2019

  • Funding: CIHR funds translational collaborative research

    July 17, 2019
    Health researchers at Western were awarded more than $8 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the latest project grant competition. In total, nine research projects were funded at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry ranging from evaluating new ways of looking at spinal cord injury to understanding how neuroimaging can improve diagnostics for Parkinson’s disease.

  • Awards: Bone and Joint Institute researchers celebrated

    July 10, 2019
    Members of Western’s Bone and Joint Institute were celebrated recently by the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) at the group’s annual meeting.

  • Forging a path toward a brighter future in osteoarthritis

    July 03, 2019
    Mentorship and strong ties to the research community have been invaluable components of Dr. Appleton’s career development. Upon starting his PhD, the task of familiarizing himself to osteoarthritis (OA) research was initially intimidating. Nevertheless, he took a dive into the field, eager to learn as much as he could from those around him. “I was always confident that I had the right support network around me,” he explained. “I developed a network of really thoughtful, intelligent people.”

  • Awards: Dentistry faculty internationally recognized for oral health research

    June 25, 2019
    Congratulations to Drs. Walter Siqueira and Jeffrey Dixon who received international recognition for their work in Dental Research.

  • Awards: Physiology and Pharmacology faculty recognized for excellence in research

    June 20, 2019
    Congratulations to Peter Chidiac, PhD, and Peter Stathopulos, PhD, both honoured by the Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics for their exceptional contributions to research in the field of pharmacology.

  • Announcement: Four new CRCs announced

    June 18, 2019
    Congratulations to Shehzad Ali, PhD, Grace Parraga, PhD, Corey Baron, PhD, and Marco Prado, PhD, who have been named among Western’s nine new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs).

  • CRC push opens doors to diverse applicants

    June 11, 2019
    Western has opened the Canada Research Chair (CRC) application process in a special call for candidates who demonstrate research excellence and who meet equity, diversity and inclusion criteria. The federal CRC program funds the work of approximately 2,000 of the country’s most innovative, world-changing researchers, including 43 at Western. This newest search is aimed specifically at recruiting researchers who are members of groups currently under-represented among Western CRCs: women, Indigenous persons and persons with a disability.

  • Media Release: Research examines how diet can influence memory-formation

    June 07, 2019
    A new study shows how the brain controls what information becomes memories and the role diet and obesity play in these formations. Published in the journal Trends in Neuroscience, the study describes the critical importance of perineuronal nets (PNNs) – structures that enmesh certain neurons in the brain – in protecting the neuron and regulating how often the brain turns experiences into memories.

  • Symposium touches on ‘new frontiers’ of tech

    June 05, 2019
    More than 100 neuroscience researchers from around the world are visiting Western to take part in the first international touchscreen symposium, New frontiers in cognitive testing using touchscreen technology, June 5-6 in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building.

  • Rylett named to lead CIHR Institute of Aging

    May 28, 2019
    Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry professor Jane Rylett was recently named the new Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Aging, one of only 13 institutes nationwide supported by the funding body that funds health researchers and trainees across Canada in various areas.

  • Canadian research toward unlocking a common back pain disease

    April 25, 2019

  • Award: Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, recognized as outstanding physiologist

    April 18, 2019
    Congratulations to Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and scientist at Robarts Research Institute who has been awarded the J.A.F. Stevenson award from the Canadian Physiological Society.

  • Pruszynski recognized as outstanding physiologist

    April 18, 2019
    Congratulations to Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, scientist at Robarts Research Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology who has been awarded the J.A.F. Stevenson award from the Canadian

  • ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction

    April 15, 2019
    A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from some level of related cognitive dysfunction that currently goes undetected in most cases.

  • Awards: 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

    March 29, 2019
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations to this years' recipients.

  • Discovery unlocks spine disease mysteries

    March 15, 2019
    Led by Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Cheryle Seguin, a Bone and Joint Institute research team has made a breakthrough into better understanding a highly prevalent spine disease that affects one-third of North American men over 50.

  • Western celebrates top teaching talent

    March 12, 2019
    Eleven winners, representing three different faculties, have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning in their students. This year’s winners join a company of teachers nearly a quarter-century strong.

  • Award: Frank Beier honoured for excellence in osteoarthritis research

    March 08, 2019
    Congratulations to Frank Beier, PhD, who is being honoured with an Award for Basic Science Research from the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). The award recognizes Beier’s pioneering work in applying genomics techniques to osteoarthritis models.

  • MSK Innovation Competition

    March 07, 2019
    This initiative aims to cultivate skill sets that enable ideas to be successfully pitched to investors and promote entrepreneurial spirit. The competition is open to all London-based entrepreneurial MSK researchers (e.g. academia, research institutions, research hospitals, startups, etc.). Each innovation team will require at least one Western faculty member, but anyone with the entrepreneurial itch can lead an application! While the research idea should be novel and sound, the competition is for the best pitch – i.e. the presentation that best convinces the investor panel on the value of the idea and how the $30,000 award would improve and/or better illustrate the potential and commercial value of the innovative idea itself.

  • Your spinal cord is ‘smarter’ than previously thought: research shows our spinal cords contribute to sophisticated hand function

    February 15, 2019
    Using specialized robotic technology, a three degree of freedom exoskeleton at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, researchers demonstrated that the spinal cord is able to process and control complex functions, like the positioning of your hand in external space.

  • Researchers committed to open-science efforts

    February 13, 2019
    Placing collaboration above competition, Western researchers are giving 300 labs around the world the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the mouse brain in hopes of unlocking the secrets of Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders in humans. Led by BrainsCAN, this is the latest and largest project undertaken by the neuroscience initiative in a push for open-science research.

  • Study explores impact of THC exposure in utero

    February 05, 2019
    Daniel Hardy, a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor, led a recent study that found “alarming” damage to important organs in newborns who were exposed to cannabis – and, specifically, to THC – while in utero. This damage could lead to heart disease and diabetes later in life.

  • Western Perspective Project

    February 01, 2019
    Everywhere we look, whether it’s in our education, our personal hobbies, or in the way we connect with others on social media, we are constantly exposed to the successes achieved by our fellow peers. We see people excelling in their academic career, winning scholarships and awards. ... We don’t see the failures and difficulties that others have had to overcome, and as a result, we have come to fear failure. We feel ashamed when we try so hard and fail to achieve our goals.

  • Congratulations to the funding recipients in Physiology and Pharmacology!

    January 28, 2019
    Health researchers in London were awarded more than $10 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, with $7.3 million supporting projects through Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and $2.8 million through Lawson Health Research Institute.

  • Owen named Officer of British Empire

    January 07, 2019
    Renowned Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen has been named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of the 2019 New Year’s Honours list recognising “the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people” across the United Kingdom.