September 25, 2020 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s Class of 2020 will forever be connected because of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
As the world searched for answers and families found new ways to deal with loss, change and adapt day in and day out, students at the School tapped into their personal resources and resiliency to complete their programs.
Schulich Medicine & Dentistry couldn’t be more proud of all of their accomplishments and have chosen to celebrate their graduation by sharing five stories of the Class of 2020.
September 23, 2020 After reviewing a record number of applications this year, the academy’s fellowship committee named Marlys Koschinsky, PhD, Dr. Amit Garg, Grace Parraga, PhD, Dr. Michael Rieder and Lisa Saksida, PhD as CAHS Fellows at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
September 16, 2020 The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced the results of their project grants competition, awarding nearly $4.9 million in research funding to eight projects from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.
September 08, 2020 A group of graduate trainees represented the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the 2020 Canadian Student Health Research Forum, winning four Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Silver Awards and three CIHR Honourable Mentions between them.
September 01, 2020 Nicole Campbell can empathize with students feeling the weight of personal and academic stress involved in remote learning.
And because the professor of physiology and pharmacology has been there – and come out the other side – she is committed to designing courses that help build students’ success as scholars and as people.
August 26, 2020 A team of researchers led by Dr. Douglas Fraser has identified six molecules that can be used as biomarkers to predict how severely ill a COVID-19 patient will become, and are also the first to reveal a new mechanism causing blood clots in COVID-19 patients and potential ways to treat them.
July 20, 2020 Wataru Inoue, PhD, studies the effect of chronic stress on the brain. His latest paper, “Neuronal hypertrophy dampens neuronal intrinsic excitability and stress responsiveness during chronic stress,” led by his recent graduate student Sara Matovic, MSc’17, showed that the neurons in the brain actually change their size and microstructure, and become desensitized to stress signals over time.
July 08, 2020 Congratulations to PhD Candidate Roger Hudson, and Postdoctoral Fellow Jeffrey Weiler, PhD, who were awarded Brain Star Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.
July 06, 2020 Researchers have moved one step closer to identifying targets for brain degeneration that occur decades before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear – a much sought-after clue that might open the door to early treatment.
June 24, 2020 The COVID-19 Brain Study looks to recruit 50,000 individuals who received a confirmed positive diagnosis of the virus in order to answer pressing questions about the disease’s direct and indirect effects on the brain.
June 01, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Thomas Drysdale, PhD has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
May 27, 2020 Three studies investigating a range of important COVID-19 questions led by teams from Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute are among an initial 15 projects funded through the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.
April 22, 2020 Congratulations to Cheryle Séguin who was selected among 16 new Faculty Scholars at Western. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities.
March 13, 2020 Eight exceptional faculty members have been awarded Western’s highest honours for leading and inspiring their students. Collectively and individually, they exemplify the heart of excellence in teaching – and their influence has stretched across faculties, disciplines and decades.
March 12, 2020 Western President Alan Shepard released the following statement today on the university’s response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, including updates on student, faculty and staff travel.
February 28, 2020 Brad Urquhart, PhD, stepped into the new role of Associate Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education in September. In this role, he oversees the Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Neuroscience programs at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
February 26, 2020 A team led by Dr. Michael Rieder has created a Listeria rapid testing kit that helps improve food safety. The new kit builds on the success of a test kit previously developed by Dr. Rieder’s lab that detects E. coli.
February 19, 2020 Inspired by the Block Parent program pioneered in London in the 1960s, the Care Zone program relies on a similar network of trained faculty and staff with easily recognizable signage on their doors, providing support to students in need.
February 12, 2020 Effective February 1, 2020, Cheryle Séguin, PhD, will be serving as Interim Chair for the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University for the duration of Dr. Frank Beier’s leave.
January 24, 2020 The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced more than $11.9 million in research funding through their project grants competition for 17 projects across Western University. At the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, 15 projects received funding, including four projects at Robarts Research Institute.
January 21, 2020 Physiology and Pharmacology professor Frank Beier and Chemistry professor Elizabeth Gillies have joined forces to tackle the debilitating effects of osteoarthritis. Their joint work was recently honoured by not only the Arthritis Society of Canada, but by patients wrestling daily with the disease.
January 17, 2020 A new study from researchers at Western University and Queen’s University definitively shows that regular exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, during pregnancy has significant impact on placental and fetal development. With more than a year since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, the effects of its use during pregnancy are only now beginning to be understood.
