2019

  • Award: Dr. David Spence named to the Order of Canada

    June 28, 2019
    Congratulations to Dr. David Spence, BA’65, MD’70, who has been appointed to the Order of Canada along with 83 outstanding individuals from across the country. One of Canada’s highest honours, it recognizes trailblazers who have enriched the lives of others and made a difference to the country.

  • Scientists look to defuse cardiac 'time bomb'

    June 25, 2019
    Researchers may have unlocked the mystery of aortic aneurysms. Scientists at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Robarts Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute have shown a recognized process in cancer biology is causing cells to become destructive and eat away at the surrounding muscle tissue, weakening the aortic wall.

  • Dentistry faculty internationally recognized for oral health research

    June 20, 2019
    Congratulations to Drs. Walter Siqueira and Jeffrey Dixon who received international recognition for their work in Dental Research. Both Drs. Dixon and Siqueira were presented awards as part of the International & American Associations for Dental Research (IADR) General Session and Exhibition in Vancouver on June 19.

  • Gregory Dekaban, PhD, appointed Acting Chair, Microbiology & Immunology

    June 19, 2019
    Gregory Dekaban, PhD, has been appointed as Acting Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 or until a new Chair is appointed.

  • London scientists key players in national dementia strategy

    June 18, 2019
    Researchers in London have been awarded $1.345 million over five years through the second phase of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), announced as part of Canada’s national dementia strategy. CCNA is a collaborative research program tackling the challenge of dementia and other neurodegenerative illnesses.

  • Four new CRCs announced

    June 17, 2019
    Congratulations to Shehzad Ali, PhD, Corey Baron, PhD, Grace Parraga, PhD, and Marco Prado, PhD, who have been named among Western’s nine new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs). The Canada Research Chairs Program aims to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. With this announcement, there are now 1,836 Canada research chairs at universities across Canada.

  • Exploring the current landscape of arts and humanities in medical education

    June 07, 2019
    Can jazz help a future physician better interact with patients? Can reflective writing improve physician resilience? These are questions that Lorelei Lingard, PhD, co-lead Tracy Moniz, PhD, and an international team of researchers will explore in a scoping review of arts and humanities in medical education for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • Media Release: Researchers examine gender-based differences in physician burnout

    June 06, 2019
    A crucial step to successfully improve clinician well-being is recognizing how gender-related differences impact physician burnout. Dr. Javeed Sukhera examines why investigating these differences with scientific rigor is critical.

  • Media Release: Research examines how diet can influence memory-formation

    June 04, 2019
    A new study shows how the brain controls what information becomes memories and the role diet and obesity play in these formations. Published in the journal Trends in Neuroscience, the study describes the critical importance of perineuronal nets, structures that enmesh certain neurons in the brain, in protecting the neuron and regulating how often the brain turns experiences into memories.

  • Discovery sharpens ovarian cancer diagnosis

    June 03, 2019
    Anatomy & Cell Biology PhD Candidate Dylan Dieters-Castator said newly discovered protein biomarkers could soon help oncologists more accurately differentiate between two types of ovarian cancers, allowing for more precise treatment options.

  • Knee surgery benefits from extra step

    May 22, 2019
    Dr. Alan Getgood has found that young athletes needing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery may get a leg up by opting for an additional procedure that may drastically reduce the possibility of the injury reoccurring.

  • Jane Rylett, PhD, appointed Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Aging

    May 21, 2019
    Jane Rylett, PhD, is an internationally recognized neuroscientist and expert in Alzheimer's disease research. As Scientific Director, she will identify research priorities, develop funding opportunities, build partnerships, and translate research evidence into policy and practice to improve the health of Canadians and people around the world.

  • Western backs federal equity efforts

    May 13, 2019
    Western is endorsing the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada program focused on equitable hiring and promotion opportunities. By backing the Charter of Eight Principles of Inclusion, Western commits to embedding equity, diversity and inclusion principles in its policies, practices, action plans and culture.

  • Communications tools for management of rare diseases

    May 07, 2019
    In a video for Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. Teneille Gofton, Assistant Professor in Clinical Neurological Sciences discusses communication tools and strategies among patients, care-givers, clinicians, departments, and institutions for a rare disease called new-onset refractory status epilepticus or NORSE.

  • Project eyes prostate cancer diagnosis

    May 06, 2019
    Medical Biophysics graduate student TianDuo Wang is working on “the Holy Grail for cancer detection” – a protein detectable in urine that allows doctors to spot the presence and determine the aggressiveness of prostate cancer cells earlier in order to better direct patient treatment.

  • Feature: Team to offer insights into Crohn’s treatment tools

    April 26, 2019
    Along with colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Dr. Brian Feagan will co-lead the Stenosis Therapy and Anti-Fibrotic Research (STAR) consortium. This team will develop imaging and patient-reported tools to better understand the effectiveness of new anti-fibrotic therapies for Crohn’s disease.

  • Media Release: More than half of mothers of children with epilepsy at risk for depression

    April 25, 2019
    Mothers of children with epilepsy are at risk of having poor mental health and wellbeing, according to a new study by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University. The research team is the first to study families of children with epilepsy long-term.

