2018

  • Award: Recognizing clinical innovation in Ontario

    December 03, 2018
    Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Fraser on receiving a 2018 Innovation Fund Award in the category of Women and Children from the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee.

  • Media Release: Researchers examine cost-effectiveness of naloxone in high schools

    November 28, 2018
    Recognizing that school boards have limited budgets for public health interventions, researchers at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Ivey Business School have used the principles of cost-effectiveness in order to determine whether or not naloxone programs are the best use of resources.

  • Media Release: Rapid test for E.coli may keep contaminated food off grocery store shelves

    November 26, 2018
    The goal is to identify E. coli in your food before it ever leaves the processing plant, ensuring that it never makes it to the shelves of your neighbourhood grocery store. A new rapid testing kit developed by researchers at Western is revolutionizing food safety testing by producing results in hours rather than current methods which can take days.

  • Media Release: Researchers examine factors to reduce mortality for endocarditis

    November 21, 2018
    Drs. Michael Silverman, Sharon Koivu and Laura Rodgers showed that both surgery and in-hospital addictions counselling are linked to significantly reduced mortality in injection drug users with a heart valve infection called endocarditis.

  • Announcement: Dr. Jorge Burneo appointed as the Jack Cowin Chair in Epilepsy Research

    November 20, 2018
    Dr. Jorge Guillermo Burneo has been appointed as the Jack Cowin Chair in Epilepsy Research, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2023.

  • Media Release: Pollen DNA provides potential new window for forensic information

    November 15, 2018
    Bogumil Karas, PhD, is using synthetic biology techniques – the design and construction of new biological entities – in order to develop a method to efficiently capture DNA from pollen grains. Because different plant species are endemic, scientists use pollen to identify their place of origin. In this way, pollen can be used as a forensic tool to link suspects to crime scenes, or to determine the movement of narcotics, for example.

  • Announcement: Ali Khan, PhD, named Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroimaging

    November 14, 2018
    Western will be home to three new Canada Research Chairs whose work will have global impact on earthquake disaster preparedness; psychology and brain science; and neuroimaging to help people with epilepsy. Ali Khan, PhD, was named Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Computational Neuroimaging.

  • Community: An advocate for research

    November 10, 2018
    At nearly 80 years of age, Claudia Day is a tireless research advocate. And after decades of working as a nurse, volunteering around the world and giving back to her community, she proudly supports neurological disease research at Robarts Research Institute.

  • Media Release: Researchers uncover gene that regulates fat accumulation and obesity

    November 05, 2018
    A new study from Western University showed that regardless of diet, a protein called Pannexin 1 (Panx1) significantly regulates the accumulation of fat in mice. The study, published in Scientific Reports, suggests that a deletion of the Panx1 gene in the early stages of development of mouse fat cells increases the amount of fat accumulated, leading to a higher risk for obesity later in life.

  • Awards: SRTP Award winners announced

    November 04, 2018
    The Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s SRTP awards. Congratulations to Claire Browne, Chloe Gui, and Logan Van Nynatten.

  • Study: Targeted treatment offers cancer hope

    October 31, 2018
    A cancer diagnosis is tough enough to hear, but a diagnosis that cancer has spread through the body has often been considered a death sentence. Now an international study, led by Dr. David Palma is challenging that notion.

  • Research: Miracle spice turmeric ‘no better than nothing’

    October 30, 2018
    The largest study done to date on human patients shows turmeric is “no better than nothing” in preventing inflammation and complications in patients undergoing elective surgery for aortic aneurysm repair.

  • Media Release: STOP Narcotics protocol cuts opioid prescribing in half

    October 25, 2018
    Recognizing the role that opioid prescribing plays in the national opioid crisis, a team of researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University have developed a new clinical protocol called STOP Narcotics. A study demonstrating the efficacy of their protocol was presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Feature: Program eases stress for families with epilepsy

    October 24, 2018
    Kathy Speechley, PhD, in collaboration with Karen Bax from the Faculty of Education, will soon begin a three-year study around a community-based family treatment program for children with epilepsy.

  • Funding: Heart and Stroke Grant enables researchers to study the effect of exercise on the brain

    October 10, 2018
    Thanks to a recent grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dr. Rob Petrella, Professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, 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 with the goal of looking for ways to improve cardiovascular health and cognitive function.

  • Media Release: Genetic mutation may increase risk of pancreatic cancer in females

    October 04, 2018
    In a new study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, researchers have found that mutation of a gene called ATRX may lead to increased risk of developing pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in females. The study marks the first time a sex-specific genetic risk factor for pancreatic cancer has been identified.

  • Funding: Bringing stigma reduction training online

    September 20, 2018
    Thanks to a recent grant from AMS Healthcare, Dr. Javeed Sukhera, assistant professor in Psychiatry and Paediatrics is taking his training out of the classroom and into the digital domain.

  • Student Awards: Translational Breast Cancer Research Studentships announced

    September 19, 2018
    14 trainees are recipients of the 2018-2019 Translational Breast Cancer Research Studentships, a program aimed at enhancing translational research projects focused on the understanding, prevention, tracking and/or treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

  • Award: A global leader in medical education research

    August 28, 2018
    Lorelei Lingard, PhD, has been awarded the 2018 Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. This international honour recognizes Lingard's contributions to medical education policy in Canada and around the world.