January 08, 2020 Western University researchers are a step closer to settling a heated debate over the role of a complex region of the brain, discovering it acts more like a complicated memory card than a navigation system.
December 20, 2019 Cheryle Séguin, PhD, is the recipient of two grants from the Arthritis Society, a Strategic Operating Grant and a Stars Careers Development Award – Mid Career. The grants support her promising new research into back pain and arthritis. Her research will study the biology of disc degeneration and common spine disorders and test new treatments.
December 17, 2019 Two researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry were among those named to the Arthritis Society’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2019 list. Frank Beier, PhD, along with PhD trainee Ian Villamagna, were acknowledged for their work in developing a new delivery method for an anti-inflammatory drug. Matthew Teeter, PhD, was honoured for his research into wearable technology being used as a pre- and post-operative assessment tool for knee replacement surgery.
December 04, 2019 In a case study published today, researchers used a specialized MRI technique in a set of twins with asthma. While the twins are non-identical, the researchers found that they actually had identical ventilation defects in the same upper left lung segment, which stayed the same over the duration of the seven year study.
October 11, 2019 In a new study published today by Nature Communications, Adrian Owen, PhD, and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge compared the brain states of patients who are in a vegetative state with those of healthy participants who were anaesthetized. The aim is to identifying a specific brain state that is associated with consciousness and conversely, a specific brain state that is indicative on unconsciousness.
October 07, 2019 Today, the Ontario government announced $2.2 million in support of research at Western University.
The funds support important health research projects at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry through the Early Researcher Awards and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) Infrastructure Fund.
October 01, 2019 We are pleased to announce that Christie Vanderboor has joined the Physiology and Pharmacology Administrative team as the Facilities and Laboratory Manager effective September 30, 2019.
In this role, Christie will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Department’s technical operations and resources as well as overseeing the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories.
Christie holds a PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology from Western. Since 2011, she has been employed at the University as a Research Associate and Laboratory Manager with her most recent appointment in the laboratory of Dr. Tim Regnault.
Please join us in congratulating Christie and wishing her all the best in her new role!
September 27, 2019 The question is one Dr. Rob Hegele hears often: Is cardiovascular disease a product of genetics or a product of lifestyle? “The answer is … yes,” said the Robarts Research Institute scientist.
One of the world’s foremost experts on the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease, Dr. Hegele cares for more than 2,500 patients at his lipid clinic. For those individuals, he is more than a physician. By mapping the genetic basis of their high cholesterol or Type 2 diabetes, he is also able to help change their outcomes.
September 25, 2019 Research papers by two recent Western graduates – Cynthia Qi and Madelaine Coelho – have been selected as the best in the world in their fields in the 2019 edition of The Undergraduate Awards, an international, cross-disciplinary competition that awards undergraduate students for outstanding coursework.
September 16, 2019 The research team, led by Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, used animal models to study how eye movement influences brain signals in the hippocampus, a small curved portion of the brain responsible for new memory formation and recall. Because the hippocampus is located deep in the brain, not all brain signals make it there.
September 09, 2019 On September 5th, the department’s annual corn roast and bbq was held at Fanshawe Park to kick of the new academic year and welcome our incoming 4980 students, graduate students, and post docs. A great time was had by all. A special thanks to everyone who helped with the event! To see pics, please visit our Flickr Page.
September 05, 2019 A new study from St. Michael's Hospital in collaboration with Western University sheds light on how a class of medications that help regulate blood sugar for patients with Type 2 diabetes can also protect against heart disease.
August 23, 2019 Brad Urquhart, PhD, has been appointed as Associate Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, effective from September 1, 2019 to August 30, 2024.
August 14, 2019 It is with great sadness that we share news of the unexpected passing of Michael Poulter, PhD, professor in Physiology and Pharmacology and scientist at Robarts Research Institute. Poulter was a devoted scientist and teacher whose contributions to the School and the research community will be greatly missed.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 19, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Wickett and Fabiana Crowley, PhD, who were named as this year’s recipients of the Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit Award for Western University.
December 07, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Fraser on receiving a 2018 Innovation Fund Award in the category of Women and Children from the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee.
Dr. Fraser, Associate Professor in Paediatrics, Physiology & Pharmacology and Clinical Neurological Sciences, worked with Dr. Karen Choong at McMaster University’s Department of Pediatrics, on a project entitled, “Functional Recovery in Critically Ill Children: The ‘Weecover’ Longitudinal Cohort Study".
