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Advancing women's health through patient care, education and research

Promoting the health of women is our life’s work here in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. We are happy to be able to share with you the scope of our activities and provide you with more information on what we do.

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Dr Fred Possmayer

Dr. Possmayer developed a technique to purify and sterilize lung surfactant - a substance that allows lungs to expand and breathe.  After saving the lives of countless premature babies with BLES, the surfactant he developed, his work is now focused on adults.  BLES is manufactured in London and used by more than 99 percent of the neonatal intensive care units in Canada. Recently the Council of Ontario Universities highlighted 50 discoveries made by researchers at Ontario universities and let readers vote online for their favourites. Dr. Possmayer's discovery of lung surfactant has been voted one of the top five. See article in Research Matters

Recent Publications

The Impact of Standardized Acuity Assessment and a Fast-Track on Length of Stay in Obstetric Triage: A Quality Improvement Study.

Smithson DS, Twohey R, Watts N, Gratton RJ. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2016 Aug 10. PMID: 27513609

2. Bisphenol A suppresses glucocorticoid target gene (ENaCγ) expression via a novel ERβ/NF-κB/GR signalling pathway in lung epithelial cells.

Hijazi A, Guan H, Yang K. Arch Toxicol. 2016 Aug 13. PMID: 27522653

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