March 2018 Newsletter

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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.

  • 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 ( 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.