February 23, 2021 Research News: Understanding antibodies at play in long-lasting COVID-19 immunity
Subheading: A team of researchers across Canada, including collaborators from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, is shedding light on how our bodies develop immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and may help to assess how effectively current vaccines are at conferring long-term immunity.
April 28, 2020 Gregory Dekaban, PhD, has been extended as Acting Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 or until a new Chair is appointed.
March 19, 2020 Led by Department of Microbiology & Immunology Professors Stephen Barr, Eric Arts, Chil-Yong Kang, and Ryan Troyer, (with co-PIs Jimmy Dikeakos, Greg Dekaban and Mansour Haeryfar), the work is possible thanks to new funding announced today from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This funding was rapidly made available to fast-track a comprehensive Canadian response to the pandemic. The team at Western received $998,840 for the project.
October 30, 2019 A group of researchers at Western and Lawson combined their expertise in probiotics and bee biology to supplement honey bee food with probiotics, in the form a BioPatty, in their experimental apiaries. The aim was to see what effect probiotics would have on honey bee health.
July 30, 2019 The $16-million imaging pathogens for knowledge translation facility (ImPaKT) contains a level two biosafety containment lab where researchers will study microbes including HIV and antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Researchers in ImPaKT’s level three containment lab will study viruses including SARS-CoV-2, Zika and West Nile and the highly contagious bacterial infection tuberculosis. The 650 square metre secure facility features several different types of state-of-the-art imaging technology including an MRI and super-high resolution microscope.
July 12, 2019 Dr. John McCormick (Staphylococcus aureus at the commensal-pathogen interface: the superantigen paradox) and Dr. Jamie Mann (Engineering HIV virus-like-particles (VLPs) for improved Env antigenicity and neutralizing antibody responses) in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology have each received CIHR funding. Congratulations to both.
July 09, 2019 Gregory Dekaban, PhD, has been appointed as Acting Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
May 25, 2019 Dr. Stephen Barr Understanding the evolution of a 400 million-year-old anti-viral protein that first emerged in marine life, is helping researchers get the upper-hand on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
March 21, 2019 Gregor Reid is recognized as a Canadian and international pioneer in the areas of probiotics, beneficial microbes, and the microbiome. Reid’s research has led to significant clinical translational and commercial applications. He was a pioneer in understanding the microbiome and the possibility of probiotic treatment in an era when this research was largely considered ‘fringe’ science.
December 12, 2017 Dr. Mansour Haeryfar and his team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have uncovered a new mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of PD-1-based “checkpoint inhibitor”, therapeutic agents that are approved for the treatment of several types of cancer and also under investigation in clinical trials for numerus other types.
September 07, 2016 From crafting a global definition of probiotics to developing novel therapies used by millions, Dr. Gregor Reid has significantly advanced our knowledge of how beneficial microbes, especially bacteria, contribute to health. Recognizing his role as a world leader in probiotics research, Dr. Reid has now been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada.
March 01, 2016 Eric Arts, PhD, one of the world’s leading HIV researchers, is developing vaccines to prevent new HIV-1 infections and vaccines to cure people already infected and living with HIV. To do so, Arts, who came from Case Western University, is using newly developed technologies related to genetic engineering, immune surveillance and next-generation sequencing.
November 09, 2015 Eric Arts, PhD, is leading Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s contribution to the newly established European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) — a C$33.2 million initiative that will bring together leading researchers from around the world to develop an effective HIV vaccine.
November 02, 2015 Eric Arts, PhD, Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, describes the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which emerged as a mysterious killer in 1981. Since then, 39 million people have died, and a million-and-a-half still die every year, mostly in Africa. But we've made enormous progress against the epidemic with effective drug treatments, and the long search for a vaccine is making meaningful progress.
July 03, 2015 Four Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry researchers received grants totalling $9.9 million over seven years from the inaugural Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundation Grant. Each is studying factors which may lead to improved health outcomes for people living with osteoarthritis, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
June 30, 2015 Congratulations Graduating Honors Students: - Jessica He for winning the Western Gold Medal for the Honors Specialization in Microbiology and Immunology - Diliana Stratkova for winning the Gold Medal for the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry of Infection and Immunity - Tayler Farrell for Winning the Kimberly Clarke Corporation Honors Thesis Award.
March 19, 2015 Western’s latest honorees of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) join a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers. David Heinrichs, PhD, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, was selected as one of Western's Faculty Scholars.
April 04, 2014 Robert Murray, PhD, and his late wife Marion, are, and will forever be, part of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Their research, administrative and personal contributions have helped to create an outstanding culture of excellence within the Department and across Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.