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January 2020 Newsletter
A team of researchers is forming the frontline of defence against some of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. Learn more about their mission in the multi-part story Agents of Infection.
New Dean champions innovation and global impact Dr. John Yoo begins his term as Dean on May 1. Research is a top priority, with a focus on new opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Finding balance, building character Are you brave enough to be bad at something? PhD Candidate Tracy Ssali embraces new experiences to help balance the demands of graduate school. Return journey: From graduate trainee to faculty member Sarah Mattonen, PhD’16, is a new faculty member at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. The cancer imaging scientist is working with the same interdisciplinary research group that she trained with as a graduate student. Neuroscience controversy resolved: The hippocampus is not just a GPS New research published in Nature Neuroscience uses virtual reality video games to show the hippocampus is mostly a memory device. Research shows real risks associated with cannabis exposure during pregnancy The evidence just got stronger for the risks of using cannabis during pregnancy. New research led by Dan Hardy, PhD, used an animal model to show that exposure to THC during pregnancy leads to newborns with smaller brains and livers. Study: Stroke ups risk of heart complications You are more likely to experience dangerous heart complications within 30 days of having a stroke. A study led by Dr. Luciano Sposato examined data for more than 90,000 adults over the age of 65 with no pre-existing diagnosis of heart disease. Showcase your research: Submit an abstract for LHRD 2020 London Health Research Day (LHRD) is an opportunity to share your research, engage in scientific discussion and learn from your peers and leaders. Submit your abstract by Friday, February 14. Your feedback: What do you need in a research poster template? With the movement toward simplified posters at scientific conferences, we want to hear from you about what works and what doesn’t in a research poster template. Complete this one-minute survey to share your input. Graduate trainees launch new publication to share brain research The Dorsal Column is a quarterly publication featuring stories written and reviewed by graduate trainees. “Our mission is to strengthen public engagement and enthusiasm for science by bringing research out of the lab and into the community.” Awards of Excellence: Three weeks left to nominate your peers and mentors Recognize exceptional researchers, educators and leaders making a difference in your area at the School. Submit your nomination online by February 7. Alumni of Distinction Awards: Nominate an outstanding alumnus Recognize a peer, classmate or former trainee and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni. Deadline for nominations is March 9. Celebrating your recent achievements Congratulations to Rachel Eddy, Bekim Sadikovic, Cheryle Séguin, as well as many others, on your recent accomplishments. Featured publications This month, we are featuring recent publications from Psychiatry. Events Upcoming events include The ImPaKT Summit (February 3), New Faculty Lecture featuring Maria Mathews, PhD (February 7) and Neuroscience Research Day (February 21).