2015

A special holiday edition of The Pulse

The Pulse - December 2015

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrates the holidays with a special edition of The Pulse. Take a look at our scrapbook of holiday memories submitted by faculty and staff, and relive our most popular stories and social media moments from the year…

Martin Short at Leaders in Innovation


The Pulse - November 2015

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry made headlines during the month of November. From Martin Short to provincial research awards and HIV vaccines - November was a busy month…


Successful accreditation

The Pulse - October 2015

This month, we celebrate our School's successes. Team efforts lead to a full eight-year School accreditation status, and new research funding is announced…


Homecoming 2015

The Pulse - September 2015

Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated Homecoming 2015 during the last weekend of September. The School's alumni received a warm welcome and "relived their stories" during the morning, afternoon and evening events…

2015 White Coat Ceremony

The Pulse - August 2015

Welcome back to a new school-year. This month we make School history by hosting the first ever combined medicine and dentistry White Coat Ceremony…


Convocation 2015

The Pulse - June 2015

This month, we celebrate our continued excellence in research; capture the spirit and pride of our graduating classes of 2015; and announce our exciting line-up of Homecoming events…

The art of remembrance

The Pulse - May 2015

May was busy with events such as the Medicine Convocation and the Celebration of Excellence. Our faculty, staff and students took time to reflect on past achievements, celebrate successes and embrace upcoming challenges…

Awards of Excellence winners announced

The Pulse - April 2015

This month we celebrate our Awards of Excellence recipients and honour our talented faculty and staff members. George Kim introduces new committees formed to tackle goals outlined in the Distributed Education Network strategic plan. And we flashback to the nifty nineties at Schulich Dentistry…

UME Accreditation is April 12-15

The Pulse - March 2015

We're welcoming spring and the change that comes with it. Learn about how the School is embracing and living the value of social responsibility, relive some exciting events from the past month, and take a minute to recognize our talented and award winning faculty, staff and students…

Join us on March 5 for Founder's Day

The Pulse - February 2015

This month we celebrate Founder's Day and explore the changes in medical and dental practice on March 5 with a special presentation featuring Shelley McKellar, PhD. Take a chance to learn about your interesting colleagues and join in on some of our exciting upcoming events…

Celebrating 50 Years at Schulich Dentistry

The Pulse - January 2015

Welcome to a new year of the Pulse. In this edition we gear up for Dentistry's exciting 50th Anniversary celebrations. We also celebrate new leadership, new programs and new goals…

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    Relationships and collaboration are central to philosophy of new Dean

    Dr. John Yoo begins his term as Dean on May 1. With his first 100 days in sight, he looks forward to understanding the School more deeply by meeting as many people as he can. Join Dr. Yoo at a welcome reception for the campus community on February 5.

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    Indigenous Leader in Residence: Creating a representative space and community

    Danielle Alcock, PhD, Indigenous Leader in Residence, will champion the Indigenous Health Action Plan, support the goals outlined by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada and work to forge respectful relationships with Indigenous communities.

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    2020 Achievements Report

    While change has been our constant for the first half of 2020, throughout the past year, faculty, staff and learners continued to advance the School’s vision. The Achievements Report highlights many of those accomplishments and features six compelling stories about our School.

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    2020 Alumni of Distinction

    Eleven Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni have been recognized with a 2020 Alumni of Distinction award, including current faculty members Brad Urquhart, BSc’01, PhD’06, and Drs. Cindy Hutnik (resident alumna) and Abdel Lawendy, MD’03, PhD’14. Congratulations to all the recipients.

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    SchulichMedDent Live focuses on mental health

    On Bell Let's Talk Day, we went behind the scenes at the Global MINDS Initiative to learn about the many ways that it is strengthening and developing sustainable regional and international partnerships. The initiative provides students with opportunities to improve mental health in our communities and gain intercultural experiences.

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    Women of Excellence inspired by those around them

    In February, Dr. Bertha Garcia was named a 2019 Women of Excellence award recipient from the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. Recently, she was joined by three other recipients, Drs. Carol Herbert, Cindy Hutnik, and Gillian Kernaghan, to reflect on the humbling experience and how other women serve as their ongoing inspiration.

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    2019 Awards of Excellence recipients

    The 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's London and Windsor Campuses are making a difference at the School each and every day. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

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    Faculty members named Alumni of Distinction

    Congratulations to Antonios Mamandras, Gordon Payne, Jane Rylett and Penny Thornton who have been named as 2019 Alumni of Distinction at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. They will be recognized during the 2019 Homecoming celebrations along with Sean Bendall, Richard Hawkins and Danyaal Raza.

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    Bringing healing into focus

    Dr. Chris McIntyre and his research team asked the question why do some dialysis patients experience depression, while others remain hopeful, outward looking and enjoy rich lives even though they are experiencing similar physiological changes as those who are struggling? He undertook a unique research project and gave 34 participants cameras to document their lives. The team hoped that if they could better understand where and how certain patients gained that resilience, it could be transferable.

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    2019 Achievements Report

    Each day, faculty, staff and learners work collaboratively to bring the School's vision to life. It's because of your commitment to discovery and knowledge translation, your enthusiasm to embrace innovative research and new educational approaches and your valuing of partnerships, social accountability and responsibility, that we are achieving our goals.

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    You have a concussion – now what?

    Dr. Lisa Fischer debunks concussion myths and outlines best practices, policies and guidelines around concussion care in the first video of the School’s new, four-part series, Brainstorm: Straight Talk on Concussion.

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    Allies in assessment

    Who ‘owns’ the responsibility of completing Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) during residency? How do we engage in better feedback in clinical settings? This month, residents and faculty members came together to learn and build understanding at a retreat dedicated to competency-based medical education.

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    World AIDS Day: Fighting HIV from all fronts

    Jessica Prodger, PhD, is on the forefront of HIV research. On World AIDS Day (December 1), we recognize the work of researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in preventing and treating HIV, and their enduring search for a cure.

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    Serenading students

    Mike Boffa, PhD, serenaded his students to the sounds of "Sweet Collagen" in preparation for their exams. Set to the music of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Boffa's version was definitely a hit.

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    Alumna and faculty member scores with Team Canada

    Dr. Leanne Peters, BSc'02, MD'06, a faculty member with Family Medicine, didn't strap on the skates at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, but as the team doctor for the Canadian Women’s hockey team, she definitely felt the same national pride.

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    Congratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients

    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

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    Strategic Plan Update + Video

    In this edition of the Dean's Video Newsletter, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Dean Dr. Michael J. Strong discusses the School's refreshed strategic plan.

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    Celebrating faculty and staff excellence

    More than 300 faculty and staff gathered to recognize the outstanding contributions of their peers who were honoured with the Dean's and Schulich Awards of Excellence at the annual event.

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    RSVP Today for the Staff & Faculty BBQ

    Let's celebrate summer and enjoy time with friends and colleagues at the 2018 Staff & Faculty BBQ. Pick up your BBQ lunch inside the Physics & Astronomy Atrium then head outside and enjoy the sunshine. Everyone is encouraged to picnic on the grass by the McIntosh Gallery so be sure to bring a blanket, seating will also be available inside if desired.

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    Dean's Video Newsletter - Farewell

    In this final edition of the Dean's Video Newsletter, Dr. Michael J. Strong reflects on his tenure as Dean and looks to the future as he moves on as the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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    Indigenous Academic Half-Day

    On September 26, medical and dental students, along with their peers from Law, had an opportunity to hear from Schulich Medicine alumnus, Dr. Barry Lavallee, University of Manitoba, Ms. Candace Brunette-Debassige, Special Advisor to the Provost Indigenous Initiatives at Western, Ms. Diane Smylie, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre. Listen to the live stream from the learning session.

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    Shining a spotlight on research

    Research took centre stage in November as were featured at a number of events including the Taylor Symposium, Killam Prize Lecture and Leaders in Innovation Dinner.

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    Profiles of Excellence: Marnin Heisel, PhD, C.Psych

    Marnin Heisel, PhD, C.Psych, focuses on finding better ways to assess suicide risk with the hope of enhancing mental health and well-being and decreasing risk for suicide in older adults. Heisel is an associate professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University's Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute...

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    The trendmaker

    Kelly Anderson, PhD, is uncovering shocking trends in the mental health system...

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    Outstanding scholarship recognized

    Brian Corneil, a Professor in Physiology and Pharmacology and a Robarts scientist, is being recognized as an all-around scholar for his work...

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    London surgeons join #ILookLikeASurgeon

    Female surgeons and residents from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry gathered in operating rooms at London Health Sciences Centre’s University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Care London this week to add their voices to a global rallying cry for women surgeons...

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    Celebrating Excellence

    This year’s celebration brought together a group of talented award recipients who show true dedication and commitment to the School. The evening was a celebration of collaboration, collegiality and pride...

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    Congratulations to the graduating classes of 2017

    Pride filled the air in May and June as students from Medicine, Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Affairs, Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Dentistry programs moved on to a new chapter in their lives as Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Alumni...

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    A year's worth of stories

    The 2017 issue of Rapport Magazine is now available online and in print form. It features stories about Schulich Scholarships recipients, educational leaders including Dr. Bertha Garcia, student activism, MS research, the value of social media in education, the negative impact of pseudoscience and so much more...

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    An Extraordinary Homecoming

    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni, faculty and students took centre stage during Homecoming Weekend, engaging in panel discussions, lectures, receptions and the annual Dean's Gala. It was an extraordinary weekend when we celebrated the School and the achievements of our distinguished alumni...

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    Philanthropy, politics and the power of research

    It was an evening of candour, emotion and laughter at the 2017 Leaders in Innovation Dinner. Special guest Ann Romney shared her experience living with multiple sclerosis, alongside her husband, Mitt Romney. The event also honoured researcher V. Wee Yong, PhD, the 2017 recipient of the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine. Guests were treated to an engaging conversation with the Romneys about everything from philanthropy to family to politics...

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    Hopeful about inspiring change

    Dr. Asa Ahimbisibwe, second-year resident in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, recently published Hopeful, a book about the challenges of the many children growing up in developing countries who yearn to have an education. Hopeful is an account of Dr. Ahimbisibwe and his cousin who, both born in disadvantaged villages in Uganda, embark on the uphill task of changing their lives, but end up in completely different places...

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    Congratulations to six new Collaborative Research Seed Grants recipients

    We are pleased to announce the results of the recent Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) competition. Congratulations to Dr. Sung Kim, Marlys Koschinsky, PhD, Dr. Sarah Morrow, Sunil Parapuram, PhD, Dr. Stephen Pasternak and Caroline Schild Poulter, PhD. CRSG provides approximately $250,000 in seed funding for the formation and development of new interdisciplinary collaborative research teams...

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    Donation equips DOCS program for the future of digital dental care

    A new scanner, donated by 3M Oral Care, will benefit the School’s Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) program and improve community care...

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    Congratulations to the Awards of Excellence recipients

    We are pleased to announce the 2016 Awards of Excellence recipients and the recipient of the Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award. It is with great pride that we honour these talented and dedicated individuals. Purchase your tickets today and celebrate with each of them at the Awards of Excellence event on May 19 at the Great Hall...

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    An evening of celebration

    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty, staff and learners were celebrated at the 25th annual Awards of Excellence Dinner. More than 250 colleagues enjoyed the ceremony as the recipients of the Schulich Awards, Dean’s Awards of Excellence and the Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Award were honoured...

  • decorative imageWE SPEAK 2020: Your opportunity to shape Western’s workplace culture
    Share your views on the workplace culture and engagement in your area at the School and for the University overall. The survey takes 20 minutes to complete. Provide your feedback until February 14.

  • decorative imageEnvisioning Our Future
    During the past few months, the School’s Senior Leadership Team has reviewed more than 160 recommendations focused on the School’s financial and operational systems, opportunities for growth and program improvements for education and research. An update has been prepared outlining the themes and progress made to date.

  • decorative imageCoronavirus information for students, faculty and staff
    Western continues to monitor the ongoing situation with coronavirus, taking direction and sharing information from federal, provincial and local health authorities. The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public risk as low for Canada and Canadian travellers.

  • decorative imagePlanning and construction continues on all fronts
    As construction continues at Robarts Research Institute, planning and preparations are underway to support the relocation of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the development of the BioMedical Research Facility.

  • decorative imageStriving for excellence in postgraduate medical education
    Dr. Lois Champion started her term as Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education on January 1. She looks ahead at her priorities in the role and the challenges and opportunities facing medical education.

  • decorative imageResearchers receive more than $11.9 million in federal funding
    From studies on autism to osteoarthritis, fifteen research projects at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Project Grant competition.

  • decorative imageChanging perspectives
    The Western Perspective Project, a campaign by the Science Students’ Council, features stories from students and faculty members focused around four themes: loneliness, failure, self-acceptance and healing. The campaign aims to inspire others, shift campus culture and promote mental health awareness.

  • decorative imageWelcome and farewell
    Welcome to new faculty and staff members and farewell to those departing the School for new opportunities.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Mary Lee Myers, Ornela Kljakic, Peeyush Lala and many others on the recognitions and honours you recently received.

  • decorative imageTeam Broken Earth London Spine Team reflects on trip to Haiti
    Team Broken Earth: A team of nurses and doctors from the London Spine Centre returned to Port-au-Prince, Haiti this week. Marjorie Johnson, PhD, reflects on their efforts and impact.

  • decorative imageExperiencing global learning early
    From Uganda to Rwanda to Peru, Medicine Class of 2022 students reflect on their pre-clinical electives abroad and how their International Health Equity Learning experiences are shaping their futures.

  • decorative imageBringing infection to its knees
    A team of basic scientists and clinicians across the School is working to reduce infection rates for millions of people undergoing orthopaedic surgery.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education
    For Dr. Shawn Segeren, a seed planted as a teenager grew into a passion for rural medicine.

  • decorative imageBecoming Dr. Dhaliwal
    On her journey to becoming a psychiatrist, third-year resident Dr. Arash Kaur Dhailwal focuses on the power, privilege and responsibility of listening to patient stories.

  • decorative imageCPD Update
    Are you a physician leader? Learn practical ways you can apply business principles to health care delivery. Management Principles for Physicians is a one-day course offered jointly with the Ivey School of Business.

  • Awards of Excellence: One week left to nominate your peers and mentors
    Recognize exceptional educators, researchers and leaders making a difference in your area at the School. Submit your nomination online by February 7.

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to host CFMS Annual General Meeting
    From September 18 to 20, 2020, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will host hundreds of medical students from across Canada for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.

  • Website Training
    Need to update your website but you don’t have Cascade training? Register for the next training session on March 20.

  • Land Acknowledgement
    Western’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgement strives to inspire action and commitment to recognizing and furthering relationships with Indigenous communities. This brief guide will help you better understand the purpose of the Land Acknowledgement and how to incorporate it into your next event.

  • Events
    One in four high school students have vaped in the past 30 days. Now people are dying from vaping-related illnesses. Hear from experts about this growing issue on March 10. Register today for Generation Vape: The new era of lung injury.

  • decorative imageRecognizing excellence
    The 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients from the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus continue to make a difference at the School and in the community. We’re proud to recognize and honour their achievements. The 2020 recipients include Hema Gangam, Michael Farquhar, Yousha Mirza and many more.

  • decorative imageSusanne Schmid, PhD, appointed Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences
    Susanne Schmid, PhD, has been appointed Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences, effective July 1, 2020. She is an internationally recognized neuroscientist and academic leader.

  • decorative imageCheryle Séguin, PhD, serving as Interim Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
    Effective February 1, Cheryle Séguin, PhD, will be serving as Interim Chair for the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, for the duration of Frank Beier’s leave.

  • decorative imageLearning for the future in undergraduate education
    Brad Urquhart, PhD, is an award-winning and passionate educator. As the new Associate Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education, he oversees undergraduate programs, focusing on student retention and consistency across program modules.

  • decorative imageRapid test kit for Listeria improves food safety
    A team led by Dr. Michael Rieder has created a Listeria rapid testing kit that helps ensure contaminated food doesn't hit supermarket shelves.

  • decorative imageThe Bridge 2020: Dentistry news and profiles
    Meet two of Dentistry’s newest faculty members – Drs. Cecilia Dong and Trevor Thang. Dr. Dong is a prosthodontist and the Dentistry Lead for Interprofessional Education. Dr. Thang is the School’s only oral and maxillofacial radiologist and serves as Chair of Oral Medicine & Radiology.

  • decorative image Photos: Welcome reception for Dr. John Yoo
    “As the hard work begins, you will all continue to encourage and inspire me.” The campus community came together at a special welcome reception for Dr. John Yoo earlier this month.

  • decorative imageFake websites: Be aware of web scraping attempts
    We are aware of a recent web scraping incident at the School, resulting in the creation of a fake departmental website. Web scraping is a sophisticated technique that uses software to scan and copy website content and data with malicious intent. If you encounter suspicious websites, please report them immediately to privacy@schulich.uwo.ca.

  • decorative image Improving care for spinal cord compression
    With new funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dr. Neil Duggal is addressing quality of life for older adults suffering from an often-overlooked progressive spinal condition.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Manuel Montero-Odasso, Davy Cheng, Dervla Connaughton and many others on the recognitions, honours and appointments you recently received.

  • decorative imageOur Shared Humanity
    A new online tool developed by Dr. Javeed Sukhera is helping young people navigate the mental health care system.

  • decorative imageA different lens
    Master of Public Health Candidate Cameron Sharpe says the program is shifting how he views inequity, social justice and systemic change

  • decorative imageFirst MPI study published
    Paula Foster, PhD, and her team published the first paper to feature magnetic particle imaging data acquired at a Canadian institution, using the new system at Robarts Research Institute

  • decorative imageDiscovery Healthcare summer camp
    Do you know a teenager who wants a career in health care? Discovery Healthcare is a summer camp experience led by medical students. Registration opens in March

  • decorative imageMy six-word story
    Dr. Marc Chrétien, a resident with the Clinical Investigator Program, shares the advice he’d give his younger self.

  • decorative imageCPD Update
    Faculty Development Mini Fellowships provide grants of up to $5,000 to support professional development opportunities for faculty. Apply by March 26

  • Treat the bleed
    Bleeding is a common scenario in hospital settings, but treating it can be complex. Dr. Ziad Solh helped develop an online, evidence-based resource for clinicians and learners that provides quick access to best practices in bleeding management.

  • Care Zone program signals help for Basic Medical Sciences students
    The Care Zone program supports a network of trained faculty and staff with easily recognizable signage on their doors, providing support to students in need. Representatives in every department have been trained to listen, recognize and respond.

  • Novel coronavirus forum offers topical education for learners
    Students and trainees learned from an expert panel of researchers and clinicians about the 2019 novel coronavirus epidemic in the context of virology, infectious disease medicine and past outbreaks.

  • Discover Shakespeare at the Stratford Festival
    Health and medicine feature prominently in many of Shakespeare’s works. A special group for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty, staff and students is being formed to attend his plays at the world-famous Stratford Festival, including lunch and an opportunity to meet the cast or production teams. There is no charge to join the group and members will have access to the Festival’s group discounts. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Vivian McAlister at vmcalist@uwo.ca.

  • decorative imageShare Your Experise
    With a monthly audience of 10.7 million and connections to national media outlets, The Conversation is your opportunity to educate the public about your research and show leadership in your field.

  • decorative imagePromoting Events
    Hosting an upcoming event at the School? Add it to the Events Calendar. Events can be added up to one year in advance and will be featured in an upcoming issue of This Week@Schulich.

  • decorative imageMeet Dr. John Yoo
    ALL THREE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED Breakfast on March 20 at St. Joseph's Health Care London, April 8 in Windsor and April 15 at London Health Sciences Centre have been cancelled.

  • decorative imageOne month check in with Dr. John Yoo
    Dr. John Yoo began as the School’s Dean on May 1. Four weeks into the role, we sat down with him to check in on what’s been keeping him busy and his plans for the coming weeks and months.

  • decorative imageRoad to Recovery
    Plans are underway for the return to campus and in the short term, research. A web page has been established to provide details and information that is important about this road to recovery.

  • decorative imageCelebrating the Class of 2020
    Wishing the Class of 2020 all the best as they take the next steps toward their future. With Convocation postponed, a special website has been created to recognize and celebrate the School’s newest graduates.

  • decorative imageCentre for Quality, Innovation and Safety opens at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry
    The Centre for Quality, Innovation and Safety aims to improve patient care through research in quality improvement, innovation and patient safety.

  • decorative imageThe three pillars of development
    Dr. Andrea Lum began her term as Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, in January and is already developing new ways for faculty to excel and navigate their careers. She’ll be leading faculty through recruitment, retention and retirement, with a focus on their professional development and wellbeing.

  • decorative imageGetting to know Dr. Sandra Northcott
    As Associate Dean, Learner Equity & Wellness (LEW), Dr. Northcott hopes to better define the mandate and role of the LEW Office, develop a plan for learner mistreatment, create greater synergies between the different student support services on campus and explore and how the Office can create a better structure to support wellness.

  • decorative imageCOVID-19 stories: The latest research, innovations and community outreach in response to the pandemic
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry continues to lead on a global scale during the pandemic. Faculty and learners at the School are exploring new ways to test and treat the virus, gaining a better understanding of symptoms, designing and supplying PPE for frontline workers, supporting seniors and providing care to people in the community.

  • decorative imageDr. Bertha Garcia extended as Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry
    Dr. Bertha Garcia has been extended as Acting Vice Dean & Director, Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective June 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021.

  • decorative imageThomas Drysdale, PhD, appointed Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    Thomas Drysdale, PhD, has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Greta Bauer, Mithu Sen, Jona Szakacs, recipients of the latest AMOSO Innovation Fund grants and many others on the recognitions, honours and appointments you recently received.

  • decorative imageMusic sparks virtual connections with the community’s most vulnerable
    Second-year medical student David Zheng has organized more than 100 student volunteers to play live musical performances over video chat for residents in long term care homes and other health care facilities who may be feeling isolated as a result of the pandemic.

  • decorative imageCelebrating the Medicine Class of 2020 with Michelle Quaye
    Michelle Quaye, MD’20, says she’s learned a lot about herself and what it means to be a leader during her medical school experience.

  • decorative imageResearch: Class of medication used for overactive bladder linked to onset of dementia
    A recent study from researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Lawson Health Research Institute and ICES provides further evidence of a link between a common class of medications called anticholinergics and the onset of dementia.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education: Expressing experiences through poetry
    Inspired by a phone call with a patient, Dr. Kevin Dueck took to pen and paper. His poem, "Someone Cares," was recently published in Leaflet.

  • decorative imageMy six-word story
    Dr. Jasna DeLuce, a fourth-year resident in Medical Oncology, shares the words of wisdom she lives by.

  • decorative imageIn memoriam: Dr. Douglas Bocking
    Dr. Douglas Bocking, MD’43, former Dean of Medicine, died on May 9 at the age of 99. He is remembered as a great scholar, mentor and champion for the School and University.

  • In the news: COVID-19 research and community contributions
    Faculty members and learners made national and international headlines during the past month. David Edgell, PhD, shared details on CTV News Network about his team’s work to develop a serological antibody test for COVID-19. Janet Martin, PharmD, is part of a global collaborative that studied the impact of cancelled surgeries. Medical students involved in volunteer initiatives to aid in the pandemic were featured by University Affairs. And Dr. Charles Weijer shared his expertise on the ethics of human challenge studies.

  • J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Symposium
    Each year, Robarts Research Institute awards the distinguished J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to an individual who has made outstanding research contributions. A premier event, the accompanying Symposium is held to showcase the tremendous research efforts of researchers at Robarts and around the world. This year, planning and preparation to host this event and adjudicate the award has become complicated due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Symposium and Prize.

  • Connect with Dr. John Yoo on Twitter
    Follow and connect with the Dean on Twitter at @JohnYooMD.