November 30, 2018 The ‘escape box’ was developed by Nicole Campbell, PhD, assistant professor in Physiology and Pharmacology, and John Kelly, a master’s student in clinical anatomy, with the help of a local mystery escape room company. The box is at the centre of Campbell’s fourth year Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences lab.
November 28, 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.
November 23, 2018 A new rapid testing kit developed by researchers at Western University is revolutionizing food safety testing by producing results in hours rather than current methods which can take days.
September 25, 2018 Like Theodore Seuss Geisel, educators at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are finding new ways to capture the imagination of their students as they use innovative approaches to learning, curricula development and assessment.
September 11, 2018 Bonnie Schmidt, BSc’86, PhD’93, the founder of Let’s Talk Science, is a pioneer in science education for Canadian school children and teachers. Due to her drive and exceptional dedication, the initiative she started as a graduate student at Western, more than 20 years ago, is now a multi-dimensional national program, providing over six million Canadian children, regardless of gender, race or social standing, the opportunity to develop their skills in problem solving and critical thinking.
August 17, 2018 Wataru Inoue explores “what our brains go through every day” – the biological mechanisms of how the brain deals with and adapts to stressful experiences. While current treatments and the progress in the development of new or improved drugs is slow, Inoue said advancing the understanding of stress neurobiology is a crucial step in identifying the key mechanisms causing mental illnesses and, ultimately, developing more effective treatment strategies.
August 10, 2018 Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Dixon, PhD, who was honoured by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) as the 2018 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Oral Biology.
June 15, 2018 Many PhysPharm trainees presented their research at the recent Canadian Connective Tissue Society Conference in Toronto. Jeff Dixon presented awards to Supinder Kour Bali, Margaret Man-Ger Sun, Brandon Kim and Melina Bellini. Well done!
May 15, 2018 Dr. Jeff Dixon has received a Life Time Achievements Award from the Canadian Connective Tissue Society (CCTS). The award will be presented at the 24th Annual Canadian Connective Tissue conference to be held in Toronto from May 23rd – 25th.
April 17, 2018 Blake Butler, PhD, an adjunct research professor with the Department of Psychology, and Stephen Lomber, PhD, Professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Psychology, and Canada Research Chair in Brain Plasticity and Development, are looking at the anatomy underlying sensory enhancements to better understand how the deaf brain transforms and reorganizes itself.
March 27, 2018 Four professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards including Dale Laird, from the Department of Anatomy & cell Biology. Western also selected 15 Faculty Scholars to recognize their significant achievements in teaching or research including Qingping Feng, Physiology and Pharmacology; Steven Laviolette, Anatomy &Cell Biology; and Walter Siqueira, Biochemistry.
March 26, 2018 Congratulations to Sean on his award from the Ontario Thoracic Society for his project, "Role of TIMPs in pulmonary microvascular endothelial cell activation and dysfunction in lung injury."
March 15, 2018 Sarah McLean’s students describe her as clear, energetic, enthusiastic with a teaching style that makes them excited to learn. She strives to include interaction, collaboration and inspiration – ensuring student perspective through peer-to-peer interactions and then inviting students to reflect on their discussions. At the centre of her teaching is innovation through technology. Sarah has also developed experiential learning opportunities with community partners in London to allow students to apply knowledge to real-world health issues.
February 27, 2018 The Physiology and Pharmacology Research Committee is hosting an Interactive outreach session on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:00-4:00 pm. DSB2005 to help you explore and navigate research opportunities in Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Reproductive and Developmental Biology Clinical and Molecular Pharmacology Neuroscience
A light Pizza Lunch will be available. Please RSVP to Penny Sim, email@example.com.
February 01, 2018 Congratulations to Andrew Pruszynski who has been selected the inaugural winner of The Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM) Early Career Award. This award was established to recognize outstanding contributions by scientists early in their careers that have significantly advanced our understanding of the neural control of movement.
January 22, 2018 Marlys Koschinsky, the scientific and executive director of the Robarts Research Institute in London, has been studying lipoprotein(a) – or lp(a) – for 30 years. She warns it can accelerate the development of plaque in the arteries and lead to blood clots, which can be fatal.
January 19, 2018 Kevin Shoemaker, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences, examined how the lack of gravity for astronauts affects normal circulation and distribution of blood inside the body, and the problems it can cause when they return to Earth. Some of his finding could prevent falls among frail elderly people.
