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Message from Dr. Doug Jones, vice dean, Basic Medical Sciences

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the newly redesigned graduate and postdoctoral studies newsletter, Current Affairs.

This newsletter brings together all facets of our graduate and postdoctoral programs, providing interesting student and faculty profiles, the latest funding news, recent student publications, and upcoming events.

As we get back into routine from the holidays, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences. In my role, I have responsibility for the Basic Science faculty, as well as the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral basic science programs.

I work very closely with the rest of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office including Dr. Andrew Watson, associate dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Janelle Cobban, manager, and Eric Simard, graduate and postdoctoral recruitment and event coordinator.

January is a key month in our calendar and one in which we have new faculty and students joining us. To those of you who are new to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – welcome! The pursuit of a new degree is an exciting and challenging time.

You are encouraged to connect with your Advisory Committee as soon as possible. Your committee members are a wealth of knowledge and can provide very useful guidance as you begin your research path. Make a resolution to meet with your committee regularly, every six months or so, throughout your studies. Take full advantage of the advice and guidance they can offer. They will be a valuable resource to you throughout your program.

For our postdoctoral fellows, keep an eye out for more information regarding a networking opportunity day for you. We will be asking for your input on the day in the near future.

The upcoming months will feature a number of different events, with London Health Research Day on March 18 – definitely a highlight.  

If you didn’t submit an abstract for London Health Research Day, make sure to come support your fellow trainees and join us as a guest on the day. For more information, visit To register as a guest, click here.

Douglas Jones, PhD
Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences