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Hamilton; University of London (England), 1960; pathology, immunology; chair, Department of Pathology, McMaster University, 1978-89; dean and vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 1989-97. Died July 25, 2022, aged 85. Survived by his wife Dody, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. McMaster University reported: “He did a postdoctoral term at Harvard University before joining McMaster University’s medical school start-up in 1968. The first class began in 1969. The professor of pathology officially retired in 1998, but he remained active in his research and as director of the McMaster Brain Body Institute until the day of his death. During his tenure at McMaster he became renowned worldwide as a pioneer in mucosal immunology, introducing the concept of a common mucosal immune system. He also advanced the knowledge of neuroimmunology and understanding of how the brain and nervous system collaborate. He published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and authored, edited or co-edited 10 books, including a standard textbook on mucosal immunology and allergy. Dr. Bienenstock was also a mentor and friend to many graduate students and fellow researchers, and had supervised more than 60 postdoctoral fellows and 10 doctoral students. He was known for establishing a substantial research infrastructure at McMaster. His accomplishments were recognized. He became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1992, a McMaster Distinguished University Professor in 1999, and a member of the Order of Canada in 2002. In 2011, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Three years later he became a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Community of Distinction, and he also received an honorary medical degree from Goteborg, Sweden.” Dr. Paul O’Byrne, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster, commented: “Dr. John Bienenstock has had an immense impact on the faculty since he started here 54 years ago. He was a visionary as a scientist, administrator and academic, inspiring generations of scientists and clinicians to think outside the box. He was a friend and mentor to so many of us, and his legacy of innovation will continue.”

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