January 10, 2018 Western University researchers who are part of the interdisciplinary Bone and Joint Institute have been awarded two major Arthritis Society grants — one to study the cellular workings of osteoarthritis in knee joints, and the other to examine whether a specific protein inhibitor might be used to halt or treat scleroderma fibrosis.
December 19, 2017 Dr. Richard (Dick) Philp, Professor Emeritus in Physiology and Pharmacology, passed away on Oct 26th, 2017. Dick graduated from the University of Guelph with the DVM degree, then completed his PhD in Pharmacology at Western under the supervision of Dr. Charles Gowdey in 1964. He became a faculty member at Western, and was a devoted educator and researcher who served as Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology from 1981-1986. Following his retirement in 1997, Dick pursued his passion for art and community service, volunteering at a number of organizations including as an art instructor at the Horton Street Seniors’ Centre – Boys and Girls Club of London. Dick also authored several textbooks, primarily on environmental matters. Western will lower the flag all day on November 1, 2017 in his memory.
November 13, 2017 Vernon Brooks, Professor Emeritus in Physiology and Pharmacology, passed away on Oct 4th, 2017. Dr. Brooks was chair of the former Department of Physiology from 1972 to 1977. His 1952 PhD thesis in Neurophysiology at McGill and U of T on the effect of botulinum toxin on the nervous system revealed the principle of Botox. Vernon researched the motor cortex and cerebellum at Rockefeller Institute and New York Medical College before moving to Western. His appointment of Professor Emeritus in 1988 marked the end of a distinguished career.
October 31, 2017 The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada is inviting applications for the position of Chair in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Review of applicants will begin after November 30, 2017.
September 12, 2017 Four Western researchers have been named Canada Research Chairs (CRC), a program which recognizes the country’s best scholars across disciplines. Two additional researchers also had their existing Chairs renewed for an additional five years, while another saw a renewal of seven years. This now brings Western’s total number of CRCs to 52.
August 10, 2017 Dr. Qingping Feng has been appointed as the Richard & Jean Ivey Fund Chair in Molecular Toxicology at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2022.
August 03, 2017 Dr. Frank Beier has been appointed as Acting Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.
August 03, 2017 Dr. Jane Rylett has been appointed as Associate Dean and Director of Animal Research Facilities, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022. Dr. Rylett has served as Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology since 2005.
August 02, 2017 Dr. Michael Rieder, has been appointed as Chair/Chief of the Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London for a five year term.
June 21, 2017 Anish won a Gold Award at this year’s CIHR National Student Research Poster competition held on June 7th in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This competition is held yearly and recognizes excellent research being carried out by trainees in Canada.
June 19, 2017 During the past four years, Tonial has used the motto: “It’s not what you take from the world, but it’s what you give back,” to guide his pursuits. In doing so, he followed his passions for research, community engagement and improving the human condition of those around him.
May 24, 2017 Researchers at Western University are the recipients of a total of $12.4 million in project and bridge grant funding announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today. Congratulations to Dr.'s Martinez-Trujillo, Ramachandran, Seguin, Wang, Welsh, Gribble and Bai.
April 07, 2017 As Physiology and Pharmacology 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 honor their achievements:
Dr. Angela Beye, Schulich Excellence in Education Awards for Undergraduate Education;
Dr. Cheryle Seguin, Schulich Excellence in Education Awards for Graduate/Postgraduate;
Dr. Marco Prado, Dean’s Awards of Excellence for Faculty, Research; and
Ms. Dawn Bryce and Ms. Holly Dupuis, Dean’s Awards of Excellence for Staff, Continuous Excellence.
We look forward to celebrating each of them at the Awards of Excellence Dinner on May 24, at the Great Hall.
March 24, 2017 Congratulations to Brian Corneil on being named a 2017 Western Faculty Scholar. Faculty Scholars are recognized for their significant achievements in teaching and research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities.
March 17, 2017 Although large classes can often be a challenging environment for both students and instructors, with limited interaction, Anita Woods’ use of technology in classrooms has begun to close this gap. Over the past five years, Woods conceived, developed and popularized the use of a three-dimensional augmented reality (AR) software for the study of human organs in higher education. The program allows students to view and directly manipulate organs in augmented reality to further their understanding of how the structure of organs affects function.
November 03, 2016 This new initiative gives our trainees a flavour of career options available to them. Currently the website features our PhD graduates working in academia, industry, law, business, medical editing and other areas. Be sure to follow this link to access alumni profiles and career resources.