  • decorative imageAfter brain injury: An optimist’s approach to treatment
    Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to rewire itself after injury. Through research, Arthur Brown, PhD, is harnessing this power in order to develop new ways to treat concussion. The final video in the four-part series, Brainstorm: Straight Talk on Concussion.

  • decorative imageWestern creates new leadership role, advisory council to chart a path forward for anti-racism
    Western released the Anti-Racism Working Group report and the University’s response and actions. The University will create a new leadership role and an advisory council that will guide university-wide efforts to develop a sustained strategy for tackling racism on campus and in the world.

  • decorative imageWelcome to our new resident doctors
    More than 200 new resident doctors are beginning their training at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in July. Drs. John Yoo, Lois Champion, Terri Paul and Karishma Desai provide a warm welcome to the newest members of our School community.

  • decorative imageTransition to Residency Program
    The 2020 Transition to Residency Program gets underway with weekly sessions beginning July 8. Connect with your peers and experience interactive sessions focused on topics ranging from shock and hypotension to neurological emergencies.

  • decorative imageMental health is fundamental to health during the pandemic: A Q&A with Dr. Chandlee Dickey
    As one of 17 Psychiatry Chairs in Canada, Dr. Chandlee Dickey is calling for more support for vulnerable populations in the midst of the pandemic. The group is specifically concerned about people with serious mental illnesses or addictions, vulnerable populations in violent living situations and frontline health care providers.

  • decorative imageCOVID-19: The latest research and innovations
    Faculty and learners at the School are developing innovative new technologies and devices to support health care providers, exploring important lessons from countries who have successfully managed COVID-19 and focusing on youth mental health during the pandemic.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to the 13 recipients of the Internal Graduate Awards, Jonathan Michaels, Shawn Whitehead and many others on the recognitions and honours you recently received.

  • decorative imageDentistry Class of 2020: Amr Alsabbagh
    Amr Alsbbagh says nature and nurture led him to the dental profession. His parents, alumni of the School’s Internationally Trained Dentists program, continue to inspire and guide him.

  • decorative imageGraduate Studies Class of 2020: Alex Levit
    Alex Levit, MD/PhD, sees the entire scientific process as a creative endeavour. He is grateful for the opportunities to pursue independent discovery as part of his degree.

  • decorative imageBachelor of Medical Sciences Class of 2020: Megan Van Gorp
    Inspired by a young swimming student, Megan Van Gorp, BMSc, refocused her career aspirations on audiology. She says her experience at the School helped her grow personally and professionally.

  • decorative imageResidency Class of 2020: Drs. Ally Istl, Martina Mudri, Elaine Tang and Lucy Yang
    Drs. Ally Istl, Martina Mudri, Elaine Tang and Lucy Yang are making history as the Division of General Surgery’s first all-female graduating year. “It’s a family like no other.”

  • decorative imagePhoto Gallery: Class of 2020
    Unlimited. Transformative. Community. Belonging. Members of the Class of 2020 shared meaningful words and photos in celebration of their experience at Western.

  • decorative imageVideo: Dr. John Yoo celebrates the Class of 2020
    “You are poised to make tremendous contributions to our community and to shape the collective futures for your generation and generations to come.”

  • In the news: Research with global impact
    Faculty members at the School made international headlines for their expert opinions and important contributions to research. The Irish Sun reported on new research from Ravi Menon, PhD, showing repetitive mild impacts in contact sports cause changes in the brain. Dr. Javeed Sukhera shared insights on supporting the mental health of youth during the pandemic. Dr. Saverio Stranges explained what can be learned from other countries about fighting the pandemic in the community and Charles Weijer was featured in an article in The Washington Post on human challenge studies for COVID-19.

  • Antioxidants in the brain linked to improved treatment for psychosis
    Patients who experience their first episode of psychosis will have better overall outcomes if they respond early to treatment. A research team led by Dr. Lena Palaniyappan studied antioxidant levels in the brain and found that these chemicals may improve outcomes of early intervention in psychosis.

  • New institute pushes neuroscience research forward
    The Western Institute for Neuroscience will provide a framework that coordinates and unifies neuroscience expertise at Western, Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre and other campus and community collaborators by creating an entity that provides academic leadership related to a shared vision, program alignment and advocacy.

  • Western moves up in QS World University Rankings
    Western researchers were top in Canada for research output for the second year in a row, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University 2021 rankings, released on June 10.

  • New office elevates Indigenous presence across campus
    The Office of Indigenous Initiatives is the next step in the University’s commitment to stronger Indigenous considerations in all aspects of its operations. It sits within the Office of the Provost because of its strong links with the University’s teaching and research mission. In addition, it houses the Indigenous Student Centre, formerly Indigenous Services.

  • Western partners with Bell on 5G research initiative
    Western has partnered with Bell Canada to create an advanced 5G research centre. Bell will invest $2.7 million and deploy 5G network equipment and infrastructure throughout the Western campus. The partnership will also fund research and development initiatives, training opportunities, and technological innovations.

  • decorative imageHow do you define failure?
    This question is at the centre of the Western Perspective Project, initiative undertaken by Western's Science Students' Council to help normalize failure in academic and non-academic settings. It features several Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty including Nicole Campbell, PhD, Mike Boffa, PhD, Derrick McLaughlin, PhD, and Anita Woods, PhD. Learn more about the initiative through a Q&A with BMSc student Montana Hackett.

  • decorative imageCIHR funding results
    Health researchers in London were awarded more than $10 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, with $7.3 million supporting projects from Indigenous health to cancer immunotherapy through Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and $2.8 million through Lawson Health Research Institute.

  • decorative image Nick Vanin honoured as a Top 8 Academic All-Canadian
    Schulich Medicine student Nick Vanin was recognized for his dedication on and off the field by being named among the nation’s elite scholar-athletes with his selection as a Top 8 Academic All-Canadian.

  • decorative imageA Q&A with Dr. Davy Cheng
    This month, Dr. Cheng shares the priorities for the School for the next few months, news on the budget process, an update on the search for a new Vice Dean and Director for Schulich Dentistry, and his new year's resolution.

  • decorative imageMD Curriculum Renewal - Taking a closer look at the courses and the Adaptive Learner
    Exciting work is continuing on the MD Curriculum Renewal and we are breaking things down for you. This month, download a one-pager about the overall renewal and what it means to you, read more about the courses, and understand the elements of an Adaptive Learner.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Medical Education 2019 accreditation
    In November 2019, all of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s residency and area-of-focused-competence programs will participate in an accreditation site visit. Accreditation is an opportunity to highlight the School’s strengths and to receive feedback on areas for improvement and growth. Download the one-pager to learn more about accreditation and what it means to you.

  • decorative imageSchulichMedDent Live: Exploring 3D-ultrasound technology
    A true example of innovation in action. A recent episode of SchulichMedDent Live was broadcast from Robarts Research Institute, featuring Aaron Fenster, PhD, and trainees Jessica Rodgers and Derek Gillies. Learn how 3D-ultrasound technology is improving care for patients.

  • decorative imageDr. David Steven appointed as Chair/Chief, Clinical Neurological Science
    Dr. David A. Steven has been appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London, effective January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023.

  • decorative imageFrancisco Olea Popelka, PhD, appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health
    Francisco Olea-Popelka, PhD, has been appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective Jan 2, 2019 – Jan 1, 2024.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Jerry Battista, Fabiana Crowley, Tim Doherty, Andrew House, Terri MacDougall, Louise Moist, Adrian Owen, Matthew Teeter and many others on your recent accomplishments.

  • decorative imageCommitment to the Community: Gerry Cooper
    Gerry Cooper has been involved with the Canadian Mental Health Association for close to 40 years. When he returned to Windsor in 2011, it seemed natural to become involved with the organization locally.

  • decorative imageThe Next Generation: Austyn Roseborough
    Austyn Roseborough, MD/PhD Candidate and long-distance triathlon competitor, exemplifies endurance in sport and science.

  • decorative imageRobarts Research Institute: Mamadou Diop, PhD
    Mamadou Diop, PhD, is focused on tissue health, developing non-invasive technologies to measure specific biomarkers, such as tissue blood flow and oxygen saturation.

  • decorative imageQ&A with Dr. Rochelle Dworkin
    Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Rochelle Dworkin arrived in Hanover with plans to do a six-month locum. Although now retired, her passion for medical education and rural medicine continues.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Caroline Just
    Dr. Caroline Just, PGY5 Neurology, encourages her peers to support one another through the challenges of residency.

  • decorative imageFundraising: Gifts from alumni and friends
    Gifts from alumni and friends continue to support Dentistry, the Schulich Fund, and student awards and bursaries.

  • Media releases in January highlight outstanding research
    This month several media releases highlighted outstanding research taking place across the School. Read more about the increased risk of depression and suicide for women with complications after pelvic mesh implants, and how MRI techniques are showing unique signatures in concussion in rugby players.

  • The Conversation Canada features Drs. Saverio Stranges, and Javeed Sukhera, and Lloy Wylie, PhD
    The Conversation is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public. Read the contributions by Dr. Saverio Stranges on why you should stop buying vitamins and get more sleep instead; from Dr. Javeed Sukhera on why we should stop blaming ourselves for stigmatizing mental health; and from Lloy Wylie, PhD, on how to develop the mental health care that refugees really need. Read more about how you can contribute to The Conversation.

  • Reflection on a visit with the children of Masiphumelele Township - Gregor Reid, PhD
    Gregor Reid, PhD, shares his reflections on his recent visit to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre, a safe haven that provides adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health services alongside educational and recreational activities for youth living in Masiphumelele and surrounding areas.

  • Awards of Excellence - Nominations open
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is home to many outstanding staff and faculty. Help celebrate all that they’ve accomplished with an Award of Excellence. Nominations will open on December 11 and there are some changes to several of the awards. So, it's time to start thinking about who you’d like to recognize.

  • 2019 Alumni of Distinction - Nominations open
    Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer, classmate or colleague and join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni. Deadline for nominations is March 11, 2019.

  • Making a positive and lasting change in the community
    Western's United Way Campaign raised a total of $611,866 to help support the more than 90 programs and 50 community agencies in London. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry was proud to play a role in this year's campaign.

  • decorative imageSOCIAL MEDIA
    Thinking about setting up an official account for your department, division or program? Here are a few things to consider.

  • decorative imageWriting an Op-Ed
    An op-ed is an opinion article on a timely news topic from an expert or specialist in a particular field.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Awards of Excellence, London Health Research Day and more. Mark your calendar and learn more about events on tap for spring 2019.

  • decorative imageNew funding for Research in Education
    Congratulations to Sayra Cristancho, PhD, and Dr. Chris Watling and their teams on receiving internal funding grants for their education research. Cristancho's project is entitled, "Unintended consequences: Mapping the effects of CBD implementation," and Dr. Watling's project is entitled, "Exploring Indigenous Learners’ Motivation and Pathway into the Healthcare Profession: A Visual-Based Narrative Inquiry."

  • decorative image2019 CaRMS Results
    On February 26, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results as the first iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process became available.

  • decorative imageTaking on the three-minute challenge
    An 80,000-word PhD thesis would take about nine hours to present. You have only three minutes. Are you up for the challenge? Fifteen Schulich Medicine & Dentistry graduate trainees participated in the 2019 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty Heat this month, showcasing their research communication skills.

  • decorative imageMD Curriculum Renewal - Small and Large Group Learning
    Learn more about Small and Large Group Learning, key features in the renewed curriculum.

  • decorative imageBioMedical Research Facility update
    Planning for the new BioMedical Research Facility is continuing and progress has been made on the foundational steps required in advance of groundbreaking and the commencement of construction. A recent outline of projected costs for the building exceeded our budget by a significant amount. As a result, we decided to temporarily suspend the project to review our options in moving the project forward.

  • decorative imageMD Program Interim Accreditation Review
    On March 19 and 20, the interim accreditation review will take place at the School. This is a formative continuous quality improvement exercise and the School has embraced a low resource approach.

  • decorative image Faculty Profile: Dr. Antonios Mamandras
    During his 37 years at Western, Dr. Mamandras has worked with more than 120 residents and guided treatment for hundreds of patients. According to the long-serving chairman, the key to the Program’s success is relationships.

  • decorative imageDr. Harris reappointed as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management
    Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed to his third term as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

  • decorative imageInterim Chair/Chiefs announced for Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Drs Robert Teasell and Keith Sequeira have been appointed Interim Co-Chair/Chiefs of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London, effective February 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 or until the incumbent Chair/Chief returns from leave.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Bertha Garcia, Dr. Les Kalman, Dr. Jennifer Vergel de Dios and Dr. Justin Yan on their recent achievements.

  • decorative imageCommitment to the Community: Jennifer Devlin
    Jennifer Devlin is an active volunteer with St. John’s Hospitality Dinners, the Ronald McDonald House, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as her church. And she still finds time to participate on multiple committees.

  • decorative imageThe Next Generation: Jessica Schill, MPH Candidate
    Jessica Schill, MPH Candidate, brings her experiences in agriculture and nursing to the study of public health

  • decorative imageSophisticated hand functions from spinal cord research
    Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, and his team have shown that spinal cords contribute to sophisticated hand function

  • decorative imageDistributed Education:
    Distributed Education: Inspiring youth to discover health care

  • decorative image Resident Spotlight: Dr. Chris Tran, PGY3
    Dr. Chris Tran, PGY3, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine found his calling after shadowing a pathologist.

  • decorative imageFundraising: Recent donations
    Recent donations have supported research programs and residents in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

  • Media releases highlight research in hand function, vulnerable populations, and arrhythmia care
    This month, several media releases highlighted outstanding research taking place across the School. Read more about how research shows our spinal cords contribute to sophisticated hand function, proximity to primary health-care providers in London, and how cutting-edge technology ushers in a bold new era of arrhythmia care.

  • Unique oncology internship uses mentorship and research to train and raise awareness
    The Oncology Research Internship) initiative in the Department of Oncology pairs resident mentors with medical students, providing an introduction to research and case reports.

  • Postgraduate surgery videos feature faculty and current residents
    A series of videos feature a number of faculty including Drs. Guo, Howard, Ott, Power, Yazdani and others and current residents Drs. Singh, Symonette and Valdis and more. The videos highlight the many attributes of the postgraduate surgical programs at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • 2019 Alumni of Distinction - Nominations open
    Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer, classmate or colleague and join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni. Deadline for nominations is March 11, 2019.

  • decorative image SOCIAL THIS MONTH
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including CaRMS Match Day, research in the media and an imaginative email signature.

  • decorative imageWEBSITE CHECKLIST
    Are you updating your website? A checklist will help you with your reviews before you go live.

  • decorative imageEVENTS
    Awards of Excellence London and Windsor, London Health Research Day and many other activities are taking place in the coming months.

  • decorative imageGregor Reid, PhD, recognized as 2019 Distinguished University Professor
    Professor Reid is recognized as a Canadian and international pioneer in the areas of probiotics, beneficial microbes and the microbiome. He has more than 500 publications to his name with more than 30,000 citations and a Google Scholar H-index of 93 – which places him in the top one per cent of researchers worldwide in microbiology and the microbiome.

  • decorative imageThree named Faculty Scholars
    Alison Allan, PhD, Shelley McKellar, PhD, and Dr. David Palma were recently named 2019 Faculty Scholars, along with eight of their peers. Recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities.

  • decorative imageCFI funding provides support for translational research
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty members Grace Parraga, PhD, and Rithwik Ramachandran, PhD, were announced as recipients of funding through the through CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. These grants help researchers at universities across the country by giving them the tools and equipment they need to become leaders in their field.

  • decorative imageMulti-million dollar partnership with Canon Medical to advance imaging research
    The new partnership includes the investment of $4.5 million in medical imaging research equipment at Robarts Research Institute and the establishment of a new training academy.

  • decorative imageWestern celebrates top teaching talent
    Eleven winners, representing three different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning in their students. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

  • decorative imageA Q&A with Dr. Davy Cheng
    This month, Dr. Cheng provides updates on the budget, faculty recruitment, advancing the outcomes of the operational and budget reviews from 2018 and more details on the Times Higher Education Teaching Summit taking place at Western in June 2019.

  • decorative imageProject Manager announced to support School's review process
    During the first six months of 2018, nearly 120 faculty, staff and students participated in a review process of the School’s financial and operational systems and structures. The School is now ready to begin identifying relevant themes and prioritizing these recommendations. This work will be done through the Dean's Office with support from Rachel Halaney.

  • decorative imageCity Council votes to test installation of naloxone kits
    After a year of review, London City Councillors voted on March 5 to move forward with a pilot project to include naloxone in 29 city-owned facilities in London. This project was initiated by Schulich Medicine students who are members of the Political Advocacy Committee.

  • decorative imageCreating a holistic picture of patient-centred care
    The 2019 Interprofessional Education Day hosted 800 students from the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, social work and dietetics who spent an afternoon learning about collaborative health care teams and appreciating the impact these professionals have on patients.

  • decorative imageMD Curriculum Renewal
    This month, we are providing more details on the integrated medical education components of the renewed curriculum. We have also prepared a short video highlighting some of the key elements of the curriculum renewal.

  • decorative imageTwo-Eyed Seeing: The gift of multiple perspectives
    Two CIHR-funded research projects led by Maria Matthews, PhD, and Lloy Wylie PhD, are embracing an approach to incorporate community perspectives and knowledge to advance equity in health care and training for Indigenous communities.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Lillian Barra, Susan Huang, Daniel Grushka, Bharat Markandey, Sarah Morrow, Janet Pope, Timothy Scholl, Ron Vander and many others for your outstanding accomplishments and honours received this past month.

  • decorative imageCommitment to Community
    Colleagues Jessica Jamieson, Rodger Moran, Seidy Rayo and Morgan Sherriff share a passion for animals and volunteer their time at the London Humane Society.

  • decorative image The Next Generation: Mihai Dumbrava
    Mihai Dumbrava is building a foundation for a career in health research.

  • decorative imageVania Prado, PhD, is driven to find answers
    Vania Prado, PhD, is driven to find answers that will lead to new treatments, and even a cure, for Alzheimer’s disease.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education: Join us for Discovery Week
    Distributed Education: Join us for Discovery Week and help give aspiring physicians an opportunity to engage with your community.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Janine Hutson
    Former Vanier Scholar and fifth-year Ob/Gyn resident Dr. Janine Hutson feels privileged to share in the happiest moments of her patients' lives.

  • decorative imageFundraising: Recent donations
    Recent donations were made to honour and recognize past mentors and loved ones.

  • Media releases highlight research about common spine disease and the transformation of tobacco plants
    This month, a number of media releases highlighted outstanding research taking place across the School. Read about a major breakthrough into a better understanding of a highly prevalent spine disease that affects an astounding 25 to 30 per cent of North American men over 50 and tobacco plants transformed into ‘green bioreactors’ to benefit human health.

  • Using artificial intelligence and brain stimulation to improve treatment for psychosis
    In collaboration with five European centres, Dr. Lena Palaniyappan will be collecting brain scans and genetic information from more than 60,000 patients in order to understand the relationship between genetics and brain development. He is doing so with $2.1 million in support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the EU consortium.

  • Commercialization strategies top competition
    Trainees took home top prizes at the Proteus Innovation Competition, a four-month-long contest that takes three newly developed technologies and challenges teams to plan their commercialization. Congratulations to Joshua Dierolf, Tim Han, Christopher Leclerc and Jeffrey Levine.

  • Global experiences broaden horizons
    Walking through a tight, crowded corridor of the hospital, Clayton Law watched as a father bag-mask ventilated his son and the tiny patient’s mother held on to the IV bags with one arm. In the distance, he saw another family wheeling their loved one off on a stretcher so he could pass away at home. Law was one of 13 undergraduate medical students who took advantage of an opportunity for an international elective. It was an eye-opening learning experience none will ever forget.

  • Refresh your branded templates
    Branded templates for your esignature, powerpoint slides, letterhead and more are available for you to use. If you haven’t updated your templates in a while, branding kits have now available for you. Download the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Internal Brand Package.

  • decorative imageSocial Media Resources
    Looking to enhance your academic social media presence? These resources, tools and guidelines will help you get started.

  • decorative imageNew Poster Templates
    Updated poster templates are now available for use in a number of sizes and formats with Schulich Medicine & Dentistry branding.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Awards of Excellence London and Windsor, London Health Research Day, and many other activities are taking place in the coming months.

  • decorative imageResearch collaborations funded through Seed Grant program
    Six new interdisciplinary research teams have received funding from the Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. The intent of the grants is to promote new collaborations that build on different scientific and scholarly backgrounds, to facilitate breakthroughs in solving research questions in a collaborative manner.

  • decorative imageGovernment of Canada supports HockeyFIT expansion across Canada
    The Public Health Agency of Canada will invest up to $2.5 million over three-and-a-half years to help expand the Hockey Fans in Training (Hockey FIT) program across the country. This program, which was founded by Dr. Rob Petrella, aims to motivate Canadian adult males to eat healthier foods and become more physically active by incorporating participants’ passion for hockey into the initiative.

  • decorative imageSchulich Dentistry accreditation update
    Schulich Dentistry graduate and postgraduate programs are reviewed for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). All four programs are accredited, and the School is now working on meeting recommendations made by the CDAC.

  • decorative imageIntroducing the 12 MD Program Entrustable Professional Activities
    With the launch of the renewed MD Curriculum in September 2019, the Association of the Faculties of Medicine of Canada Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) will be integrated into the new four-year curriculum. Learn more about the EPAs, and find out which of your colleagues is on the task force.

  • decorative imageSenate approves changes to Internationally Trained Dentists Program
    On March 15, Western’s Senate approved changes to the School’s ITD Program from the current two-year format to a three-year format beginning in 2020/2021.

  • decorative imageChanges to upcoming student reading weeks
    Effective September 1st, 2019, Fall Reading Week will be scheduled to begin on the third Monday after Thanksgiving and end at midnight on the subsequent Sunday. As a result, the Senate has also approved a new Structure of the Academic year to encompass that each term is twelve weeks in length, comprising of at least 60 lecture days.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your Achievements
    Congratulations to Matthew Cecchini, Lauren Cipriano, Lorelei Lingard, Janet Martin, Andrew Pruszynski and others for their achievements this month.

  • decorative imageCommitment to Community: Building awareness and promoting physical activity
    Dr. Steven Macaluso recently traveled to Scotland with the national wheelchair curling team, serving as their doctor.

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Accessible Medics
    A large population of Canadians hesitate when picking up the phone to call 911 in a medical emergency because they aren’t sure how they are going to pay the ambulance fee. Working as a volunteer first responder for St. John’s Ambulance, BMSc student Kevin Zhou witnessed this first hand here in London, and committed to doing something to help.

  • decorative imageResearch Profile
    3D ultrasound gives clinicians a clearer picture to guide treatment for gynaecological cancer.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education: Teen campers across Southwester Ontario learn about careers
    Join us for Discovery Week and help give aspiring physicians an opportunity to engage with your community.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Lauren Riggen, PGY 4, Psychiatry
    Dr. Lauren Riggen, PGY4 Psychiatry, loves being a resident and have the opportunity to learn, teach and care for patients.

  • decorative imageDonations and investments
    This past month, a number of donations and sponsorship investments were made in support of scholarships, research, the Schulich Fund and the See the Line event.

  • Media release highlights research that ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction
    This month, a media release was shared that highlighted research which found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from some level of related cognitive dysfunction that currently goes undetected in most cases.

  • A decade of laughter and sharing smiles
    Sharing Smiles Day, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, is an informative day where the attitudinal barriers between dental students and persons with special needs are removed and positive relationships fostered.

  • Improving outcomes for fracture clinic patients
    The fracture clinic in London, Ontario is a bustling place, with surgeons and trainees often seeing more than 70 patients each day. The busy clinic presents a range of challenges for health care workers, creating opportunities for academic surgeons like Dr. Emil Schemitsch to ask important research questions and hunt for answers.

