January 2018 Newsletter

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    Against the Dying Light

    Drs. Rob Bartha, Michael Strong, Greg Dekaban, Jane Rylett, Marco Prado, Vania Prado, and Robert Petrella are using a collaborative approach that focuses on early detection and easing the strain on adults living with Alzheimer’s and their families.

  • decorative imageDemystifying frontotemporal dementia
    Unwavering determination earned PhD Candidate Tamara Tavares first place at Western's Three Minute Thesis competition in 2017. Through her success, she has raised awareness of frontotemporal dementia at the University level and beyond.

  • decorative imageEmbarking on new challenges
    The new year brings new challenges and opportunities. Doug Jones, PhD, discusses what is in store for the future of graduate studies.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements - January
    Congratulations to Siobhan Churchill, Georgia Nikoloudaki, Saumik Biswas, Sam Slattery and many more on your recent accomplishments.

  • decorative imageBlending her passions of arts and science
    MSc Candidate Pardis Baha’s love of teaching has earned her a spot on Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley’s 2017 Honour List for her creation of the Lambton Youth Jazz Orchestra.

  • decorative imageAn interdisciplinary approach to HIV/AIDS research
    Art Poon, PhD, assistant professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, is a bioinformaticist using an interdisciplinary research approach to the problem of tracking HIV-1 transmission rates and detecting outbreaks.

  • decorative imageSubmit your abstract for London Health Research Day
    The deadline to submit your abstract for London Health Research Day is January 30. Don't miss out on the opportunity to gain valuable experience, receive feedback on your research, and network with your peers.

  • Top stories from November 2017 Current Affairs
    Did you miss the November 2017 issue of Current Affairs? Read the top stories on turning personal experience into a bustling career, fostering young minds in the lab, and an imaging scholar's Polanyi Prize success.

  • Beyond the Bench - January 2018
    From holiday gatherings to new year celebrations and conferences to lab outings, check out what your colleagues and graduate trainees have been up to in the past two months.

  • Announcement: Susanne Schmid, PhD, new Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    Susanne Schmid has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, effective January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022.

  • CIHR Funding received
    Stephen Renaud, PhD, Assistant Professor with the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, on receiving a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Grant in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health.

  • Western News: New research provides window into stress experienced by refugees
    Stan Van Uum, PhD, and Michael Greff are part of a study that showed teens affected by the Syrian war indeed received biological benefits from an eight-week intervention program, lowering their cortisol levels – a hormone associated with stress.

  • Rugby study shows metabolite changes in the brain
    Rob Bartha, PhD, and his team have shown that a regular season of play can cause changes in the brain that are similar to changes caused by concussion, though less severe.

  • Bone & Joint Institute researchers receive two Arthritis Society Grants
    The funds will support projects focused on work on knee-joint arthritis, which is examining specific immune cells called macrophages, and focused on scleroderma, which is an auto-immune disease that results in the build-up of tough, fibrous scar tissue in the skin and other organs.