Synthetic biology has opened up a limitless world of opportunity for scientists, making it possible to create products like pharmaceuticals and non-browning food from scratch. But not everyone has welcomed this futuristic scientific advancement with open arms.
Public health graduate driven by community service Meet Sukhmeet Rohan Sachal, Canada’s future Minister of Health. It’s an ambitious goal, but the 24-year-old isn’t afraid to voice it aloud. And he's now one step closer, graduating from the Master of Public Health program in October.
Research excellence recognized with Internal Graduate Awards Congratulations to the 14 recipients of the 2018 Internal Graduate Awards – Miljan Kuljanin, Jacqueline Dron, Zachary Hawley, Tracy Ssali, Faraj Haddad, Ornela Kljakic, Megan Roussy, Krystyna Wieczerzak, Karen Dunkerley, Charmainne Cruje, Charles Yin, Maria Sancho-Gonzalez, Alireza Akbari and Sergio Fabris.
Understanding and treating the 'sacred disease' 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.
Commentary in The Lancet explores role of lipoprotein(a) in cardiovascular disease risk Lipoprotein(a) may be entering its prime time moment. Called a “heart risk factor even doctors know little about” by The New York Times earlier this year, the medical community is now starting to pay attention to this mysterious fatty particle in the blood. Michael Boffa, PhD, recently co-authored a commentary in The Lancet responding to a landmark paper on Lp(a).
Grants help fuel Western as ‘engine’ of change Researchers at Western will share $23.9 million in fundamental research grants and scholarships from the federal government through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). More than 90 projects at the University will benefit from this funding, including 21 led by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers.
Alumni tapped for Governor General honours The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medals recognize the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. Alumni Dante Capaldi, MClSc/PhD'18, and Robert Koch, MESc'18, are among recipients of the prestigious honour this year.
Funding: Grant enables researchers to study the effect of exercise on the brain With a recent grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dr. Rob Petrella and a team from the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine will be initiating a community-based exercise program combining high-intensity exercise with mind-motor training. Their goal is to look for ways to improve cardiovascular health and cognitive function.
2018 Gairdner Lecture - October 22 Dr. Alan Lopez, recipient of the 2018 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, presents "Strengthening the evidence base for health policy: the Global Burden of Disease Study." Monday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m., Auditorium A, University Hospital.
Candace Gibson appointed Acting Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences Effective September 1, 2018, the responsibilities related to the Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences role will be overseen and managed by Candace Gibson, PhD, who will be the Acting Vice Dean, Basic Medical Sciences. She will be supported by Susanne Schmid, PhD, and Jeff Frisbee, PhD.
Research Western Conference - Slides available Research Western hosted its first conference in late August, a one-day series of collaborative workshops for researchers on campus. Topics included internal funding opportunities, drafting compelling project summaries, application budget development, tips for ethics board applications and more.
Patches signals revolution in reconstructive surgery Patches, a nine-year-old American dachshund, had her skull replaced with a 3D-printed custom implant produced by ADEISS (Additive Design in Surgical Solutions), a commercialization centre based at Western Discovery Park.
Researchers contribute to the first open-source NHP imaging database Stefan Everling, PhD, and Ravi Menon, PhD, contributed to the world's largest non-human primate (NHP) imaging database, providing researchers around the world with MRI data sets. The goal is to accelerate the development of a map of the neural connections in the NHP brain.
Moving Out of the Shadows: Epilepsy research featured at 2018 Taylor Symposium - Register today World-renowned epilepsy researchers and clinicians present recent developments in the investigation of patients with epilepsy. The day includes a panel discussion moderated by Avis Favaro (CTV National News) and a keynote lecture by Istvan Mody, PhD, the 2018 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine recipient, on "The Multifaceted Epilepsies." No cost to attend, but RSVP required.
Beyond the bench From international conferences to team building activities, take a look at what your colleagues have been up to this fall via Twitter. Tweets from Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Andrew Pruszynski, Alison Allan, Savita Dhanvantari and more.
Celebrating your recent achievements Congratulations to Matthew D. Morrison, Susan Simpson, Geoffrey Pickering, Janet Pope, Frank Prato, Emil Schemitsch, the fourteen recipients of the Translational Breast Cancer Research Studentships, as well as many others, on your recent accomplishments.
Featured publications Featured publications covering topics ranging from obesity and multimorbidity to advance care planning. Authors include Charles Weijer, John Ronald, Paula Foster, Muriel Brackstone, David Hess, Peeyush Lala, Ravi Taneja, Valerie Schulz, Lorelei Lingard and more.