  • Refresh your branded templates
    Branded templates for your e-signature, powerpoint slides, letterhead and more are available for you to use. If you haven’t updated your templates in a while, branding kits are now available for you.

  • decorative imageSocial Media
    Wondering how to integrate social media into your academic work? This workshop will answer your questions and share tips and best practices. Register for the session on June 6.

  • decorative imageTips & Tricks
    Thinking about an event? The Communications & Marketing team is here to help, and have put together a full list of tips and tricks for your planning.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Awards of Excellence, See the Line, Homecoming and more. Learn about upcoming events and RSVP today.

  • decorative image2019 Awards of Excellence recipients to be celebrated
    The annual Awards of Excellence Dinner will be held during the evening of May 30. In advance of that evening, you can read more about the recipients and their tremendous contributions.

  • decorative imageIndigenous Leader in Residence
    A new position for an Indigenous Leader in Residence has been created at the School. This new leader will act as the champion for all aspects of the School’s Indigenous Health Action Plan and guide the School as it strives to achieve the goals set out by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action specifically related to health care education.

  • decorative imageDr. Bertha Garcia to serve as Acting Vice Dean & Director of Dentistry
    Dr. Garcia will serve in this role beginning June 1, 2019 until May 31, 2020 or until a permanent Vice Dean & Director is selected. She will be spending three half days per week in Dentistry and providing Dr. Davy Cheng strong support to advance continued work on the renewal for Dentistry and accreditation recommendations. The School will be moving forward with a new search for a permanent Vice Dean & Director, as the previous search was not successful.

  • decorative imageJane Rylett, PhD, appointed Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Aging
    Rylett will work with her community to identify research priorities, develop funding opportunities, build partnerships, and translate research evidence into policy and practice to improve the health of Canadians and people around the world. As a member of CIHR’s leadership team, she will participate in implementing CIHR’s strategic direction.

  • decorative imageMedicine Class of 2019 celebrates their convocation
    On May 17, the Medicine Class of 2019 celebrated their convocation. Families, friends and colleagues enjoyed a morning together toasting the Class. During the ceremony Dr. George Kim was honoured with the Class of ’62 Award and Dr. Hersch Rosenberg received the Douglas Bocking Award.

  • decorative imageEmerging researchers receive funding to expand horizons and take risks
    Corey Baron, PhD, Bogumil Karas, PhD, and Dr. Zhan Tao (Peter) Wang, along with colleagues from across Western, will share in $1.2 million in funding for interdisciplinary research as part of the federal government’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.

  • decorative imageFaculty facilitators needed to support MD curriculum
    Faculty will be the key to the success of the MD Program curriculum renewal, and there is a new opportunity for faculty to be involved in a number of roles including coaches, facilitators, mentors and others. Learn more about these roles and how you can become involved.

  • decorative imageSecond iteration CaRMS results
    More than 98 per cent of Schulich Medicine students have matched to a postgraduate training program after the two iterations. As in past years, the largest number of Schulich Medicine students (45 per cent, or 78 students) matched to Family Medicine. This was followed by Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and General Surgery.

  • decorative imageMcRae award holds special significance for Dr. Vivian McAlister
    As the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s John McCrae Memorial Medal, Dr. McAlister is especially honoured to be simultaneously recognized and associated with an award that bears the name of the famed physician, solider and poet.

  • decorative imageDr. Paul Adams honoured for career-spanning work
    Dr. Adams was honoured with the Marcel Simon Award, an international prize for excellence in the research of genetic hemochromatosis, and has also been selected as the recipient of the 2019 CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship.

  • decorative imageLorelei Lingard, PhD, explores the current landscape of arts and humanities in medical education
    Can jazz help a future physician better interact with patients? Can reflective writing improve self-awareness and positively influence physician resilience? These are questions that Lorelei Lingard, PhD, co-lead Tracy Moniz, PhD, and an international team of researchers will explore in a scoping review of arts and humanities in medical education for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Ken Milne, Rebekah Jacques, Naila Kassam, Kathy Speechley, Kevin Fung, Kathy Roth and many others on their accomplishments and achievements this past month.

  • decorative image Commitment to the Community: Dr. Hannah Ernst
    Dr. Hannah Ernst spends Sunday evenings at the Salvation Army conducting an oral cavity cancer screening program.

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Dr. Cindos Barakat
    Celebrating the Medicine Class of 2019 with Dr. Cindos Barakat.

  • decorative imageResearch Profile: Derek Mitchell, PhD
    Derek Mitchell, PhD, is bridging the gap between our understanding of the mind and its relationship to the physical brain. He studies the neuroanatomy underlying the experience and control of emotions.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education: Dr. Donald Eby
    Curiosity led Dr. Donald Eby, and his emergency room colleagues at Grey Bruce Health Services, to ask questions about the disparity between their clinical practice and recommended guidelines for serial laboratory testing, which investigated patients with chest pain.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Bharat Markandey
    Dr. Bharat Markandey, PGY3, feels humbled and fortunate to have trained with a supportive faculty, which has allowed him to develop into a competent, empathetic and driven physician.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Medical Education Accreditation
    In November 2019, all of the School's residency programs will participate in an accreditation site visit. Learn more about accreditation, the logistics of the site visits and how to achieve success.

  • Media releases highlight research in epilepsy, ACL reconstruction surgery and share news about Discovery Week
    Media releases in May highlighted research led by Michael Poulter, PhD; the largest clinical trial of its kind led by Dr. Alan Getgood, which found that young athletes needing ACL reconstruction surgery after knee injury can improve outcomes through an additional procedure called lateral extra-articular tenodesis; and the annual Discovery Week program.

  • National media coverage
    Dr. Ian Ball is exploring the ethical questions that MAID presents for organ donation. “Because voluntary euthanasia creates organ-donation opportunities that differ from existing pathways, it may be necessary to develop new protocols specific to these patients,” he says in this National Post article.

  • Global health curriculum – a four-year journey for students
    Drs. Anita Cheng and Eva Welisch have recently taken on a new role and together are leading the global health curriculum for undergraduate medical education.

  • Western backs federal equity efforts
    Western University has joined an early chorus of voices in endorsing a federal initiative that backers say will promote equity, diversity and inclusion among the nation’s postsecondary researchers.

  • London Health Research Day showcases research excellence and the value of science communication
    London Health Research Day (LHRD) brought together hundreds of learners, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars to share their work, connect with peers and enhance their science communication skills. On April 30, more than 400 learners from across Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Lawson Health Research Institute participated in the eighth annual event.

  • decorative image SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP
    Wondering how to integrate social media into your academic work? This workshop will answer your questions and share tips and best practices. Register for the session on June 24.

  • decorative imageTHIS WEEK@SCHULICH process
    Have an event? Take advantage of the weekly e-bulletin to increase the attendance and engagement of your event. Read more.

  • decorative imageEVENTS
    Faculty & Staff BBQ – July 5. Let's celebrate summer and enjoy time with friends and colleagues at the 2019 Faculty & Staff Summer BBQ. Planning is also underway for a Windsor Campus Faculty & Staff Summer BBQ. More information, including an event date, to be released soon.

  • decorative imageBioMedical Research Facility update
    The BioMedical Research Facility project is on track for groundbreaking to take place in February 2020, after a short pause reported a few months ago. The Project Team has started working with a new architectural firm who has provided an assessment that is aligned with budgets, and there is a plan to go to tender for construction by the end of the 2019 calendar year.

  • decorative imageFour new CRCs announced
    Congratulations to Shehzad Ali, PhD, Grace Parraga, PhD, Corey Baron, PhD, and Marco Prado, PhD, who have been named among Western’s nine new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs).

  • decorative imageLondon scientists key players in national dementia strategy
    Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso and his team will receive $1.345 million over five years through the second phase of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, announced as part of Canada’s national dementia strategy.

  • decorative imageResearchers examine gender-based differences in physician burnout
    Dr. Javeed Sukhera co-authored a discussion paper that examined the literature around physician burnout and looked specifically at the differing indicators for women physicians.

  • decorative imageHomecoming events to examine burnout in the health care professions and explore the unfinished business of medicare
    Join us for two events taking place during Homecoming Weekend featuring André Picard, Drs. Jeremy Chitpin, Gillian Kernaghan, Mithu Sen, Colin Taylor, Sara Taylor, Danyaal Raza, as well as Schulich Dentistry student Christine Huynh.

  • decorative imageCelebrating the Class of 2019
    During the past two weeks, the School celebrated the Class of 2019 for BMSc and Neuroscience, Dentistry and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

  • decorative imageMD Curriculum Renewal - breaking down the courses
    During the next several months, overviews of the courses that will be included in the renewed curriculum will be shared with faculty, staff and learners. This month, we are sharing more information about the Foundations of Medicine course.

  • decorative imageSponsor a White Coat
    The White Coat Ceremony is a pivotal moment, marking the beginning of a student’s journey. For the first time, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is pleased to invite alumni, faculty, staff and friends to be part of this special occasion by sponsoring a white coat and providing encouragement for incoming Medicine and Dentistry students.

  • decorative imageGregory Dekaban, PhD, appointed Acting Chair, Microbiology & Immunology
    Gregory Dekaban, PhD, has been appointed as Acting Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, or until a new Chair is appointed.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to all graduating residents, Peter Chidiac, John Denstedt, Jeffrey Dixon, and many others on the recognitions and honours you received this past month.

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Megan DeWeerd, BMSc'19
    Megan DeWeerd, BMSc'19, was part of the first cohort of students graduating this June with an Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology.

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Safee Mian, PhD'19
    Safee Mian, PhD'19, is applying his basic science training to a career in management consultancy. He says graduate school provides highly transferable skills.

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Pari Dabas, DDS'19
    During the past four years, Pari Dabas, DDS'19, enjoyed new experiences that helped her grow personally and professionally.

  • decorative imageDiscovery Week brings rural and regional medicine front and centre
    Through Discovery Week, students experience a new side of health care that they haven’t seen before.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Matthew Pfaff, PGY1
    Dr. Matthew Pfaff, PGY1, Family Medicine, chose the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus as it offers residents independence and increased opportunities to interact with staff directly.

  • decorative imageResearch Profile: Dr. Tom Appleton, PhD
    Dr. Tom Appleton, PhD, is investigating the mechanisms of osteoarthritis with the goal of developing more personalized treatments for patients. "I really want to be in that space where we are making clinically relevant discoveries."

  • Media Releases
    Media releases in June featured research on how diet can influence memory formation, what you should know about marijuana and fertility and how researchers are collaborating to help defuse aortic aneurysms, known as the 'time bomb' of cardiology.

  • See The Line
    The 2019 event is fast approaching and has an outstanding lineup of speakers including Katherine Price Snedaker, LCSW, Executive Director and Founder of PINK Concussions; and Rick Westhead, Senior Correspondent, TSN and CTV National News. This event sells out early every. Don't miss your opportunity to attend.

  • decorative imageEXCELLENCE PHOTOS
    Last month, we celebrated the 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients - faculty, staff and trainees who are leading the way in education, research and administration.

  • decorative imageSUMMER BREAK
    We hope you have enjoyed reading The Pulse this past academic year. We are taking a break for two months and will be back with more stories in September.

  • decorative imageEVENTS
    Faculty & Staff BBQ – July 5. There's just one day left to register for the BBQ. Sign up by the end of day June 28 to ensure you are on the list for this summer favorite.

  • decorative image BioMedical Research Facility – on track
    With the new BioMedical Research Facility on track to break ground in February 2020, faculty and staff can expect to see work beginning on a few enabling projects and may encounter some minor changes to parking in the Medical Science lot.

  • decorative imageRapport Magazine now available
    The 2019 issue of Rapport Magazine is hitting newsstands this week. Read the magazine online and find out more about new approaches to education, the challenges facing senior care in Canada and how the School’s alumni are shaking up the status quo around the world.

  • decorative imageRobarts Research Institute home to Canada’s first Magnetic Particle Imaging system
    Considered the most promising and emerging imaging technology of the past 20 years, Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) has arrived at Robarts. As Canada’s first MPI system, it provides unique research opportunities and solidifies the Institute as one of the world’s leading imaging research centres.

  • decorative imageResearchers named among newest Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
    Congratulations to Ann Chambers, PhD, Ravi Menon, PhD and Joy MacDermid, PhD, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly and scientific achievement.

  • decorative imageLauren Flynn named a member of College of New Scholars
    Congratulations to Lauren Flynn, PhD, who was named a member of the College of New Scholars. Part of the Royal Society of Canada, College membership represents the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

  • decorative imageThe real low-down on diabetes
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Diabetes Alliance received more than $1 million to lead a global, real-world study on diabetes-related hypoglycemia.

  • decorative imageAcademic appointments
    During the summer months, several academic appointments and re-appointments were announced. Congratulations to Drs. Davy Cheng, Tracey Crumley, Gregory Gloor, Ian Hons, George Kim, Lena Palaniyappan, Robbie Stein, Brad Urquhart, Chris Watling and Eric Wong.

  • decorative image Welcome to Dentistry’s newest faculty members
    Three new faculty members have recently joined Schulich Dentistry. Welcome to Drs. Sharat Pani, Shawn Steele and Liliani Vieira.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Bojana Radan, Matthew Hebb, Jennifer Vergel de Dios, and many others on the recognitions and honours you received in recent months.

  • decorative imageA story of survival and strength
    Trainee Profile: PhD Candidate Emmanuel Ndashimye's inspiring story of survival and strength spans across borders and to the heights of academia.

  • decorative imageResearch: Top lab to make an ImPaKT on pathogens
    Unique in North America, the Imaging Pathogens for Knowledge Translation (ImPaKT) officially opened.

  • decorative imageDr. Firas Al-Dhaher is hoping to inspire rural-based health research
    By exploring issues of access and availability for rural patients, Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher is hoping to inspire rural-based health research. As the Site Director for the Petrolia Medical Clinic, he sees an under-serviced patient population, one that faces distinct socio-economic concerns and limited access to health care resources.

  • decorative imageMy six-word story
    PGY5 Urology resident Dr. Roderick Clark shares the advice he would give his younger self.

  • decorative imageCPD Update: The new Activity Planning Guide outlines the process of designing and delivering and accredited event
    The new Continuing Professional Development Activity Planning Guide is a comprehensive guidebook that outlines the process of designing and delivering an accredited event. It also guides you through the accreditation application process. Access the Planning Guide online.

  • The Conversation Canada: Impact of vaping on people's lungs
    Imaging scientist Grace Parraga, PhD, sounds the alarm about the harmful effects of vaping in a commentary for The Conversation Canada. The article led to media coverage in Canada and around the world.

  • Media Releases
    Media coverage throughout the summer featured research on how mutations in tRNA may play a role in disease, predictors of substance abuse in pregnancy and why cannabis produces radically different effects in different individuals.

  • Welcome to a new academic year
    New Medicine and Dentistry students began their professional journey with the traditional White Coat Ceremony and enjoyed a week of firsts and celebration as they became acquainted with their peers and faculty.

  • New admission process focuses on experiences and values
    The Medicine Class of 2023 is the first to have been selected through the initial phase of changes to the medical school admissions process that includes an autobiographical sketch and widened MCAT threshold.

  • Taylor Prize recipient credited with rescuing abandoned molecule
    Dr. Daniel Rader from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has been named this year’s recipient of the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine.

  • See the Line continues to shine the light on concussion
    More than 500 people attended the seventh annual See the Line Community Symposium. It was a captivating day, with speakers highlighting the latest in concussion research, education, policy change and prevention.

  • Social Media Resources
    Looking to enhance your academic social media presence? These resources, tools and guidelines will help you get started.

  • Website Checklist
    Are you updating your website? A checklist will help you with your reviews before you go live.

  • Events
    “Medicare ends once you leave the doctor’s office with your prescription in hand.” Dr. Danyaal Raza, MD’09, joins us for the Dean's Distinguished Lecture on October 19 to discuss the fight for prescription drugs.

  • decorative imageQ&A with Dr. Davy Cheng
    In this month’s Q&A, Dr. Cheng provides an update on key initiatives at the School, faculty and leadership recruitment and a few upcoming projects that will involve Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • decorative imageConstruction projects continue as planned
    Construction plans for the new BioMedical Research Facility and Robarts Research Institute are moving forward. Discussions for renovations in the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine seek to maximize space and capitalize on program synergies.

  • decorative imageSurgeon General makes historic visit to celebrate military history
    Canada’s Surgeon General made an historic visit to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in October to honour Western’s military medical past and look forward to new partnerships.

  • decorative imageResidents take wellness to heart
    Drs. Ali Bateman, Ernest Chan and Camilla Stepniak are three Schulich Medicine & Dentistry residents who are developing diverse wellness initiatives for their peers in hopes of reducing burnout and enhancing mental health.

  • decorative imageStudent leaders take to the airwaves
    Increasing transparency, enhancing communication and advocating for their fellow students are top priorities for the School’s student leaders. Allison Dilliott, Todd Kaiway, Jessica Garabon and Rishika Geda shared their thoughts on how they will achieve this and more in a recent podcast.

  • decorative imagedentalcorp student lounge opens at Schulich Dentistry
    Schulich Dentistry officially opened the dentalcorp student lounge this month, recognizing the company’s $1 million donation in support of ongoing education and training.

  • decorative imageHomecoming 2019
    The School celebrated 50 years of Clinical Neurological Sciences and welcomed back hundreds of alumni. For our community, Homecoming is also an opportunity to reflect on current issues facing health care in Canada - this year, topics included burnout in medicine and dentistry, and universal pharmacare.

  • decorative imageNational Media: David Edgell discusses gene editing technology in The New York Times
    "CRISPR is the next step in antimicrobial therapy," says David Edgell, PhD. He led a recent study that used gene editing to kill a species of Salmonella, forcing the bacteria to make lethal cuts to its own genome. Via NY Times

  • decorative imageDr. P. Andrea Lum appointed Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs
    Dr. P. Andrea Lum was appointed as Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for a five-year term effective January 1, 2020.

  • decorative imageDr. Sandra Northcott appointed Associate Dean, Learner Equity & Wellness
    Dr. Sandra Northcott was appointed as Associate Dean, Learner Equity & Wellness, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective December 1, 2019.

  • decorative imageDr. Amardeep Thind re-appointed Director, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health
    Dr. Amardeep Thind was re-appointed as Director, Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective September 1, 2019.

  • decorative imageForging international collaboration in Hong Kong and China
    A recent tour through Hong Kong and China by Dr. Davy Cheng, Acting Dean, fostered new and existing partnerships that aim to improve health care abroad and at home.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Ruth Lanius, Terry Peters, Fred Ross, Kara Ruicci and many others on the recognitions and honours you recently received.

  • decorative imageSocial Accountability
    Using teddy bears as patients, medical and dental students visit kindergarten classrooms across the city to teach children about health and medicine.

  • decorative imageTrainee Profile
    During her time in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, Nour Kachouh, MPH’19, was challenged to think critically and reflect on her role as a public health professional.

  • decorative imageTraining surgeons to manage stress, emotions
    Is there a vaccine for stress when performing surgery? A simulation program developed by Dr. Rob Leeper is helping train general surgical residents to effectively manage high-stress, emotional scenarios.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education
    A study led by Dr. Barry Emara, an Adjunct Professor with the School’s Windsor Campus, supports the efficacy and safety of dropless cataract surgery.

  • decorative imageMy six-word story
    PGY6 Psychiatry resident Dr. Sheena Ghodasara shares the words of wisdom she lives by.

  • decorative imageCPD Update
    CPD Update: Faculty Development Mini Fellowships provide grants of up to $5,000 to support professional development opportunities for faculty. Apply by November 12

  • Western named one of fastest-rising institutions for scientific research by Nature index
    Your research output has placed Western among the top five fastest-growing institutions in the world.

  • Ontario Research Fund supports early researchers and infrastructure
    The Ontario government announced $2.2 million in support of research at Western University. Recipients include Ilka Heinemann, Susan Huang, Naveen Poonai, Brian Allman, Tim Bussey, Ali Khan and Rithwik Ramachandaran.

  • NIH grant supports genome editing cancer immunotherapy research
    John Ronald, PhD, and his team have received a grant from the National Health Institute to develop tools to better monitor how CRISPR-modified cancer immunotherapies move through a patient's system.

  • Stipends available for Summer Research Training Program
    Clinical and basic science research projects are supported through SRTP. Submit your proposal by December 9 to the School's Research Office.

  • In the media
    Media releases in October focused on a research group's quest to use CRISPR to alter the microbiome and a new study from Adrian Owen's lab that helps better understand consciousness.

  • United Way campaign kicks off
    There are many ways to get involved and show your support for the United Way. Join the purple wave at the StairClimb, Coffee Day, Beach Volleyball Tournament and other events.

  • Enhance your interdisciplinary skills, expertise and confidence to tackle health care problems
    Interdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) is accepting applications for its one-year program. Get valuable feedback on your primary health care research, gain interdisciplinary team experience, network with other health researchers and more. Apply by December 2.

  • Social Media Resources
    What hashtags should you use on Twitter? How do you share images and links? The School’s Social Media Style Guide provides easy guidelines and recommendations to help you use social media effectively.

  • Branded Templates
    Branded templates are available to help you create professional event and research posters, Power Point presentations and more. Access the templates using your Western username and password.

  • Events
    In Canada, one person dies every five minutes from a heart condition, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment. Scientists at Robarts Research Institute are helping change this outcome. Join us on November 12 to shine a light on a critical area of research. RSVP today.

  • decorative imageOffice of Military Academic Medicine opens
    Under the direction of Dr. Vivian McAlister, the Office builds upon a long-standing relationship between the School and the Canadian Armed Forces, and brings together current education, research and partnership activities. It also positions the School to work more strategically and to identify new opportunities.

  • decorative imageAwards of Excellence: Nominations open December 2
    It’s time to start thinking about who you’d like to recognize. The School is home to many outstanding staff and faculty – celebrate their accomplishments with an Award of Excellence. Nominations open on December 2. More details arriving in your inbox next week.

  • decorative imageProgress continues on renovation and construction projects
    From renovations at Robarts Research Institute, to planning a new home for Epidemiology & Biostatistics, to continued early works projects for the BioMedical Research Facility – the School’s construction projects are moving forward.

  • decorative imageRecognizing student excellence at the Dentistry Fall Awards Reception
    More than 20 awards were presented to students at the annual Schulich Dentistry Fall Awards Reception on November 21.

  • decorative imagePopcorn lung: Faculty members document case of life-threatening vaping injury
    By publishing details of the first Canadian case of vaping-related illness, Drs. Karen Bosma and Simon Landman hope to draw attention to the dangers of vaping.

  • decorative imageConcussion for non-athletes
    Most concussions are not sport-related. How do we help people injured in car accidents, workplace incidents, assaults or falls? Laura Graham, PhD, explores how we can translate what we’ve learned from sport and apply it more broadly. The latest in the four-part series, Brainstorm: Straight Talk on Concussion.

  • decorative imagePaul Paolatto serving as Acting Chief Administrative Officer
    Paul Paolatto is serving as Acting Chief Administrative Officer for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, effective November 1. In this role, he will support the School’s operating (non-academic) activities.

  • decorative imageOtolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery resident to improve global surgery care in Ethiopia
    In early 2020, third-year resident Dr. Hannah Ernst will travel to Mekelle, Ethiopia on a global surgery rotation. She’ll be joining Dr. Joshua Wiedermann, a Fellow at the School, who has been working for more than a year to establish a sustainable education program at the hospital in Mekelle.

  • decorative imageStories of service
    Faculty members and learners have used their medical and dental training to support the Canadian military for generations – serving their country in times of war, conflict and peace. This month, the School profiled these contributions in a special online series.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Parisa Shooshtari, Rachel Eddy, Robert Hegele, the PEPP Physician Team and many others on the recognitions and honours you recently received.

  • decorative imageDiscovering a sense of community
    Social Accountability: Medical student Katherina Baranova asked her wedding guests to support Rowntree’s Evening Meal instead of bringing gifts – a generous act that builds on six years of support for the organization.

