2020

  • Research News: Exposure to chronic stress changes neurons in the brain

    July 20, 2020
    Wataru Inoue, PhD, studies the effect of chronic stress on the brain. His latest paper shows that the neurons in the brain actually change their size and microstructure, and become desensitized to stress signals over time.

  • Feature: Study uses Twitter to reveal our mental-health state

    July 13, 2020
    An international research team led by Daniel Lizotte, PhD, hopes that tweet you just posted – and the millions of others posted to the popular social media site – will provide insights into our collective mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • In the media: A family physician or a dear friend?

    July 09, 2020
    Family Medicine resident Daniela Keren, MD MSc, reflects on what it's been like working virtually with patients during the pandemic. "As a family medicine resident, I have adapted to COVID-19 just as everyone else has. At least a few days of the week, I work from home. There were kinks initially, naturally; many patients screened my calls at first when they saw “No Caller ID” appear on their phones. I wasted precious appointment minutes giving my spiel regarding security over the phone and the limitations of not having the physical exam, explaining “but we are adapting, because of COVID.”"

  • Funding: CIHR funding for COVID-19 enables two additional projects

    July 06, 2020
    Two projects led by Maria Mathews, PhD, and Dr. Leigh Sowerby will address virus transmission during surgery and pandemic planning for COVID-19, thanks to new funding announced by the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), along with provincial partners.

  • Research News: Studying the body’s immune response to COVID-19, researchers discover potential therapeutic targets

    June 25, 2020
    A team from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are the first in the world to profile the body’s immune response to COVID-19. By studying blood samples from critically ill patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), the research team identified a unique pattern of six molecules that could be used as therapeutic targets to treat the virus.

  • Feature: Brain Study explores lasting impacts of COVID-19

    June 24, 2020
    The COVID-19 Brain Study looks to recruit 50,000 individuals who received a confirmed positive diagnosis of the virus in order to answer pressing questions about the disease’s direct and indirect effects on the brain.

  • Award: Family Medicine Postgraduate Awards recipients announced

    June 19, 2020
    The Department of Family Medicine is happy to announce (and celebrate!) this year's Postgraduate Program Awards recipients. A full list of 2019/2020 award recipients can be found on our website. Congratulations!

  • Award: Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition recipient announced

    June 15, 2020
    In its inaugural year, the Family Medicine Resident Research Grant Competition has awarded $3000 to Dr. Obaidullah Khan’s project entitled, “Triaging of Canadian family medicine residents for POCUS screening of AAAs: a feasibility study.” The competition was established to promote high-level primary care research while building grant preparation and writing skills. All first year family medicine residents were eligible to apply.

  • Statement: Responding to acts of racism

    June 03, 2020
    As researchers, health care providers and teachers, whose careers and lives are focused on making this world better, safer and healthier, we have a responsibility to actively engage in anti-racist work. We need to listen, to learn, to check in, to step in, and to use our voices to make change in our own environments and those around us each and every day.

  • Announcement: Centre for Quality, Innovation and Safety opens at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

    May 27, 2020
    The Centre for Quality, Innovation and Safety at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Department of Medicine aims to improve patient care through research in quality improvement, innovation and patient safety.

  • In the media: Domestic violence, sex assaults up during pandemic, even on dates and at gatherings

    May 21, 2020
    "We won't find out about it if we don't ask." Dr. Susan McNair, faculty and Medical Director of the Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at St Joseph’s Hospital, encourages healthcare providers – from family doctors to physiotherapists – to connect through patients and keep an eye out for signs of violence. Dr. McNair is reminding health-care providers to ask two simple questions. Do you feel safe? Is anyone harming you?

  • Funding: University investment pushes pandemic research forward

    May 19, 2020
    The “Research Western Catalyst Grant: Surviving Pandemics” supports interdisciplinary projects at the University that will contribute to a broad range of evidence, tools and guidelines into disease outbreaks. Five research projects at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry received funding through the initiative.

