January 2018 Newsletter

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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.

  • 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.