  • Award: Jeffrey Dixon honoured for excellence in oral biology

    July 27, 2018
    Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Jeffrey Dixon, PhD, who was honoured by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) as the 2018 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Oral Biology.

  • Award: New Vanier Scholars explore cardiovascular health, cancer and behavioural neuroscience

    July 23, 2018
    Three Schulich Medicine & Dentistry trainees are among the recipients of the 2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, the Government of Canada’s most prestigious scholarships for doctoral students. Congratulations to Jason Lee, PhD Candidate, Cory Lefebvre, MD/PhD Candidate, and Roger Hudson, PhD Candidate.

  • Research News: New public health research debunks “grey tsunami”

    July 19, 2018
    An examination of chronic diseases among Ontarians has uncovered that the volume of multimorbidity is derived from adults as young as 35 years old. Multimorbidity has been associated with increased physician and specialist appointments, medication use, emergency department use and hospitalization.

  • Researchers awarded more than $11 million in CIHR funding

    July 12, 2018
    From using CRISPR to alter the gut microbiome to looking at how the brain rewires itself in deafness, researchers at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry are the recipients of $11.3 million in project and bridge grant funding announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) this week.

  • Media Release: New BrainsCAN study rules out major potential target for Alzheimer’s disease drugs

    July 09, 2018
    An unexpected result discovered by neuroscientists won’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but it potentially rules out a major treatment focus that drug manufacturers – and researchers around the world – have been targeting for years in the fight against the debilitating disease.

  • Award: Corey Baron, PhD, receives 2018 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award

    July 02, 2018
    The Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award program provides funding to new researchers to recognize, promote and support work that is innovative, impacts positively on the learning environment and has potential to be of significance to society.

  • Award: Gregor Reid receives Murray Award for Career Achievement

    June 26, 2018
    Dr. Gregor Reid, a pioneer in the field of human microbiome and probiotics research, has been awarded with the 2018 Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) Murray Award for Career Achievement.

  • Award: Dr. Evelyn Vingilis recognized nationally for impact on road safety in Canada

    June 24, 2018
    Congratulations Dr. Evelyn Vingilis, psychologist and Professor with the Departments of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals.

  • Media Release: Research shows if your eyes wrinkle when you smile or frown, you appear more sincere

    June 11, 2018
    Researcher led by Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo has shown that our brains are pre-wired to perceive wrinkles around the eyes as conveying more intense and more sincere emotions. This eye-wrinkle feature, called the Duchenne marker, occurs across multiple facial expressions, including smiles, expressions associated with pain, and­—as found by these researchers—expressions of sadness.

  • Media Release: Gene from a 400 million year-old fish provides clues about HIV

    May 24, 2018
    Stephen Barr, PhD, and his team are studying the origins of a gene that first emerged in marine life hundreds of millions of years ago. This gene gives rise to an anti-viral protein that has the potential to block HIV and is providing insight into both how the viruses and the immune system has evolved.

  • Award: Gilles Lajoie recognized for remarkable achievements in biological science

    May 08, 2018
    Congratulations to Gilles Lajoie, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry, who was recently awarded the CNPN-Tony Pawson Proteomics Award from the Canadian National Proteomics Network.

  • Announcement: Shawn Li renewed as Canada Research Chair

    May 06, 2018
    Congratulations to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry professor Shawn Li, PhD, whose CRC in the Molecular and Epigenetic Basis of Cancer was renewed and moved from a Tier 2 to a Tier 1.

  • Media Release: Researchers identify brain mechanism linking PTSD and addiction

    April 23, 2018
    Steven Laviolette, PhD, and his team at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have shown that the recall of traumatic memories enhances the rewarding effects of morphine, shedding light on the neurobiological link between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and opioid addiction.

  • Understanding the brain’s hidden superpowers

    April 11, 2018
    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 dramaticlly altered following hearing loss.

  • Congratulations to two new Collaborative Research Seed Grants teams

    April 10, 2018
    Two new interdisciplinary research teams have received funding from the Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. CRSG provides seed funding for the formation and development of new interdisciplinary collaborative research teams.

  • Federal budget endorses scientific research and strengthens the School’s strategic directions

    April 09, 2018
    The renewed endorsement of science provides a tremendous opportunity to build on our strengths and offers the promise of exciting new discoveries that may lead to advances in our understanding of healthy aging and improvements in the health of individuals and populations.

  • JAMA review exploring patient safety in emergency surgery reveals new avenues for research

    April 08, 2018
    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.

  • Upcoming Funding Opportunities – Spring 2018

    April 05, 2018
    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.

  • Celebrating your recent achievements

    April 05, 2018
    Congratulations to James Armstrong, Richard Kim, Doug Jones, Lena Palaniyappan, Maria Drangova, the recipients of the London Innovation Fund Research Award Projects and many more on your recent accomplishments.

  • Beyond the Bench – March 2018

    April 02, 2018
    From after-work lab outings to conferences, take a look at what your peers have been up to in the past month via Twitter.

  • Upcoming Research Events - Spring 2018

    March 30, 2018
    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.

  • Four researchers recipients of Ontario's Early Researcher Awards

    March 07, 2018
    Four early career researchers across four different departments at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry were awarded Early Researcher Awards from the Government of Ontario.

  • Researcher receives inaugural Early Career Award from the Society for Neural Control of Movement

    February 11, 2018
    Congratulations to Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, on receiving the inaugural Early Career Award from the Society for Neural Control of Movement (NCM).