  • decorative imageAlong the journey of illness and healing
    Medical student Tina Zhou’s personal experience with illness and healing inspired her to pursue a career in medicine.

  • decorative imageCelebrating science, discovery and the next generation
    Photos: Researchers, trainees and community supporters came together at Robarts Research Institute’s Taylor Symposium and Celebration of Science and Discovery Dinner this month.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education
    Dr. Ian Hons is forging new community connections as the new Regional Academic Director for Oxford.

  • decorative imageMy six-word story
    PGY3 Urology resident Dr. Leandra Stringer shares the words of wisdom she lives by.

  • decorative imageCPD Update
    Awards up to $10,000 are available through the CPD Innovation & Research Grant to support your continuing professional development work. Apply by January 11.

  • WE SPEAK 2020
    Western University is once again conducting an employee engagement survey. Faculty and staff at the School will have the opportunity to provide feedback from January 28 to February 14, 2020. Based on feedback from past surveys, the School plans to develop a separate clinical faculty survey in the coming year.

  • Online training programs enhance workplace knowledge and safety
    All faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete online training programs in Health & Safety, WHMIS, Safe Campus Community and AODA. Have you completed yours?

  • Oh, the weather outside is frightful
    With the winter weather fast approaching, it’s a good time to review the inclement weather processes for the University and the School.

  • Branding kits – download ready-to-use templates
    Branded templates for your e-signature, PowerPoint slides, letterhead and more are available for you to use. If you haven’t updated your templates in a while, branding kits are now available for you.

  • Holiday Candy Grams in support of United Way
    Help make someone else’s holiday bright. Show them you care by sending a Holiday Candy Gram and support Western’s United Way campaign. Order online by Friday, December 6.

  • Holiday Door Decorating Contest – Submit your photo by December 10
    Ring in the holiday season with tinsel, bows and lots of festive cheer. Transform your office door or cubicle for the Holiday Door Decorating Contest. Submit your photo by December 10 to socialcommittee@schulich.uwo.ca. Winners will be decided by an online vote and announced on December 13.

  • ‘Tis the season for giving
    The holiday season is synonymous with gift giving. Learn more about how you can support Schulich Medicine & Dentistry students and trainees, research programs or new initiatives.

  • Enhance your interdisciplinary skills, expertise and confidence to tackle health care problems
    Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research – Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) is accepting applications for its one-year program. Get valuable feedback on your primary health care research, gain interdisciplinary team experience, network with other health researchers and more. Apply by December 2.

  • Social Media Resources
    Promotional posts don’t perform well on social media. How do you get people interested and engaged in your upcoming event? These guidelines will help you use social media effectively to share and promote School events.

  • Communications Support
    From graphic design to video production to event planning, the Communications team supports a variety of services at the School. Complete the Project Request Form to get started on your next communications or marketing project.

  • Events
    The Imaging Pathogens for Knowledge Translation (ImPaKT) facility officially opened this year. What role will it play in future research? Join us on February 3 for ImPaKT Summit: Our ImPaKT on an HIV Cure. RSVP today.

  • decorative imageCelebrating a decade of medical education excellence
    2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus. In this edition of the Dean's Video Newsletter, Dr. Strong speaks about the development of the Campus and the tremendous impact it has made.

  • decorative imageCIHR funding supports numerous School researchers
    Thirteen different research projects received a major funding boost from the Canadian Institutes of Heath Research. David Litchfield, Vice Dean, Research and Innovation says this success is a reflection of the excellence of the School's research teams and the funding will support research and training in a number of areas aligned with the strategic plan.

  • decorative imageA special thanks to Dr. Bertha Garcia
    Family, friends and colleagues gathered to thank Dr. Bertha Garcia for her many years of dedication in her role as Vice Dean, Education. Although stepping away from this position, Dr. Garcia will continue in her academic role at the School.

  • decorative imagePowerful practice
    200 psychiatry residents from Canada, the US and around the globe gathered in London to hear from world-renowned experts on every aspect of their practice from depression, to sleep disorders and ADHD. The week-long course featured a mix of situation-based practice and in-depth review.

  • decorative imageAutism and The Little Prince
    For Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook, the classic children's book The Little Prince holds a special place in her heart. The main character reminds her of her brother, Thomas, who lives with autism and served as the main source of inspiration for her recent publication about the book's connection to the disorder.

  • decorative image Shelley McKellar, PhD, explores the drama and impact of the world's first heart transplant
    December 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the first human heart transplant. In a recent publication, Shelley McKellar, PhD explored what this clinical first meant and what it can tell us about medical innovations across the ages.

  • decorative imageAnnual Bootcamp an international affair
    The Anatomy and Radiology Contouring Bootcamp for Radiation Oncology Residents, led by Dr. David Palma, attracts radiation oncology residents from around the world. For three days, residents experience lectures, hands-on learning, share ideas and gain new perspectives on how to do things.

  • decorative imageDr. Homer Yang, appointed Chair/Chief Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
    Dr. Homer Yang has been appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2023.

  • decorative imageSusanne Schmid, PhD, appointed Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    Susanne Schmid, PhD, has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022.

  • decorative imageInterim leadership for Psychiatry announced
    London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care London and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are actively engaged in a search for a new Chair/Chief of Psychiatry. While that process is ongoing, a collaborative model has been undertaken to fill the interim leadership of the Department of Psychiatry.

  • decorative imageBlending her passions of arts and science
    An MSc Candidate in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Baha finds it humorous to see how shocked people are when they find out she completed her undergraduate studies in music education.

  • decorative imageDemystifying frontotemporal dementia
    Unwavering determination earned PhD Candidate Tamara Tavares first place at Western's Three Minute Thesis competition in 2017. Through her success, she has raised awareness of frontotemporal dementia at the University level and beyond.

  • decorative imageRugby study shows metabolite changes in the brain
    Researchers at Robarts Research Institute have shown that a regular season of play can cause changes in the brain that are similar to changes caused by concussion, though less severe.

  • decorative imageR.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Grey Bruce Health Services
    In the fourth installment of the R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow faculty member and neurologist Dr. Bryan Young and Family Medicine resident Dr. Lauren Bouillon at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Seth Climans, Neurology
    Dr. Seth Climans grew up in Richmond Hill and Vaughan, but after graduating from high school he came to Western University and completed his Bachelor of Medical Sciences. Visits to the hospital where his mother worked exposed him to health care environments first planting the seed of curiosity about a career in medicine.

  • decorative imageFaculty Development Mini Fellowships - Call for Submission for $5,000 grants
    Career development grants up to $5,000 available to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty members from London, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus and Distributed Academies who wish to take advantage of professional development opportunities to acquire new skills and knowledge.

  • Hair samples provide window into stress experienced by refugees
    For the first time, researchers have been able to correlate a group’s self-reported feelings of stress and trauma with biological evidence of that stress. A study co-authored by Drs. Stan Van Uum and Michael Greff analyzed the concentration of cortisol – the so-called stress hormone – in the hair of refugees who had fled the Syrian war.

  • Research uncovers new link between head trauma, CTE and ALS
    Dr. Michael Strong, and Alex Moszczynski, PhD have uncovered a unique neurobiological pathway triggered by head trauma which underlies both chronic traumatic encephalopathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence - Nominations now open
    Every year, the Awards of Excellence honours the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and provides an opportunity to recognize and encourage the ongoing development of the outstanding talent found here. Please submit your nomination by February 26, 2018.

  • Alumni of Distinction Awards - Nominations now open
    Annually, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Alumni of Distinction Awards celebrates and honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession. Please submit your nomination by Monday, March 5, 2018.

  • Living Well @ Western
    Living Well @ Western provides wellness opportunities to Western’s employees, including postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. A new service is being launched, 'Bringing Living Well to You', that brings a ‘coach’ to your worksite to provide a 10 to 15 minute wellness activity.

  • Social Media Round-Up - January 2018
    Catch up on the best twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Alison Allan, Doug Jones, Brooke Edwards, David Rodenhiser and many others.

  • Branding quick reference guide
    Unsure of the correct way to use the School name or logo placement? Check out the Branding Guidelines which will provide you with all the details.

  • decorative imageDiversity Working Groups
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry has established a Diversity Working Group. We sat down with Drs. Davy Cheng and Jay Rosenfield the co-chairs, to learn more about the Working Group.

  • decorative imageWindsor Campus: Recognizing the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients
    Congratulations to the deserving award winners for their outstanding contributions to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Windsor Campus.

  • decorative imageFunding: CANet funds arrhythmia research projects across Canada
    The Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet), housed at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and its partners announced funding of 10 research grants, totaling over $4.4 million with an additional $10 million in matching funds. Congratulations to Maria Drangova, PhD, and Dr. Jamie Manlucu who received funding as part of this announcement.

  • decorative imageA stalwart of dental education
    51 years. More than 2,500 graduates. Numerous academic leadership roles. Dr. Stanley Kogon represents the long tradition of extraordinary dental education at Western University.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Maria Drangova, Jaimie Manlucu, Carolyn Adams, Wally Liang, Mithu Sen, Anita Chen, Charles Ho, Josee Paradis, Andrew Pruszynski, Tanya Thornton, all the Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients.

  • decorative imageDr. Kari Visscher has combined her passion for art and imaging to create a unique educational tool
    Kari Visscher, MD, cannot remember a time when she was not passionate about art. As a resident, at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, completing her radiology training, she found a way to combine her passion with her career – all while demystifying the often times misunderstood world of imaging.

  • decorative imageA lifelong pursuit in public health
    The field of public health is something Ryan McConnell has been passionate about since his childhood, even if he didn’t realize it until later in life. His interest began inadvertently at a young age when his grandmother and grandfather were both diagnosed with cancer in the same calendar year.

  • decorative imageLaw firms support concussion research
    Seven London law firms have jointly contributed $130,000 to support concussion research at Robarts. “This gift helps drive a city-wide focus on interdisciplinary concussion research,” said Marlys Koschinsky, PhD, Scientific and Executive Director at Robarts.

  • decorative imageMaking Connections
    Melissa Cookson, Medicine Class of 2019, is an avid participant in learning experiences offered through the Distributed Education program. She welcomes the unique opportunities to enhance her medical knowledge, while developing meaningful community connections.

  • decorative imageResident Profile
    Dr. Jennifer Koichopolos was inspired to pursue a surgical residency after completing a surgical rotation during clerkship. “The medicine was exciting and after that everything paled in comparison and I was hooked.” Now, as she achieves procedural-based accomplishments such as her first appendectomy, first colonoscopy, and first chest tube, she has realized that the most rewarding moments are really about seeing patients in clinic when they are well again.

  • decorative imageCelebrating and thanking donors for their support
    Annual donations, multi-year pledges and estate gifts continue to make a difference, enriching student awards and bursaries and supporting the overall mission of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Windsor Star highlights a decade of medical education in Windsor
    In celebration of the10th anniversary of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus, the front page of the Windsor Star featured stories from leaders, students, faculty and alumni to demonstrate the impact the School has had on health care in Windsor.

  • History of Medicine professor answers the question, can your heart be mechanically replaced?
    Shelley McKellar, PhD, explores the history of artificial hearts in her new book. Just in time for Valentine’s Day she discussed the allure and uncertainty of this technology and society's fascination with replaceable parts on CBC London Morning.

  • LHRD Exchange
    This exciting new addition to London Health Research Day aims to foster conversation and influence policy regarding diversity and inclusivity in health research, and will feature talks from Dr. Janet Smylie, Greta Bauer, Alysha Croker, Shantal Feltham, and your fellow trainees.

  • Dean's Report 2017 - Now available
    The Dean's Report is an annual performance review that presents a comprehensive overview of the successes we as a School have achieved over the past year. It also provides updates and data pertaining to the School's operations & administration, education programs, financial accessibility, research, awards, international efforts, and social responsibility.

  • Selection Committee Updates
    Interested in knowing the status of various selection committee activities? You can visit the School's Human Resources for a monthly update. Please note the information is updated at the beginning of each month.

  • Cheers to Us: A Toast to 2018
    On January 26, Epidemiology and Biostatistics celebrated the new year. Cheers to Us: A Toast to 2018 featured good food, good people and good trivia (even if Google occasionally disagreed).

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Gary Tithcott, Frank Beir, Jane Thornton , Saman Maleki, Alison Allan and more...

  • decorative imageStaff & Faculty Services : Hospital Partner Branding
    Unsure of the correct way to use Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western logos with hospital logos? Visit the School's website for an easy to use and ready-made image.

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Awards of Excellence - Windsor, Beer Tasting Event at Forked River Brewing Company, London Health Research Day and many other activities.

  • decorative imageWindsor Campus 10th Anniversary
    The Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus celebrated 10 years of excellence in medical education in 2018. After the Ontario Government identified a need for more medical school spaces in the early 2000s, an incredible amount of time and effort was put into developing a satellite campus in Windsor.

  • decorative imageDistinguished University Professors and Faculty Scholars announced
    Congratulations to Dale Laird announced as a Distinguished University Professor. Lauren Flynn, Qingping Feng, Steven Laviolette, Walter Siqueira, were also recognized as Faculty Scholars.

  • decorative imageEntrada chosen as platform to support CBME
    Entrada (entrada.org) has been chosen to serve as the School’s technology platform in support of competency-based medical education (CBME) and in the near future all education needs in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education related to assessment, scheduling, portfolios, etc.

  • decorative imageSTEM conference engages, empowers young women
    Approximately 250 undergraduate students, researchers and volunteers attended the one-day conference, organized by the Western Women in Neuroscience graduate student group.

  • decorative imageResearch team develops clinically-validated 3D printed stethoscope
    A team of researchers has developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies – places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death.

  • decorative imageBringing holistic health to the community
    Teresa Van Deven, curriculum co-ordinator for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has developed the school’s Social Medicine course, which aims to teach future physicians about the social determinants of health and a physician’s role in understanding and treating a patient with a more holistic approach to health.

  • decorative imageAlison Allan, PhD appointed Chair, Anatomy and Cell Biology
    Alison Allan, PhD has been appointed as Chair, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective February 1, 2018 until June 30, 2023.

  • decorative imageDr. Maggie Rebel appointed Associate Dean, Learner Equity & Wellness
    Dr. Margaretha Rebel has been appointed as Associate Dean, Office of Learner Equity & Wellness, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2023.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Homer Yang, Kelly Anderson, Judy Bornais, Bertha Garcia, Parham Rasoulinejad and the Duenwald Research Group, along with other faculty and Learners on the many achievements this past month.

  • decorative imageMaking history - again
    Twenty-three Schulich Medicine students presented their research projects at the annual History of Medicine Days in Calgary.

  • decorative imageResearchers use lessons learned from fetal brain growth to stimulate brain repair after stroke
    Arthur Brown, PhD, and his team at Robarts Research Institute have shown that by targeting a gene called Sox9, they can stimulate axonal growth and improve recovery after stroke. Brown and his team have previously demonstrated that the transcription factor, Sox9, controls the expression of CSPGs, and by targeting it, they can block the ‘no grow’ signal.

  • decorative imageInspiring youth to discover health care
    Young teens across southwestern Ontario have a new camp opportunity thanks to some dedicated and innovative Schulich Medicine students. Campers will get hands-on experience with suturing and casting, grapple with medical cases and diagnose and treat patients and explore life as a physician, nurse, pharmacists or emergency medical services provider.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. TJ Leeper
    Resident spotlight: Dr. TJ Leeper finds working with dedicated teams a rewarding part of his work.

  • decorative imageCelebrating and thanking donors for their support – March 2018
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is grateful for the continued support from generous donors. Two recent donations are benefiting Oral Surgery and an endowed medical student award.

  • Selection Committee Updates
    Interested in knowing the status of various selection committee activities? You can visit the School's Human Resources for a monthly update. Please note the information is updated at the beginning of each month.

  • The Paralympics demonstrate the importance of Rehabilitation Medicine
    The Canadian Paralympic Team that recently sent a record number 55 athletes to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The delegation included 25 first-time Paralympians and 19 previous medal winners who collectively participated in all of the sports on offer: para alpine skiing, para ice hockey, para snowboard, para nordic (cross-country and biathalon) and para wheelchair curling.

  • Working Groups get underway
    More than 100 faculty, staff and students submitted their names to participate in one of the School’s budget and operationally focused Working Groups. During the next few months, the six groups, each with 10 members, will be working to assess and make recommendations on items relating to budget, organizational structure and other areas.

  • Staff & Faculty Summer BBQ
    Let's celebrate summer and enjoy time with friends and colleagues at the 2018 Staff & Faculty BBQ. Pick up your BBQ lunch inside the Physics & Astronomy Atrium then head outside and enjoy the sunshine. Everyone is encouraged to picnic on the grass by the McIntosh Gallery so be sure to bring a blanket, seating will also be available inside if desired. Planning is underway for a BBQ at the Schulich Medicine - Windsor Campus.

  • Western reduces tuition for international PhD students to same level as domestic PhD students
    With global excellence its defining goal, Western University is reducing tuition for international PhD students to the same level as domestic PhD students effective September 1, 2018. This new tuition equality strategy will enable Western’s world class faculty, which includes 66 Canada Research Chairs, to recruit not only the best Canadian students, but also the best international students.

  • decorative imageTweets of the Month
    Catch up on the best twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Mike Ott, George Kim, Frank Beier, Gary Tithecott, Katherina Baranova and many others

  • decorative imageTips and Tricks
    Unsure of the correct way to use Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western branding? The Communications Team at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, has worked hard to establish a cohesive, unified brand for the School. Visit the School's branding website for more details.

  • decorative imageUpcoming Events
    Conversation & Coffee with the Dean, Schulich & Dentistry Alumni Cocktail Reception-Toronto, London Health Research Day, Awards of Excellence, Staff & Faculty Summer BBQ, and many other activities.

  • decorative imageNew leadership structure for Schulich Dentistry
    The new structure includes four roles: Associate Dean, Undergraduate Dental Education; Associate Dean, Graduate and Postgraduate Dental Education; Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs - Dentistry; and Assistant Dean, Dentistry Research. Each with a five-year term. This new structure replaces the previous one in Dentistry effective as of today.

  • decorative imageCongratulations to two new Collaborative Research Seed Grants teams
    CRSG provides seed funding for the formation and development of two new interdisciplinary collaborative research teams. The intent is to promote new collaborations that build on different scientific and scholarly backgrounds, to facilitate breakthroughs in solving research questions in a collaborative manner, and to position the School's researchers to successfully respond to targeted requests for proposals from Tri-Council or other funding agencies.

  • decorative imageSchool hosts 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
    Dr. Vladimir Hachinski was celebrated as one of six individuals inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April 2018. This year, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry served as the partner host for the induction ceremony. The event welcomed nearly 600 people from across Canada, and included actor Colm Feore as master of ceremonies, the Chippewa Travellers and Mark Macaulay.

  • decorative imageSecond iteration of CaRMS results released
    The second iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process was released on April 11. More than 97 per cent of Schulich Medicine students have matched to a postgraduate residency training program after the two iterations.

  • decorative imageOntario funding additional residency positions for medical graduates
    The Government of Ontario is working with medical schools to create more specialized residency spots this upcoming school year for graduates who did not match to a residency position, ensuring that all unmatched graduates are placed.

  • decorative imageWestern announces honorary degree lineup
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni and partners top the list of Western University’s 2018 honorary degree recipients. Congratulations to Dr. Alastair Buchan, Dr. Jon Kelton, MD’73, Dr. Jonathan Meakins, MD’66, and Eric Lindros, who serves as the Honorary Chair of See the Line.

  • decorative image2018 Alumni of Distinction Award and Dean’s Distinguished Lecture recipients
    The 2018 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Alumni of Distinction and Dean’s Distinguished Lecture recipients have left an indelible mark on the world through their commitment to education, medicine, research, and social accountability. Their tireless dedication to improving the human condition is above reproach.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your Achievements
    Congratulations to Lena Palaniyappan, Douglas Jones, Nicole Campbell, Maria Drangova, along with other faculty and Learners on the many achievements this past month.

  • decorative image2018 sharing Smiles Day
    Hockey with the Mighty Dents, singing Karaoke, and horsing around with JW, the Western Mustangs mascot, were just a few of the fun activities that kicked off the 2018 Sharing Smiles Day.

  • decorative imageUsing lung MRI to see where and why Canadians with asthma have poor disease control
    Grace Parraga, PhD, and her research team are using lung MRI to see where and why Canadians with asthma have poor disease control.

  • decorative imageRecognizing excellence in Distributed Education
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s annual Awards of Excellence recognized four Distributed Education faculty members from across Southwestern Ontario. Congratulations to Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher, Dr. Susan Munro, Dr. Donald Eby, and Dr. Martin Hug.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Matt Chong, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
    After his undergraduate medical education and medical school at McMaster University, Dr. Matt Chong came to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry for his residency in Anesthesiology

  • decorative imageCelebrating and thanking donors for their support – April 2018
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is grateful for the continued support from generous donors. Two recent donations are benefiting Oral Surgery and an endowed medical student award.

  • How the brain is folded provides researchers with accurate marker to predict psychosis
    By using images of the brain to look at how its outer surface is folded on itself, researchers can predict which high-risk patients will develop psychosis with more than 80 per cent accuracy. Before now, there has been no way to examine young people before they become ill to reliably identify who will develop acute psychosis and who will not.

  • Dr. Frank Beier appointed Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
    Dr. Frank Beier has been appointed as Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, and effective April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023. Dr. Beier earned his Diploma in Biology from the University of Erlangen in 1991, and went on to earn his PhD in Biology, Cell Biology/Genetics in 1995. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary from 1996 to 2001.

  • Ruth Lanius re-appointed as the Harris-Woodman Endowed Chair
    Dr. Ruth Lanius has been re-appointed as the Harris-Woodman Endowed Chair in Psyche and Soma at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University from April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2023. Dr. Lanius graduated from the University of British Columbia with a combined MD/PhD in neuroscience in 1996, and continued training at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University where she specialized in psychiatry.

  • decorative imageTweets of the Month
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Alison Allan, Gary Tithecott, BrainsCAN, David Rodenhiser, and others.

  • decorative imageTips and Tricks
    If social media is an important part of your communications. You will benefit by viewing the most current processes and services used here at The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

  • decorative imageUpcoming Events
    Mini Medical School, See the Line, Schulich Dentistry Alumni Cocktail Reception, Family Medicine's 50th Anniversary Celebration Lecture and many other activities.

  • decorative imageFamily Medicine celebrates 50 years
    Drs. Tom Freeman, Barbara Lent, John Sangster and Stephen Wetmore reflect on the founding of the Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Ian McWhinney's contributions and the Department's role as the intellectual centre of family medicine in Canada. Read more.

  • decorative imageAlumna key-note speaker at Family Medicine celebration
    Dr. Danielle Martin, MD’03, alumna and family physician and will be joining in on the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Department of Family Medicine. She will be the keynote speaker for the cornerstone anniversary event scheduled for May 30.

  • decorative imageWork with Entrada progresses as consortium is rebranded
    Effective immediately, Entrada will be known as Elentra ME. This is part of a rebrand of the consortium. And the work continues with the infrastructure installation, training planning, as well as several other project milestone achievements.

  • decorative imageEquity, diversity and inclusivity feature prominently at LHRD
    London Health Research Day once again attracted nearly 400 trainees for a full day of poster and platform presentations, as well as lectures. Dr. Janet Smylie presented The Lucille & Norton Wolf Health Research Lecture and was one of xx speakers during Exchange a new event focused on equity, diversity and inclusivity.

  • decorative imageDr. Vladimir Hachinksi awarded 2018 Killam Prize
    Dr. Hachinski is the sixth Western University researcher to receive this honour, which recognizes the career achievements of eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities.The Prize is the highest honour for research from the Canada Council of the Arts.

