Celebrating your achievements

Congratulations to:

Dr. Davy Cheng received an Honorary Diploma from Fanshawe College, recognizing his contributions to enhancing health care research, practice, policy and education.

Rachel Eddy, PhD Candidate with the Department of Medical Biophysics, received the inaugural Brian Keith Reid Scholarship Award. The Award is made possible by a donation from David Jaffray, PhD’94, and Stasia Jaffray, in memory of a friend and classmate, Brian Keith Reid.

Dr. Mario Elia was awarded a Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation Grant for his research project, “Feasibility Pilot Evaluation of Prescription to Get Active.”

Family Medicine residents captured second place in the Resident Simulation Showcase at the Family Medicine Forum. Congratulations to Drs. Kelly Lien, Meirui Li, Alexander Pavlosky, Daniel Tsoy and Lawrence Yau, and supervising faculty member Dr. Kyle Carter.

Members of Western’s iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation) teamLuana Langlois, MSc Candidate, Meet Panchal, BMSc Candidate, and Shea Touch, BSc’19 – received a bronze medal at the iGEM 2019 competition for their work on new and emerging contaminants found in bodies of water. 

Dr. Robert Hegele was named the 2019 George Lyman Duff Memorial Lecturer at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. He was acknowledged for more than three decades of work examining DNA in clinical and lab settings.

Dr. Scott McKay was appointed Chair, Medical Advisory Committee at London Health Sciences Centre. In this role, he will be accountable to the Board of Directors on issues regarding the quality of medical diagnosis, care and treatment.

Gerald McKinley, PhD, was awarded $35,000 through the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse to study the impact of increased social inclusion and perceptions of belonging on individuals engaged in substance misuse within a local First Nations community.

Dr. David Palma received the Williams E. Rawls Prize as part of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Awards of Excellence in Cancer Research.

The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) Physician Team received the 2019 President’s Award for Physician Leadership from London Health Sciences Centre. Congratulations to Drs. Lena Palaniyappan, Julie Richard, Priya Subramanian, Hooman Ganjavi, and Laura Powe.

Dr. Sonja Reichert has been appointed as the Dr. Brian W. Gilbert Canada Research Chair. Her current research interests include diabetes, obesity, health care delivery and the complexities of multi-morbidity as observed through the primary care lens. 

Parisa Shooshtari, PhD, received an Investigator Award from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.

Royal Society of Canada – Fellows and College of New Scholars

Ann Chambers, PhD, Ravi Menon, PhD, Joy MacDermid, PhD, and Lauren Flynn, PhD, discuss their innovative research programs in videos produced by the Royal Society of Canada. Chambers, Menon and MacDermid were named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019, and Flynn was named to the College of New Scholars.