Biochemistry
Rapid Research Fund backs Western-led ideas

Rapid Research Fund backs Western-led ideas

Western researcher-led projects have been named among 15 initiatives provincewide as part of the government’s $20-million Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Discovery Grants back 75 research projects

Seventy-five university research projects across seven faculties received more than $13.8 million in Discovery Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

Student team delivers during COVID-19 crisis

A volunteer group of Western students has set up a grocery shop-and-delivery service for Londoners who have self-quarantined or are at high risk of COVID-19 infection.

Edgell: Precision needed to live up to promise

Edgell: Precision needed to live up to promise

As with all game-changing technologies, attention has focused on ethically responsible uses of the technology, and rightly so. What is often missing from many CRISPR debates is an understanding of technical limitations that could impact how and when CRISPR is used in human gene-editing applications.

Five receive Frontiers research funding

Five receive Frontiers research funding

Five innovative, early-career Western researchers have been awarded funding for interdisciplinary research, ranging from pre-term birth predictors to concussions.

Study betters health, expands gut knowledge

Study betters health, expands gut knowledge

While our blueprint of the gastrointestinal tract is more detailed than ever, one Western researcher understands we need to go on more than a ‘gut feeling’ to fully unlock its role in human health and disease.

The spin on spit

The spin on spit

“My life is saliva,” said Dentistry and Biochemistry professor Walter Siqueira, one of the first and only dental clinician-scientists in Canada conducting salivary proteome research. Don’t believe him? His license plate reads SALIVA 1. Busy creating new salivary...

Molecular weapon targets bad bacteria

Molecular weapon targets bad bacteria

Instead of prescribing a broad-spectrum antibiotic, like a tiny nuclear missile that indiscriminately kills both bad and good bacteria, Greg Gloor is working on developing a targeted molecular weapon that will combat only the body’s most detrimental, infectious...

Feds back radical shift in radiation analytics

Feds back radical shift in radiation analytics

Radiation. Be it contact with a single person, or the unthinkable exposure of tens of thousands, Peter Rogan knows time is of the essence in determining the extent of contamination.

Protein exploration earns Vanguard Award

Protein exploration earns Vanguard Award

Since graduate school, Eva Turley has been interested in how and why cells move in our bodies. This curiosity led to her discovering, characterizing and cloning RHAMM, a protein that regulates cell movement and stem cell differentiation, during the early 1980s. Fast...

Commentary: Celebrating Sanwal’s amazing legacy

Commentary: Celebrating Sanwal’s amazing legacy

The field of biochemistry has changed dramatically over the past 65 years. One person who has not only witnessed this change but also contributed to the change is Dr. Bishnu (Bill) Sanwal. Sanwal came to Western in 1973 to serve as Chair of the Department of...

Test may peer into lung cancer chemo success

Test may peer into lung cancer chemo success

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. Dr. Matthew Cecchini, a pathology resident...

Research teams backed with nearly $20 million

Research teams backed with nearly $20 million

Western and Lawson Health Research Institute researchers recently received a financial boost from the Government of Ontario as 20 projects are now being backed by the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).

Research targets relief for crippling condition

Research led by Surgery and Biochemistry professor Dr. David O’Gorman has discovered a potential new therapeutic treatment for Dupuytren’s disease, a debilitating condition that causes hand tissues to contract and fingers to curl permanently onto the palm of the hand.

Innovation Grant targets breast cancer subset

They represent less than 15 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer. But for Dr. Shawn Li, continuing a search for solutions in this rarely diagnosed area of breast cancer has become his main mission.

Professor explores generic drug effectiveness

Professor explores generic drug effectiveness

It’s likely if you’re sick, your doctor is more inclined to prescribe a brand name drug in place of its generic equivalent. Or maybe you would rather pick up some Advil for that headache, instead of the less expensive pharmacy brand of ibuprofen.