  • decorative imageConditions of Appointment for Faculty approved
    The 2017 Conditions of Appointment for Physicians document received approval from Western University’s Board of Governors on April 26, 2018

  • decorative image Medicine Class of 2018 celebrates convocation
    Spirit and pride filled the air at Schulich Medicine’s Convocation ceremony that took place in May. Medicine Class of 2018 walked across the stage, accepted their hoods and moved on to a new chapter in their lives. Enjoy the photo gallery from the celebration.

  • decorative imageDr. Chandlee Dickey appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Psychiatry
    Congratulations to Dr. Chandlee Dickey who has been appointed as the Chair/Chief, Department of Psychiatry at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, effective October 15, 2018 to October 14, 2023.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your Achievements - May 2018
    Congratulations to Gerry Cooper, EdD, Dr. Larry Jacobs, Dr. Hema Gangam, Dr. Clive Freedman, Gilles Lajoie, PhD, Dr. Don Richardson, Jeffery Dixon, PhD, Professor Emeritus Peter Canham, PhD, Dr. Jason Chui, Dr. Shalini Dhir, Dr. John Murkin, Dr. Chris Doherty and Drs. Jessica Howard, James Mather and Dr. Wendy Cui.

  • decorative imageCelebrating the Medicine Class of 2018 with Emma Ali
    Ali has never shied away from a challenge, whether it is a volunteer or mentorship opportunity, or the pursuit of a university program. She loves to explore, and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry offered the perfect environment to discover new avenues that satisfied her love of learning.

  • decorative imageGut microbiome plays a role in atherosclerosis
    Scientists have shown that there is a a novel relationship between the intestinal microbiome and atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke.

  • decorative imageDiscovery Week, 20 years of education
    Discovery Week celebrates 20 years of education, and community partnership.

  • decorative imageMeet residents from Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    Meet Drs. Benjami van der Woerd, Hannah Ernst, Neil Mundi, and Rakhna Araslanova, residents from Otologaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Learn about how they are enjoying their residency experiences.

  • decorative imageCelebrating and recognizing the most recent donations made in support of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
    Celebrating recent gifts supporting Indigenous medical students, respirology residents and medical students with an interest in emergency medicine.

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Science meets with faculty, trainees and research staff
    Kate Young joined David Litchfield, PhD, and a team of trainees at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry this week to tour the Functional Proteomics Facility. She took part in a hands-on robotic instrumentation demo, and learned about the field of synthetic biology.

  • Biomedical Research Facility update
    Planning for the new facility has been underway since the fall of 2016, and it is expected that the new facility will open in 2021. HDR Architecture Associates along with engineering firms Vanderwesten & Rutherford Associates and HH-Angus have been selected for the project and the design phase is underway.

  • Selection Committee Updates
    Interested in knowing the status of various selection committee activities? You can visit the School's Human Resources website for a monthly update. Please note, the information is updated at the beginning of each month.

  • Elentra ME System Implementation Update
    This project communication update is provided to the key project stakeholders to keep everyone up to date on the current status of the project. Key milestones are described below, with a brief explanation of what has been accomplished.

  • Celebrating science with the community
    Trainees, faculty and staff supported a number of community outreach activities in April and May to showcase the exciting world of science and inspire the next generation.

  • Shawn Li, PhD renewed as Canada Research Chair
    As part of the renewal, Li had his Canada Research Chair in Molecular and Epigenetic Basis of Cancer renewed and moved from a Tier 2 to a Tier 1.

  • Indigenous convocation ceremony
    On April 6, Drs. Madeline Arkle and Amanda Sauvé, Medicine Class of 2018 from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry participated in the annual Indigenous graduation ceremony that the University hosts.

  • Faculty and students inspired by advocacy at Hungry for Change Gala
    In Uganda, Adriana Cappelletti and Rachel Loebach witnessed firsthand the effects poverty, government corruption and labour disruptions can have on women and children. With a desire to raise awareness about their experiences and reinforce the value of global health, they made a moving presentation at the recent Hungry for Change Gala.

  • decorative imageTweets of the Month - May 2018
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Susanne Schmid, George Kim, Walter Siqueira and others.

  • decorative imageWeb Redesign
    Western has launched an updated design for websites, featuring new visual elements and formatting options. The Communications & Marketing Team is managing the transition process for all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry websites. Learn more about the process, including a step-by-step guide.

  • decorative imageStrategic Plan refresh infographic
    An infographic outlining the School's Strategic Plan directions and goals has been prepared for you to download. Visit the Strategic Plan website to print up your copy. Official copies will also be distributed to the programs and departments across the School. View and download the infographic for your keeping.

  • decorative imageDr. Michael J. Strong moving on to new role as president of CIHR
    The Honorable Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced that Dr. Michael J. Strong has been appointed as the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a five-year term effective October 1, 2018.

  • decorative imageProcess to appoint Acting Dean
    Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Acting Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentitstry. Please forward your nomination to the attention of the Provost by July 13, 2018

  • decorative image BioMedical Research Facility updates
    Planning is well underway for the Biomedical Research Facility. Design meetings will be taking place through the summer and fall months and it is anticipated that construction will begin in the spring or early summer of 2019 with an anticipated occupancy date of summer 2021.

  • decorative imageMedical students turn health advocacy into action
    This month London City Council passed a motion that was originally put forward by medical students to include naloxone kits alongside automated external defibrillators in city-operated facilities in London.

  • decorative imageDr. Subrata Chakrabarti named Geographic Leader for Asia
    Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti has been named Geographic Leader for Asia. He will now serve as a resource and support to the Dean, the Senior Leadership Council and the Internationalization Office in developing a strategic direction for educational, clinical and research activities for the School in that region.

  • decorative imageDr. Bob Kiaii re-appointed as Ray and Margaret Elliott Chair in Surgical Innovation, Department of Surgery
    Dr. Bob Kiaii has been re-appointed as the Ray and Margaret Elliott Chair in Surgical Innovation in the Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023

  • decorative image 2018 Achievements Report
    The past year has been a busy one with a number of accomplishments and achievements in research, education, in the development of partnerships, and the enrichment of the School community. The 2018 Achievements Report celebrates and highlights some of those achievements.

  • decorative imageCommitment to Community Calendar - Call for Submissions
    Each year the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry calls for submissions to be included in the annual Commitment to Community Calendar. Calling all artists and photographers to submit their artwork or photos for the opportunity to be included in the 2019 calendar year. Please submit your artwork or photos to the Communications & Marketing team by August 31, 2018.

  • decorative imageCelebrating the Dentistry Class of 2018 with Kim Beaucage
    In 2008, Kim Beaucage, Dentistry Class of 2018, moved from her hometown of Waterloo to pursue graduate studies at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Now, 10 years later, she is excited to go back to where it all began.

  • decorative imageCelebrating the BMSc Class of 2018 with Cameron Patterson
    For Cameron Patterson, stepping outside his comfort zone was an important part of his university career. Early on, he made a decision to choose experiences that would challenge him.

  • decorative imageA transformative experience
    Dante Capaldi recently completed the CAMPEP-accredited, combined MClSc/PhD program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • decorative imageCelebrating Your Achievements
    Celebrating the achievements of graduating students and residents, Marlys Koschinsky, Evelyn Vingilis, the Amoso Fund recipients, and those being recognized as long-service employees

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight
    Meet Dr. Paris Lai, who decided to pursue his residency in psychiatry as it integrated his interests of helping patients navigate the health care system.

  • decorative imageCelebrating and recognizing the most recent donations made in support of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
    Schulich Dentistry faculty, staff and students are being recognized for their commitment through a number of generous donations to the Program.

  • Summer Program for International Medical Students
    From July 16-27, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will be hosting medical students from our partner institutions abroad as we launch our third Summer Program. The 2018 International Summer Program is an interactive two-week immersion program that looks at global health from a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional perspective

  • Research shows eye-wrinkles help convey sincere emotion
    Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo and his team have shown that our brains are pre-wired to perceive wrinkles around the eyes, called the Duchenne marker, as conveying more intense and more sincere emotions.

  • Ken Dryden headlines See the Line this August
    See the Line Community Symposium returns this August for its sixth year. Hear the latest concussion news and research through an exciting line up of speakers including Ken Dryden, Drs. Cheryl Wellington and Keith Yeates as well as See the Line’s Honorary Chair, Eric Lindros. Join Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron as she and an all-star panel discuss the stages of concussion and how to better prepare an athlete.

  • Extreme Poverty, Clean Drinking Water, Climate Change
    Dr. Paul Polak, MD’58, DSc’08 and the 2018 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer will dive into simple solution to complex problems impacting millions of individuals worldwide. Dr. Polak has worked with thousands of people in countries around the world including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe to help design and produce low-cost, income–generating products that have already moved more than 20 million people out of poverty. In 2009, he was named one of the world’s 'Brave Thinkers' by The Atlantic Monthly, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs.

  • Opiods: A Country in Crisis
    The opioid crisis is devastating communities across Canada. Join us Homecoming Weekend for a thought provoking panel discussion. Panellists will discuss the adverse effects opioids are having on Canadian communities and will explore the role medical and dental school can play as we look to overcome its devastating impact locally and nationally

  • Selection Committee Updates
    Interested in knowing the status of various selection committee activities? You can visit the School's Human Resources website for a monthly update. Please note, the information is updated at the beginning of each month.

  • New Alpha Kappa Kappa Beta Kappa scholarships and medals
    For nearly a century, the Alpha Kappa Kappa Beta Kappa Chapter (AKK-BKK) have been generously supporting students at Western University. This support continued this past spring as AKK-BKK, through the leadership of Dr. John Sangster, gifted their remaining funds establishing three new scholarships at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Examining the Challenges and Innovation in Medical Education
    Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Nanjing Medical University’s valued partnership has offered opportunities for continuing medical education through an annual joint symposium focusing on the challenges and innovation in medical education.

  • Summer Break
    The Pulse will be taking a summer break, with the June issue being the final one until September. If you have stories or news to share during the summer months, please send them to the Communications & Marketing team, so they can be shared on the School’s news feed and through social media. Have a wonderful summer. We will return in September with another issue and more news.

  • decorative imageSOCIAL MEDIA
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Dr. Micheal Strong, Dr. Jeff Dixon, Charles Drake and others.

  • decorative imageSERVICES
    Western has launched an updated design for websites, featuring new visual elements and formatting options. The Communications & Marketing Team is managing the transition process for all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry websites. Learn more about the process, including a step-by-step guide.

  • decorative imageEVENTS
    Staff & Faculty Summer BBQ, See the Line Concussion Awareness events, Homecoming and much more

  • decorative imageWhite Coat Ceremony 2018
    Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s White Coat Ceremony is a symbolic milestone for all incoming Medicine and Dentistry students, welcoming them into the medical and dental professions. This year, three sets of siblings shared this special moment

  • decorative imageDavid and Susan Axelrod join Leaders in Innovation Dinner
    On November 19, the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and current Senior Political Commentator for CNN, David Axelrod, and Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) Founding Chair, Susan Axelrod, will join scientists, researchers and community members for the 2018 Leaders in Innovation Dinner hosted by Robarts Research Institute. This event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets early.

  • decorative imageBioMedical Research Facility updates
    The BioMedical Research Facility planning group has been meeting regularly during the past five months with a team of architects and engineers to develop a schematic design for the new BioMedical Research Facility (formerly called Vivarium in communications). The size and shape of the building is now known and the room layouts are being finalized.

  • decorative imageRobarts Research Institute will be home to Canada’s first Magnetic Particle Imaging system
    The MPI system will be housed at Robarts Research Institute and will serve as the technological talisman for molecular and cellular imaging scientists at Robarts and bacteriologists, virologists and immunologists

  • decorative imageTransforming arrhythmia care in Canada
    Member of Parliament Kate Young met with researchers at the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet) in August to learn about how the group is advancing heart rhythm health across Canada, including digital health technologies that monitor and care for patients.

  • decorative imageA global leader in medical education research
    Lorelei Lingard, PhD has been awarded the 2018 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. This international honour recognizes Lingard's contributions to medical education policy in Canada and around the world.

  • decorative imageCandace Gibson Acting Vice Dean
    We are pleased to announce that effective September 1, 2018, the responsibilities related to the Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences role will be overseen and managed by Candace Gibson, PhD, who will be the Acting Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences.

  • decorative imageDr. Larry Jacobs appointed as Associate Dean, Windsor
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Larry Jacobs has been appointed as Associate Dean, Windsor in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective September 1, 2018 until August 31, 2023

  • decorative image Dr. Tracey Crumley appointed as Interim Chair/Chief Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tracey Crumley has been appointed as the Interim Chair/Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, St. Joseph’s Health Care and London Health Sciences Centre effective July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, or until the position is filled

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Susan Simpson, Les Kalman, Jane Thornton, Shelley McKellar, Corey Baron and the many other faculty, staff and residents for their outstanding local, national and international achievements in the past few months.

  • decorative imageFormer Dean and generous donors to be recognized with honorary degrees
    Dr. Carol Herbert, former Dean, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and Jim and Louise Temerty will be presented with honorary degrees at the 312th Western University convocation in October.

  • decorative imageCommitment to community: Building Bonds
    Dr. Mel Boulton learned about the Running Against Ruptures event several years ago, and he immediately wanted to participate. Today he continues to give back through this fundraising event.

  • decorative imageNew Vanier Scholars explore cardiovascular health, cancer and behavioural neuroscience
    Three Schulich Medicine & Dentistry trainees are among the recipients of the 2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the Government of Canada’s most prestigious scholarships for doctoral students. Congratulations to Jason Lee, PhD Candidate, Cory Lefebvre, MD/PhD Candidate, and Roger Hudson, PhD Candidate.

  • decorative imageUnderstanding and Treating the ‘Sacred Disease’
    Epilepsy is a complicated neurological disorder with no clear answers. Solving the puzzle requires strong, interdisciplinary research – the kind taking place at Robarts Research Institute.

  • decorative imageChippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation - Indigenous MedLINCS Program
    In a special installment of R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow four Schulich Medicine & Dentistry students leading health care activities as part of their experiences with Indigenous MedLINCS.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Stephanie Muise
    Resident Spotlight: A graduate of Schulich Medicine, Dr. Stephanie Muise is completing her residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

  • decorative imageGift continues commitment to ALS research
    Tens of thousands of ALS patients and their caregivers could see their lives improved thanks to a $2.5 million gift from the Temerty Foundation.

  • Rapport Magazine now available
    The 2018 issue of Rapport Magazine is now available on newsstands and online. Read about some of the exciting educational innovations and research taking place at the School, learn more about how some of the School’s residents are raising their voices to make changes and find out about the difference our alumni are making across Canada and around the world.

  • Shifting the culture around concussion in sport
    On August 16, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry welcomed guests for the sixth annual See the Line Community Symposium. It was an exciting afternoon focused on concussion research, education, awareness and prevention. Those in attendance heard from special guests, Cheryl Wellington and Keith Yates, on the latest in concussion research and what steps Canada needs to take to initiate a national concussion strategy. The highlight of the afternoon for most was the keynote speaker, Ken Dryden, as he challenged decision-makers to move beyond awareness and toward changing the rules of the game to make it safer for those playing. Please enjoy an online photo gallery highlighting some of the afternoon’s special moments.

  • Selection Committee updates
    Interested in knowing the status of various Selection Committee activities? You can visit the School's Human Resources website for a monthly update. Please note, the information is updated at the beginning of each month.

  • CIHR Results: Researchers awarded more than $11 million in CIHR funding
    From using CRISPR to alter the gut microbiome to looking at how the brain rewires itself in deafness, researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are the recipients of $11.3 million in project and bridge grant funding announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) this week.

  • Reflections from the International Summer Program 2018
    From July 16 to 27, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry hosted medical students from partner institutions abroad during its third International Summer Program.

  • Western researchers explore implications of MAID for organ donation in Canada
    Written by Dr. Ian Ball and Robert Sibbald from Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and collaborator Dr. Robert Truog from Harvard Medical School, the commentary addresses what implications the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to decriminalize Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has for organ donation.

  • decorative imageSocial Media
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Steven Laviolette, Alison Allan, Gary Tithecott and others.

  • decorative imageFollow Schulich Medicine & Dentistry on Instagram
    Spread the word, we're on Instagram. Follow @schulichmeddent for photos showcasing the School's people, community and events. And be sure to tag your photos with #schulichadvantage for a chance to be featured.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Opioids Panel Discussion, Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, Homecoming Lunch, the Dean’s Gala and all things Homecoming. Celebrate with us.

  • decorative imageHomecoming 2018
    Homecoming was a day packed full of exciting events. Beggining with a Community Lecture entitled, Opioids: A Country in Crisis, featuring Dr. Sharon Koivu and Steven Laviolette, PhD; followed by the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Paul Polak, MD’58, DSc’08, where he discussed the relationship between poverty and illness. In the evening, we toasted our Alumni of Distinction Award Recipients at the Dean’s Gala. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who helped make Homecoming a success.

  • decorative imageBe Extraordinary Campaign exceeds goal
    Thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, more than $805 million was received in support of Western University. Because of this significant Canada’s best student experience and continued a legacy of exceptional teaching and research will continue.

  • decorative imageHerbert offers PROPs to to graduates
    Dr. Carol Herbert, former Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science at Western’s 312th Convocation. She delivered a heartfelt address to graduates, asking them to keep in mind one acronym – PROP: Privilege, Responsibility, Opportunity and Passion.

  • decorative imageNew clinical protocol after general surgery cuts opioid prescribing in half
    Recognizing the role that opioid prescribing plays in the national opioid crisis, a team of researchers including resident physicans, Drs. Luke Hartford and Patrick Murphy, along with Associate Professor, Dr. Ken Leslie, has developed a new clinical protocol called STOP Narcotics, which they demonstrated was able to reduce opioids being prescribed by 50 per cent while still adequately treating a patient’s post-operative pain

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Drs. Javeed Sukhera, Rob Petrella, Vipin Bhayana, Leslie Scott, Luke Harford, and Muriel Brackstone for their achievements.

  • decorative imageDiversity and Social Accountability
    At the October 5 Executive Committee of the Schulich Council meeting, the School’s Social Accountability and the Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Cultural Safety statements were approved. You can read the statements by visiting the School’s Diversity webpages.

  • decorative image2018 MD Program Accreditation Status Update
    Since the last update on the progress toward the next accreditation for the Doctor of Medicine Program, the Accreditation Committee (AC) has reviewed all CACMS 12 Standards and 96 Elements for compliance in order to update our documents, identify areas of strength and initiate change for gaps

  • decorative imageSchulichMedDent Live goes behind the scenes at DOCS community clinic
    SchulichMedDent Live launched this week, providing a new way to share the important work happening every day at the School with our community on social media.

  • decorative imageDOCS turns 10
    In 2008, the Dental Outreach Community Service set out to provide much needed dental care to people in the London community, who for many reasons that type of care was simply out of reach. Thousands of volunteer hours and patient visits later, we are celebrating a decade of this tremendous commitment to the community.

  • decorative imageMeet Sukhmeet Rohan Sachal, Canada’s future Minister of Health
    It’s an ambitious goal, but the 24-year-old isn’t afraid to voice it aloud. “It’s better to say it, to put it out into the universe, and then work hard toward achieving it,” he said.

  • decorative imageUnderstanding and Treating the ‘Sacred Disease’
    Epilepsy is a complicated neurological disorder with no clear answers. Solving the puzzle requires strong, interdisciplinary research – the kind taking place at Robarts Research Institute.

  • decorative imageDiscovery Healthcare
    It was a summer of discovery for four Schulich Medicine students who ventured off to camp in communities across Southwestern Ontario. Joined by more than 100 high school students interested in exploring health care as a profession, the experience delivered new experiences and lasting memories for all.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Malcolm Howard
    Stop talking and listen. This is one of the most important lessons that Dr. Malcolm Howard, program has learned through patient care.

  • decorative imageSummer and Fall 2018 donations
    Reunion class gifts, special events and a number of individual donations were made during the summer and early fall months supporting programs and research at the School.

  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Facts and Figures update
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry currently employs more than 2,400 full- and part-time faculty members in clinical and basic medical sciences, dentistry, and Robarts Research Institute. The School has an additional staff complement of more than 1,200 employees.

  • Dr. Kiaii and his team pioneer two surgery firsts
    In a Canadian first, the multidisciplinary heart team at University Hospital pioneered the use of a new trans-catheter aortic valve, offering patients faster recovery and better long-term outcomes than previously available

  • Patches signals revolution in reconstructive surgery
    Revolutionary implants produced by a Western-based medical device company will soon change the face of reconstructive surgeries for more than just the family pet. Human patients may see the benefits of this technology as soon as early next year.

  • Politics and research take centre stage at Leaders in Innovation
    Join David and Susan Axelrod as they discuss the political situation in the U.S. as well as their work as epilepsy research advocates. The evening will profile research advancements and innovations in epilepsy and will include the formal awarding of the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to Istvan Mody, PhD. Purchase tickets today.

  • Fundamental and Translational Research in Epilepsy
    Join us for the 2018 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Symposium for presentations by experts in the fields of knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The afternoon features a panel discussion and a keynote lecture by the 2018 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine recipient, Istvan Mody, PhD. All are welcome to attend this complimentary event but registration is required.

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Homecoming Alumni of Distinction Award recipients, a panel discussion with Dr. Steven Laviolette, and much more.

  • decorative imageSave the date - THIS WEEK@SCHULICH
    This Week@Schulich has a new "Save the Date" feature for use with all events that require to inform their audiences more than four weeks in advance. When submitting a form to This Week@Schulich, easily take advantage of this feature and select "Save the Date".

  • decorative imageEvents
    Politics and epilepsy research take centre stage at Leaders in Innovation and Taylor Symposium.

  • decorative imageJack Cowin Chair in Epilepsy announced
    Jack and Susan Cowin donated a $2.5 million gift to create the Jack Cowin Chair in Epilepsy. Congratulations to Dr. Jorge Burneo, the inaugural chair holder.

  • decorative imageNew UME curriculum unveiled
    With physicians expectations changing, the needs, interests, and learning styles of medical students changing, and societies expectations for a greater inclusion of cultural safety in the delivery of health care increasing – medical education must change. Schulich Medicine is embarking on a curriculum renewal for the MD Program to meet the changing needs of society. This transition will begin to be implemented in September 2019 and will continue through phases in the coming years

  • decorative imageSchulich Dentistry recognizes faculty and students at annual Fall Awards Reception
    More than 20 awards were presented to faculty and students at the annual Schulich Dentistry Fall Awards Reception on November 27. Congratulations to the recipients.

  • decorative imageCommunity partnership takes centre stage
    For the past six years, Tachycardia has been partnering with the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) while raising more than $120,000 in total for the agency. It's a partnership valued by the students and welcomed by the RHAC.

  • decorative imageCampaign feasibility study provides important insights
    During the first six months of 2018, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry worked with consulting firm Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A) on a feasibility study focused on a capital fundraising campaign totaling $30 million, which would support significant infrastructure renewal for the School.

  • decorative imageAn innovative approach to teaching teamwork
    The heart of this lab isn’t an elaborate experiment with a petri dish or a microscope. Instead, it’s a locked box covered in puzzles, with students working in teams to get it open. The ‘escape box’ was developed by Nicole Campbell, PhD, and John Kelly, a master’s student in clinical anatomy, to help teach BMSc students about teamwork.

  • decorative imageFrom ideas to action: Supporting clinician researchers
    From kidney transplantation to stigma reduction, the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO) recognizes the value of physician involvement in research. The organization supports a start-up funding program called the Opportunities Fund to facilitate research success.

  • decorative image A legacy of excellence in teaching
    “My goal was to create opportunities for students, to show them that everyone is a learner. To make it fun to learn,” said Dr. Marjorie Johnson, a beloved anatomy and cell biology instructor who retired this past September after almost 25 years, leaving behind a legacy of exceptional clinical anatomy teaching in the department.

