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Celebrating one year of Current Affairs

In celebration of one year of Current Affairs, we have gathered the most-read stories on trainees, faculty members and research that have been included in the newsletter this year.

A series of fortunate events — Morgan Black
As Morgan Black walked through the auditorium of the UCC on Graduate Studies Preview Day she wasn’t sure what steps she would be taking next with her studies. A risk-taker by nature, who always welcomed new opportunities, she was determined to keep an open mind while she perused the many booths…

The fantastic four take flight — MD/PhD Graduates
They have chased dragons and pirate ships, become resilient from years of tough love, and have grown as a result of the nurturing lab and clinical environments - Drs. Matthew Cecchini, Harry Marshall, Pencilla Lang, and Shirine Usmani are the newest graduates of the MD/PhD program...

The balancing act of mentorship and supervision pays off — Kathy Speechley, PhD, and Kariym Joachim
For nearly two years, Kathy Speechley, PhD, has served as a mentor and supervisor to Kariym Joachim. It’s a part of the job that Speechley loves the most. And her support has enabled Joachim to grow as a person, and to give back to those who were there for him as a young child...

A spirited journey — Samar Sayedyahossein
Growing up in the historical Iranian city of Isfahan, Samar Sayedyahossein, PhD Candidate in Physiology and Pharmacology, showed a keen interest in medicine and science from an early age…

A leap of faith brings unexpected rewards — Wendy Teft, PhD
Five years ago, Wendy Teft, PhD, took a leap of faith switching her research focus and moving from a basic science lab to a clinical lab. Today she is doing the most rewarding work she has ever done, and helping to improve the patient experience...

Inspired by discovery — Kyle Biggar, PhD
Most people go through a process of trial and error to figure out what they want to do with their life. Not Kyle Biggar, PhD. Inspired by discovery, the answer of where life would take him was always obvious — at least to him...

Born to research — Don Spratt, PhD
You could say that Don Spratt, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, was born into higher education. He came into this world as his parents were pursuing their own graduate degrees…

Double degree, double pressure — Yige Bao
Dr. Yige Bao has blazed a trail from Chengdu, China all the way to London, Ontario. He is the first trainee to participate in the Dual PhD program developed through a unique partnership between Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Sichuan University in Chengdu…

Harnessing the power of a personal connection — Jennifer Au
Jennifer Au has a personal connection to Alzheimer’s disease. Now she is using that connection to fuel her passion for her research as an MSc Candidate with the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology...

Making a difference, one donor registration at a time — Alvin Li
Alvin Li, PhD candidate in epidemiology and biostatistics, has dedicated his research to raising awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donor registration in hopes that more physicians and citizens will “opt in”…