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John Bienenstock

Professor, M.D.

The Mcmaster Brain-Body Institute
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
50 Charlton Avenue East

Dr. John Bienenstock is a physician (Internal Medicine) and mucosal immunologist. He trained at King’s College, London and Westminster Hospital, London, U.K. He held a Fellowship in Rheumatology in the Lovett Memorial Group under Dr. Kurt Bloch, Massachusetts General Hospital and trained further in mucosal immunology with Dr. Tom Tomasi in Buffalo, NY. He was recruited to the new McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He holds the title of Distinguished University Professor (Medicine and Pathology) at McMaster University, an Honorary MD (Goteborg, Sweden), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Member of the Order of Canada and an inductee into The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is the Founding Director of the McMaster Brain-Body Institute at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, a former Chair of Pathology and subsequently Dean and Vice-President of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.

He has served as the President of the Canadian Society of Immunology, the Society of Mucosal Immunology and the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum. He has published more than 500 peer reviewed articles and other publications and has an H-index of 86. He has authored, edited and co-edited 10 books on mucosal immunology and allergy. He has supervised some 60 post doctoral fellows and 10 doctoral students. His current main areas of interest are: mechanisms of action of commensal bacteria on the nervous system and behaviour and in various models of inflammation.

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