  • decorative image Grad trainees bring home top prize in case competition
    How might artificial intelligence help to categorize the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to opinions online? That was the thrust of the question put forward by Thales Canada in its latest Student Innovation Championship. This question was answered by competition winners, Megha Verma, Kartik Pradeepan and Fan Liu.

  • decorative imagePollen DNA provides potential new window for forensic information
    Bogumil Karas, PhD, is using synthetic biology techniques – the design and construction of new biological entities – in order to develop a method to efficiently capture DNA from pollen grains. Because different plant species are endemic, scientists use pollen to identify their place of origin. In this way, pollen can be used as a forensic tool to link suspects to crime scenes, or to determine the movement of narcotics, for example

  • decorative imageDr. Mithu Sen appointed Acting Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs
    Dr. Mithu Sen has been appointed as Acting Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. This will be in addition to her current role as Assistant Dean, Faculty Equity and Wellness.

  • decorative image Dr. James Calvin re-appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Medicine
    We are pleased to announce Dr. James Calvin has been re-appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London, effective November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2023.

  • decorative imageAli Khan, PhD, named Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroimaging
    Ali Khan, PhD, was named the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroimaging. Khan is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Medical Biophysics and Scientist at Robarts Research Institute.

  • decorative image A Q&A with Dr. Davy Cheng, Acting Dean
    Dr. Davy Cheng began his tenure as Acting Dean on October 1. Throughout his term as Acting Dean, Dr. Cheng plans to do a series of interviews focused on topics of interest to faculty, staff and learners in hopes of communicating achievements, project advancements and news of School activities

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Rochelle Dworkin, Jorge Burneo, Patrick Colquhoun and Luke Hartford, Vipin Bhayana and Stan Dunn for their outstanding achievements this month.

  • decorative imagePay it Forward
    Commitment to the Community: Once a month, Ann Varallo and her colleagues — can be found preparing baked goods for families living at Ronald McDonald House.

  • decorative imageThe Next Generation: Andrea Barker, MSc Candidate
    The Next Generation: Andrea Barker, MSc Candidate; has long benefited from the mentorship of women. So, when it came time to pursue her master's degree, Barker jumped at the opportunity to have a female supervisor.

  • decorative imageRapid test for E.coli keeps contaminated food off grocery store shelves
    Robarts Research Institute: Rapid test for E.coli keeps contaminated food off grocery store shelves. A new rapid testing kit is revolutionizing food safety testing by producing results in hours rather than days.

  • decorative imageDr. Rochelle Dworkin named Regional Family Physician of the Year.
    Distributed Education: Dr. Rochelle Dworkin named Regional Family Physician of the Year.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Abdul Naeem - Neurosurgery
    Resident Spotlight: Dr. Abdul Naeem — a PGY5, Neurosurgery, is making a difference in the lives of so many people — and he’s just getting started.

  • decorative imageSupporting today’s students
    Fundraising: Supporting today's students — Alumni in medicine and dentistry provided increased funding to support today’s students.

  • Schulich Medicine and Dentistry Admissions website
    The Office of Admissions recently launched a new website. This new site offers quick and easy access to essential information for prospective students.

  • Door Decorating Contest – Submit by December 10, 2018
    This year, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is ringing in the holidays with a door decorating contest. It’s easy to participate: gather your supplies, decorate your door and submit your photo. You can decorate solo or team up; just remember, the competition is on. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Winners will be announced on December 14, 2018.

  • Candy Grams for United Way
    Show someone you care by sending them a Holiday Candy Gram. Proceed will go to the United Way. A toonie can make a big difference. Santa will personally deliver them on December 12, 2018. Help make someone else's holiday bright. Order by December 7, 2018. Order now.

  • Awards of Excellence - Nominations open soon
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is home to many outstanding staff and faculty. Help celebrate all that they’ve accomplished with an Award of Excellence. Nominations open soon, so start thinking about who you’d like to recognize. More details arriving in your inbox next month.

  • decorative imageSocial Media
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including support for epilepsy research, faculty achievements and a new ‘student’ in the Edgell Lab.

  • decorative imageWebsite Updates
    Looking to create a new website or refresh the old one? The Communications & Marketing Team needs to approve new website requests prior to you opening an ITS ticket. Please contact Communications with your request.

  • decorative imageEvents
    Each Discover Robarts Community Presentation features a group of scientists and clinicians who share the latest research advancements on an accessible and relatable level, and includes a tour of research labs and facilities at Robarts.

  • decorative imageDean's Video Newsletter: The year ahead
    In this month's edition of the Dean's Video Newsletter, Dr. Michael J. Strong looks to the year ahead and explores important topics including the University's Indigenous Strategy...

  • decorative imageWE SPEAK 2017 - Let Western University know what you think
    The WE SPEAK Faculty and Staff Survey 2017 is now available. It will help to identify what is working well, and where there is opportunity for improvement. Check your inbox for an email from delivery@metricsatwork.com which provides you with your unique link to the confidential survey. The survey will be available until February 13...

  • decorative imageThe deadline for your Awards of Excellence nominations is quickly approaching
    Take a moment to reflect on your experiences working with your colleagues in London and Windsor who continue to achieve excellence in the work they do. The nomination deadline for the Windsor Campus' Awards of Excellence is February 10. The nomination deadline for the Awards of Excellence is March 6...

  • decorative imageYour January desktop background download is now available
    In addition to the 2017 pictorial calendar, we will be featuring monthly Commitment to the Community desktop background downloads. At the end of each month, throughout 2017, a new desktop background will be released. A special thank you to Johnny Tran, Graduate Orthodontics, for the January background...

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Ting-Yim Lee, PhD, Louisa Salemi, Mike Ellis, Paul Desormeaux, Marcon Laforet, Amy Burke, Jason Wolfs, Jacob Aguirre, Kyle Hoffman, Michael Thwaites and Charles Ishak...

  • decorative imageCommitment to the Community with Nicole Dorssers, Special Events & Alumni Engagement Officer
    Nicole Dorssers' personal connection to volunteering started a young age. With her strong ties abroad gained during schooling in France and travelling the Middle East, it opened her mind to being a member of something much larger – a community...

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Mark Gera, Master of Public Health Class of 2017
    For Mark Gera, positively affecting others' health has always been an interest of his. And with the Master of Public Health Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry he is confident he will be able to fulfill his goal...

  • decorative imageHanif Ladak, PhD, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    As a young teenager, Hanif Ladak, PhD, developed and sold computer games. Today, he’s creating software for simulation training and sharing his entrepreneurial spirit with his students...

  • decorative imageThat's a wrap: The R.E.A.L. Life Project series focused on Distributed Education recap
    This series of photo essays captures the day-to-day work of faculty members, residents and medical students, and showcases the diversity of learning experiences that occur across the School’s distributed sites. Explore the unparalleled exposure to patients, health challenges and clinical care teams...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Ali Bateman, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Entering into the specialty area of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation wasn’t always on Dr. Ali Bateman’s radar when she began medical school. After completing electives throughout Canada, Dr. Bateman became enamored with the specialty and knew that Schulich Medicine & Dentistry was where she wanted to be to complete her studies...

  • decorative imageDepartment Profile: Master of Clinical Pathologists Assistant Program
    The Master of Clinical Pathologists’ Assistant Program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry may be small in size, but that doesn’t take anything away from the impact of their work and commitment to the community...

  • In the media: PTSD: Beyond Trauma
    Dr. Ruth Lanius' imaging research was featured as part of a Nature of Things documentary exploring the real stories and the science behind PTSD...

  • Thank you for participating in #BellLetsTalk Day
    Thanks to you, Bell Let's Talk Day had a total of 131,705,010 overall interactions and raised $6,585,250. In case you missed it, we've gathered some of our most impactful tweets from the day...

  • Understanding the brain mental health Lena Palaniyappan
    For Bell Let's Talk Day, Dr. Lena Palaniyappan sat down with us to discuss ending stigma around mental health and how his research may help early detection, diagnosis and treatment in the future...

  • Recognize an outstanding alumnus today
    Annually, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Alumni of Distinction Awards celebrate and honour alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession The deadline for nominations is March 10...

  • Take a 360° tour of the new Dentistry Simulation Laboratory
    Welcome to the new state-of-the-art Dentistry Simulation Laboratory. This newly-renovated space features more than 5,000 square feet of leading-edge simulation technology including true-to-life models, dental mannequins, digital x-rays and teaching cameras, all designed to develop the skill and precision vital to the practice of dentistry...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students including tweets from Dr. George Kim, Tomi Nano, and David Rodenhiser, PhD...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks for portecting your password protected accounts
    Do you remember the last time you updated your passwords? Western University is implementing an account password change campaign...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Get up to date information about upcoming Conversation and Coffee dates with the Dean. RSVP for the Talent Management Conference: Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence by January 27...

  • decorative imageSchulich Medicine & Dentistry - Renovation/Redevelopment News
    A planning process for the expansion and replacement of some of the aging facilities at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has been initiated. At the core of this is the replacement of the Kresge Building and the Molecular Biochemistry Laboratories...

  • decorative imageSteven Laviolette presents on Addiction at TEDxWesternU
    Steven Laviolette's recent TEDx talk at Western challenges the current view of addiction...

  • decorative imageCreating lasting, positive change
    Drs. David Steven and Jorge Burneo have helped establish the first epilepsy surgery programs in Peru, a country whose epilepsy rate is three times higher than Canada's...

  • decorative imageThe Chair's Blog
    Dr. James Calvin has started to blog. He's going to be sharing information and commentary related to the Department of Medicine’s latest news and events, with a focus on their strategic plan and on quality improvement initiatives in clinical teaching units...

  • decorative imageYour February desktop background download is now available
    In addition to the 2017 pictorial calendar, we will be featuring monthly Commitment to the Community desktop background downloads. At the end of each month, throughout 2017, a new desktop background will be released. A special thank you to Sylvia Mioduszewski, Education Evaluation Officer, for the February background...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Kori LaDonna, PhD, Dr. Alp Sener, Dr. Neil Duggal, Paula Foster, PhD, Greg Dekaban, PhD, Dr. Marina Salvadori, Julie Kaiser, Carolina R. Batista, Peter Szabo, Ashley Makela, Ashley Schormans, Saqgar Desai, Kelly Baines...

  • decorative imageStrengthening communities through research: Gerald McKinley, PhD
    Gerald McKinley, PhD, believes that giving back to the community isn’t a single event, it’s a responsibility that should be fulfilled over a life-time. The assistant professor puts this belief into practice through his research and its application with First Nations communities across Ontario...

  • decorative imageBecoming Dr. Archibald: Jennifer Archibald, Schulich Dentistry
    Jennifer Archibald was one of several Schulich Dentistry students who travelled to Jamaica this past summer to provide free dental care for one week to the islanders...

  • decorative imageAdvancing surgical training: Dr. Jonathan Lau and Elvis Chen, PhD
    Dr. Jonathan Lau and Elvis Chen, PhD, are using a combination of 3D printing and synthetic materials to create a surgical simulation tool that mimics what a surgeon sees, feels and experiences during spinal dural repairs. The tool joins an impressive list of successful commercial ventures started at Robarts...

  • decorative imageA model of interprofessionalism: DocTalks program
    Schulich Medicine faculty members at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance are helping build a more collaborative environment through a unique program called DocTalks...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Kyle Fisher, PGY4, Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
    As a fourth year resident in Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Dr. Kyle Fisher must always be considering the unforeseen, making quick and thoughtful decisions and serving as his patients’ advocate. It’s a challenge, but well suited to his type-a personality...

  • decorative imageBehind the Numbers: Finance and IT, Department of Medicine
    A boardroom full of banter between colleagues isn’t what you’d expect walking into a Finance and IT department. But if you take a quick trip to visit the Department of Medicine’s Finance and IT team located in Victoria Hospital, you’ll get just that...

  • The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics toasts to 2017
    In late January, students, faculty, and staff from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics met for a celebration of the new year. The department remarked on a few of their achievements, and Drs. Greta Bauer, Janet Martin and Guangyong Zou were recognized for their recent accomplishments...

  • New exhibition celebrates the career of Dr. Henry Barnett
    Dr. Henry Barnett and the history of Robarts Research Institute are being celebrated in a special exhibit at Western Libraries...

  • Call for volunteers: London Health Research Day
    London Health Research Day is seeking volunteers for its upcoming event on Tuesday, March 28. Volunteers will assist with greeting guests, registration, presentation support and event logistics. The registration deadline for volunteers is March 6...

  • Researchers: supervised injection sites needed in London
    A recent paper, co-authored by Ayden Scheim, PhD Candidate, indicates there is an urgent need for supervised injection sites in London...

  • The Centre for Translational Cancer Research hosts first annual networking night
    In early February, a mix of clinicians, scientists, researchers and trainees gathered at Bellamere Winery for CTCR Colleagues Collaborate networking night...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students including tweets from IESC Western, Dr. Marlys Koschinsky and the Department of Family Medicine...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks: Updated poster process
    New bulletin boards have been installed in the main floor hallways of MSB, DSB, HSA and CSB. These bulletin boards are reserved for posters from any department or program from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    The annual Paterson Lecture Series featuring Martin Chalfie, PhD, takes place on March 30. Registration for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on May 5 is now open. The Awards of Excellence nomination period closes on March 6...

  • decorative imageProfiles of Excellence: Susann Schmid, PhD
    Susanne Schmid, PhD, is studying the underlying mechanisms that allow us to filter sensory information. Disruptions in this mechanism are present in disorders like schizophrenia and autism...

  • decorative imageRecognizing peers
    The 2017 Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients have demonstrated passion, professionalism and excellence in their teaching, support and leadership. Congratulations to the 14 recipients...

  • decorative imageGroupWise to Office 365 Migration
    Information Services is currently in the planning stages to migrate the GroupWise email system to Western's Office 365 System. The current target is to have the migration completed in late May to early June 2017...

  • decorative imageInformative and Insightful discussions at coffee sessions
    During the past four Coffee & Conversation sessions, Dr. Michael J. Strong, Dean, has been able to share news about the School and engage in insightful discussions about the concerns of faculty...

  • decorative imageThe Chair's Blog
    Dr. James Calvin has released part two of the three-part blog series that discusses quality improvement initiatives on clinical teaching units...

  • decorative imageYour March desktop background download is now available
    A special thank you to James Wing-Yiu Choy, associate professor, Biochemistry, for the March desktop background...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Scott McKay, Dr. Hariharan Iyer, Dr. Peter Mugyenyi, Anita Woods, Dr. Mark Awuku, Dr. Douglas Ross, Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Dr. Ian Ball, Dr. Matthew Cohen, Tehmina Ahmad, Dr. Barbra de Vrijer, Dr. Kevin Coughlin, Dr. Genevieve Eastabrook, Dr. Basim Abu Rafea, Dr. Angelos Vilos and more...

  • decorative imageCommitment to the Community: Vicki Douvalis - Building a stronger London
    Impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners is an ambitious task, but Vicki Douvalis is willing to take on the challenge. Volunteering with London Public Library and Museum London, she’s been able to create connections that enrich lives, inspire discovery, foster creativity and expand possibilities...

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Terry Lee Robins
    While some may shy away from working with cadavers and performing gross examinations on human tissues or organs, Terry Lee Robins, a Master of Clinical Sciences-Pathologists' Assistant Candidate, relishes the opportunity...

  • decorative imageRobarts Research Institute hosts inaugural Brainhack Western event
    Dozens of trainees and faculty members from across Western's campus came together earlier this month for the inaugural Brainhack Western. The multi-day event was hosted at Robarts, and was part of a global movement to develop innovative solutions to emerging issues in neuroimaging and neuroscience...

  • decorative imageDistributed Education: New dedicated space for trainees
    With financial backing from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, three new exam rooms at Stratford General Hospital have been designated for students and residents, solidifying the dedication to distributed education in the community...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Carolyn Adams, PGY1, Family Medicine
    With roots in Windsor stretching back to the early 1900’s, Dr. Adams is looking forward to practicing in her hometown and continuing the family tradition of socially responsible care...

  • decorative imageDepartment Profile: Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Obstetrics & Gynaecology
    The Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility team at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has decades of experience maintaining excellence in patient care through world-class innovative research and education...

  • Communications Request Form
    The Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Communications Team is implementing a new process for communications requests. The Communications Request Form is an online form which will help begin the planning process and provide a brief outline of your upcoming project...

  • In case you missed it: Complexity, Competency & Care
    Let Lorelei Lingard, PhD, Sayra Cristancho, PhD, Mark Goldszmidt, MDCM, PhD, and Saad Chahine, PhD, provide the answers to three important questions that continue to impact medical education and patient care today...

  • The 2016 Dean's Report is now available
    The annual performance review presenting a comprehensive overview of the successes achieved during the past year...

  • In the media: Drugs for enlarged prostate can up depression, self-harm risk in rare case
    CTV National highlighted new research from Western University and ICES Western that showed a common class of medications used to treat men with enlarged prostate does not boost the risk of suicide, but in rare cases can cause depression and thoughts of self-harm...

  • History of Medicine success
    Twelve Schulich Medicine students, whose research ranges from prosthetic limbs to Japanese medical experiments, were award recipients at recent History of Medicine events...

  • decorative imageMarch tweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students including tweets from Dr. Javeed Sukhera, the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping and Dr. Michael Ott...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks: How do I...?
    Information Services is pleased to announce a new 'How Do I...?' video. The latest video is 'How to Spot a Phishing Attempt'...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Celebration of Excellence Dinner. Purchase today. RSVP for Developmental Disabilities Research Day on May 4. Save the date for the annual See the Line concussion research and awareness symposium on August 16...

  • decorative imageA celebration of research
    Suzanne Bernier, PhD, was a dedicated researcher and mentor whose passion for musculoskeletal science was contagious. The 10th Annual Suzanne Bernier Memorial Lecture in Skeletal Biology celebrates her legacy. It will feature keynote speaker Lori A. Setton, PhD...

  • decorative imageSee the Line Returns August 16
    The afternoon community symposium will include an all-star panel moderated by Hometown Hockey's Ron MacLean, featuring See the Line's Honorary Chair and Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros, Five-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, San Jose Sharks (NHL) centre Logan Couture and Western Mustang's Assistant Coach Kalley Armstrong. Register early, as this event sells out annually...

  • decorative imageDr. Spencer Lalonde named the 2017 Dr. John D. Brown Memorial Resident Award recipient
    Congratulations to Dr. Spencer Lalonde, PGY1, Internal Medicine, on receiving this honour. He is being recognized for his empathy, diligence to patient safety and respect...

  • decorative imageCongratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry...

  • decorative imageAlumni of Distinction Awards
    Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award recipients: Drs. Robert Bourne, MD’71; Jack Harris; Zain Kassam, MD’09; Peter Leung, PhD’79; Paul Romanson, DDS’72; Cecil Rorabeck, MD’68, DSc '09; David Spence, BA’65, MD’70; and Shawn Steele, BA’01, DDS’05, JD’13...

  • decorative imageContinuing to serve others: Jim Silcox
    For five years, Jim Silcox has been volunteering his time helping answer questions for patients and visitors entering LHSC’s University Hospital. The volunteer role serves to be quite a contrast from his position at UH as an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist...

  • decorative image2017 We Speak Results
    The survey results are in. On April 25, in an email to all faculty and staff Dr. Amit Chakma, president and vice-chancellor shared that the 2017 We Speak Survey results are in. You can learn more about the overall University results on the We Speak website (you will need your Western login). Plans are in process for sharing Schulich Medicine & Dentistry results. Watch for news coming to your inbox soon...

  • decorative imageLondon to become North American leader in 3D printing for medical and surgical solutions
    The London Medical Network announced a $6.8 million partnership with Western University and Renishaw PLC to establish a new research, development and commercialization centre that will focus on the creation of medical instruments and surgical solutions through additive manufacturing...

  • decorative imageYour April desktop background download is now available
    A special thank you to Brian Schick, fellow, anatomical pathology, for the April desktop background...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Tamara Tavares, Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, Dr. Sarah McLean, Jerry Battista, PhD, David Zuanazzi, Dr. Jonathan Lau, Dr. David Palma, Dante Capaldi, Daniel Gelman, Jason Kai, Justin Laing, Fiona Li, Heeseung Lim and Dickson Wong...

  • decorative imageCommitment to the Community: Dr. Evelyn Vingilis - Inspiring young girls through STEM
    The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) is inspiring young girls across Canada to join science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Founded in 1992 by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s own Dr. Evelyn Vingilis and her then nine-year-old daughter Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, CAGIS’ impact reaches far beyond the local community...

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: China Scholarship Council students - Exchanging Knowledge
    At Western for a year, the China Scholarship Council students share their thoughts about research training, Canada and their new found love of Tim Hortons...

  • decorative imageDr. Michael Silverman: The ‘magic’ of ultrasound encourages women to attend prenatal care in rural Uganda
    New research from Lawson and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry shows that advertising free ultrasounds increases number of pregnant women attending modern medical care in Uganda...

  • decorative imageRecognizing excellence in Distributed Education
    Four Distributed Education faculty members were recognized with a 2017 Schulich Award of Excellence for Faculty in Distributed Sites. Congratulations to Drs. Amit Bagga, Rochelle Dworkin, Anna Mayer and Shanil Narayan...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Nguyen, Department of Oncology
    With three cardiologists in his family, Dr. Timothy Nguyen, a resident in the Department of Oncology, decided to break the mould and specialize in Radiation Oncology...

  • decorative imageDepartment Profile: Division of Autopsy Services, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    The Division of Autopsy Services at London Health Sciences Centre – University Hospital sees about 600 cases per year. And although not every case is comparable to a murder mystery novel, the cases that the division processes on a daily basis provide a vital service to the London community and beyond...

  • Prosci Change Management
    Shulich Medicine & Dentistry is offering Refresher Sessions for those who were previously trained in Prosci Change Management methodology. In the fall of 2017, information sessions for staff and leaders not yet familiar with Prosci will be offered outline the training opportunities available in 2018...

  • Windsor faculty member among Canadian astronaut finalists
    Windsor faculty member, Dr. Adam Sirek has been selected as one of 17 finalists in the race to become Canada's next astronaut...

  • Detecting dementia takes top spot at 3MT competition
    Tamara Tavares, a PhD Candidate at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, took the top spot in Western’s sixth annual Three Minute Thesis competition last week, tackling the complex world of frontotemporal dementia, a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder...

  • In the media: The fight against concussions
    Former NHLer Eric Lindros is on a mission to keep his kids—and yours—safe from concussions...

  • Marking the Vimy Centennial
    In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Dr. Vivian McAlister writes about the contributions of the Canadian Army Medical Corps during this nationally defining moment...

  • Awards of Excellence - Windsor Campus photo gallery
    The Awards of Excellence - Windsor Campus event featured an evening full of celebration, laughter and new memories...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Lorelei Lingard, David Rodenhiser, Frank Beier, Lisa Saksida and more...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks for Cascade
    Western's upgrade to Version 8 of Cascade was successfully completed on April 9, 2017. A new Cascade user manual has been created to help answer some of your questions about the new interface...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Last chance to register for Developmental Disabilities Research Day. Registration will close end of day Thursday, April 27. Registration for the Ontario Dental Association Annual Spring Meeting Alumni Reception closes on Friday, April 28...

  • decorative imageWe Speak Update
    In the coming weeks, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and staff will begin to receive more news and information about the We Speak survey results. Departmental results will be shared directly with Department leaders in order to review their outcomes...

  • decorative imageA rite of passage
    On May 12, the Medicine Class of 2017 officially entered the medical profession. Dr. Peter Mugyenyi was the recipient of an Honorary Degree, and Drs. Jerry Battista, David Lee, Patricia Morley-Forster, Fiona Ralley and Witek Zaleski received their Professor Emeritus status...

  • decorative imageDr. Marina Salvadori honoured as YMCA Woman of Excellence
    Dr. Salvadori's work as a paediatrician and a faculty member, as well as her national advocacy work was recognized with a 2017 YMCA Women of Excellence Award...

  • decorative imageYour May desktop background download is now available
    A special thank you to David Driman, professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, for the May desktop background...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Michael Rieder, the Collaborative Research Seed Grant recipients, Kelly Anderson, Eric Arts, Robert Bartha, Lakshman Gunaratnam, David Heinrichs, Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Anthony Nichols, Lena Palaniyappan, Silvia Penuela, Rithwik Ramachandran, Stephen Renaud, John Ronald, Cheryle Seguin, Rennian Wang, Donald Welsh, Manuel Montero Odasso, David Edgell, Paul Gribble, Elizabeth Osuch, Frederick Dick, Maria Drangova and more...

  • decorative imageSpearheading humanitarian surgical missions: Dr. Toni Zhong, MD’02
    Spearheading humanitarian surgical missions to developing countries, alumna Dr. Toni Zhong, MD’02, is featured in a video that recently won an award from the News Photographers Association of Canada...

  • decorative imageCelebrating the Medicine Class of 2017 with Yousif Atwan
    Yousif Atwan, Medicine Class of 2017, is graduating this month with pride, gratitude and optimism about his future in orthopaedic surgery. He reflects on his journey through medical school and the relationships he built along the way...

  • decorative imageImproving x-ray technology to better detect and diagnose disease: Tomi Nano, PhD Candidate
    Tomi Nano, PhD Candidate, is looking at improving x-ray technology to better detect and diagnose breast cancer. Supervised by Ian Cunningham, the Medical Biophysics trainee is inspired by the environment and people at Robarts...

  • decorative imageCollaborating to strengthen medical education: 2017 Education Conference
    From mentoring to managing bias to simulation training, the 2017 Education Conference delivered a wide range of medical education topics and learnings to faculty from across Southwestern Ontario. This year’s Conference theme was Competency Based Medical Education...

  • decorative imageResident spotlight: Dr. Matthew Cecchini, Anatomical Pathology
    A resident in anatomical pathology, Dr. Matthew Cecchini, aims to 'tell the story' of his patients through the specimens he examines...

  • decorative imageAwards of Excellence award recipient profiles
    Congratulations to the 34 Awards of Excellence recipients. Learn more about their accomplishments...

  • Canadian Medicare 2017: Historical Reflections, Future Directions
    As a board member of the Associated Medical Services, Dr. Mithu Sen is proud to join them in celebrating their 80th anniversary in May 2017. We’re pleased to share a five-part series of Op-Ed pieces they’ve written for the Globe and Mail...

  • Celebrating Medical Excellence: London 2018
    Mission statements from our Medicine Classes 2017-2020 are featured in a video introduction shared at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Ceremony in Quebec City. We're excited to be hosting the 2018 event next year in London...

  • Mansour Haeryfar and colleagues unlock the ‘shocking’ truth about TSS
    Once thought of as a hero, now also a villain - that’s the way researchers are now looking at a cytokine called interleukin IL-17A and its role during certain infections that lead to Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)...

  • Chinese delegates travel to Western University for Medical Education Symposium
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry welcomed delegates from Nanjing Medical University on May 16, where new collaborative goals for the future and emerging practices in medicine were discussed...

  • Ten students heading to Kenya with the Global MINDS Summer Institute
    Congratulations to Michelle Quaye and Gunjan Mhapankar, Medicine Class of 2020, on being chosen as two of the 10 Western University students taking part in the first ever Global MINDS Summer Institute in Machakos Town, Kenya...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Elizabeth Mazza, Alison Allan, Susanne Schmid, George Kim, Glenn Bauman and more...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks for Outlook
    Progress continues with the School-wide migration from GroupWise to Outlook. Information about training sessions, resources and how-to documents can be found on the IS website...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    On August 16, learn the latest in sport related brain injury evaluation and treatment. See the Line includes a full-day CME, as well as an afternoon Community Symposium that will educate you on the latest in concussion research...

  • decorative imageDean's Video Newsletter: We Speak results
    Dr. Michael Strong, Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, discusses the School's overall We Speak results...

  • decorative imageCBME: The role of Competence Committees
    Competence Committees are an important part of Competency Based Medical Education at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. Faculty members explain the role of Competence Committees and what is needed to make it successful...

  • decorative image2017 Achievement Report: Optimizing Life-Long Health
    The annual Achievement Report is a yearly snapshot of achievements at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Take a look at this year's highlights, research findings, awards and more...

  • decorative imageConstruction update
    Dr. Michael J. Strong, Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, shares details about the construction projects that will be advancing and provides some information about timing for these projects...

  • decorative imageNew treatment available for people with early multiple sclerosis
    Researchers from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are part of a groundbreaking study showing that a common acne medication called minocycline can be used to help treat multiple sclerosis in its earliest stages...

  • decorative imageDr. David Palma launches new book
    Starting July 1st, Dr. David Palma’s new book, Taking Charge of Cancer, will be on bookshelves across Canada. The book was created with patients in mind and is dedicated to distinguishing myth from truth and helping patients get top-notch cancer treatment...

  • decorative imageYour June desktop background download is now available
    A special thank you to Crystal Mackay, Senior Media Relations Officer, for the June desktop background. Don't forget to check back in July and August for all new backgrounds...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Peter Gerard Blake, Jane Yorke Edwards, Sahza Hatibovic-Kofman, Nicholas Joseph Victor Hogg, Janice Koenig, Michael Joseph Kovacs, Gary S. Shaw, Mark D. Vincent and Andrew J. Watson, Al Getgood, Jerry Battista, Mary Mathews, Sara Kuruvilla, Jeff Cao, Jonathon Izawa, Alison Allan, Junaid Yousuf and more...

  • decorative imagePassion for a cause: Hunster Yang, Honors Specialization in Neuroscience, BSc’18 candidate
    Through a careful balance of demanding academics and extra-curricular activities, Hunster Yang has discovered some of his true passions in life...

  • decorative imageStudent profiles: Celebrating Convocation with Nick Tonial, Brett Hawley and Lindsay Oliver
    Celebrating Convocation with Nick Tonial, Brett Hawley and Lindsay Oliver. Three separate stories highlighting three extraordinary students from Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Dentistry and Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral affairs...

  • decorative imageCIHR funding boosts novel cancer research at Robarts: John Ronald, PhD
    John Ronald, PhD, is developing a gene-based approach to cancer detection. Using engineered 'tumour-activatable minicircles', the researcher and his team can use a blood test to determine if cancer is present, and potentially treat the disease. He recently received his first CIHR grant to support this ongoing research...

  • decorative imageDistributed Education profile: Dr. Puneet Seth's research explores technology use with older patients
    Thoughts of the technology revolution in health care tend to invoke images of robotic surgical tools or complex imaging machines. But Dr. Puneet Seth and a team of researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute, are showing that even everyday technologies, such as mobile devices, can have a profound impact on health care...

  • decorative imageResident spotlight: Dr. Patrick Murphy, General Surgery
    In this Q&A, Dr. Patrick Murphy explains what motivated him to pursue to the specialization of surgery, the defining moments in his residency training so far and how he maintains his athletic interests outside the hospital...

  • decorative imageBuilding relationships to support the School's mission: Alumni Relations & Development team
    Susana Gajic-Bruyea, Kristen Lesko, Kayla Kalijarvi, Dean Sherk and Marta Kobrzynski research and engage with prospective donors to build relationships, and match the individuals and organizations with giving opportunities that fit with their interests...

  • Submit your entry today for the Pictorial Calendar contest
    The annual Pictorial Calendar contest is open to all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni, faculty, staff and students. Submit a .jpg image of your work, along with the title and photo settings or medium, to comms@schulich.uwo.ca by Thursday, August 31 for your chance to be featured in the 2018 calendar...

  • In the media: T Cells that drive Toxic Shock in mice identified
    Mansour Haeryfar explains how overzealous activity by mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in response to bacterial toxins can lead to illness instead of stopping it...

  • Profiles of Excellence: Dale Laird, PhD
    Dale Laird, PhD, explains the role of gap junctions in disease and how his lab is trying to understand this function in order to inform treatment...

  • Two Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Trainees awarded 2017 Vanier Scholarships
    Dr. Marat Slessarev and Charles Yin, have been named recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Canada’s most prestigious scholarship for doctoral students...

  • Dr. Narinder Paul appointed Chair/Chief, Department of Medical Imaging
    Dr. Narinder Paul has been appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Medical Imaging in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022...

  • Dr. Kevin Fung appointed Chair/Chief, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
    Dr. Kevin Fung has been appointed as Chair/Chief, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, effective July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Rob Leeper, Alison Allan and more...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks for email signatures
    The School-wide migration from GroupWise to Outlook requires you to update your email signature. Step-by-step instructions and resources for updating your email signature are available on the IS website...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    The Pulse will be taking a break for the summer months. Thank you to those who contributed to this year's content. The Pulse will return in September. On August 16, learn the latest in sport related brain injury evaluation and treatment from See the Line...

  • decorative imageResearch feature: Why you don't look at your feet when you walk
    Stephen Lomber, PhD, and a team of researchers at Western’s renowned Brain & Mind Institute are learning from the walking habits of cats by pinpointing a part of the brain involved in acquiring and maintaining the memory of obstacles in our environment...

  • decorative imageAnn and Mitt Romney join Leaders in Innovation
    On November 15, Ann and Mitt Romney will join scientists, trainees and community members for the 2017 Leaders in Innovation Dinner. Ann was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998 and has since become a champion for those fighting the disease. This event sold out last year, so purchase your tickets early...

  • decorative imageCreating a culture of CQI
    Continuous quality improvement - three words that are framing the way forward for the Doctor of Medicine program and accreditation - and words you are sure to hear more often. Learn more about what work is underway to support the outcomes of the MD program's last accreditation and the preparations being made for the next evaluation in 2023...

  • decorative imageStrategic Plan Refresh Update
    During the summer months, Directors from the School’s administrative teams have been taking a look at the School’s strategic plan and moving forward with the refresh of the document which began under Dr. Margaret Steele’s leadership...

  • decorative image Dean's Video Newsletter - Indigenous Strategic Plan
    In this edition of the Dean's Video Newsletter, Dr. Michael J. Strong addresses plans across the University and School to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With education and health care as major themes in the report, Dr. Strong explains the important role of medical schools in addressing issues impacting Indigenous health...

  • decorative imageProfiles of Excellence: Hanif Ladak & Sumit Agrawal
    Hanif Ladak, PhD, and Dr. Sumit Agrawal are a true example of translational research - the basic science and clinician duo have taken principles of math and computer engineering and are using them to create computer models which improve patient outcomes in hearing science...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Walter Siqueira, Jacob Aguirre-Butcher, Matt Berg, David Edgell, Mithu Sen, Hanbo Chen, the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge top steppers and teams, Melissa Schorr, Linda Wang, Erik Mandawe, Joseph Chin, Alan Getgood, Patrick Lajoie, Lena Palaniyappan, Aaron Fenster, Amanda Sauvé, Terry Peters, Anthony Tang, Flora Jung, Emaad Mohammad, Hunster Yang, Dante Capaldi, Tavis Apramian and more...

  • decorative imageGiving hope to ALS patients: Dr. Brittney Parlett, Resident Alumna
    Residency brings many unexpected challenges. For Resident Alumna, Brittney Parlett, it was her husband Jeff Perreault being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Instead of giving up hope, Dr. Parlett excelled in her residency, cared for her husband and raised money for ALS research...

  • decorative imageDiscovering the art of surgery: Tavis Apramian, MD/PhD Candidate
    Tavis Apramian, an MD/PhD Candidate, has discovered, through his research, that surgeons more closely resemble artists than previously thought. With variations in surgeons' practise, he has shown that medical education varies in this specialty...

  • decorative imageCIHR Foundation Grants awarded to Robarts researchers
    Congratulations to Dr. Lena Palaniyappan and Aaron Fenster, PhD, recipients of a total of $3 million in research funding as part of the Foundation Grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced in August...

  • decorative imageR.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
    In the first installment of R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow faculty member Dr. Robert Black, surgical resident Dr. Kerollos Wanis, and nurse Jackie Moore on the surgical ward at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH)...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Faizal Haji, PGY6, Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurological Sciences
    In his last year of the Neurosurgical Residency program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Faizal Haji says the great mentors he has encountered over the years, and at all levels of education, have helped him to realize his potential and accomplish new feats...

  • decorative imageWelcome to the School's newly appointed decanal leaders and faculty members
    A recap of the School's newly appointed decanal leaders and faculty members from June to September 2017...

  • Homecoming Weekend: Pseudoscience Expert Panel Discussion
    Dive into the facts vs. fiction of evidence-based medicine with a stellar panel of clinicians and researchers focusing on pseudoscience and its effect on human health. Featuring Drs. Jennifer Gunter, Marina Salvadori, Mark Speechley, Saverio Stranges....

  • In the media: Have researchers found a way to reverse pot's harmful effects?
    Steven Laviolette, PhD, and Justine Renard, PhD, made national headlines this month for their latest research identifying the mechanism in the brain responsible for the negative psychiatric effects of THC on the adolescent brain...

  • Register today for the 2017 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Symposium
    The day includes presentations by experts in the fields of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of multiple sclerosis, a panel discussion moderated by André Picard, health columnist with The Globe and Mail, and a keynote lecture by the 2017 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine recipient, V. Wee Yong, PhD...

  • Celebrating White Coat with the MD and DDS Classes of 2021
    We welcomed the incoming Medicine & Dentistry Classes of 2021 to Western on August 29. Students received their white coats to mark the start of a new professional identity...

  • Your September desktop background download is now available
    A special thank you to Marc Lawrence, BMSc'18, for the September desktop background...

  • Robarts takes centre stage at See the Line
    Robarts scientists Rob Bartha, PhD, Arthur Brown, PhD, and Greg Dekaban, PhD, along with trainees from their labs, presented current concussion projects and showcased the Institute's world-class facilities as part of See the Line on August 16...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Alison Allan, Stephen Wetmore, Family Medicine, George Kim and more...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks: Internal Brand Package
    The use and adherence to the School's brand identity plays a crucial role in helping to create a unified and recognizable brand. The new Internal Brand Package includes the most current branded resources...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    The History of Medicine Office is pleased to present the 2017 Visiting Speaker Series, featuring Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD, Duke University. Dr. Baker will present "Autism and Its Transformations – The History of a Contested Diagnosis" on October 3...

  • decorative imageDr. Vladimir Hachinski a 2018 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee
    Congratulations to Dr. Hachinski on being inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He is a Distinguished University Professor in Clinical Neurological Sciences, a world-renowned neurologist who has transformed the understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the two greatest threats to the brain, stroke and dementia...

  • decorative image$13.8 million in new funding for School research teams
    Eric Arts, PhD, Melvyn Goodale, PhD, Terry Peters, PhD, and Dr. Geoffrey Pickering will share $13.8-million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The official announcement was made on October 12 by London West MP Kate Young and London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos at Robarts Research Institute...

  • decorative imageFaculty Affairs: A Q&A with Dr. Davy Cheng
    On July 1, Dr. Davy Cheng began his role as Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs. We sat down with him to talk about this new position, his goals and learn more about his priorities for his first few months as Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs...

  • decorative imageMoving forward in reconciliation and healing
    “My time at the School has strengthened my cultural identity because my classmates are so eager to learn and understand what it means to be an Indigenous person in Canada,” said second-year medical student Cheyenne LaForme, reflecting on the recent Indigenous learning session for medical and law students at Western. The session included a presentation by Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and a Blanket Exercise...

  • decorative imageTransition to Residency: A lecture series preparing residents for their training
    T2R offers eight half-day lectures focused on everything from hypotension/shock to neruor emergencies and the dying patients, so residents can gain the knowledge and skills they need to feel more prepared and comfortable so they can achieve success during residency...

  • decorative image Dr. Valerie Schulz appointed Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development
    Dr. Valerie Schulz has been appointed as Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, effective October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2022...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Vladimir Hachinski, Lloy Wylie, Eric Arts, Melvyn Goodale, Terry Peters, Geoffrey Pickering, Karla Crosara, Michael Greene, Dorota Klubowicz, Shawna Kim, Sherri-Lynn Kane, Waseem El-Halabi, Shane Smith, Sumit Chaudhari, Mark Watling Mike Mikhaeil, Julie Ann Van Koughnett, Zaid Koht, Amin Sandhu, Raj Rai, Bharat Markandey, Andrei Zaharia, Yoon Chi, Michael Lee-Poy, Alison Allan and John Ronald and more...

  • decorative image2018 Awards of Excellence
    Every year, Awards of Excellence honours the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and provides an opportunity to recognize and encourage the ongoing development of outstanding talent. The nominations packages are now available for the 2018 awards...

  • decorative imageThe Activists: Taking action to bring social, political, and health care change
    As medical students, we’re told that physicians can make change happen, and that their signature means something,” said Rachelle Beanlands. “As second-year medical students, we don’t really know what that means yet, but as future physicians we can use our voice and position now for positive change.”...

  • decorative imageRodger Hudson, MSc Candidate: A dose of perspective
    Roger Hudson, an MSc Candidate, is researching how different doses of Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol interact and effect learning and neutral and emotional memory...

  • decorative imageV. Wee Yong, PhD: The 2017 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Recipient
    Western University’s Robarts Research Institute is pleased to announce that V. Wee Yong, PhD, is the recipient of the 2017 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine. Robarts has been awarding the Taylor Prize to leading scientists since 1985 and recognizes the contributions of outstanding internationally recognized researchers...

  • decorative imageR.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
    In the second installment of R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we follow faculty member Dr. Miriam Mann and Family Medicine resident Dr. Alicia Cundall during an overnight shift in the Emergency Department at Stratford General Hospital, one of four Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance sites...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Bethany Oeming, PGY4, Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
    Dr. Bethany Oeming is a fourth-year resident in the Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. Though Dr. Oeming thought she was destined for Family Medicine, a clerkship rotation in Anesthesia changed her perspective and motivated her to ‘follow her instincts’ about the specialty...

  • decorative imageResident Boot Camp: Training the trainers to enrich learning
    The Boot Camp has been in existence since the fall of 2015, and is just one program that helped the Doctor of Medicine Program in moving the accreditation standard Preparation of resident and non-faculty instructors from non-compliant to compliant....

  • Cancer researchers rewarded for innovation with Movember Discovery Grants
    Congratulations to Alison Allan, PhD, and John Ronald, PhD, awarded Movember Discovery Grants based on novel research projects that have the potential to make a significant difference in prostate cancer research...

  • Lloy Wylie advances compassionate care thanks to AMS Phoenix Grant
    A thematic grant from AMS Phoenix is allowing Lloy Wylie, PhD, and her team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to advance compassionate care for marginalized populations by creating educational initiatives and providing supports for health care staff...

  • Student Awards: Celebrating research at Schulich Dentistry
    Schulich Dentistry celebrated the research, innovation and collaboration of faculty and students at its annual Research Day on October 11. The event featured student poster presentations from dental students and graduate trainees. With more than 300 faculty participating, several students and trainees were awarded prizes for their outstanidng research...

  • Your October desktop background download is now available
    Thank you to the talented Theodore Lo, Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry, for the October desktop background...

  • Conditions of Appointment for Physicians Document - Town Halls
    Join Dr. Davy Cheng, Vice Dean Faculty Affairs, for one of these important Town Halls. November 14, 7:00-8:00 a.m., B2-119, Victoria Hospital or November 24, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Shuttleworth Auditorium, St. Joseph's Hospital.

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Adam Kassam, David Fischer, Jane Thornton , Saman Maleki, Alison Allan and more...

  • decorative imageTips & tricks for proper pumpkin disposal
    As we approach Halloween, Kevin Inchley, Associate Director, Facilities, is offering available options for pumpkin disposal.

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Celebrate the outstanding research taking place at Robarts by joining us for the Leaders in Innovation Dinner. Registration deadline is November 3...

  • decorative imageAgreement with Nanjing Medical University expanded
    A delegation from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is with Premier Kathleen Wynne in Nanjing, China this week as part of a Business Mission with Ontario's Ministry of International Trade. As part of the mission, the School is expanding its partnership with Nanjing Medical University...

  • decorative imageTeam has the World by a string
    A team of trainees including Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry student Michelle Quaye took home top honours at Western's World's Challenge Challenge for CREATE Kenya - an idea that uses entrepreneurship as means to support people with mental illness...

  • decorative imageMedical student wins prestigious Russ Jackson Award
    Western Mustangs linebacker and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Medical student Nick Vanin was honoured for his achievements, both on and off the field, with the prestigious Russ Jackson Award at the U SPORTS football All-Canadian Gala Thursday night...

  • decorative imagePolanyi Prize recognizes scholar’s imaging work
    Sarah Svenningsen, PhD'16, a postdoctoral fellow at Robarts and McMaster University, received the John Charles Polanyi Prize, presented by the Council of Ontario Universities...

  • decorative imageCBME Research grants awarded
    Seven different CBME research projects will share which was provided through the Competency-Based Medical Education Innovation Fund. Projects focused on a wide variety of themes from Neurosurgical-Team, Simulation based training to Developing an assessment tool for on-call experiences in surgical education...

  • decorative imageCBME and the broader medical education reform
    Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) is a popular topic of conversation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry these days. Dr. Jay Rosenfield, vice dean, Medical Education is enthusiastic about the transition and sees it as an opportunity for positive change for learners and faculty alike, and for broader medical education reform responsive to the health care needs of the community....

  • decorative imageDr. Mark Awuku named Ontario Pediatrician of the Year
    Dr. Mark Awuku is named the 2017 Ontario Pediatrician of the Year by the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario. Dr. Awuku is a pediatrician and assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus...

  • decorative imageMoira Stewart recognized by North American Primary Care Research Group
    Moira Stewart, PhD, received the 2017 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG). Stewart, renowned for her work in primary care, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics...

  • decorative imageDr. Larry Jacobs re-appointed Assistant Dean, Windsor Faculty Affairs
    Dr. Larry Jacobs is re-appointed as Assistant Dean, Windsor Faculty Affairs, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019...

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Reena Khanna, Renato Natale, Moira Stewart, Sarah Svenningsen, Mark Awuku, Michelle Quaye, Nick Vanin, Kathryn Bailey, Darren Cargill, Scott McKay and Larry Schmidt....

  • decorative imageHelping young refugees transition, Mazen El-Baba, MA'17
    Refugee children from Syria might not think that they have a lot to teach others. Mazen El-Baba, MA’17 thinks differently. The recent master’s program graduate is using his passion for research and his commitment to the community to better understand the effects of adverse experiences on children’s mental wellbeing and decision making...

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Luz Saavedra Valdemar - Turning Personal Experience into a Bustling Career
    Luz Saavedra Valdemar is passionate about creating accessible health care in her home country of Mexico. Through the Master of Public Health program she hopes to learn new approaches to combating barriers to care...

  • decorative imageNational media coverage: Uncovering concussion clues
    Research findings from Ravi Menon, PhD, and Kathryn Manning, PhD Candidate, gained national spotlight in October. The team showed that young hockey players who have suffered concussions still show changes in the white matter of the brain months after being cleared to return to play. The findings were published in Neurology...

  • decorative imageR.E.A.L. Life Perspectives: Central Lambton Family Health Team
    In the third instalment of the R.E.A.L. Life Perspectives, we get a behind the scenes look at the Central Lambton Family Health Team (CLFHT) with faculty member Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher and second-year Family Medicine resident Dr. Cody Jackson...

  • decorative imageResident spotlight: Dr. Adam Kassam, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Dr. Adam Kassam didn’t set out to be an advocate. The chief resident in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry says a passion for diversity and a firm belief in speaking up for what he believes in is what has been the driving force behind his more than half dozen published op-eds...

  • decorative imageResearch – a vital element during undergraduate medical training
    Dr. Tithecott says that research is an accreditation element for undergraduate medical programs for a reason - it offers a vital training ground for skill development and helping students develop the skills they need to need to ask questions, analyze data and critically assess information.”...

