February 05, 2016 Wataru Inoue, PhD, is an assistant professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and a scientist at Robarts Research Institute. He studies the effect of chronic stress on the brain and the biological basis for depression. We spoke to him about ending stigma around mental health and how his research may help diagnose, treat and prevent clinical depression in the future.
January 27, 2016 Ten applications have been funded through the latest Schulich Equipment AID (Advancement, Improvement, Development) Grant competition.
The Schulich Equipment AID program provides Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty with a mechanism to acquire, develop or improve equipment directly used for research that they cannot obtain through other funding channels. This program aims to also catalyze collaborative research for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry across many disciplines. The focus of this competition was on repairing/replacing of aging equipment within the faculty.
December 11, 2015 A team led by Dr. Dean Betts, PhD was awarded $50,000 from the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance the hypothesis that metabolic reprogramming enhances the generation efficiency of cells towards a naïve pluripotent stem cell state. The team will direct fibroblasts towards a single and/or bivalent metabolic states using sole fuel source selection to determine if their induction towards multiple pluripotent states is enhanced. The studies will develop a simple and reliable culture protocol to modulate the bioenergetic state of somatic cells to efficiently generate high quality naïve human iPS cells for future stem cell therapies.
December 04, 2015 Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professors Nagalingam (Raj) Rajakumar and Timothy Regnault hope to engage members of the Western community – and the broader London community – to bring to light the mandate and functions of the university’s Animal Care Committee (ACC).
October 22, 2015 Western neuroscientist Melanie Kok, PhD’15 (Neuroscience), has gone from athletic medals to academic medals with her research on the cerebral cortex for which she was recognized with a 2015 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.
October 02, 2015 Dr. Michael Rieder and his team have created a new rapid-test system to detect E. coli 0157. The test would allow manufacturers to identify contaminated food quickly before it leaves the processing plant and enters the grocery store.
October 02, 2015 As part of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Human Placenta Project, Charles McKenzie, PhD, and Timothy Regnault, PhD, have received $3.7 million CAD in funding over four years to develop a new technology based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that will, for the first time, allow them to determine metabolism in the placenta and monitor changes in placental metabolism as pregnancy unfolds and when challenged by external maternal factors.
August 18, 2015 On any given Friday night during her graduate studies, Bonnie Schmidt, PhD’93, could be found tending bar at an east London establishment. The part-time job not only helped her to make ends meet, but it also served as a platform for her to talk about science and her research.
July 31, 2015 Of more than 1,600 applications received by CIHR, 150 applications were successful in receiving funding, four of those from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute. Frank Beier, PhD, professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research, received more than $3 million for his research into the molecular pathways behind osteoarthritis.
July 10, 2015 Bonnie Schmidt has been named a member of the Order of Canada because of her advocacy for youth engagement in science education through her organization Let’s Talk Science, which develops programs for children from preschool to high school.
June 22, 2015 Congratulations to our graduating 4th year student award winners and graduate student scholarship recipients. Congratulations also to two of our PhD students, who were amongst 10 PhD students that were chosen to represent Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western University at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF)/CIHR National Student Research Poster Competition...
June 18, 2015 Congratulations to Stephen Lomber (Equipment for Electrophysiological Recording and Functional Imaging of Brain Plasticity), Penny MacDonald (Investigating Cognition in Parkinson's Disease: Identifying Clinical and Cognitive Features That Predict Functional Impairment), and Cheryl Seguin (Mouse models to study intervertebral disc development, health and disease).
June 11, 2015 Today our graduates participated in Western's 305th Convocation ceremony. We wish our graduates the best of luck as they take their next steps forward! Pictures from our convocation luncheon can be found in our Flickr gallery
June 09, 2015 This past Sunday, June 7th, 2015, a passionate group of students, staff, and faculty from Physiology and Pharmacology, and other departments, participated in the annual Walk to Fight Arthritis to raise funds for The Arthritis Society in support of the over 4.6 million Canadians that live with arthritis.
June 01, 2015 We are pleased to announce that Bonnie Schmidt, PhD’93, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture award. Schmidt is the President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science — an award-winning, national and charitable organization dedicated to science education and outreach in support of youth development.
May 22, 2015 Physiology and Pharmacology professor John Ciriello’s research shows pregnant women suffering from sleep apnea may actually be putting their unborn children at risk for metabolic diseases as adults.
May 15, 2015 Western University has taken another bold step toward positioning itself as a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute.
