December 14, 2020 Congratulations to Leslie Meredith, Program Manager, who was awarded the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Outstanding Research Coordinator Award. This award goes to an individual responsible for managing the everyday operations of a research project, or a group of projects or a program.
November 18, 2020 A new report from Trans PULSE Canada provides insight on the unique experiences of racialized trans and non-binary Canadians. Principal investigator Greta Bauer, PhD, says the findings show this group faces increased levels of physical violence, harassment and sexual assault.
November 13, 2020 As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold across the country, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry experts say while Canadian officials implemented improvements to public health organization and in-hospital infection prevention and control after the SARS pandemic in 2003, vulnerabilities remained in the long-term care sector and the supply-chain for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
November 05, 2020 The Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education have officially informed Schulich Medicine & Dentistry that the MD program and School have now met all accreditation standards and elements from the 2015 review when we were granted full accreditation status.
October 30, 2020 At 2:00 a.m. on October 31, 1920, Dr. Frederick Banting, a surgeon practising in London, Ontario, conceived of an idea to isolate the internal secretion of the pancreas - an idea that culminated in the discovery and clinical use of insulin. Dr. Rob Hegele takes a look back at this important moment in a new publication for The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
October 15, 2020 The PSI Foundation has approved funding for Dr. Obaidullah Khan's Resident Research application, "Training of Canadian family medicine residents for POCUS screening of AAAs: a feasibility study" in the amount of $20,000.00 over 1 year.
October 07, 2020 As the second wave peak approaches, a new global study suggests hospitals should set up ‘COVID-19 free’ areas for surgical patients – and that doing so could reduce the risk of serious complications and death from lung infections associated with coronavirus.
October 05, 2020 An important step to achieving excellence and differentiation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is the creation of a new leadership structure, which expands focus on research, scholarship, education and wellness.
October 02, 2020 Dr. Gabriel Leung, MD'96, Dean of Medicine at Hong Kong University, is one of the world's leading epidemiology and global health experts. He provided early and accurate predictions on the initial trajectory of COVID-19, and says we need to plan for the worst, and hope for the best.
September 29, 2020 There was a time where Dr. Diana Cuckovic, PGY2, Family Medicine, considered dance might be her calling, but her interest for life sciences and desire to help others encouraged her to pursue a different path.
September 22, 2020 A team of medical students is helping deliver medical gowns to health care workers in the London area. With volunteers from Canada Sews, the gowns are made from donated fabric. More than 800 gowns, along with notes of encouragement, have been delivered to local clinics, long-term care homes, pharmacies and emergency shelters.
September 14, 2020 Dr. Laura Foxcroft, Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been appointed as the Assistant Dean, Faculty Wellbeing effective October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2025.
September 14, 2020 Dr. Robert Stein, Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been re-appointed to Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Equity and Wellbeing, effective October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2022.
September 11, 2020 Funding from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund is enabling a team of researchers across Ontario led by Grace Parraga, PhD, to use novel lung-imaging techniques to better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and plan health care and societal resources for survivors, post-infection.
September 09, 2020 For many Canadian scholars, being elected into the Royal Society of Canada is a crowning achievement of their careers. To Lisa Saksida, PhD, – newly honoured into the into RSC, along with four other Western scholars – it is also a reminder of the teamwork that takes place in any successful research program, and that their collective work has only just started.
August 27, 2020 Changes to the medical school admissions process during the past two years have mitigated barriers for underrepresented populations resulting in a more diverse class in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, as well as rural versus urban and whether or not parents had attended medical school or university.
August 26, 2020 A team of researchers led by Dr. Douglas Fraser has identified six molecules that can be used as biomarkers to predict how severely ill a COVID-19 patient will become, and are also the first to reveal a new mechanism causing blood clots in COVID-19 patients and potential ways to treat them.
August 13, 2020 HockeyFIT, a unique program developed at Western University that uses hockey fan culture to help fans get fit, is moving forward with plans to expand this fall in Western Canada. The program, which started in London, is now scaling up to be offered across the country.
August 10, 2020 “Our numbers couldn’t possibly be at a better place right now,” said Dr. Mario Elia, a family physician in southwest London and an adjunct professor in Western University’s family medicine department. The return to classrooms is the top COVID-19 question he’s hearing from patients.
August 05, 2020 Vaping among teenaged Canadians has doubled in the past two years – a troubling trend that three Western researchers will examine in depth with new funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR.) The researchers are working to understand the rapid rise of vaping in Canada and measure its health effects.
July 29, 2020 Researchers have shown that how well you sleep and for how long is linked to increased odds of living with multiple chronic conditions, and argue that promotion of good sleep habits should be given greater focus in clinical practice and public health.
July 24, 2020 Robert Bartha, PhD, has been appointed as Acting Director, Strategy and Scientific Integration at Robarts Research Institute, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry effective July 27, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
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.
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.
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.”"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.