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Head of new biomedical engineering school announced

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.

University 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 heart valves.

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 (