April 2018

  • decorative imageUnderstanding the brain's hidden superpowers
    What causes 'super senses' following profound hearing loss? Researchers Blake Butler, PhD, and Stephen Lomber, PhD, are looking at the anatomy underlying sensory enhancements to better understand how the deaf brain transforms and reorganizes itself. Their latest study shows changes in the outputs from auditory regions of the brain are dramatically altered following hearing loss.

  • decorative imageFederal budget endorses scientific research and strengthens strategic directions
    David Litchfield, PhD, offers his thoughts on the 2018 federal budget. He says the endorsement of science provides a tremendous opportunity to build on research strengths and supports the School's strategic directions.

  • decorative imageNational Media: New scan could help patients with asthma finally see their illness
    Grace Parraga, PhD, and her team at Robarts Research Institute are developing an innovative lung imaging method that provides a unique window on asthma, aimed at guiding and personalizing treatment for Canadians with severe, poorly controlled asthma. Via CTV National

  • decorative imageJAMA review exploring patient safety in emergency surgery reveals new avenues for research
    Emergency general surgery is now being recognized as a major public health problem. A recent review article in JAMA by fifth-year surgical resident Dr. Patrick Murphy explores venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention in emergency general surgery, providing evidence-based guidance and identifying areas for future research.

  • decorative imageEntrepreneurial team wins with surgical precision
    Team MMP Biomedical created a winning commercialization plan for a tool that improves precision and efficiency in joint replacement as part of this year's Proteus Innovation Competition. Each of the top three teams included trainees from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute. Via Western News

  • decorative imageCBC Sports: Do concussion protocols go far enough?
    Ravi Menon, PhD, discusses research from his lab showing there are changes in the brain of concussed youth hockey players even after they've been cleared to return to play. Via CBC Sports

  • decorative imageCongratulations to the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients are making a difference at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Western University. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements.

  • decorative imagePhoto Gallery: Robarts Trainee Formal
    Enjoy photos highlighting special moments from the Robarts Trainee Formal that took place in January at Windermere Manor.

  • decorative imageDale Laird, PhD, named Distiguished University Professor; Faculty Scholars announced
    Congratulations to Dale Laird, PhD, on being named a Distinguished University Professor, and to newly announced 2018 Faculty Scholars Qingping Feng, PhD, Lauren Flynn, PhD, Steven Laviolette, PhD, and Dr. Walter Siqueira.

  • decorative imageFrank Beier, PhD, appointed Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
    Congratulations to Frank Beier, PhD, appointed as Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. Beier holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Research, and has received a number of awards for his research, teaching and leadership.

  • decorative imageTrainees showcase research communicaton skills at Western's 3MT final
    Three trainees from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute placed as Top 20 finalists for Western's campus-wide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Congratulations to Jacqueline Chevalier, MSc Candidate, Ariel Frame, PhD Candidate, and Claire Vannelli, MESc Candidate.

  • Celebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to James Armstrong, Richard Kim, Doug Jones, Maria Drangova, Lena Palaniyappan, and the recipients of the London Innovation Fund Research Award Projects, as well as many others on your recent accomplishments.

  • Funding opportunities
    Learn more about funding opportunities from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario and more.

  • Beyond the bench
    From after-work lab outings to conferences, take a look at what your peers have been up to in the past month via Twitter. Tweets from Susanne Schmid, Katie Parkins, David Rodenhiser and more.

  • Upcoming events
    Upcoming research events include the Cellular and Molecular Imaging Symposium (May 1), the Exchange Forum (May 9), London Health Research Day (May 10) and many more.