  • ICU patients with non-brain-related injuries may suffer undetected cognitive dysfunction

    April 15, 2019
    A new study led by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute has found that most patients entering hospital intensive care units (ICU) for non-brain-related injuries or ailments also suffer from some level of related cognitive dysfunction that currently goes undetected in most cases.

  • Driving innovation in a world where knowledge is the new currency

    April 12, 2019
    Alison Allan, PhD, says doctoral education is becoming essential for driving innovation in a world where knowledge is the new currency. At Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, educational leaders are working to prepare trainees for personal career success, as well as enhancing their ability to contribute to society as global citizens.

  • New interdisciplinary research teams receive funding

    April 11, 2019
    Six research teams have received funding from the Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) program at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Awards: Medical education mentors honoured

    April 01, 2019
    Congratulations to Lorelei Lingard, PhD, and Sayra Cristancho, PhD, recipients of the 2019 Early Career Medical Educator (ECME) Awards. ECME is a nation-wide community of engaged and collaborative scholars in medical education and aims to grow and support the community of medical and health professions educators in Canada.

  • 2019 Awards of Excellence recipients announced

    March 29, 2019
    As educators, researchers, innovators and leaders, the 2019 Awards of Excellence London and Windsor Campus recipients are making a difference at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. It is with great pride that we recognize and honour their achievements. Congratulations to this years' recipients.

  • Trainee Achievements: Commercialization strategies top competition

    March 25, 2019
    Trainees took home top prizes at the Proteus Innovation Competition, a four-month contest that takes three newly developed technologies and challenges teams to plan their commercialization. Congratulations to Joshua Dierolf, Tim Han, Christopher Leclerc and Jeffrey Levine.

  • Research: Using artificial intelligence and brain stimulation to improve treatment for psychosis

    March 20, 2019
    A new grant from CIHR in collaboration with the EU consortium has provided a total of $2.1 million to establish a network of research centres focused on personalized medicine for mental disorders. In collaboration with five European centres, Dr. Lena Palaniyappan will be collecting brain scans and genetic information from more than 60,000 patients in order to understand the relationship between genetics and brain development.

  • Honours: Gregor Reid awarded Distinguished University Professorship

    March 19, 2019
    Three professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers. Honoured this year are David Sherry, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Gregor Reid.

  • Honours: Three named Faculty Scholars

    March 19, 2019
    Congratulations to Alison Allan, PhD, Shelley McKellar, PhD, and Dr. David Palma, selected among 11 Faculty Scholars at Western University. Faculty Scholars are recognized for their significant achievements in teaching or research.

  • Research: Solution sought to 'sticky' staph situation

    March 15, 2019
    In a recent study published in Nature Communications David Heinrichs, PhD, discovered some variants of staph aureus have the potential to cause more severe infections by over-expressing surface proteins that bind to our cells in the bloodstream – they simply ‘stick’ to us better than other variations.

  • Funding: CFI funding supports innovative translational research

    March 14, 2019
    Kirsty Duncan, MP, recently announced longer-term stable funding for equipment for innovative research across Canada through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). As part of the announcement, she acknowledged the successful JELF grant recipients from Western including Grace Parraga, PhD, and Rithwik Ramachandran, PhD.

  • Feature: Researchers explore the effects of a Mediterranean diet on cardiovascular health

    March 13, 2019
    The review published today in the high-profile journal Cochrane Review was led by Dr. Saverio Stranges in collaboration with Manchester University and Warwick University in the UK. The review looked specifically at the effects of a Mediterranean-style diet on cardiovascular health.

  • News: Partnership with Canon Medical aligns area imaging expertise

    March 13, 2019
    A new multi-million dollar partnership in local medical imaging technology will bring state-of-the art research equipment to Robarts Research Institute and allow research findings to be brought to patient bedsides more rapidly and readily than ever before.

  • Award: Faculty Support for Research in Education grant recipients announced

    February 26, 2019
    Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants facilitate and enable scholarship in education at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. Two new awards focus on the effects of implementing competency-based medical education and understanding Indigenous learners’ experiences.

  • Funding: CIHR grants support important projects from Indigenous health to cancer immunotherapy

    January 25, 2019
    Health researchers in London were awarded more than $10 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, with $7.3 million supporting projects through Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and $2.8 million through Lawson Health Research Institute.

  • Award: Professor Emeritus Dr. Ross Feldman named to the Order of Canada

    January 11, 2019
    Dr. Ross Feldman was one of 103 Canadians awarded one of the nation's highest honours recognizing those "whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities."

  • Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health

    January 10, 2019
    Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka has been appointed as the Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective Jan 2, 2019 – Jan 1, 2024.

  • Media Release: Women with complications after pelvic mesh implants at increased risk of depression and suicide

    January 09, 2019
    Women who require more surgery for complications after a mesh-based sling procedure have an increased risk of depression and self-harm behaviour, according to a new study led by Dr. Blayne Welk from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Lawson Health Research Institute, and ICES.