November 02, 2016 This passion has been the driving factor behind Dr. Rieder’s more than 25 years of dedication to the international and national paediatric health care communities, which is being recognized by the Paediatric Chairs of Canada with the 2016 Paediatric Academic Leadership – Clinician Investigator Award.
September 06, 2016 Western University's BrainsCAN initiative received a substantial $66 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) today – the largest research grant in the university's history – providing a significant boost to ongoing research in cognitive neuroscience and imaging at Western.
August 16, 2016 Daniel Hardy, an Obstetrics and Gynecology professor, with a cross-appointment to Physiology and Pharmacology, is the 139th President of The Irish Benevolent Society of London and Area. The society was established in 1877 to provide an opportunity to Irish immigrants, descendants and friends – of all faiths – to work together to preserve their heritage while focusing on doing good works in their transplanted home.
August 04, 2016 It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. David Armstrong, one of the School's most renowned basic scientists in the field of reproductive biology. Dr. Armstrong published over 400 research papers in his long career at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry where he was a professor in the departments of physiology and pharmacology and obstetrics and gynaecology since 1968. It was Dr. Armstrong's work that laid the foundation for the understanding of how the ovary produces estrogens.
Dr. Armstrong founded the Medical Research Council Group and served as its first director from 1979 to 1989. Alongside his distinguished research career, he also mentored a large number of graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows.
He will be greatly missed.
July 20, 2016 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is proud to share that almost $30 million in CIHR funding was awarded to its researchers in the latest round of competition.
34 projects were funded across the School, Robarts Research Institute, and Lawson Health Research Institute including $14.8 million in project grants, and more than $15 million in foundation grants. Congratulations to all of the successful applicants!
July 11, 2016 Dr. Jane Rylett has been extended as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. She was appointed initially as Chair in 2005 and reappointed for a second term in 2010.
June 21, 2016 We look forward to welcoming you back to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry on Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2 as we unlock the past and focus on passion, purpose, professionalism and potential — key attributes that have driven our alumni to success in varying ways. A variety of events and activities will be taking place all weekend long offering something for everyone.
June 14, 2016 Congratulations to Jane Rylett, PhD, on her appointment as one of 15 Chairs of the CIHR inaugural College of Reviewers. The newly appointed Chairs will oversee strategies aimed at attracting and retaining outstanding peer reviewers.
June 10, 2016 Congratulations to Margaret Sun who is a recipient of the 2016 Nellie Farthing Fellowship in Medical Sciences. The Fellowship recognizes excellence in research to a full-time doctoral student in Medical Sciences. Margaret is supervised by Frank Beier.
May 18, 2016 Congratulations Nicole Campbell, PhD, on receiving the 2016 Fellowship in Teaching Innovation award for your project on “Implementing ePortfolios for Senior Undergraduate Medical Science Students to Promote Lifelong Learning.”
May 02, 2016 Wataru Inoue, PhD, received a New Investigator Fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.With this grant, Inoue's lab aims to investigate the mechanisms of stress-induced neural plasticity.
March 29, 2016 Earlier this month, Western University announced that it is beginning the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform (known as Convergence) to a new cloud-based system called Microsoft Office 365. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (i.e. those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...
March 29, 2016 London Health Research Day is the largest research day of its kind in Ontario. Each year, more than 700 people attend this event. Together, participants represent health science labs from across the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Robarts Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. LHRD recognizes research excellence in graduate students, trainees, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars. Awards are given for both the poster and platform presentations.
March 28, 2016 Congratulations to Stefan Everling, PhD, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Grace Parraga, PhD, Department of Medical Biophysics, on being selected as two of Western University's 2016 Faculty Scholars.
March 18, 2016 Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Frank Beier, Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research, received $321,264 from CFI’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund to purchase advanced equipment to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to various types of osteoarthritis. In the longer term, Beier and his team hope to use this knowledge to create new treatment strategies for the disease.
February 11, 2016 Pruszynski, who came to Western from Sweden, leverages expertise in robotics and neuroscience to understand the basic neural circuitry that underlies healthy and impaired movement – including reaching, grasping and object manipulation. This work will lead to better interventions and rehabilitation strategies following injuries and disease that compromise movement.
February 05, 2016 Wataru Inoue, PhD, is an assistant professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and a scientist at Robarts Research Institute. He studies the effect of chronic stress on the brain and the biological basis for depression. We spoke to him about ending stigma around mental health and how his research may help diagnose, treat and prevent clinical depression in the future.