May 15, 2015 The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology was well represented yesterday at the 13th Annual Paul Harding Research Awards Day. Two of our Physiology and Pharmacology MSc candidates, Mike Wong (supervisor Dan Hardy) and Kristyn Dunlop (supervisor Tim Regnault) won 1st and 2nd place oral competition, respectively, in the Graduate Student category.
April 23, 2015 A new study from Western University shows that whole-body vibration platforms, which are used extensively in health clubs and rehabilitation clinics, may be causing significant damage to joint tissues. The findings by Cheryle Séguin, Matthew McCann and collaborators ...
April 09, 2015 Congratulations to our award winning trainees. Poster award winners: Katherine Rabicki (Beier) and Valerie Arpino (Gill), Student Choice Award: Carmen Leung (Feng). Feature Platform Presentations: Noelle Ochotny (Dixon), Michael Pest (Beier) and Anusha Ratneswaran (Beier). The Lucille & Norton Wolf LHRD Trainee Publication Awards were swept by PhysPharm trainees: Anusha Ratneswaran (Beier), Thomas Velenosi (Urquhart) and Michael Pest (Beier).
April 08, 2015 Be sure to visit our Flickr gallery to view the latest photos taken at our annual 4th year thesis students poster day. There are also plenty of other great photo albums of past events to look at in our Flickr gallery if you haven't already had the opportunity to do so!
March 20, 2015 Jeff Dixon has been honored with a Distinguished University Professorship (DUP), the university’s top award for faculty. The Distinguished University Professorship Award acknowledges sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western.
Lina Dagnino and Paul Gribble have also been honored this year as Faculty Scholars which recognizes their significant achievements in teaching or research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years. For more details on the awards/awardees, click on the above link.
March 03, 2015 Congratulations to Ruth Martin, PhD, Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Faculty of Health Sciences' Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, on her induction as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)...
March 02, 2015 Dr. Hersey passed away on February 27, 2015. He was recruited to the Department of Pharmacology as a graduate student in 1961 and subsequently received a faculty cross-appointment with the Departments of Pharmacology and Anaesthesia. After a distinguished career Lew Hersey became Professor Emeritus in 1995.
February 13, 2015 Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo completed his MD at the University of Havana in 1991, and completed his residency training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cuban Neuroscience Center. He practised Clinical Medicine from 1993 to 1996 in Bogota Colombia working with children with epilepsy and developmental disorders...
February 11, 2015 The Clinical Research Training Director position was created to have a lead faculty member responsible for the management of the clinical research training programs, mentoring and career development of the trainees in the programs at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry...
February 05, 2015 Have you ever wondered how the brain works to move the hand? Questions like this have fostered Andrew Pruszynski’s interest in his research that involves how the brain and body interact to create purposeful movement and experience sensation...
January 07, 2015 Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo joins Schulich Medicine & Dentistry as an Associate Professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and as a researcher at Robarts. Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, arrived at Western from Umea University in Sweden...
November 17, 2014 In 1988, he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Rieder became an Associate Professor in 1992, and in 1996, he was a Professor. Dr. Rieder’s previous administrative experience includes Acting Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (2009), Chair, Section of Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology (1992-present), Residency Program Director, Clinical Investigation Program (2005-present) and Assistant Dean, Learner Equity and Wellness (Undergraduate) (2012-present).
November 10, 2014 From a pool of interesting and innovative ideas, one group of Western researchers – and their readiness for the “next level” of research collaboration – stood out for reviewers.
Announced Monday, Musculoskeletal Health has been named the university’s second Cluster of Research Excellence. The cluster will be supported by a $5-million funding commitment from the university over five years.
October 31, 2014 Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology newsletter, Connections. This new electronic newsletter is designed to reach out to our current Department members, alumni, former colleagues and friends on an annual basis.
October 27, 2014 Researchers at Western University have identified a specific gene that plays a key role in the degradation of cartilage in osteoarthritis (OA). The study, published online in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that when the gene, PPARdelta, was removed from cartilage the progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis was considerably slowed.
Study co-author Frank Beier, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, says this promising new research may be the first step to identifying new treatments...
October 22, 2014 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry PhD Candidate Anusha Ratneswaran first became interested in studying Osteoarthritis when she saw the effects of the disease first-hand while working as a kinesiologist in a cardiac rehabilitation program. “Many of the patients with osteoarthritis were unable to gain the benefits that the exercise conferred because they were unable to fully participate,” she said. “That really motivated me to pursue my research in this field.”