  • Announcement: Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Leadership Roles

    May 11, 2020
    The Department of Family Medicine is pleased to announce that the Director of the Centre for Studies and Family Medicine (CSFM) and the Director of Research in the Department of Family Medicine is Dr. Amanda Terry. This position was effective May 1, 2020. The Director of the CSFM will be assisted in the role by a family physician in the role of clinical liaison physician to the Director. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sonny Cejic has accepted the role of Liaison physician for the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

  • Research News: Team first in world to treat COVID-19 with specialized dialysis

    May 08, 2020
    As part of a randomized controlled trial, a London-based team is the first in the world to treat a patient with COVID-19 using a modified dialysis device. The device gently removes a patient's blood, modifies white blood cells and returns them to fight hyperinflammation. It is being tested with critically ill patients at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

  • Feature: New Schulich dean finds lessons in crisis

    May 01, 2020
    On May 1, Dr. John Yoo stepped into his new role as Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry during an unprecedented moment in human history.

  • In the Media: Is it safe to go to the ER during COVID-19?

    April 30, 2020
    Adjunct faculty member and Emergency Physician Dr. Ken Milne speaks to Dr. Brian Goldman on CBC's podcast, The Dose, about the reasons why he thinks patients are avoiding the ER during this pandemic, and when patients should definitely be coming in to the hospital.

  • News: Family Physician adapts practice to maintain patient relationships amid pandemic

    April 27, 2020
    Alumni and adjunct faculty, Dr. Mario Elia, who practices at the London Lambeth Family Medicine Clinic, has found a way to keep the relationship he has with his patients going during the evolving pandemic.

  • Announcement: Western names Lesley Rigg as Vice-President (Research)

    April 27, 2020
    Internationally recognized academic leader Lesley Rigg will join Western as Vice-President (Research) on August 1. Western’s Board of Governors approved a five-year term for Professor Rigg at its meeting on April 23. Currently, Rigg is dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary where she leads 250 faculty, 300 staff and 6,000 students spanning six departments and five multidisciplinary programs.

  • Video: Chair's Message – COVID-19 Update

    April 23, 2020
    Dr. Stephen Wetmore, Chair/Chief of the Department of Family Medicine, addresses staff, faculty and learners via video in his most recent Chair's Message – COVID-19 Update.

  • Announcement: Celebrating the 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients

    April 15, 2020
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2020 Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. This year, we celebrate 42 award recipients. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • In the news: I am a family doctor. Here's how COVID-19 has changed our practice

    April 14, 2020
    Dr. Michael Craig, Academic Director and Assistant Professor who practices at the Middlesex Centre Regional Medical Clinic in Ilderton, where six doctors and from eight to 10 residents treat approximately 1,600 patients, discusses how COVID-19 has changed the practice. The clinic’s hours have been reduced to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, but has doctors on call 24/7. Via London Free Press.

  • News: Faculty wellbeing program launches amidst COVID-19 pandemic

    April 09, 2020
    Based on a Peers for Peers model, the Schulich Wellbeing Program will provide support for clinical and dentistry faculty in London and Windsor. Drs. Terri Paul, Bill McCauley and Andrea Lum are the faculty leads for the Program.

  • Department Update – April 3, 2020

    April 03, 2020
    The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly turned our world upside down. We are in the midst of a health crisis that has stopped or majorly altered many of our usual departmental activities. The daily news updates, statistics, and media reports have generated a certain level of stress and anxiety for everyone. I hope you and your families are all coping well and are safe. At this time I want to provide a general update for the Department of Family Medicine.

  • In Memoriam: James Hammond

    April 03, 2020
    It is with sadness that we share news that James Hammond – Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond‘s son – has died. James was 28 years old.

  • News: Collaboration with Faculty of Engineering results in protective face shields for health care workers

    March 31, 2020
    A collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and Schulich Medicine & Dentistry has led to the production of low-cost, substantively effective medical face shields that could be in hospitals for healthcare workers (HCW) within days if not hours.