January 27, 2016 Ten applications have been funded through the latest Schulich Equipment AID (Advancement, Improvement, Development) Grant competition.
The Schulich Equipment AID program provides Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty with a mechanism to acquire, develop or improve equipment directly used for research that they cannot obtain through other funding channels. This program aims to also catalyze collaborative research for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry across many disciplines. The focus of this competition was on repairing/replacing of aging equipment within the faculty.
December 11, 2015 A team led by Dr. Dean Betts, PhD was awarded $50,000 from the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance the hypothesis that metabolic reprogramming enhances the generation efficiency of cells towards a naïve pluripotent stem cell state. The team will direct fibroblasts towards a single and/or bivalent metabolic states using sole fuel source selection to determine if their induction towards multiple pluripotent states is enhanced. The studies will develop a simple and reliable culture protocol to modulate the bioenergetic state of somatic cells to efficiently generate high quality naïve human iPS cells for future stem cell therapies.
December 04, 2015 Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professors Nagalingam (Raj) Rajakumar and Timothy Regnault hope to engage members of the Western community – and the broader London community – to bring to light the mandate and functions of the university’s Animal Care Committee (ACC).
October 22, 2015 Western neuroscientist Melanie Kok, PhD’15 (Neuroscience), has gone from athletic medals to academic medals with her research on the cerebral cortex for which she was recognized with a 2015 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.
October 02, 2015 Dr. Michael Rieder and his team have created a new rapid-test system to detect E. coli 0157. The test would allow manufacturers to identify contaminated food quickly before it leaves the processing plant and enters the grocery store.
October 02, 2015 As part of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Human Placenta Project, Charles McKenzie, PhD, and Timothy Regnault, PhD, have received $3.7 million CAD in funding over four years to develop a new technology based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that will, for the first time, allow them to determine metabolism in the placenta and monitor changes in placental metabolism as pregnancy unfolds and when challenged by external maternal factors.
August 18, 2015 On any given Friday night during her graduate studies, Bonnie Schmidt, PhD’93, could be found tending bar at an east London establishment. The part-time job not only helped her to make ends meet, but it also served as a platform for her to talk about science and her research.
July 31, 2015 Of more than 1,600 applications received by CIHR, 150 applications were successful in receiving funding, four of those from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute. Frank Beier, PhD, professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research, received more than $3 million for his research into the molecular pathways behind osteoarthritis.
July 10, 2015 Bonnie Schmidt has been named a member of the Order of Canada because of her advocacy for youth engagement in science education through her organization Let’s Talk Science, which develops programs for children from preschool to high school.
June 22, 2015 Congratulations to our graduating 4th year student award winners and graduate student scholarship recipients. Congratulations also to two of our PhD students, who were amongst 10 PhD students that were chosen to represent Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western University at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum (CSHRF)/CIHR National Student Research Poster Competition...
June 18, 2015 Congratulations to Stephen Lomber (Equipment for Electrophysiological Recording and Functional Imaging of Brain Plasticity), Penny MacDonald (Investigating Cognition in Parkinson's Disease: Identifying Clinical and Cognitive Features That Predict Functional Impairment), and Cheryl Seguin (Mouse models to study intervertebral disc development, health and disease).
June 11, 2015 Today our graduates participated in Western's 305th Convocation ceremony. We wish our graduates the best of luck as they take their next steps forward! Pictures from our convocation luncheon can be found in our Flickr gallery
June 09, 2015 This past Sunday, June 7th, 2015, a passionate group of students, staff, and faculty from Physiology and Pharmacology, and other departments, participated in the annual Walk to Fight Arthritis to raise funds for The Arthritis Society in support of the over 4.6 million Canadians that live with arthritis.
June 01, 2015 We are pleased to announce that Bonnie Schmidt, PhD’93, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Dean’s Distinguished Lecture award. Schmidt is the President and Founder of Let’s Talk Science — an award-winning, national and charitable organization dedicated to science education and outreach in support of youth development.
May 22, 2015 Physiology and Pharmacology professor John Ciriello’s research shows pregnant women suffering from sleep apnea may actually be putting their unborn children at risk for metabolic diseases as adults.
May 15, 2015 Western University has taken another bold step toward positioning itself as a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute.
May 15, 2015 The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology was well represented yesterday at the 13th Annual Paul Harding Research Awards Day. Two of our Physiology and Pharmacology MSc candidates, Mike Wong (supervisor Dan Hardy) and Kristyn Dunlop (supervisor Tim Regnault) won 1st and 2nd place oral competition, respectively, in the Graduate Student category.