  • Scientists take part in Reddit AMA
    Drs. Greg Gloor, Gregor Reid, Jeremy Burton and Jean Macklaim participated in a Science AMA (Ask Me Anything) Series following the publication of their “The Gut Microbiota of Healthy Aged Chinese Is Similar to That of the Healthy Young” study...

  • Profiles of Excellence: Multiple Sclerosis Researchers
    Ravi Menon, PhD, Steven Kerfoot, PhD, and Dr. Sarah Morrow are using molecular biology, advanced imaging techniques and clinical testing to unravel the mysteries of multiple sclerosis...

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence - Nominations Now Open
    Every year, the Awards of Excellence honours the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and provides an opportunity to recognize and encourage the ongoing development of outstanding talent found here. Please submit your nomination by February 26, 2018...

  • 2018 Alumni of Distinction Awards - Nominations Now Open
    Annually, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Alumni of Distinction Awards celebrates and honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession. Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer, classmate or colleague and join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni. Deadline for nomination is Monday, March 5, 2018...

  • Your November desktop background download is now available
    Thank you to the talented Melissa Huynh, Resident, Urology, for the November desktop background. Download the November desktop background today...

  • Living Well @ Western
    Living Well @ Western provides wellness opportunities to Western’s employees, including postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. A new service is being launched, Bringing Living Well to You, that brings a ‘coach’ to your worksite to provide a 10-15 minute wellness activity...

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry toques are back - Get yours today
    The snow is falling and the holidays are almost here. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry toques make great gifts for your departments, colleagues, families and friends. You can choose between two different options. Contact Communications to place your order...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including tweets from Adam Kassam, David Fischer, Jane Thornton , Saman Maleki, Alison Allan and more...

  • decorative imageStaff & Faculty Services: Equity & Human Rights Services
    Equity & Human Rights Services supports Western’s respectful and inclusive working and learning environment. We are here to help you, whether you are a student, staff or faculty member. We are dedicated to making Western an equitable, safe and supportive environment for all members of the University community....

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    The Paterson Lecture Series will be presented by Martin Chalfie, PhD, one of the world’s most celebrated scientists on December 14...

  • decorative imageAwards of Excellence - Call for nominations
    Celebrate the strength of our people and recognize the exceptional talent and dedication of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty and staff in London and Windsor...

  • decorative imageVideo - Strategic Plan Update featuring Dr. Margaret Steele
    Dr. Margaret Steele provides an update on the Strategic Plan Refresh - what has been accomplished and next steps in the process...

  • decorative imageMaly Bun receives 2015 United Way Labour Appreciation Award
    Maly Bun's oustanding commitment to the United Way has been recognized with the 2015 Labour Appreciation Award. Presented annually, the award recognizes outstanding volunteers within workplaces who contribute to the organization and to their community...

  • decorative imageEverything you ever wanted to know about branding at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry
    Have two-ish minutes and questions about proper branding? Watch this quick video to find out everything you need to know about branding at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry...

  • decorative imageCongratulations to the 2016 Schulich Equipment AID Grant recipients
    Ten applications have been funded through the latest Schulich Equipment AID (Advancement, Improvement, Development) Grant competition. Congratulations to this year's recipients...

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Hugh Allen, Dr. Michale Pariser, Dr. Richard McLachlan, Louisa Salemi, Ramina Adam, Jason Chan, Dr. Michael J. Strong, Sonya Van Nuland, Amee Hall, Sama Rafehi, Victoria Roach, Stefanie Attardi, Pinki Nandi, Harpreet Chahal, Nahal Farhani, Scott MacDonald, Olivia Samotus, Cecilia Kwok and Dr. Muriel Brackstone...

  • decorative imageZoe Letwin, Commitment to the Community
    Volunteering has always been an integral part of Zoe Letwin’s life. As far back as she can remember she has been involved with different organizations. It took some time before finding a cause she could call her own. It was a personal experience with anxiety that inspired her to channel her time and energy into mental health awareness and support...

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Sara Matovic, BSc’15, MSc Candidate
    Life experience has taught Sara Matovic, BSc’15, MSc Candidate, the importance of personal connections. As a student athlete, campus leader and Robarts trainee, she is using these connections to excel in sport and research...

  • decorative imageAdvancing the Alzheimer's cause: The Prado Lab, Robarts Research Institute
    The Prado lab is working hard to understand the biology behind Alzheimer's disease. A recent publication in the Journal of Neuroscience shows a promising new potential therapeutic target that could decrease cognitive dysfunction in the disease...

  • decorative imageDistributed Education Profile: Drs. Robert Black and James Menlove
    Dr. Black is the regional academic director for Elgin-Middlesex, part of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Distributed Education program. He is also one of several St. Thomas-based physicians taking an active role in local minor hockey leagues...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Nisha Arora, Department of Family Medicine
    When she’s not busy honing her skills in rural family medicine and musing about the importance of health education to adolescents, first-year resident Dr. Nisha Arora can be found teaching herself how to play musical instruments, visiting museums, and trying out new recipes...

  • decorative imageDepartment Profile: Meet the Finance Department
    Rosemary Hicks’ office is warm and inviting—not exactly what you may expect from someone working with figures and making tough decisions all day long. Hicks and her department contradict the stereotype of the unfriendly accountants. Instead, they focus their energies on cultivating a supportive relationship with the many departments of the School that the team works with on a daily basis...

  • SWAG sales changing
    The School is changing its approach to SWAG sales. It will no longer hold an inventory of swag items. All existing inventory will be available for sale while quantities are available. Moving forward, the School will identify a signature swag item annually and it will be available for purchase by departments and individuals...

  • Join us for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference
    Join us for the Schulich Medicine Education Conference on Friday, April 1st, 2016. This conference will provide a wonderful opportunity for you to share best practices and acquire new knowledge and skills, as well as meet new colleagues and reconnect with friends and peers from London, Windsor and the region...

  • Strategic Planning survey – Results and iPad winners shared
    Nearly 800 faculty, staff and students answered the call and responded to the Strategic Planning survey. Congratulations to Aaron Fenster, PhD and Amanda Wen, Medicine Class of 2018, on each winning an iPad after participating in the survey. A summary of the survey has also been produced that provides an overview of some of the responses...

  • Half of transgender Ontarians do not feel comfortable with their family doctor
    Greta Bauer, PhD, has released a study showing that approximately half of transgender Ontarians are not comfortable discussing transgender-related health issues with their family physician...

  • In the media: "Pot vs. tobacco: Which is the true cancer risk?"
    Steven Laviolette, PhD, believes the medical community needs to conduct more research into marijuana's potential health benefits...

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Our community has some important things to say on Twitter. Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from faculty, staff and students during the month of January...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks
    Want to get the most use out of your iPad? Join Sergio Rodriguez on February 18 as he discusses recommended accessories, useful apps, little-known features, and time-saving shortcuts to help you...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Don't forget to join us on January 27 for the Operations Town Hall in DSB 1002. Other upcoming events include: London Health Research Day and Discover Robarts. Send your nominations for the Alumni of Distinction Awards...

  • decorative imageUnited for Refugees Town Hall recap
    A spirit of community was evident at the United for Refugees Town Hall presented at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry on Monday, February 22. More than 75 faculty, staff and students from the School gathered to hear presentations and learn more about how they can become involved to support the more than 774 Syrian refugees now living in London...

  • decorative imageRefreshing the plan
    Nearly 120 people will be participating in the Strategic Planning Retreat on February 29. During the retreat, faculty, staff and students will learn more about the achievements from the past five years outlined in the plan, and work through a number of group exercises to refresh the plan for the next five years. Learn more and watch a video featuring Margaret Steele, vice-dean, Hospital and Interfaculty Relations, who has served as the Chair of the Strategic Plan Steering Committee...

  • decorative imageAlumni of Distinction Awards: Call for nominations
    The nomination deadline of Monday, March 7, 2016 is quickly approaching, but there is still time to nominate an exceptional colleague from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry for an Alumni of Distinction Award...

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti, Nicole Barra, PhD, Hon Leong, PhD, Patrick O'Donoghue, PhD, Frank Beier, PhD, Eric Arts, PhD, Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, Matthew Maitland, Karen Dunkerly, Sam Fess, Charles Ishak, Mateusz Rytelewski, Brennan Dirk, Natalie Kozyrev and many others...

  • decorative imageRachel Belanger, Commitment to the Community
    Rachel Belanger finds intrinsic value in volunteering. Her studies keep her busy, but she still has time to give back to her community. She had her first volunteer experience before even setting foot on Western University’s campus, building houses in the Dominican Republic…

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: North de Pencier, MD'19
    Imagine yourself and a group of high school students are dropped off in the Arctic wilderness with only canoes and camping gear. Your destination is more than 1,300 kilometres away and you’ll be asked to handle all medical emergencies. Are you panicking yet? North de Pencier, Medicine Class of 2019, would probably be celebrating because it means another summer as a canoe guide is about to begin…

  • decorative imageThe power of translational research: Corby Fink, Robarts Research Institute
    As part of a team studying and tracking cancer immunotherapy, Corby Fink, PhD Candidate, Department Microbiology and Immunology, gets an insider’s view of the unique scientific detective work taking place at Robarts...

  • decorative imageDistributed Education Profile: Dr. Kirsten Blaine
    Dr. Kirsten Blaine is a paediatrician in Stratford that works with Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Distributed Education program. She relishes the opportunity to serve her community and provide the School’s trainees with the knowledge they need to excel as doctors and individuals…

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Supriya Singh, PGY2, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Second-year orthopaedics resident Dr. Supriya Singh chose the residency program at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry believing it was the strongest surgical training program in Canada. Although she is only in her second year, the program has provided her with the opportunity for personal growth, both inside the operating room and out…

  • decorative imageDepartment Profile: Internationalization, Silke Klenk and Jess Jamieson
    From their small office in the Clinical Skills Building, the Internationalization Office is helping to change lives across the globe. Silke Klenk and Jessica Jamieson collaborate with various Offices, Departments and Research Centres throughout the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry as they embark on their mission to coordinate the School’s commitment to internationalization...

  • Founder's Day presentation
    Celebrate Founder's Day on Monday, March 7, with a special lunchtime presentation on A New Paradigm for Transgender Health in Canada by Greta Bauer, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics...

  • Video - Dr. Penny MacDonald discusses Parkinson's research
    In this edition of the Profiles of Excellence Series, Dr. Penny MacDonald discusses her research into the connection between dopamine depletion in the striatum and cognition problems for patients with Parkinson’s...

  • Schulich Medicine Education Conference – Featuring Dr. James Rourke
    Dr. James Rourke, former assistant dean, returns to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry to deliver the Conference's keynote presentation. He will speak about the development of rural medicine at the School and the lessons he's learned along the journey. Learn more and register today...

  • FSRE Grant Recipients
    Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants facilitate and enable scholarship in education that has the potential to improve the state of knowledge and inform educational practice. Dr. Lisa Shepherd, Saad Chahine, PhD, Sayra Cristancho, PhD, Dr. Victor Ng, Dr. Mark Goldszmidt, Dr. Anita Florendo-Cumbermack and Dr. Chris Watling are the recipients of three new FSRE awards...

  • In the media: "Former military tool to target prostate cancer"
    Hon Leong, PhD, is using Gulf War technology to create a less invasive method for detecting prostate cancer in at-risk men...

  • decorative imageFebruary Tweets of the month
    Our community has some important things to say on Twitter. Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from faculty, staff and students during the month of February...

  • decorative imageTips and tricks for Cascade Publishing
    Having trouble with publishing in Cascade? If you notice your news articles or events are not displaying, make sure the correct start date has been included before you click publish...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Join us at our upcoming events, including: the Schulich Medicine Education Conference and the Operations Town Hall. The nomination deadline for the Awards of Excellence is March 7...

  • decorative imageCongratulations to the Windsor Awards of Excellence recipients
    The Windsor Program Awards of Excellence celebrate the commitment and dedication of faculty, staff and students. As mentors and role models, the recipients are distinguished by their leadership skills, and embody of the values of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry...

  • decorative imageWestern email system change coming - How will it impact you?
    Earlier this month, Western University announced that it is beginning the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform (known as Convergence) to a new cloud-based system called Microsoft Office 365. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...

  • decorative imageTeam sees collaboration as ‘way forward’
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry welcomes Tim Bussey, PhD, and Lisa Saksida, PhD, who are studying neuro­degenerative diseases. The duo talks about how rewarding mice with strawberry milkshakes for using an iPad properly may lead to improved therapies for degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s...

  • decorative imageThe Dean's Report is now available online
    The Dean's Report is an annual performance review that presents a comprehensive overview of the successes the School has achieved over the past year. It provides updates on operations, administration, education programs, financial accessibility, research, awards, international efforts, and social responsibility...

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Stefan Everling, PhD, Grace Parraga, PhD, Sohrab Naushad Ali, Jessica Blom, Charmainne Cruje, Kathryn Manning, Ajay Rajaram, Ranjanna Bhattacharjee, Vanessa DeMelo, Nick Cormier, Daniel Stojanovic, Nicole Arseneau, Adam Kwinter, Michael Chen, North de Pencier, Dr. Donna Green, Dr. Arthur Worth, Dr. Samuel Asfaha, Ravi Menon, PhD, Anna Farias and Dr. Sharan Goobie...

  • decorative imageLindsay Katchky, BMSc Class of 2017, Commitment to the Community
    Katchky, a third-year undergraduate student in BMSc with dreams of pursuing dentistry, volunteers for Making Waves London. The organization provides affordable and accessible swimming lessons for children that have disabilities...

  • decorative imageDART Group aims to hit dental research bullseye, Student Profile
    After dedicating countless hours to scientific innovation and discovery during the completion of their PhD degrees, second-year dentistry students Kim Beaucage and Erik Holm came to the realization that their current clinical studies could have a stronger focus on and incorporation of dental research. The two were determined to fill that void by bringing together a like-minded group of trainees with a common interest in dental research...

  • decorative imageAndrew Pruszynski, PhD, Research Profile: Sensing motion through touch
    Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, and his colleagues at Umea University have discovered a tactile-motor reflex that automatically guides reaching toward handheld objects...

  • decorative imageDr. Cheryl Lee, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Distributed Education Profile
    As a fourth-year resident at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Cheryl Lee has had many impactful learning experiences. For this Obstetrics and Gynecology trainee, having the chance to do an elective at the Woodstock General Hospital stands out from the rest...

  • decorative imageDr. Vincent Lau, PGY5, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Resident Spotlight
    Dr. Vincent Lau has crisscrossed the country for his medical education. Now a fifth-year resident in critical care at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry he is experiencing unique opportunities that have him travelling around the world while caring for patients...

  • decorative imageBachelor of Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education Program, Department Profile
    Joan Estabrooks and Kathy Boon, the Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education team, is the even-keeled face of the undergraduate Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Neuroscience programs. Beneath the well-organized exterior, the unit is a bustling hive of activity as they work tirelessly ensuring the programs run as efficiently as possible for everyone involved...

  • Thank you for joining us for Founder's Day
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated Western University’s Founder’s Day on March 7 with a special lunchtime presentation. Ayden Scheim, a PhD Candidate, Trudeau Scholar, and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, discussed current issues, controversies, research and policies in health and health care for transgender people...

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants Collective Agreement
    In January, an agreement was reached with the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA). The new agreement was ratified by the GTA Union on January 18 and by the University’s Board of Governors on January 28. The new agreement is effective as of September 1, 2015...

  • Schulich Medicine students are proud to present the 61st annual Tachycardia
    Join in on the fantastic medical, musical comedy that is guaranteed to get your heart racing. The three shows will take place Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m...

  • In the media: Obese women in Canada make less money than non-obese women
    Dr. Sisira Sarma and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers compare the outcomes of obese women and non-obese women in the workforce, including labour market participation, hourly wages and personal annual income (via Global News)...

  • Family Medicine top residency choice for Schulich Medicine students in 2016 CaRMS match
    For the third year in a row, Family Medicine is the top residency choice for Schulich Medicine students. The 2016 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) results were delivered to students on March 2, and more than 40 per cent of the Class of 2016 chose Family Medicine...

  • decorative imageMarch Tweets of the month
    Our community has some important things to say on Twitter. Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from faculty, staff and students during the month of March...

  • decorative imageUnderstanding photo resolution for print and web
    Finding the right image to use for print or web can be confusing. There are different acronyms and terms that all mean different things, such as PPI, resolution and DPI...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Day will take place on Thursday, April 7. The Windsor Program Celebration of Excellence Dinner will take place on April 12, 2016, purchase your tickets online today...

  • decorative imageStrategic Planning Update
    The Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Strategic Plan retreat was held in late February, and since that time a great deal of work has been completed behind the scenes to pull together all the learnings and work from that day...

  • decorative imageCongratulations to the Alumni of Distinction Awards recipients
    Drs. Bruce Hill, MClD’90; Les Kalman, DDS’99; and Geoffrey Pickering, PhD’90 join an esteemed group of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni in receiving a 2016 Alumni of Distinction Award. Other recipients include Drs. Jeff Blackmer, MD’95; Brenda Thomson, BSc’78, DDS’84; Gabriele De Luca, MD’06; and Michael Myers, MD’66 (Dean’s Distinguished Lecture). They will be honoured at the Dean’s Homecoming Gala on October 1...

  • decorative imageRelive the Windsor Campus Awards of Excellence
    In April, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry honoured the Windsor Campus Awards of Excellence recipients and the graduating Class of 2016. It was a tremendous evening of celebration for students, faculty and staff. Enjoy a photo gallery highlighting some of the special moments from the evening...

  • decorative imageVideo: Game-changing concussion research at Robarts Research Institute
    Natasha's athletic career as a rugby player is being sidelined by the impact of repeat concussions. A unique research study at Robarts Research Institute will help athletes like her and their coaches better understand the signs and symptoms of concussions...

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Venance; Michele Barbeau, PhD; Dr. Cynthia Chan; Dr. Arlene MacDougall; Sarah McLean, PhD; Dr. Patricia Van Boekel; Wataru Inoue, PhD; and the award winners at London Health Research Day...

  • decorative imageEugene Wong, PhD, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Oncology: Commitment to the Community
    Eugene Wong, PhD, professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Oncology, found the ROWE Scholar Program, a peer-tutoring program that connects high school students who have an immediate family member battling cancer and are struggling with math and science with a Western University student tutor...

  • decorative imageFlora Jung, third-year BMSc, honors specialization in Physiology: Student profile
    While more than half of Canada’s university graduates are female, only 36 per cent earn degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Flora Jung, currently in her third year of an honors specialization in physiology with a minor in computer science, hopes to change that...

  • decorative imageChanneling a passion for pannexin research: Silvia Penuela, PhD, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
    Silvia Penuela, PhD, studies pannexin channels and their role in diseases like melanoma and stroke. In this Q&A, the assistant professor sat down with us to discuss her journey from Colombia to Canada, her love of salsa dancing, and the importance of her research...

  • decorative imageDistributed Education profile: Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher, Site Director, Petrolia Medical Clinic
    Growing up on a farm on the outskirts of London gave Dr. Firas Al-Dhaher an appreciation for smaller communities and the collaboration they can inspire. Dr. Al-Dhaher is currently involved with the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Distributed Education program as lead physician for the Rural Health Medical Residency program and also serves as Site Director for the Petrolia Medical Clinic...

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Brenna Velker, PGY2, Family Medicine
    Dr. Brenna Velker feels fortunate to be working alongside such incredible physicians who make a difference in their patient’s lives. The second-year family medicine resident aspires to achieve the same level of care to her patients in her future practice...

  • decorative imageDepartment profile: Office of Distributed Education
    As part of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Distributed Education program, undergraduate and postgraduate learners are afforded vital opportunities for hands-on learning throughout their medical education. For the Office of Distributed Education, this means that the majority of their work is focused off-campus...

  • ODA President's Cup Hockey Classic supports DOCS program
    Schulich Dentistry's hockey team, The Mighty Dents, played a winning game against its University of Toronto rivals this month. The game raised more than $1,500 for the School's Dental Outreach Community Service (DOCS) program...

  • CaRMS update
    The CaRMS R1 second iteration, which occurred on April 12, resulted in a complete match for all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry programs. Students also found success matching to a number of programs at the School and across the country...

  • Conditions of Appointment for Physicians and Town Hall meetings
    Under the leadership of Dr. Margaret Steele, vice dean, Hospital and Interfaculty Relations, the Conditions of Appointment for Physicians Document has been updated and endorsed by the Clinical Teachers Association. Read about this process, view the document and plan to attend a Town Hall at which the document will be discussed and your questions will be answered...

  • Changing lives in Africa with probiotics
    Gregor Reid, PhD, professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery, has received $1.45 million from the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund for his project that will help provide food and income to those living in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda...

  • decorative imageSocial media guidelines
    School-affiliated social media sites and groups provide a dynamic extension of our community. Take a moment to refresh your knowledge of the social media guidelines and standards...

  • decorative imageTips and Tricks for branding - new nomenclature
    As part of the School's Distributed Education strategic planning work, new nomenclature has been established for the School's Distributed Education program and the Windsor Campus. There are new guidelines to assist you in your work...

  • decorative imageUpcoming events
    Tickets are selling out quickly for the Awards of Excellence event on May 19. Don't miss this chance to celebrate with your colleagues. Mark your calendars for the annual See the Line event on August 10, 2016...

  • decorative imageJoint effort improves medical education on global scale
    Leaders from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry traveled to Nanjing, China from April 22-25, to take part in the third annual joint Western University – Nanjing Medical University Symposium on medical education...

  • decorative imageImportant Message re: Voting - Conditions of Appointment for Physicians Document
    New information is available regarding the vote for the Conditions of Appointment for Physicians and Clinical Faculty...

  • decorative imageEntering the medical profession with pride and celebration
    Cameras flashed and cheers filled Alumni Hall as the Medicine Class of 2016 walked across the stage to receive their green hoods and officially enter the medical profession. It was a memorable Convocation ceremony for the graduates, faculty, staff, family and friends...

  • decorative imageNow accepting submissions for the 2017 Pictorial Calendar
    The Commitment to the Community pictorial calendar contest is back again. Whether you are a photographer, painter or sculptor, or you dabble in other endeavours in the visual arts, we would like to receive images of your work. Open to all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni, faculty, staff and students...

  • decorative imageCelebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Mark Awuku; Jennifer Parraga and the Communications and Marketing Team; Dr. Harold Merskey; Alexei Ouriadov, PhD; Anusha Ratneswaran; Elena Tutunea-Fatan, MSc; Jessica Esseltine, PhD; Kate Dillon; Victoria Roach; Maddie Norris; Amy Burke; Eric van der Veer, PhD; Ciara Pendrith; Jeff Gaudet; Ashley Makela; Paula Foster, PhD; and the Koschinsky lab...

  • decorative imagePutting community first: Vicki Hayter, Alumni Relations and Development, Commitment to the Community
    “It’s about community first. You’re only as good as the community around you,” said Vicki Hayter, senior development officer for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Hayter is actively involved in community work, serving on different committees that aim to improve the community and the quality of life for those living in it.

  • decorative imageConvocation Profiles: Arend Strikwerda and Danielle Soulliere, Medicine Class of 2016
    Arend Strikwerda, Medicine Class of 2016, graduates with a Doctor or Medicine this month. He is thankful for the people and experiences at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and is looking forward to a bright future in paediatrics. Danielle Soulliere learned of her Métis heritage eight years ago. She embraced her heritage and began to give back as a volunteer, mentor and student leader...

  • decorative imageQ&A with Maria Drangova, PhD, Medical Biophysics, Robarts Research Institute
    Maria Drangova, PhD, sat down with us to talk about her current research projects, the importance of collaboration and the value of community interest in Robarts...