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.
December 19, 2018 The research team used a technique that combined multiple brain imaging measures to be able to look at structural and functional information at the same time. The result was a much more sensitive and complete picture of concussion injury.
December 13, 2018 A new research study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University found that meditation can be implemented easily and effectively as a therapy to treat late-life depression and mood-related symptoms.
December 12, 2018 Innovation in action. For the most recent episode of SchulichMedDent Live, we were on location at Robarts Research Institute to show how 3D-ultrasound technology is improving care for patients.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 2018 Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants facilitate and enable scholarship in education at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry that has the potential to improve the state of knowledge and inform educational practice in medicine, dentistry, or the basic sciences.
June 05, 2017 Congratulations to Dr. Marat Slessarev, PhD Candidate, Department of Medical Biophysics, and Charles Yin, MD/PhD Candidate, Microbiology & Immunology, for being named as one of the 2017 Vanier Scholars.
May 01, 2017 Dedicated to the field of ovarian cancer research, Trevor Shepherd, PhD, is bringing new hope to those battling the disease. Motivated by his interactions with patients and the wide-scale innovation and collaboration taking place on the landscape of ovarian cancer researcher, Shepherd aims to make a lasting impact through his work.
November 29, 2016 Dr. Anthony Nichols is driven in his research with a desire to do better for his patients. He is working to find novel cancer treatments with improved cure rates and less side effects.
September 12, 2016 From crafting a global definition of probiotics to developing novel therapies used by millions, Dr. Gregor Reid has significantly advanced our knowledge of how beneficial microbes, especially bacteria, contribute to health. Recognizing his role as a world leader in probiotics research, Dr. Reid has now been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada.
June 29, 2016 A new study from Western University is helping to explain why the long-term use of common anticholinergic drugs used to treat conditions like allergies and overactive bladder lead to an increased risk of developing dementia later in life. The findings show that long-term suppression of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine - a target for anticholinergic drugs - results in dementia-like changes in the brain.
May 24, 2016 David Cechetto, PhD, has received $8.9 million in funding from Global Affairs Canada for his program Training, Support and Access Model for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda and Burundi. The program will help develop training, mentoring and access programs for health care providers.
April 05, 2016 Dr. Peeyush Lala, Professor Emeritus and Past Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and his team have discovered that over-production of a molecule known as decorin by a pregnant uterus is associated with preeclampsia.
March 30, 2016 Gregor Reid, PhD, professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery, has received $1.45 million from the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund for his project that will help provide food and income to those living in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.
March 30, 2016 Earlier this month, Western University announced that it is beginning the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform (known as Convergence) to a new cloud-based system called Microsoft Office 365. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (i.e. those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...
March 24, 2016 After taking part in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition heat, five finalists will be moving on to represent the School in Western University's Top 20 3MT Final.
March 22, 2016 Female astronauts can face serious health issues such as breast cancer and osteoporosis when they take part in space missions. Gregor Reid, PhD, and Camilla Urbaniak, PhD Candidate, are making the case for the use of probiotics and fermented foods to help reduce the frequency of these health complications.
March 18, 2016 Beier’s laboratory, which received $321,264 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund this morning to purchase advanced equipment, is looking to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to various types of osteoarthritis in the first place, then cause them to progress.
March 17, 2016 The five-person team, including four Western students and an alumnus, created a winning commercialization plan for OtoTrain, a 3D digital anatomy training tool for doctors to assist in diagnosing diseases of the ear, as part of the Proteus Innovation Competition.
March 07, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Samuel Asfaha, an assistant professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, on receiving $300,000 in funding over three years through the CIHR Clinician Scientist – Phase 2 program.
February 12, 2016 This morning, six Western University researchers were named Canada Research Chairs (CRC), which recognize the country’s best scholars across disciplines. Another had his Chair renewed for an additional five years.
February 11, 2016 Congratulations to Lisa Shepherd, Victor Ng and Anita Florendo-Cumbermack, the three principal investigators who received the recent Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants.
February 09, 2016 Congratulations to Frank Beier, PhD, professor and assistant chair in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, on receiving $354,742 in funding over three years from The Arthritis Society for his research on osteoarthritis (OA).
February 09, 2016 Congratulations to Frank Beier, PhD, professor and assistant chair in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, on receiving $354,742 in funding over three years from The Arthritis Society for his research on osteoarthritis (OA).