April 23, 2015 A new study from Western University shows that whole-body vibration platforms, which are used extensively in health clubs and rehabilitation clinics, may be causing significant damage to joint tissues. The findings by Cheryle Séguin, Matthew McCann and collaborators ...
April 09, 2015 Congratulations to our award winning trainees. Poster award winners: Katherine Rabicki (Beier) and Valerie Arpino (Gill), Student Choice Award: Carmen Leung (Feng). Feature Platform Presentations: Noelle Ochotny (Dixon), Michael Pest (Beier) and Anusha Ratneswaran (Beier). The Lucille & Norton Wolf LHRD Trainee Publication Awards were swept by PhysPharm trainees: Anusha Ratneswaran (Beier), Thomas Velenosi (Urquhart) and Michael Pest (Beier).
April 08, 2015 Be sure to visit our Flickr gallery to view the latest photos taken at our annual 4th year thesis students poster day. There are also plenty of other great photo albums of past events to look at in our Flickr gallery if you haven't already had the opportunity to do so!
March 20, 2015 Jeff Dixon has been honored with a Distinguished University Professorship (DUP), the university’s top award for faculty. The Distinguished University Professorship Award acknowledges sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western.
Lina Dagnino and Paul Gribble have also been honored this year as Faculty Scholars which recognizes their significant achievements in teaching or research. The recipients are considered all-around scholars and hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years. For more details on the awards/awardees, click on the above link.
March 03, 2015 Congratulations to Ruth Martin, PhD, Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Faculty of Health Sciences' Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, on her induction as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)...
March 02, 2015 Dr. Hersey passed away on February 27, 2015. He was recruited to the Department of Pharmacology as a graduate student in 1961 and subsequently received a faculty cross-appointment with the Departments of Pharmacology and Anaesthesia. After a distinguished career Lew Hersey became Professor Emeritus in 1995.
February 13, 2015 Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo completed his MD at the University of Havana in 1991, and completed his residency training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cuban Neuroscience Center. He practised Clinical Medicine from 1993 to 1996 in Bogota Colombia working with children with epilepsy and developmental disorders...
February 11, 2015 The Clinical Research Training Director position was created to have a lead faculty member responsible for the management of the clinical research training programs, mentoring and career development of the trainees in the programs at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry...
February 05, 2015 Have you ever wondered how the brain works to move the hand? Questions like this have fostered Andrew Pruszynski’s interest in his research that involves how the brain and body interact to create purposeful movement and experience sensation...
January 07, 2015 Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo joins Schulich Medicine & Dentistry as an Associate Professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, and as a researcher at Robarts. Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, arrived at Western from Umea University in Sweden...
November 17, 2014 In 1988, he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Rieder became an Associate Professor in 1992, and in 1996, he was a Professor. Dr. Rieder’s previous administrative experience includes Acting Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (2009), Chair, Section of Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology (1992-present), Residency Program Director, Clinical Investigation Program (2005-present) and Assistant Dean, Learner Equity and Wellness (Undergraduate) (2012-present).
November 10, 2014 From a pool of interesting and innovative ideas, one group of Western researchers – and their readiness for the “next level” of research collaboration – stood out for reviewers.
Announced Monday, Musculoskeletal Health has been named the university’s second Cluster of Research Excellence. The cluster will be supported by a $5-million funding commitment from the university over five years.
October 31, 2014 Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology newsletter, Connections. This new electronic newsletter is designed to reach out to our current Department members, alumni, former colleagues and friends on an annual basis.
October 27, 2014 Researchers at Western University have identified a specific gene that plays a key role in the degradation of cartilage in osteoarthritis (OA). The study, published online in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that when the gene, PPARdelta, was removed from cartilage the progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis was considerably slowed.
Study co-author Frank Beier, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, says this promising new research may be the first step to identifying new treatments...
October 22, 2014 Schulich Medicine & Dentistry PhD Candidate Anusha Ratneswaran first became interested in studying Osteoarthritis when she saw the effects of the disease first-hand while working as a kinesiologist in a cardiac rehabilitation program. “Many of the patients with osteoarthritis were unable to gain the benefits that the exercise conferred because they were unable to fully participate,” she said. “That really motivated me to pursue my research in this field.”
