2018

  • Neuroscience grants promote teamwork

    November 26, 2018
    Two of the world’s most accomplished neuroscience centres – Western’s BrainsCAN and McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives – are sharing their expertise in seven ground-breaking team projects.

  • Ali Khan, PhD, named Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroimaging

    November 19, 2018
    Ali Khan, PhD, was named the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroimaging. Khan is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Medical Biophysics, Scientist at Robarts Research Institute and member of the Neuroscience program.

  • World’s largest sleep study shows too much shut-eye can be bad for your brain

    November 16, 2018
    Neuroscientists from Western University’s renowned Brain and Mind Institute released their findings in the high-impact journal, SLEEP.

  • Graduate students win top prize in AI national competition

    November 15, 2018
    Congratulations to Qingfan Liu, Kartik Pradeepan and Megha Verma on their winning proposal “Opinion Galaxies: A Machine Learning Network Approach to Big Data in Medical Research”.

  • Understanding and Treating the ‘Sacred Disease’

    October 12, 2018
    Epilepsy is a complicated neurological disorder with no clear answers. Solving the puzzle requires strong, interdisciplinary research – the kind taking place at Robarts Research Institute.

  • 2018 Schulich Award Recipients

    October 12, 2018
    Congratulations to the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Internal Graduate Awards recipients

  • Study rules out potential treatment target for Alzheimer's

    July 09, 2018
    An unexpected result discovered by neuroscientists at Western University won’t prevent the formation and growth of Alzheimer’s disease but it potentially rules out a major potential treatment focus

  • Research shows if your eyes wrinkle when you smile or frown, you appear more sincere

    June 12, 2018
    Research led by Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo has shown that our brains are pre-wired to perceive wrinkles around the eyes as conveying more intense and more sincere emotions. This eye-wrinkle feature, called the Duchenne marker, occurs across multiple facial expressions, including smiles, expressions associated with pain, and­—as found by these researchers—expressions of sadness.

  • Researchers identify brain mechanism linking PTSD and addiction

    April 25, 2018
    Steven Laviolette, PhD, and his team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have shown that the recall of traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine, shedding light on the neurobiological link between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid addiction.

  • Researcher receives inaugural Early Career Award from the Society for Neural Control of Movement

    February 05, 2018
    Congratulations to Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, on receiving the inaugural Early Career Award from the Society for Neural Control of Movement (NCM).

  • CIHR grant supports research of motor learning by observing

    February 04, 2018
    Paul Gribble has received a CIHR grant to research sensory motor neuroplasticity and motor learning by observing. The grant will allow Gribble to build on previous research and deepen the understanding of how the brain reacts to watching others perform an action.

  • Announcement: David Cechetto appointed to the Order of Ontario

    February 04, 2018
    Congratulations to David Cechetto, PhD, who will be appointed to the Order of Ontario later this month. Cechetto is a Neuroscientist and professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry whose research focuses on the cardiovascular risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular cognitive impairment.

  • Demystifying frontotemporal dementia

    January 26, 2018
    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.

  • Against the Dying Light

    January 25, 2018
    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.

  • Announcement: Associate Dean Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

    January 19, 2018
    Dr. Susanne Schmid has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022.

  • Research uncovers new link between head trauma, CTE and ALS

    January 16, 2018
    Dr. Michael Strong and his team at Robarts Research Institute have uncovered a unique neurobiological pathway triggered by head trauma which underlies both Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

  • Susan Simpson honoured with Western Award of Excellence

    March 17, 2021
    Congratulations to Susan Simpson, Neuroscience Program Coordinator, who was named a 2018 Western Awards of Excellence recipient, the highest honour for staff member achievement.

  • Rugby study shows metabolite changes in the brain

    March 17, 2021
    Researchers at Robarts Research Institute 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.