointed associate director of the new
school. Adili is head of orthopedics and director of orthopedic
programs, McMaster University Centre of Minimal Access Surgery at St.
Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where he is also Clinical Teaching Unit
director of orthopedics. In addition, Adili is an assistant professor in
the Department of Surgery at McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences and
an associate member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Adili obtained his medical degree from McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote
School of Medicine in 1997 and is an active fellow of the Royal College
of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He earned a B. Eng. degree from
the Electrical Engineering & Management program in McMaster’s Faculty of
Engineering in 1989, and received his P. Eng. designation in 1992.
Adili is involved in several clinical trials related to joint
reconstruction about the knee and hip, and with basic science research
evaluating clinical markers of skeletal injury and arthritis. He
previously worked as a fellow in Lower Extremity Reconstruction and
Trauma at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Adili is also currently
working in a joint venture between the Faculties of Engineering and
Health Sciences at McMaster in the area of bio-mechanics
The McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering was created jointly by the
Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences at McMaster University. It
brings together existing bioengineering-related activities and expands
into emerging areas of biomolecular, biomedical and bioengineering
research. Ph.D. and Master’s programs in biomedical engineering will be
offered involving courses in engineering/physical science, health
science/medicine and biomedical subjects together with research in a
specialized area supported by one of seven dedicated laboratories (http://msbe.mcmaster.ca).