  • To our alumni - thank you

    March 30, 2020
    As you support your hospital, university and community, we want to say thank you. Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni have long been leaders in their fields and you continue to demonstrate thoughtful leadership through the COVID-19 global pandemic.

  • Annoucement: Clinical Academic Appointment – Clinical Teacher, Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

    March 23, 2020
    The Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine &Dentistry, Western University, is inviting applications for one full-time clinical academic teaching position within an innovative and exciting Department of Family Medicine. Learn More.

  • In the news: Londoners organize to supply doctors' offices, 'love-bomb' health-care workers

    March 19, 2020
    A handful of Londoners have turned some casual conversations into a grassroots effort supplying thousands of gloves and masks to local medical clinics. Help is needed to keep medical clinics and doctors’ offices in London operating, said Dr. Mario Elia, a family doctor and professor of family medicine at Western University. Via London Free Press.

  • Announcement: Funding backs Western COVID-19 vaccine efforts

    March 19, 2020
    Western efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine received a major jolt thanks to million-dollar investment by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), federal officials announced today.

  • COVID-19 Travel, Education and Visitor Policy

    March 16, 2020
    Due to the changing nature and spread of COVID-19, and in an effort to minimize the potential risk to patients in our care, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has adopted a new travel policy relating to all Schulich Medicine & Dentistry clinical/dental faculty, staff, and learners and for those who work in a clinical care environment. The policy oversees travel for international residents, fellows, and visitors who are scheduled to come to Western University for training and or guest lectures. It outlines the process for faculty, staff and learners who are not engaged in clinical or dental care or who don’t work in a hospital or clinical environment, or a research lab in a hospital or clinical care environment.

  • News: Medical students providing support during COVID-19 containment effort

    March 15, 2020
    Medical students at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are rallying to support their health care colleagues during the COVID-19 containment efforts. Through a student-led initiative, they are offering free childcare, errand running and volunteering services while Ontario schools are closed.

  • Western President’s statement on COVID-19 effort

    March 13, 2020
    Classes are cancelled starting Friday, March 13 up-to and including Tuesday, March 17. Any exams scheduled during this time period will be rescheduled. Starting Wednesday, March 18, classes will be online through to the end of term.

  • Media Release: Trans and non-binary Canadians report having unmet health care needs

    March 10, 2020
    Nearly half of transgender and non-binary Canadians who responded to a national survey say they faced one or more unmet health care needs in the past year – with about 1-in-10 saying they avoided an emergency room visit completely, according to a Western University-led project.

  • News: Schulich Medicine students signal strong sense of social responsibility with CaRMS match results

    March 06, 2020
    The first iteration of the 2020 Canadian Resident Matching Services (CaRMS) residency match was released on March 3.

  • Media Release: Molecule found in oranges could reverse obesity

    March 03, 2020
    Researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are studying a molecule found in sweet oranges and tangerines called nobiletin, which they have shown to drastically reduce obesity and reverse its negative side-effects. But why it works remains a mystery.

  • Coronavirus information students, faculty and staff

    March 02, 2020
    Information for Western students, faculty and staff regarding Novel Coronavirus.

  • Recognizing excellence

    February 28, 2020
    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 Kristen DeMarco, Marguerite Chevalier, Roni Hetzel and many more.

  • Coronavirus information students, faculty and staff

    January 28, 2020
    Information for Western students, faculty and staff regarding Novel Coronavirus.

  • Western mourns loss of students on Flight PS752

    January 09, 2020
    Western is grieving the lives lost on Flight PS752, including members of the Western campus community. Immediate supports are available.

  • Announcement: New Dean Chosen for Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

    January 06, 2020
    On behalf of Western University's Board of Governors, President Alan Shepard, and the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Decanal Selection Committee, Andy Hrymak is very pleased to announce that Dr. John Yoo has been appointed as the next Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, beginning May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.