September 2015 Newsletter

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    A new breed of clinician-researcher

    “I’m a better clinician because of the research I’m working on,” said Dr. Sandrine deRibaupierre, associate professor and paediatric neurosurgeon. She is part of a new breed of clinician-researcher that has recently emerged at the School — one that is vibrant, open minded and focused on translational research.

  • decorative imageDiagnosing ways to improve health
    In 2011, Laila C. Schenkel Magalhaes, PhD, made the decision to leave Brazil to travel throughout Canada. Four years later, the tourist-turned-postdoctoral fellow's adventure continues while she focuses on research involving epigenetic markers for disease.

  • decorative imageTop 10 tips for a successful academic year
    To kick off the academic year, Andrew Watson, PhD, associate dean, has compiled a list of his top 10 tips to help you thrive inside and outside the lab or classroom.

  • decorative imageMaking the most of mentorship opportunities
    Doug Jones, PhD, vice dean, discusses the increasing evidence that shows the benefits of mentorship, and what the School is doing to further these opportunities.

  • decorative imageGetting to know your Graduate Students Council
    From student advocacy to event planning, the Council plays an important role. Alex Moszczynski, the new Council chair, breaks down the group's three-pronged approach to making this year one to remember.

  • decorative imageInspiring futures and taking science out of the box
    Bonnie Schmidt, PhD'93, founder and president of Let's Talk Science, is committed to making science education accessible — not elitist. Her goal is to inspire futures and share science with people of all ages.

  • decorative imageNHLPA gift supports concussion research
    The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced at the annual See The Line event that it would make a challenge gift of $500,000 to support concussion research led by Arthur Brown, PhD.

  • See the Line - Photo Gallery
    Enjoy a photo gallery highlighting some of the special moments from the 2015 See the Line symposium and reception.

  • Babies, MRI techniques and binge-watching television shows: Q&A with Catherine Nevin
    Catherine Nevin, MSc Candidate, makes being a graduate trainee look easy. Despite never having worked with MRI technology before entering her current program, she has excelled in her research on fetal growth restriction. We sat down with Nevin to discuss her background, her experiences so far in her program, and what she likes to do when she’s not in the lab.

  • Four Schulich Medicine & Dentistry graduate trainees receive 2015 Dean’s Scholarship for Graduate Research
    Congratulations to Georgia Nikoloudaki and Martin Prusinkiewicz on receiving the Dean’s PhD Graduate Stipend, and to Brennan Dirk and Patricia Johnson on receiving the Dean’s MSc to PhD Transfer Stipend.

  • Adventure on the airwaves
    Tune in to CHRW on a Wednesday evening and you’ll probably hear the voice of Alex Moszczynski hosting Gradcast. The PhD Candidate and Graduate Students Council Chair shares his favourite moments from the show and the reasons he remains committed to ALS research.

  • Save the date for London Health Research Day 2016
    On March 29, 2016, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Lawson Health Research Institute will host the fifth-annual London Health Research Day — the largest research day of its kind in Ontario.

  • Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Activities – September 16 - 22
    Postdoctoral Appreciation Week recognizes the significant contributions that postdoctoral fellows make to research and discovery, and gives them the opportunity to take part in events with other scholars on campus. From the Soccer Match on September 19 to the Speed Networking Event on September 22, there is something for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

  • Martin Short headlines Leaders In Innovation
    The celebrated Canadian actor and comedy legend is the keynote speaker for the 2015 Leaders in Innovation Dinner taking place on November 18.

  • Answering the call: Western University's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria
    Western and its people are committed to assisting refugees fleeing Syria. Several initiatives are already underway, and the University wants to hear from faculty, staff and students who have suggestions and/or are looking for ways to provide support.

  • Think you have a unique solution to a global problem?
    Join the World's Challenge Challenge for the chance to win $1,000 toward an international learning experience. Gather a team of three students, submit an application and prepare a presentation on how you would solve a major global issue. Application deadline: October 9, 2015.

  • New Scientific and Executive Director announced for Robarts Research Institute
    Marlys L. Koschinsky, PhD, is the new Scientific and Executive Director for Robarts Research Institute. In this role, Koschinsky will provide strategic leadership to world-class, innovative scientists.

  • Video: Profiles of Excellence - Lina Dagnino, PhD
    Lina Dagnino, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, researches skin biology and stem cells. In this edition of the Profiles of Excellence series, Dagnino discusses her research into the mechanisms behind blistering diseases, skin cancer and wound healing.

  • Recognizing our achievements
    This month, we would like to congratulate John-Michael Arpino, PhD Candidate; Brittany Balint, PhD Candidate; Lori Lowes, PhD; and Yiwen Xu, PhD Candidate, on their recent publications.

  • Top stories from June 2015 Current Affairs
    Did you miss the June 2015 issue of Current Affairs? Read the most popular stories on inspiring a deeper commitment to aging, the Canadian Student Health Research Forum, and conquering fear in three minutes or less.