April 2017 Newsletter

    • decorative imageNetworking: A lot more than just shaking hands and exchanging business cards
      Looking to expand your professional network, but don't know where to start? Andrew Watson, PhD, associate dean, explains how trainees can reach for new professional opportunities and learn to network effectively.

    • decorative imageLondon Health Research Day: Shining a light on opportunity
      Tomi Nano, Chair of the Graduate Students Council, and Terenz Escartin, MSc Candidate, discuss the value of London Health Research Day and how the event can help graduate trainees tackle the question of 'What's next?' when thinking about their future.

    • decorative imageDiabetic mothers passing on more than just genetic characteristics to their children
      While it is widely known those with diabetes have a greater risk of developing heart failure, Dr. Qingping Feng has discovered through his research that diabetic mothers have a greater risk of bearing children with severe congenital heart abnormalities.

    • decorative imageQ&A with Mostafa Shokoohi, PhD Candidate
      Mostafa Shokoohi, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is studying women in Canada living with HIV and attempting to determine the health disparities they face in society. In this Q&A, Shokoohi discusses his HIV research and why he came to Canada to further his studies.

    • decorative imageTrainees secure a first and second place finish in the 3MT finals
      On April 5, Tamara Tavares, Dr. Shane Smith and Pascaline Kahio represented Schulich Medicine & Dentistry at the Western University finals of the Three Minute Thesis Competition and brought home big wins for the School.

    • decorative imageExchanging Knowledge
      At Western for a year, the China Scholarship Council students share their thoughts about research training, Canada and their new found love of Tim Hortons.

    • decorative image Profiles of Excellence - Susanne Schmid, PhD
      Susanne Schmid, PhD, is studying the underlying mechanisms that allow us to filter sensory information. Disruptions in this mechanism are present in disorders like schizophrenia and autism. She hopes her work will eventually lead to a better understanding and potential treatment for these disruptions.

    • In the news: Ovarian Cancer Genetic Testing Saves Lives
      Dr. Jacob McGee's research shows genetic testing rates for ovarian cancer are low across the province despite life-saving potential.

    • Detecting dementia takes top spot at 3MT competition
      Tamara Tavares, a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience and trainee at the Emotional Cognition Lab of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, took the top spot in Western’s sixth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition last week, tackling the complex world of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder.

    • London Health Research Day Photo Gallery
      Recap London Health Research Day and checkout the photos from this year's event. You may even spot yourself in a few photos.

    • Congratulations to the London Health Research Day award winners
      Congratulations to Andrea Di Sebastiano, Ivan Kosik, Milica Krstic, Emily Pawlak, Marie Sarabusky, Dr. Marat Slessarev, Julia Sunstrum, Eric Wright, Krista Vincent, Charles Ishak, Katie Parkins and Karen Dunkerley for receiving awards at the 2017 London Health Research Day event.

    • Common prostate drug could increase risk of depression, self-harm
      Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Blayne Welk (Division of Urology) said the use of medications finasteride and dutasteride – for the treatment of an enlarged prostate – doesn’t increase the risk of suicide, but has shown a slight increase in the risk of depression and self-harm in some individuals.

    • Trainee awarded the 2017 WORLDiscoveries Scholarship
      Congratulations to Haider Hassan, a Biochemistry PhD Candidate in the lab of Joe Torchia, PhD, Departments of Biochemistry and Oncology, for receiving a 2017 WORLDiscoveries Scholarship for his project on rapid detection of Ebola virus in blood.

    • Announcement: Dr. Denise Figlewicz takes on new role
      After serving as Vice Dean, Research and Innovation, for five years at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, Denise Figlewicz, PhD, has accepted a new role as Assistant Vice President, Research Enhancement and Development at Wayne State University.

    • Trainee success at 2017 ImNO Symposium
      Congratulations to Dante Capaldi, Jason Kai, Daniel Gelman, Heeseung Lim, Androu Abdalmalak, Fiona Li, Lawrence Yip, Justin Laing, Rebecca Sullivan and Dickson Wong for receiving awards for their oral and poster presentations.

    • Congratulations to the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients
      As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, this year’s Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

    • Top Stories from March 2017 Current Affairs
      Did you miss the March 2017 issue of Current Affairs? Read the top stories on HIV vaccine research taking place at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, a brief Q&A with Andrew Watson and the Three Minute Competition qualifiers.