February 05, 2016 Dr. Jeff Nisker, senior author and professor, and Justin Ashley, lead author investigated how pregnant women find information about what chemicals, such as phthalates, may pose a risk to the health of their pregnancy.
February 01, 2016 Congratulations to Hon Leong, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, on receiving the Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) and Movember Foundation Fund 2016 Rising Star Award.
January 27, 2016 Wataru Inoue, PhD, is an assistant professor with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and a scientist at Robarts Research Institute. He studies the effect of chronic stress on the brain and the biological basis for depression.
January 26, 2016 As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Javeed Sukhera comes face-to-face with stigma and bias in health care environments on a daily basis. It was these experiences that inspired him to focus his current research on innovative ways to reduce stigma and reduce the adverse impact of stigma on patient care.
January 11, 2016 Researchers have published a study showing the significant, long-term impacts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive component in marijuana – on the adolescent brain.
January 11, 2016 Dr. McLachlan, a professor in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, received this prestigious award for his outstanding lifetime clinical and research contributions in epilepsy.
January 11, 2016 Annually during International Week, Western Unviersity hosts the World’s Challenge Challenge — an event that challenges student teams to present a solution to a problem the world is facing.
December 18, 2015 Researchers at Western University have published the first study in the world showing a decline in the incidence of dementia at a whole population level which they believe is connected to the overall decline in strokes.
December 16, 2015 Congratulations to Martin Duennwald, PhD, and Drs. Michael Strong, Christen Shoesmith and Marvin Chum on receiving funding from ALS Canada for their research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
November 30, 2015 Western research has revealed how a simple test may now predict who will respond better to chemotherapy when dealing with lung cancer, thanks to a link between the absence of a specific protein and improved patient outcomes.
November 23, 2015 Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Jevnikar, co-director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program (MOTP) and director of the Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplant Studies, for receiving the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST).
November 17, 2015 Matthew Teeter, PhD, assistant professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and researcher at Lawson Health Research Institute, is a winner of the 2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize. The $20,000 award recognizes the excellence of Teeter’s research in joint replacement.
November 05, 2015 Eric Arts, PhD, is leading Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s contribution to the newly established European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) — a C$33.2 million initiative that will bring together leading researchers from around the world to develop an effective HIV vaccine.
November 04, 2015 Drs. Douglas Fraser, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro and Manuel Montero Odasso are this year's Dean's Research Grant Initiative recipients. The overall goal of the Initiative is to fund projects that will deliver results that will put Schulich Medicine & Dentistry on the map...
October 21, 2015 When Dr. Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro first traveled to West China Hospital, Sichuan University in 2010, he never imagined the powerful partnership he would come to build with members of its Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation.
October 01, 2015 Charles McKenzie, PhD, and Timothy Regnault, PhD, want to change this. As part of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Human Placenta Project, they have received $3.7 million CAD in funding over four years...
September 24, 2015 After a successful review, the Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University has been renewed for a four-year term ending August 31, 2019.
September 21, 2015 Dr. David Spence and a team of researchers have determined that preventing occlusion (blockage) of a carotid artery may not be a valid reason for surgical intervention in all patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis (narrowing of the carotid artery, without symptoms).
September 16, 2015 Congratulations to Saad Chahine, PhD, and Mark Goldszmidt, MDCM, MHPE, FRCPC, for receiving a $25,000 Royal College/AMS CanMEDS Research Development Grant for their research on investigating the use of cognitive diagnostic assessment in the development and assessment of entrustable professional activities.
September 10, 2015 Canada has one of the world’s highest rates of people living with Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. New cases of the disease are also among the highest in the world, doubling since 1995.
August 27, 2015 The goal of this internal peer review process is to strengthen the proposals being prepared for the March 2016 Project Scheme competition by providing applicants more extensive feedback/critique to assist with the development of their application.
April 28, 2015 Western University's Dale W. Laird, in collaboration with researchers from across the United States, is investigating how communication between cells causes several different conditions – from hereditary hearing loss and cataracts to skin conditions and developmental disorders.
February 27, 2015 Six new Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) have been announced. CRSG provides seed funding for the formation and development of new interdisciplinary collaborative research teams...
January 05, 2015 Dr. Denise Figlewicz and the staff of the Schulich Research Office are interested in meeting with researchers in 2015 to provide updates on our activities and to discuss how we can be of assistance to you and your colleagues.