In the Media

March 5, 2019

“In patients that… aren’t big users of caffeine, caffeine does have some anti-migraine effects,” he said. “The typical thing to do is to take a cola drink — which has a bit of sugar in it — so you get some sugar into you if you missed a meal, and caffeine.” syas Dr. Paul Cooper.

Pioglitazine may prevent cardiovascular events in stroke patients with prediabetes

February 13, 2019

"Pioglitazone should be used a lot more, particularly for secondary stroke prevention, in people with prediabetes. It should also be used more in people with diabetes," said Dr. David Spence.

Health-care system not equipped for rising number of vascular problems, report says

February 7, 2019

“If you control the risk factors of one, you control the risk factors for [others],” Dr. Vladamir Hachinski says, adding that experts who specialize in stroke, dementia or heart disease are now recognizing each relates to the other.

Chronic illness can make reaching out for mental health help harder

January 30, 2019

“From…the time you are diagnosed with MS until the end of your life there is a point prevalence of depression of 50 per cent, so one in five people will suffer with depression in their life,” says Dr. Sarah Morrow.

 How to prevent a migraine from setting in

June 7, 2018

“You always want to make sure you have your migraine medication in hand, so you can take it immediately, should you need it,” says Dr. Paul Cooper.

Working Towards Better Epilepsy Treatment 

June 6, 2018

New study shows that women are disproportionately affected by stroke and face various challenges across the health system.

Gut bacteria linked to risk of heart attack and stroke

May 10, 2018

A novel relationship between our gut microbiome and atherosclerosis means the bacteria in our gut could be linked to risk of heart attack and stroke, say researchers.

Western’s Vladimir Hachinski wins 2018 Killam Prize

May 10, 2018

Western University’s Vladimir Hachinski – past president of the World Federation of Neurology and a world-renowned stroke expert – is a 2018 Killam Prize winner for health sciences.

Awards round-up: winners of 2018 Killam and NSERC prizes revealed

May 9, 2018

Vladimir Hachinski, Western University (health sciences), is professor of neurology and distinguished university professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. As a clinician and researcher, he co-founded the first successful acute stroke unit and has pioneered new approaches to diagnosing, treating and preventing strokes and dementia which have become standard practice.

Western neuroscientist rewarded for pioneering research

May 8, 2018

Vladimir Hachinski won the 2018 Killam Prize for health sciences, an award that recognizes enterprising researchers who have made significant contributions to their field.

Folic Acid Cut Strokes in Hypertensive Patients on Enalapril

May 7, 2018

In an accompanying editorial, J. David Spence, MD, and Vladimir Hachinski, MD, both of Western University in London, Ontario, noted that in addition, "patients with lower platelet counts and higher homocysteine levels are more likely to have been at higher risk because they had vitamin B12 deficiency.

Destroying gut bacteria could help develop novel treatment to combat heart attacks

May 3, 2018

The gut microbiome plays an important role in an individual's risk for atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke, says a study.

Gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis

May 2, 2018

Researchers have shown a novel relationship between the intestinal microbiome and atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. This was measured as the burden of plaque in the carotid arteries.

Why Living Near a Highway May Increase the Risk of Ischemic Stroke

April 17, 2018

Vladimir Hachinski, MD, FAAN, professor of neurology and epidemiology at Western Ontario University, said there is mounting evidence that air pollution is a significant risk factor for both stroke and dementia. Pollution generated by auto emissions has been going down, he said, but emissions involving volatile organic compounds found in items such as pesticides, cleaning agents, coatings, ink and personal products, are on the rise.

Six Health Care Pioneers Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

April 12, 2018

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Inductees are individuals whose contributions have led to extraordinary improvements in human health. Their work may be a single outstanding contribution or a career of notable achievements. As trailblazers in their respective fields, these experts underpin Canada's role as a world-class leader in medicine and health sciences.

Research Moves Closer to a Treatment for CTE Brain Damage

January 22, 2018

Now, two different research groups have published work implicating a protein known as Tau in the development of CTE. Tangled masses of erroneously modified Tau proteins are associated with a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS (Lou Gerig’s Disease). One of the new studies found that the version of Tau found in the brains of CTE patients is the same as the one involved in ALS.

Research uncovers new link between head trauma, CTE, and ALS

January 16, 2018

Researchers at Western University believe they have found a common link between the degenerative brain condition CTE, and a variant of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Research uncovers new link between head trauma, CTE, and ALS

January 15, 2018

Researchers at Western University believe they have found a common link between the degenerative brain condition CTE, and a variant of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Health Co-op director to receive Order of Canada (CNS Alumni Honored)

January 4, 2018

Dr. Tom Feasby, the medical director of the Airdrie and Area Health Benefits Co-operative (AAHBC) has been chosen to receive one of Canada’s greatest honours – he will be made a Member of the Order of Canada at a ceremony to be held in Ottawa later this year.

