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Prehistoric women could best today’s top athletes

Prehistoric women could best today’s top athletes

Prehistoric women had stronger arms than even today’s top female athletes, according to the first study to compare their relative bone strength. The women who lived 6,000 years ago worked so hard at repetitive upper-body labour every day, they developed strong muscles...

Exploring Canada’s oldest hockey stick

Exploring Canada’s oldest hockey stick

A Western anthropologist has scored a major assist in verifying the age of the oldest hockey stick known to exist – a piece of Canadiana that dates to the 1770s.

New chair looks to ease pain for millions

New chair looks to ease pain for millions

Michele Crites Battié has dedicated her career to studying spine disorders and lower-back pain. And, despite decades of study, and dedicated research in the field worldwide, she knows plenty of work remains as there is still no consensus on causes, diagnoses and...

Four Western projects earn CFI backing

Four Western projects earn CFI backing

From delving into the modeling neurodegenerative diseases to looking into digital philosophy, four Western researchers will share in nearly $1 million in funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

Mind-body maximizes benefits of exercise to seniors

Mind-body maximizes benefits of exercise to seniors

By 2035, a third of the Canadian population will be over 60 years old. And Kinesiology PhD student Nárlon Boa Sorte Silva wants to make sure every one of them stays active and engaged in life.

Chair up to challenge of easing pain for millions

Chair up to challenge of easing pain for millions

To move freely and without pain. Such a simple wish that goes unrealized for the 1.7 billion people around the world suffering from musculoskeletal disorders of the bones, joints and muscles. These conditions don’t discriminate. They can impact anyone at any age, on any continent, in any community, at any time.

Getgood earns Young Investigator’s Award

Getgood earns Young Investigator’s Award

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Dr. Alan Getgood recently received the Albert Trillant Young Investigator’s Award at the 2017 ISAKOS Congress in Shanghai, China.  This award provides recognition for a young researcher who has done outstanding...

Young researchers get boost from provincial honour

Young researchers get boost from provincial honour

Five up-and-coming Western researchers will share in $700,000 in research funding, thanks to the Early Researcher Awards, all part of a larger $10-million provincial program supporting 77 researchers at 17 institutions across Ontario. “Ontario’s current and future...

Knee key may be in growing your own

Knee key may be in growing your own

Repairing painful and debilitating knee injuries may soon be as easy as growing your own new cartilage, according to a Western researcher. Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Dr. Alan Getgood, and his team at Western and Lawson Health Research...

Invention takes a new spin on concussion prevention

Invention takes a new spin on concussion prevention

Some of the best ideas come from drinks at a bar with friends. Theo Versteegh’s revolutionary idea to mitigate concussion in sport was no different. Almost five years ago, around the time famed hockey player Sidney Crosby suffered his second career-altering...

Fellowship pushes boundaries of medical technologies

Fellowship pushes boundaries of medical technologies

The Western Medical Innovation Fellowship was the best thing that could have happened to John Matheson. “Medical residency was always the goal, but this program is going to be invaluable for my future as a clinician,” he said. “You don’t get the opportunity to stop...

Berman, Laird named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Berman, Laird named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Health Sciences professor Helene Berman and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Dr. Dale Laird have been named among 36 new fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the organization announced Thursday at its 2016 Forum and Annual General...

Western insights inform rural seniors development

Western insights inform rural seniors development

A proposed $21-million retirement living project in rural Huron County has added a Western component to its focus on keeping seniors in their own community. Inspiring Living Seaforth, which looks to break ground in spring 2017, will consist of 20 units for palliative...

Leonard, Shoemaker named to top professor honour

Leonard, Shoemaker named to top professor honour

Two 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 John Leonard, English and Writing Studies, Arts &...

CFI funding backs osteoarthritis research

CFI funding backs osteoarthritis research

  Western researchers received more than $700,000 in Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funding this morning, supporting a trio of efforts, including one offering relief to more than three million Canadians who suffer from osteoarthritis. Schulich School of...

Six researchers named among nation’s elite

Six researchers named among nation’s elite

Coming to Western from Germany, Sweden, the United States and across Canada, these new Canada Research Chairs are developing HIV vaccines, improving hearing and movement, learning how and why people migrate and immigrate, and exploring the foundations of physics.

Goalie research protects bodies, saves goals

Goalie research protects bodies, saves goals

Research by PhD candidate Ryan Frayne at Western’s Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic, looks to shut the pads on knee injuries and cheap goals.

Study: Cost a tipping point on knee surgeries

Study: Cost a tipping point on knee surgeries

A new study from Western’s Bone and Joint Research Institute could save the health-care system millions of dollars while also preventing some of the more than 250 million knee osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers from going under the knife.

Teeter awarded Polanyi Prize

Teeter awarded Polanyi Prize

Matthew Teeter, a Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor and Lawson Health Research Institute scientist, won the 2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize. The $20,000 award recognizes the excellence of Teeter’s research in joint replacement. It was presented at...

New fellowship puts innovation at forefront

New fellowship puts innovation at forefront

Ali Tavallaei is making better use of his time these days. As one of three young scholars chosen as part of the recently launched Western Medical Innovation Fellowship program, his focus has been streamlined. “As a researcher working in the medical device domain, I am...