Clinical Neurological Sciences
All exercise intensities benefit older brains

All exercise intensities benefit older brains

Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new Western study.

Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students

Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students

Five Western PhD candidates have been named among 167 nationwide recipients of the 2018-19 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships – two from the natural sciences and engineering competition, two from the health sciences competition, and one from the social sciences and humanities competition.

Bird’s eye view offers insight into building strikes

Bird’s eye view offers insight into building strikes

Brandon Samuels plans to set up cameras this January in hopes of catching footage of birds crashing into windows across campus. Honestly, he really is a nice guy – it’s for science. The Biology PhD student is working on ways to help mitigate the number of birds...

Honouring our own with Awards of Excellence

Honouring our own with Awards of Excellence

Demonstrating dedication from residence halls to administrative offices, from alumni engagement to student counseling, presented here are winners of the 2018 Western Awards of Excellence, the highest honour for staff member achievement.

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

The sheer, glorious space of the country. Beaches in summer; snow sports in winter. The research opportunities and academic atmosphere. For years, Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen has set his heart on making Canada his home and adopted land. This year, he will celebrate Canada Day, for the first time, as a permanent resident of Canada.

Physiotherapy linked to stroke recovery

Physiotherapy linked to stroke recovery

After he had a stroke at age 15, John Humphrey’s left arm was useful “only as a paperweight” while he studied his way through high school, college and university. He was happy to be alive – to have survived after blood clots had formed, then raced to his brain one day...

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

Newsmakers: Western News looks back on 2016

How will we remember 2016? Probably through one or more of these faces. Western News presents its 7th annual Newsmakers issue, a celebration of those who contributed to our campus conversation in the last year. Join us in remembering the names and faces that...

Neurology resident sleuths self into Times fame

Neurology resident sleuths self into Times fame

A 63-year-old painter developed headaches that have become increasingly devastating, to the point where he becomes withdrawn, forgetful and easily angered. When struck with them, he goes from painting beautiful landscapes to dark images of serpents and half-destroyed...

Hormone may be key to relief for patients, caregivers

Hormone may be key to relief for patients, caregivers

While there is no cure for frontotemporal dementia (FTD), one Western researcher is looking to mitigate symptoms of the disease for patients and, in turn, lessen the heavy burden faced by caregivers.

Proving an oasis of hope for many

Proving an oasis of hope for many

Mazen El-Baba has married a personal passion for social justice with his studies in neuroscience to better his community. Born in Lebanon, the Neuroscience masters student witnessed how addiction and mental-health issues were often addressed in the Middle East and...

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).

Study findings offer new life for stroke sufferers

Study findings offer new life for stroke sufferers

Results of an international study exploring the effectiveness of a revolutionary stroke treatment may lead to a new lease on life for millions of sufferers previously facing disability or even death, Western researchers say.

Western researchers meeting ‘Grand Challenges’

Western researchers meeting ‘Grand Challenges’

With four entries in Round 5 of the Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health competition, Western is showcasing innovative research, expected to significantly impact healthcare around the world.

Collaboration leads to ‘something special’

In a non-descript room of an eerily quiet wing of South Street Hospital, Mandar Jog’s work may look like a game to some. But the outcome could have a tremendous impact when it comes to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological movement disorders.

Stroke prevention clinics help reduce mortality rates

Stroke prevention clinics help reduce mortality rates

Research led by Dr. Vladimir Hachinski of The University of Western Ontario reveals just how important it is for patients to be referred to a stroke prevention clinic following either a mild stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA).