February 2016 Newsletter

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    Scanning the world for a passion project

    Esther Warnert, PhD, isn’t attracted by popular universities or famous laboratories — her aspiration has always been to find interesting projects. This pursuit brought her across the world to conduct research on frontotemporal dementia.

  • decorative imagePutting patients in the spotlight
    “I think that often times in medicine the patient can be forgotten,” says Judith Brown, PhD. This opinion drives the chair of the Department of Family Medicine's Master of Clinical Science and PhD programs to concentrate her research on the patient-centred clinical method.

  • decorative imagePresenting research against the clock
    Conveying a compelling message in a short amount of time can be challenging, but something you will need to do throughout your career. Andrew Watson, PhD, associate dean, provides ways to ensure your presentation runs smoothly.

  • decorative imageGems hidden across campus
    Do you need a new study spot or a place to take a date? Alex Moszczynski, chair, Graduate Students Council, lists off 10 places and events at Western University that make life as a graduate trainee easy, fun and exciting.

  • decorative imageChoosing the road less travelled
    Going against the grain has always seemed natural for Dr. Sharifa Nasreen. After obtaining a medical degree in her home country of Bangladesh, the PhD candidate decided to switch gears and embark on a journey that would lead her to a career in epidemiology and public health research.

  • Celebrating our achievements
    Congratulations to Matthew Maitland, Karen Dunkerly, Sam Fess, Charles Ishak, Mateusz Rytelewski, Brennan Dirk, Natalie Kozyrev and many other graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • London Health Research Day – Register now
    London Health Research Day is fast approaching. Register as a guest by Thursday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m. to participate in the lunch featuring keynote speaker Dr. Peter Libby and the wine and cheese awards reception. The academic committee is also looking for interested judges — sign up today by filling out the judge registration form.

  • London Heath Research Day – Call for volunteers
    Looking for a fun way to get involved while learning about local research? Volunteer on Tuesday, March 29 at London Health Research Day. We are currently seeking volunteers for a number of event-day roles including greeters, floaters and guides, presentation timers, and submission representatives.

  • Canadian Bone and Joint Conference – Call for abstracts and registration
    Submit your abstract by February 28th, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST to be part of the 2016 Canadian Bone and Joint Conference on April 8 and 9. The Conference will bring together basic scientists, clinician scientists, biomedical engineers, imaging scientists and other researchers interested in discussing mechanisms, diagnosis and therapy associated with bone and joint injury and disease.

  • One conversation. Two Western minds. 10,000 possibilities.
    Western has partnered with Ten Thousand Coffees and created an exclusive hub so alumni and students can find meaningful connections one coffee conversation at a time. Use this exclusive Western Hub to build your network and share your ideas and challenges — all you have to do is sign up.

  • Two prestigious Canada Research Chairs named at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry
    Congratulations to Eric Arts, chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Andrew Pruszynski, assistant professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, on being named Canada Research Chairs (CRC). Arts has been named Tier 1 CRC in HIV Pathogenesis and Viral Control, and Pruszynski has been named Tier 2 CRC in Sensorimotor Neuroscience.

  • Patrick O’Donoghue receives Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grant
    Out of a total of 258 grant applications, Patrick O’Donoghue’s grant was one of 27 that were approved by the Canadian Cancer Society. The assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry will receive $200,000 over the next two years for his project entitled, “Targeting Pathological Phosphorylation in Oncogenic Pathways”.

  • The international advantage
    Western University's China Scholarship Council agreement gives international students the experience of training on Canadian soil. Five students are currently receiving training in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry labs.

  • Awards of Excellence – Call for nominations
    Nomination forms are now available for the 2016 Awards of Excellence. These awards are an opportunity to honour the outstanding contributions of faculty and staff at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. The nomination deadline is March 7, 2016.

  • Top stories from January 2016 Current Affairs
    Did you miss the January 2016 issue of Current Affairs? Read the most popular stories about MSc Candidate Sara Matovic, some changes in the federal government that could affect research, and how to beat the winter blues with a healthy lifestyle.

  • 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.