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.
After 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.
Welcome 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.
Transition 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.
COVID-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.
Celebrating 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.
Dentistry 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.
Graduate 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.
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.
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.