Crystal Mackay
Funding for research on long-term lung effects of COVID-19

Funding for research on long-term lung effects of COVID-19

New funding from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund is enabling a team of researchers led by Western professor Grace Parraga, to use novel lung-imaging techniques pioneered at Western to better understand long-term effects of COVID-19.

Med-school admissions add more diversity

Med-school admissions add more diversity

This year’s incoming medical school class at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will include a diverse cohort of students that are more representative of Canadian communities.

Researchers make first steps towards cure for HIV

Researchers make first steps towards cure for HIV

A new strategy deployed against HIV by Western researchers has been able to pull the virus out of hiding in cells and expose it to potential attack from the immune system or open it to further treatment.

Study hints at early sign of Alzheimer’s degeneration

Study hints at early sign of Alzheimer’s degeneration

Researchers have moved one step closer to identifying targets for brain degeneration that occur decades before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear – a much sought-after clue that might open the door to early treatment.

Research becomes medium for grad’s creativity

Research becomes medium for grad’s creativity

Alex Levit, MD/PhD’20, sees the entire scientific process as a creative endeavour – from coming up with the research question, to finding ways to answer it, to writing about the findings in a meaningful way.

Learn from those that handled COVID-19 well

Learn from those that handled COVID-19 well

As an epidemiologist and public health physician, Dr. Saverio Stranges has been watching the COVID-19 pandemic unfold across the globe – he is using the evidence to demonstrate what strategies need to be implemented in order to curb the spread early for future outbreaks.

Surgery puts COVID-19 patients at higher risk

Surgery puts COVID-19 patients at higher risk

COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery face increased risks of pulmonary complications or even death when compared to those not suffering from the disease, according to a recent international study.

Western scholar contributes to WHO human trial guidelines

Western scholar contributes to WHO human trial guidelines

Human trials may offer a pathway toward a COVID-19 vaccine, but the effort is rife with ethical pitfalls that need to be navigated. It is a journey that requires a well-developed roadmap forward, according to one Western researcher.

‘Digital shield’ offers physically distant triage tool

‘Digital shield’ offers physically distant triage tool

Family Medicine professor Dr. Daniel Pepe describes it as “a digital shield” – a virtual COVID-19 triage tool designed to protect health-care workers while providing rapid care for patients now in use across Southwestern Ontario.

Study: 28 million surgeries shelved by COVID-19

Study: 28 million surgeries shelved by COVID-19

More than 28 million elective surgeries across the globe could be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – creating a never-before-seen backlog in procedures that could take a year to clear even at an accelerated pace.

Algae tasked with producing COVID-19 test kits

Algae tasked with producing COVID-19 test kits

Researchers at Western and Suncor are teaming up to use algae as a way to produce serological test kits for COVID-19 – a new process that overcomes shortfalls of existing processes while saving money.