April 2016 Newsletter

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    An unexpected path to regenerative medicine

    A background in veterinary sciences has been an asset for Niamh Richmond, MSc Candidate, who researches infantile hemangioma — a stem cell-derived tumor that occurs in approximately 10 per cent of all newborn births in North America.

  • decorative imageOne small step for the health of female astronauts
    Female astronauts can face serious health issues when they take part in space missions. Gregor Reid, PhD, and Camilla Urbaniak, PhD Candidate, are making the case for the use of probiotics and fermented foods to help reduce the frequency of these health complications.

  • decorative imageMaking personal wellness your number one priority
    This month, Andrew Watson, PhD, associate dean, discusses the importance of prioritizing your physical and mental health, and how to seek help on campus if you or someone you know are feeling unwell.

  • decorative imageThe yin and yang of cannabis research
    After working in industrial positions in France, Justine Renard, PhD, made a career change to quench her insatiable thirst for knowledge. The postdoctoral fellow now studies the harmful and beneficial roles cannabis plays on psychiatric diseases.

  • Celebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Tasha Ahmad, Tyler Beveridge, Rebecca McTavish and other graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry on their recent achievements.

  • Commitment to the Community: Engaging our aging population
    Memory and musical enjoyment. Sitting is the new smoking. These are just a sample of the topics that graduate trainees have presented to senior residents living at Windermere on the Mount as part of Retiring with Strong Minds.

  • London Health Research Day showcases ground-breaking health research
    More than 750 young researchers, judges and guests came together for London Health Research Day on March 29, in a celebration of health research and the innovative work being done across the city of London.

  • Presenting research against the clock
    Ajay Rajaram, MSc Candidate, and Jessica Blom, MD/PhD Candidate, placed second and third in Western University’s 3MT Finals Competition.

  • Collaborating to further advance new technologies
    Internationally-renowned cognitive neuroscientists Tim Bussey, PhD, and Lisa Saksida, PhD, join the team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistants Collective Agreement
    In January, an agreement was reached with the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA). The new agreement was ratified by the GTA Union on January 18 and by Western University’s Board of Governors on January 28. The new agreement is effective as of September 1, 2015.

  • March tweets of the month
    Our community has some important things to say on Twitter. Catch up on the best 140-character thoughts from faculty, staff and students during the month of March.

  • Top stories from March 2016 Current Affairs
    Did you miss the March 2016 issue of Current Affairs? Read the top stories on embracing animal instincts, changing the game for bacterial resistance, and a passion for pannexin research.

  • Current Affairs – Share your story ideas
    Do you have news and accomplishments to share, or an idea for a feature or profile story? We are looking for your input for upcoming editions of the Current Affairs newsletter.