2014 News

  • Dr. Anthony Tang leads Canadian Arrhythmia Network at Western University

    December 16, 2014
    Researchers at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry have been awarded $26.3 million in funding from the Government of Canada to host and establish the Canadian Arrhythmia Network (CANet) as a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE).

  • Western University to play a key role in Ontario’s new Institute to tackle diseases of aging

    November 28, 2014
    The Ontario Government has announced new funding to help establish the new Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM), a research, development and commercialization institute dedicated to the translation of stem cell research in curative therapies for major degenerative diseases.

  • Western positions itself among world leaders in bone and joint research

    November 13, 2014
    With millions of Canadians suffering from pain and reduced mobility, and hundreds of millions more around the world, Western University announced today a bold investment that will position it as a global leader in bone and joint research. The new Western Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health is expected to drive high-impact interdisciplinary research with the goal of providing life-long mobility.

  • Using hockey culture in southwestern Ontario to improve men’s health

    November 06, 2014
    In Canada, 40 per cent of men are overweight, one of the highest risk factors for chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Of those men, sports fans are more likely than non-sports fans to have poor health. Now, thanks to a Men's Health & Wellbeing Challenge Grant from the Movember Foundation, Dr. Robert Petrella and his colleagues from Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Health Sciences are beginning a pilot project called Hockey Fit with the aim of motivating those sports fans to get into shape and live healthier lifestyles.

  • Cool idea may help dialysis patients

    October 09, 2014
    A simple step developed by a Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researcher may alleviate the potential damage to multiple organs often associated with dialysis, an important treatment for countless patients with kidney disease...

  • Robarts researcher receives MICCAI Enduring Impact Award

    September 26, 2014
    Congratulations to Terry Peters, PhD, on receiving the 2014 MICCAI Enduring Impact Award at the MICCAI annual conference this month. The award recognizes his pioneering contributions in CT imaging and his work in bringing computer-assisted intervention (CAI) techniques to clinical practice...

  • Modifying Your Genes Could Modify Your Future Fitness

    September 23, 2014

  • PhD student’s HIV research earns international praise

    September 19, 2014
    Microbiology and Immunology PhD student Matthew Woods was recently awarded the International AIDS Society and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Young Investigator Award in Melbourne, Australia, for his work around HIV research.

  • Partnership makes Schulich Medicine & Dentistry the Canadian centre for concussion education and research

    August 19, 2014
    A new partnership makes the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry the new home for the Canadian chapter of the Sports Legacy Institute. Combining Western University’s leading expertise in medical research and education, with SLI Canada’s established reputation for concussion awareness, sets a new standard for the quality of education, research and healthcare related to concussions in sport.

  • New study shows caffeine may reduce tinnitus risk.

    August 19, 2014
    Schulich Medicine resident Dr. Jordan T. Glicksman’s new study shows caffeine may reduce tinnitus risk

  • Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers awarded more than $11 million in CIHR funding

    July 22, 2014
    Researchers at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University have been awarded operating grants worth more than $11 million in the latest competition from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) with more than 20 projects funded through this latest announcement.

  • $3.5 million in NSERC funding supports research and discovery at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

    June 26, 2014
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers will receive more than $3.5 million in funding during the next five years through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants program...

  • Leading researchers headline See the Line Symposium

    June 25, 2014
    The See the Line Symposium returns with an outstanding line-up of speakers. Dr. Robert Cantu will be the featured keynote speaker. A clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston...

  • In Memoriam - Dr. (Thomas) Stephen Eakins

    June 17, 2014
    It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. (Thomas) Stephen Eakins on June 15. Dr. Eakins, B.A., M.A., M.B., FRC(P), FRCR, was a Radiologist...

  • Exploring new use for polypill

    June 13, 2014
    For a person with diabetes and at risk for heart disease, the number of medications and the complexity of the combinations can be daunting, not only for the patient but for their health care providers as well...

  • Movember grants announced

    June 10, 2014
    November has become known as the month when men grow mustaches to raise funds for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada have just announced the 2014 recipients of research grants...

  • Study investigates the pathways controlling cell survival

    June 04, 2014
    Research led by David Litchfield, PhD, chair of the Department of Biochemistry is providing new understanding about the pathways that control cell signals, helping to unravel the mysteries of cancer cells...

  • JAMA study by Dr. Amit Garg looks at post-op kidney risk

    June 04, 2014
    Among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, those who were not put on a heart-lung machine (off-pump) had a reduced risk of postoperative kidney injury...

  • Canada pledges huge support for maternal and child health

    June 04, 2014
    It was forty years ago when Alan Bocking and Margaret Chan studied medicine at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. Their career paths...

  • Imaging scientists develop a better tool for tracking MS

    May 30, 2014
    Imaging scientists at Robarts Research Institute have developed a better way to track the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from its earliest stages. Led by Ravi Menon, PhD, the researchers used what’s called “Quantitative Susceptibility (QS) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),” to measure damage in specific areas of the brain which the study showed to be common to all patients. The findings are published in advance online, in Radiology.

  • Marco Prado and Robert Bartha receive $1.3 million grant from Weston Brain Institute

    May 25, 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.

  • Study shows how streptococcal bacteria can be used to fight colon cancer

    May 25, 2014
    Researchers at Western University have shown how the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat can be used to fight colon cancer. By engineering a streptococcal bacterial toxin to attach itself to tumour cells, they are forcing the immune system to recognize and attack the cancer.

  • Study: Law dramatically curbing need for speed

    May 09, 2014
    Almost seven years have passed since Ontario’s street-racing legislation hit the books and, according to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researcher Evelyn Vingilis, it has succeeded in putting the brakes on the number of convictions and, more importantly, injuries and deaths among young drivers.

  • New study helps to explain why breast cancer often spreads to the lung

    May 08, 2014
    New research led by Alison Allan, PhD, a scientist at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and the Lawson Health Research Institute, shows why breast cancer often spreads or metastasizes to the lung.

  • Well-informed patients key to accepting gene-based drug dosing

    May 08, 2014
    A new study out of Western University illustrates the need for a lot more education around pharmacogenetics (PGx) –the study of how a patient’s genes can affect drug reaction and dosage.

  • Innovations in food safety

    February 25, 2014
    Dr. Michael Rieder and his team at Robarts Research Institute are working on developing a new rapid-test for foodborne bacterias like Listeria and E-coli that would mean contaminated food can be identified before it even leaves the processing plant

  • Researchers cover it all

    February 25, 2014
    Across Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and Robarts Research Institute three new journal covers are being framed and hung proudly on the walls. It has been a monumental start to 2014 with three different research papers featured on the cover of academic journals just in January and February alone

  • REACT clinical trial supports new approach of accelerated treatment for Crohn’s disease

    February 21, 2014
    Robarts Clinical Trials has announced the final results from an international clinical trial involving nearly 2,000 patients with Crohn’s disease. The REACT study found the use of a new management strategy referred to as accelerated step-care as a best practice

  • Dr. Robert Hegele's recent publications provide a direct link from the lab to patients

    February 21, 2014
    This month, Dr. Hegele’s contributions to two publications in both Nature Reviews and the Lancet on the management of a common condition called hypertriglyceridemia, provide a direct link from his research lab right to his patients

  • Researchers to refocus public’s attention for World AIDS Day

    February 01, 2019
    More people die from HIV/AIDS in a 48-hour period than have died in the entire Ebola epidemic, so far. With 27 million people infected worldwide, HIV/AIDS continues to be the world’s No. 1 killer.

  • Researchers have found that probiotics help flush heavy metals out of our system

    February 01, 2019