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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.