Della Reese, once saved by London’s Dr. Charles Drake, has died

November 21, 2017

Drake had pioneered life-saving brain aneurysm surgery and operated on her for five hours, using what became known as the Drake Clip on the aneurysm.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees

October 4, 2017

Dr. Vladimir Hachinski: The world-renowned neurologist has changed how the medical field understands, diagnoses, treats and prevents stroke and dementia.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Honours Excellence in Health in Canada: Announcing the 2018 Inductees

October 3, 2017

Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, a world-renowned neurologist, has transformed the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the two greatest threats to the brain, stroke and dementia.

Announcing the 2018 Inductees

October 3, 2017

Dr. Bryce Taylor, Chair of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) announced today that Dr. Philip Berger, Dr. B. Brett Finlay, Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, Dr. Balfour Mount, Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg and the late Dr. Emily Stowe, have been selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Google searches for ‘solar eclipse headache’ spiked on Monday afternoon

August 22, 2017

The good news is, an eclipse headache is not a thing, says Dr. Paul Cooper, a neurology professor at Western University.

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Improve Gait in Patients With Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

August 16, 2017

Spinal cord stimulation improves gait in patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease, according to a pilot study described at the 21st International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.

Researchers close in on drugs for severe head injury, ALS

August 14th, 2017

New research from Western University links the symptoms of repeated head injuries and a degenerative neurological disorder.

LHSC receives $500,000 donation for new surgical robot

July 25, 2017

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) has added a cutting-edge surgical robot to its Clinical Neurological Sciences Program (CNS) following a $500,000 donation from philanthropists Michael and Lilibeth Schlater.

Experience with epilepsy inspires Schlaters' latest $500K donation

July 21, 2017
Schlater and his wife Lilibeth, a Leamington couple who’ve given millions of dollars to charities in recent years, provided $500,000 for a new brain-surgery robot for the London Health Sciences Centre.

Dominos CEO donates robot

July 19, 2017

Dominos Pizza of Canada chief executive Mike Schlater and his wife, Lilibeth. picked up the tab for the London Health Sciences Centre’s new brain-surgery robot, forking over a $500,000 donation Tuesday.

LHSC achieves surgery first thanks to $500,000 gift

July 18, 2017

The donation from Domino’s Pizza of Canada Ltd. CEO Michael Schlater and his wife Lilibeth has enabled LHSC to acquire leading-edge technology for the hospital’s Clinical Neurological Sciences (CNS) Program.

$500k donation to LHSC results in provincial-first in brain surgery

July 18, 2017

The funding, from the CEO of Domino’s Pizza of Canada Ltd. Michael Schlater and his wife Lilibeth, allowed for LHSC to acquire the Renishaw Neuromate, a surgical robot.

Renishaw robot helping neurosurgeons in Canada for the first time

June 21, 2017

“It is already noticeably faster and more accurate than the previous system. In addition, it allows us to plan trajectories previously impossible with a standard frame, making surgery safer and more accurate.”

LHSC’s new, robot-aided epilepsy diagnosis procedure offers early patient vital answers

June 14, 2017

““It’s really revolutionized the way we put the electrodes in,” said David Steven, a neurosurgeon and co-director of LHSC’s epilepsy program.”

London epilepsy patients first in Ontario to benefit from robot-assisted neurosurgery

June 14, 2017

“We’re now using two medical robots to assist in a single neurosurgery procedure,” said Steven. “For patients, this eliminates the need to have imaging done outside of the operating room and creates a more seamless surgical experience. As the country’s largest epilepsy program, we pride ourselves on looking for opportunities to improve the patient experience as we build on our rich history of firsts.”

Small Open-Label Study Finds Benefits of Spinal Cord Stimulation in Advanced PD

June 12, 2017
"These patients had Parkinson's for 15 to 20 years," said the senior author of the abstract, Mandar S. Jog, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Western Ontario and director of the National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario. "One of the patients was wheelchair-bound, and another was dependent on a scooter. They were getting up and walking around [after the SCS]."

Black and Hispanic patients less likely to see neurologists

June 9, 2017

Black and Hispanic patients with neurologic disorders are less likely to see brain specialists than white people with these conditions, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Science Briefs: The best way to hit the target when throwing

May 5, 2017

"That's a pretty powerful one-two punch," said the study's co-supervisor, Dr Vladimir Hachinski. He added that more research is needed to better understand the link between stroke and dementia, but this work already suggests health policies relating to stroke and dementia can be coordinated.

Stroke prevention lifestyle may reduce dementia risk in golden years

May 2, 2017

Canadian researchers have found that adopting stroke prevention lifestyle may help in reducing incidence of dementia in older adults.

Peru, Canada Collaborate on Epilepsy Project

January 2017

In 2008, a collaborative effort between Peru and Canada was born. The purpose of this collaboration was to establish epilepsy surgery centers in Peru.

Stroke prevention may also reduce dementia

November 7, 2016

A new paper by researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) shows there's been a decade-long drop in new diagnoses of both stroke and dementia in the most at-risk group -- those who are 80 or older.

Western dean leads fight against brain disease

January 21, 2016

Dr. Michael Strong of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the point person for neurologists Ontario-wide who are building a toolkit of sorts they believe will help them predict who will be afflicted and how to detect disease sooner for more effective treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and vascular cognitive impairment.