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Student idea may box out infection during intubation

Student idea may box out infection during intubation

A student’s idea – brought from concept to testing by a host of Western experts – has the potential to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and lead to a safer working environment for health-care professionals.

Reichelt: Prevent junk food from trashing teen brains

Reichelt: Prevent junk food from trashing teen brains

Adolescents are the greatest consumers of calorie-rich ‘junk’ foods. During puberty, many children have an insatiable appetite as rapid growth requires lots of energy. Heightened metabolism and growth spurts can protect against obesity, to an extent. But excessively eating high-calorie junk foods and increasingly sedentary lifestyles can outweigh any metabolic protection.

Lung image studies show unique nature of asthma

Lung image studies show unique nature of asthma

A pair of Western-led lung imaging studies, including one performed in non-identical twin patients with lifelong asthma, have shown that airway defects in the lungs of asthmatic patients are like fingerprints –they have a unique pattern and maintain that pattern over time.

Reichelt: What science says about the brain and sugar

Reichelt: What science says about the brain and sugar

As a neuroscientist my research centres on how modern day ‘obesogenic,’ or obesity-promoting, diets change the brain. I want to understand how what we eat alters our behaviour and whether brain changes can be mitigated by other lifestyle factors.

Big data aids in exploring mental illness

Big data aids in exploring mental illness

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, along with an international team of researchers, looks to provide relief or millions around the globe by pairing brain stimulation with artificial intelligence and big data to uncover the role of genetics in successfully treating mental illness.

Study targets ‘fingerprint’ of human consciousness

Study targets ‘fingerprint’ of human consciousness

Western researchers have moved a step closer to identifying a ‘brain fingerprint’ for consciousness – a discovery that will unlock further understanding into why some patients, presumed to be vegetative, are still aware of the world them.

Finding his escape during free time

Finding his escape during free time

Spending hours and hours deep in your work? Find out how to use your free time as an escape when Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor David Spence takes his turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Researchers look to defuse cardiac ‘time bomb’

Researchers look to defuse cardiac ‘time bomb’

They have been called the ‘time bomb’ of cardiology – ascending aortic aneurysms. Now, researchers are digging deeper into the cause of these aneurysms looking to unlock possible ways of preventing them and saving thousands of lives.

Team to offer insights into Crohn’s treatment tools

Team to offer insights into Crohn’s treatment tools

A North American team of researchers, co-lead by a Western professor, hopes their work will ultimately lead to treatments that reduce infections, pain, and hospitalizations for millions of Crohn’s disease sufferers around the world.

Ten named among Order of Canada honorees

Ten named among Order of Canada honorees

Nine Western alumni and one faculty member were named among 103 new appointments to the Order of Canada, Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, recently announced.

Innovation Ambassadors are shifting the culture

Innovation Ambassadors are shifting the culture

In a milestone for the university, every faculty at Western now has at least one Innovation Ambassador whose job it is to help share and cultivate all these ideas and values.