October 16, 2014 Join us on Tuesday, November 4th, for our annual James A.F. Stevenson Distinguished Lecture and Research Day. Student poster presentations will take place at 10:30am in the Great Hall, Somerville House, followed by research talks at 2:00pm in LHSC, University Hospital, Auditorium A. Research talks to be given by Michael Pest, PhD Candidate; Cory Yamashita, Phd, MD, FRCPC; and Jim Petrik, PhD. Stevenson Lecture given by Dr. Harry C. Dietz immediately follows at 4:00pm
October 14, 2014 Join us for one of our upcoming Lecture Series events for program overviews, application information, and student presentations: Pathology & Pathologist's Assistant; Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
Physiology and Pharmacology. For more information and to register, please visit:
October 01, 2014 Every day our spines undergo massive amounts of stress and mechanical load; even as we sleep, our spines are working to maintain posture. Because of this constant work, back pain has become the leading cause of disability globally, a problem that Cheryle Séguin, PhD, and her team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are committed to investigating further.
September 24, 2014 Dr. Dan Hardy on epigenetics and development: “I really am a believer that we can change the epigenetic environment, and change your outcome, with early intervention,” Hardy says. In a study published earlier this year, Dr. Daniel Hardy and his colleagues at Western University in London, Ont., found that...
September 23, 2014 Congratulations to our Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty, Lorelei Lingard, PhD, Ruth Martin, PhD, and Dr. Bryan Richardson, who were inducted this week as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).
September 12, 2014 Four Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers, Jane Rylett, Robert Bartha, Manuel Montero-Odasso, and Dr. Michael Borrie are leading the charge as part of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a collaborative research program focused on tackling the challenge of dementia...
September 10, 2014 Dr. Richard Philp, professor emeritus, Physiology and Pharmacology, devoted years of his life to educating students. It's that same enjoyment and connection he felt while teaching that makes volunteering his time as an art instructor at the Horton Street Seniors’ Centre – Boys and Girls Club of London a satisfying commitment to the community.
August 20, 2014 Hello Everyone! We are delighted to invite you and your family to our Annual Department of Physiology and Pharmacology Corn Roast to kick off the new academic year. It will be held on Thursday, September 4th at the Watson Porter Pavilion in Fanshawe Park beginning at 4:30 pm. Welcome and dinner served at 6:00 PM SHARP! ...
July 28, 2014 When it comes to heart disease, Dr. Ross Feldman says women are often in the dark. Historically, it was thought heart disease was a men’s-only disease, however, data has shown that post-menopausal women are just as likely as men to get heart disease and are less likely to be adequately diagnosed and treated.
July 03, 2014 After a year-long international competition, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has selected Western’s Adrian Owen and Melvyn Goodale to lead a new research network focused on the brain, mind and consciousness.
June 10, 2014 Congratulations to Dr. Dan Stolzberg, for finishing in the 98th percentile of CIHR fellowship applications. Dr. Stolzberg studies the effectiveness of cochlear prostheses implanted in younger versus older patients.
May 22, 2014 Robarts Research Institute scientists Marco Prado, PhD, and Robart Bartha, PhD, are among the first to receive funding from the Weston Brain Institute, established with $50 million dollars in funding from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
April 28, 2014 It is with sadness that we share that Dr. John F. MacDonald passed away on April 22. Dr. MacDonald was one of Canada's pre-eminent neurophysiologists and served as the Scientific Director at Robarts Research Institute from 2008 to 2010.
April 22, 2014 Frank Beier, PhD, of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has been awarded a new Tier I CRC in Musculoskeletal Research to study the connection between skeletal development and osteoarthritis
April 22, 2014 Congratulations to this year's winners of the 2014 Dean's Awards of Excellence. The department is proud to recognize five winners this year.
Jamie Simek and Chris Webb - Staff Team Award
Dr. Rommel Tirona - Undergraduate Educator Award
Dr. Lina Dagnino - Individual Faculty Award
Dr. Cheryle Seguin - Junior Faculty Award
The winners will be honoured at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence Dinner and Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 21 at the Great Hall
April 17, 2014 For Dr. Jeff Dixon, DDS, PhD, uncovering the intricacies of bone growth is like his own Sherlock Holmes mystery that needs to be solved. For more than two decades, Dr. Dixon, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Schulich Dentistry, has been investigating how skeletal cells communicate with each other in order to control the formation and destruction of bone.
Two recent grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are enabling Dr. Dixon and his team of outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technical staff to look at how physical movement and exercise impact bone growth and the cellular mechanisms that cause this to happen