Game-changing Ontario discoveries

Seven Schulich Medicine & Dentistry discoveries are being recognized as life-changing breakthroughs, and they need your vote as part of the Game-Changing Research at Ontario's Universities initiative.

The current list covers 50 discoveries spanning 100 years, and will be narrowed to the top-five favourites based on a public vote.

Dr. Charles Drake (1958) - Developed surgical techniques on the repair of ruptured brain aneurysms.
Dr. David Bailey (1991) - Discovered the dangerous interactions between grapefruit and certain medications.
Dr. Fred Possmayer (1981) - Developed a safe way to extract, purify and sterilize surfactant from animals for use in humans, in particular premature babies suffering from respiratory distress.
Dr. Murray Barr (1948) - Co-discovered an inactive chromatin, known as the Barr Body, linked to genetic disorders such as Down’s, Klinefelter’s and Turner syndromes. This led to a simple diagnostic test for certain genetic abnormalities.
Dr. Henry Barnett (1978) - Led a large international clinical trial to show that Aspirin prevents strokes, changing the way doctors managed heart disease.
Drs. Charles Beer and Robert Noble (1958) - Isolated vincaleukablastine, a powerful anti-cancer drug, from the Madagascar periwinkle plant. The drug turned out to be one of the most useful chemotherapeutic agents.

Click here to view the full list of game-changers and to cast your vote.

The online contest, organized by the Council of Ontario Universities' Research Matters Campaign, launched April 1 and voting will be open throughout the summer. The public’s top-five favourites will be announced in the fall.