January 2019

  • decorative imageCollaboration is the future of research, and the future is now
    As technology transforms biomedical research, David Litchfield, PhD, says collaboration and a convergence of disciplines are crucial to meet the expectations of funding agencies, community needs and scientists' aspirations.

  • decorative imageBuilding machines for better health
    Mamadou Diop, PhD, is focused on tissue health, developing non-invasive technologies to measure specific biomarkers, such as blood flow and oxygen saturation. "We build machines and algorithms, but we embark on a project because we foresee its application for better health."

  • decorative imageHelping PhDs remember their value and find meaningful careers
    Alumna Cathy Sorbara, BMSc'06, serves as Chief Operations Officer for Cheeky Scientist, an association offering job training, career support and advice for PhD graduates. "I understand how paralyzing fear can be when trying to transition into a career that is off the beaten path."

  • decorative imageThe Conversation: Why you should stop buying vitamins
    "Most supplements don't prevent chronic disease or mortality. Their widespread use is not justified, and they should be avoided," writes Dr. Saverio Stranges for The Conversation Canada. His research examines the benefits and risks of micronutrients and nutritional supplements, such as selenium.

  • decorative imageNew book fills knowledge gap and leaves educational legacy in radiation oncology
    With his new book on dose computation algorithms, Professor Emeritus Jerry Battista, PhD, is hoping to fill a gap in knowledge translation between academic instruction and clinical application. He also says the task of book writing provided "a nice transition from full-time work to a more relaxed life."

  • decorative imageRegister for your 3MT faculty heat - February 13
    Showcase and practise your research communication skills. Western's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is back for 2019. This is an opportunity to present your work to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers. Register online for the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry heat taking place on Wednesday, February 13.

  • decorative imageSchulichMedDent Live: Exploring 3D-ultrasound technology
    A true example of innovation in action. The most recent episode of SchulichMedDent Live was broadcast from Robarts Research Institute, featuring Aaron Fenster, PhD, and trainees Jessica Rodgers and Derek Gillies. Learn how 3D-ultrasound technology is improving care for patients.

  • decorative imageLeveraging technology to diagnose psychiatric disorders
    Researchers are using brain imaging to classify different subtypes of PTSD. “Our study suggests brain activity can be used to assist diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and help predict symptoms,” says post-doctoral fellow Andrew Nicholson, PhD.

  • decorative image#SchulichAdvantage: Nominations open for Awards of Excellence
    Do you know a staff or faculty member that goes above and beyond? Help us recognize exceptional teachers, mentors and leaders making a difference in your area. Nominations are open for the 2019 Awards of Excellence. Submit your nomination online by February 25.

  • decorative imageDr. Francisco Olea-Popelka appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health
    Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka has been appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health effective Jan 2, 2019 – Jan 1, 2024. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the study of diseases and addresses health issues at the intersection of livestock, wildlife, and humans globally.

  • decorative imagePanel discussion: CIHR peer review - January 30
    The Research Office is hosting a panel discussion focused on the CIHR peer review process. Panel members include chairs, scientific officers and reviewers who served on CIHR review committees in the Fall 2019 Project Grant Competition. Wednesday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m. Rm. 148, Medical Sciences Building.

  • decorative imageNature Career Column: Seven steps towards health and happiness in the lab
    "Every teacher has their own book." What principles do you follow to maintain a nurturing and collaborative environment? From scheduling control to expectations, seven principles that lead to a productive lab and improve quality of life for scientists.

  • decorative imageOpinion: Academe must challenge the skeptics of expertise
    "Making scientific research known, understood and used is vitally important to the nation." The more academics seek to inform and shape policy, the more they must confront efforts to undermine their influence.

  • decorative imageCMHA Ontario Doctoral Fellowships in Mental Health and Addictions Services Research
    The Canadian Mental Health Association is awarding two doctoral fellowships valued at up to $5,000 to recognize and support mental health and addictions services research. Funds can be used for knowledge dissemination activities, project-specific needs or stipend support. Apply by January 31.

  • Celebrating your recent achievements
    Congratulations to Douglas Fraser, Nikhil Sangle, Tom McMurrough, Katie Parkins, as well as many others, on your recent accomplishments.

  • Beyond the bench
    From flashback moments to national honours to winter activities, take a look at what your colleagues have been up to this month. Tweets from Dean Betts, Jennifer Vergel de Dios, Sarah Chadwick, Robert Gros and more.

  • Featured publications
    Featured publications covering topics ranging from access to intensive care to implicit bias. Authors include Kathryn Manning, Blayne Welk, Alan Getgood and more.