October 16, 2014 Join us on Tuesday, November 4th, for our annual James A.F. Stevenson Distinguished Lecture and Research Day. Student poster presentations will take place at 10:30am in the Great Hall, Somerville House, followed by research talks at 2:00pm in LHSC, University Hospital, Auditorium A. Research talks to be given by Michael Pest, PhD Candidate; Cory Yamashita, Phd, MD, FRCPC; and Jim Petrik, PhD. Stevenson Lecture given by Dr. Harry C. Dietz immediately follows at 4:00pm
October 14, 2014 Join us for one of our upcoming Lecture Series events for program overviews, application information, and student presentations: Pathology & Pathologist's Assistant; Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
Physiology and Pharmacology. For more information and to register, please visit:
October 01, 2014 Every day our spines undergo massive amounts of stress and mechanical load; even as we sleep, our spines are working to maintain posture. Because of this constant work, back pain has become the leading cause of disability globally, a problem that Cheryle Séguin, PhD, and her team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are committed to investigating further.
September 24, 2014 Dr. Dan Hardy on epigenetics and development: “I really am a believer that we can change the epigenetic environment, and change your outcome, with early intervention,” Hardy says. In a study published earlier this year, Dr. Daniel Hardy and his colleagues at Western University in London, Ont., found that...
September 23, 2014 Congratulations to our Schulich Medicine & Dentistry faculty, Lorelei Lingard, PhD, Ruth Martin, PhD, and Dr. Bryan Richardson, who were inducted this week as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).
September 12, 2014 Four Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers, Jane Rylett, Robert Bartha, Manuel Montero-Odasso, and Dr. Michael Borrie are leading the charge as part of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), a collaborative research program focused on tackling the challenge of dementia...
September 10, 2014 Dr. Richard Philp, professor emeritus, Physiology and Pharmacology, devoted years of his life to educating students. It's that same enjoyment and connection he felt while teaching that makes volunteering his time as an art instructor at the Horton Street Seniors’ Centre – Boys and Girls Club of London a satisfying commitment to the community.
August 20, 2014 Hello Everyone! We are delighted to invite you and your family to our Annual Department of Physiology and Pharmacology Corn Roast to kick off the new academic year. It will be held on Thursday, September 4th at the Watson Porter Pavilion in Fanshawe Park beginning at 4:30 pm. Welcome and dinner served at 6:00 PM SHARP! ...
July 28, 2014 When it comes to heart disease, Dr. Ross Feldman says women are often in the dark. Historically, it was thought heart disease was a men’s-only disease, however, data has shown that post-menopausal women are just as likely as men to get heart disease and are less likely to be adequately diagnosed and treated.
July 03, 2014 After a year-long international competition, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has selected Western’s Adrian Owen and Melvyn Goodale to lead a new research network focused on the brain, mind and consciousness.
June 10, 2014 Congratulations to Dr. Dan Stolzberg, for finishing in the 98th percentile of CIHR fellowship applications. Dr. Stolzberg studies the effectiveness of cochlear prostheses implanted in younger versus older patients.
May 22, 2014 Robarts Research Institute scientists Marco Prado, PhD, and Robart Bartha, PhD, are among the first to receive funding from the Weston Brain Institute, established with $50 million dollars in funding from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
April 28, 2014 It is with sadness that we share that Dr. John F. MacDonald passed away on April 22. Dr. MacDonald was one of Canada's pre-eminent neurophysiologists and served as the Scientific Director at Robarts Research Institute from 2008 to 2010.
April 22, 2014 Frank Beier, PhD, of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has been awarded a new Tier I CRC in Musculoskeletal Research to study the connection between skeletal development and osteoarthritis
April 22, 2014 Congratulations to this year's winners of the 2014 Dean's Awards of Excellence. The department is proud to recognize five winners this year.
Jamie Simek and Chris Webb - Staff Team Award
Dr. Rommel Tirona - Undergraduate Educator Award
Dr. Lina Dagnino - Individual Faculty Award
Dr. Cheryle Seguin - Junior Faculty Award
The winners will be honoured at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence Dinner and Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 21 at the Great Hall
April 17, 2014 For Dr. Jeff Dixon, DDS, PhD, uncovering the intricacies of bone growth is like his own Sherlock Holmes mystery that needs to be solved. For more than two decades, Dr. Dixon, a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Schulich Dentistry, has been investigating how skeletal cells communicate with each other in order to control the formation and destruction of bone.
Two recent grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are enabling Dr. Dixon and his team of outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technical staff to look at how physical movement and exercise impact bone growth and the cellular mechanisms that cause this to happen