Surgery
Sensors set stage for happier patients post-op

Sensors set stage for happier patients post-op

A simple technology may offer more specific rehabilitation plans, smoother recoveries and clearer expectations about the future for thousands of knee-replacement patients nationwide.

Reid: How you might benefit from probiotics

Reid: How you might benefit from probiotics

Recognition of the roles that microbes play has led to the purposeful development of microbes (probiotics) that aim to restore and maintain health in humans and other life forms.

Grant fuels work into chronic wound care

Grant fuels work into chronic wound care

Douglas Hamilton anticipates the day when people with vascular disease (such as diabetics) will no longer fear that a simple wound will lead to horrible outcomes like amputation or even death.

Entrepreneurial team wins with surgical precision

Entrepreneurial team wins with surgical precision

Make it another innovation-and-commercialization win for PhD candidate Patrick McCunn and Alex Moszcynski, PhD’17. After taking one of the top spots in last year’s Proteus Innovation Competition with their plans to commercialize a cloud-based data collection app, the...

CFI backs hope for Huntington’s patients

CFI backs hope for Huntington’s patients

Working with a yeast model of Huntington’s, Patrick Lajoie is uncovering some of the mystery associated with Huntington’s disease. His work was one of four Western projects sharing in nearly $1 million in CFI funding.

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.

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...

Fellowship fuels researcher’s new way

Fellowship fuels researcher’s new way

A racquetball. A condom. A plastic cup. To Dr. Nicholas Power, these random objects may help urostomy patients find a better quality of life. And now, thanks to a new Western innovation fellowship program, his idea may soon be reality.

One small step for the health of female astronauts

One small step for the health of female astronauts

In recent films involving space travel, such as Interstellar, Gravity and The Martian, several female characters have been portrayed as astronauts, commanders and specialists with the capability to endure the same missions as their male counterparts. However, in...

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.

Surgery professor keeps Olympic dreams alive

Most Canadians will be watching Kaya Turski’s aerobatic moves when the freestyle skier hits the slopes of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi next month. Western Surgery professor Dr. Robert Litchfield, however, will be eyeing her left knee.

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.

Donation to boost surgical innovation

Donation to boost surgical innovation

The University of Western Ontario today announced a $1.5 million donation from Ray and Margaret Elliott which will be matched by Western to form a $3 million endowed research chair.

Province awards researchers $8.8 million

Laparoscopic surgery is not a game to Dr. Christopher Schlachta, but he is using gaming technology, such as virtual reality, to teach future surgeons how to refine their skills and reduce medical error in the operating room.

Sandy Kirkley receives Hall of Fame nod

Western alumnae Sandy Kirkley (MD’86) will be posthumously inducted into the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Hall of Fame July 8 during its Annual Meeting in California, honouring her work in the field of sports medicine.