An international clinical trial has shown that targeted high-dose radiation therapy called SABR can be used to treat patients with cancer that was once thought incurable. Learn more at the link in our bio!
An international clinical trial has shown that targeted high-dose radiation therapy called SABR can be used to treat patients with cancer that was once thought incurable. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Congratulations Jane De Jesus, Senior Research Coordinator at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, for earning a Finalist spot in SOCRA's poster program, with her poster "Effective Recruitment for a Community-based Addictions & Mental Health Research Registry." More at socra.org . . . . . . . . . #onHWS #research #clinicaltrials #clinicaltrial #mcmasteru #hamont
"There is a cycle of health innovation that is supposed to happen – scientific discoveries are made, they transition to clinical trials and then are adopted as an improved standard of care. This is followed by evaluations of the new method and moving along to the next cycle of refinements and improvements. But the reality in Canada is that gaps, in some cases chasms, disrupt the creation and adoption of evidence-based health innovations." Read more from the Hospital News column by Lawson's scientific director, Dr. David Hill, at the link in our bio!
Dr. Paul O'Byrne's latest research on mild asthma has doctors rethinking certain prescription drugs. In this remarkable study, O'Byrne and his team found that terbutaline inhalers (e.g. Bricanyl®) were inferior to combination budesonide-formoterol inhalers (e.g. Symbicort®) in treating symptoms. His research is challenging how these drugs are prescribed. Learn more at research.stjoes.ca. Follow the News links to Innovator Summer 2018. . . . . . . . . #asthma #research #inhaler #medicine #health #breathe #HamOnt #onHWS #healthcare #mcmasteru #inhalers
Cannabis legalization is a month away, but are we ready? @stjoeshamilton researcher and @mcmasteru prof Dr. Michael Amlung explores some of the challenges in prevention and enforcement of cannabis-impaired driving in a recent editorial. Read more at www.stjoes.ca . . . . . . . #onHWS #cannabis #legalization #marijuana #HamOnt #health #research #addiction #addictions #mentalhealth
Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso’s research demonstrates that gait testing, such as walking while performing a cognitively demanding task like counting backwards, can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia. In a new study, a team at Lawson and @schulichmeddent has discovered changes to the brain that correspond to these findings. Visit the link in our bio for more info!
Dr. Robert Teasell is considered a global leader in neurorehabilitation research and has been instrumental in transforming clinical care in this area across Canada by ensuring that clinical practices are informed by the best available and up-to-date research evidence. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the Scientist of the Year Award at the 2018 Lawson Impact Awards event this past spring. Visit the link in our bio to learn more!
Mood disorders like major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are often complex and hard to diagnose. This can make decisions about medication difficult. In a collaborative study, researchers have developed an AI algorithm that analyzes brain scans to better classify illness in patients with a complex mood disorder and help predict their response to medication. For more info, visit the link in our bio!
Thirty per cent of young adults with type 1 diabetes drop out of medical care when they transition from paediatric to adult care. Lawson researchers are finding ways to improve care during this transition period. Learn more at the link in our bio!
At this year’s Lawson Impact Awards, Dr. Mandar Jog received the Innovation Award for his development of a personalized therapy that has successfully treated over a hundred research patients with tremors in their arms and hands. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Did you know that worldwide sales of cigarettes have actually increased by one trillion since 1980, despite the knowledge that smoking kills? Dr. Martin Stampfli, a researcher at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joe's & Professor of Medicine at @mcmasteru, is in Guangzhou, China for a year-long research leave to establish a clinical research program focusing on the effects of cigarettes on COPD. Learn more on our website - research.stjoes.ca . . . . . #onHWS #research #COPD #science #health #Firestone #HamOnt #innovation #McMaster #McMasterU #McMasterUniversity #IPF #quitsmoking
Lawson research manager Sarah Best was a recipient of this year’s Staff Award of Excellence. Presented at the 2018 Lawson Impact Awards, the award honours the contributions of staff members who help advance science at Lawson. Best was recognized for her contributions to research on neurodegeneration conducted at St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute. Learn more at the link in our bio!
In Ontario alone, an estimated 285,000 individuals currently live with some form of neurodegenerative disorder. At Lawson’s Café Scientifique event on June 21, a panel of three expert scientists shared groundbreaking and specialized research in this area happening right here in #ldnont . Watch the full video from the event at the link in our bio!
Three of our post-doc researchers from the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health have won prestigious awards, including Sarah Svenningsen's CIHR Banting Award. Read all about their amazing work on #asthma and #COPD at research.stjoes.ca . . . . . #onhws #health #research #HamOnt
An international collaborative study between Lawson, @sloankettering, @royalmarsden and @epicsciences is one of the first to demonstrate that a blood test can predict how patients with advanced prostate cancer will respond to specific treatments, leading to improved survival. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Most of us think of hydrogen sulfide, known for its rotten egg smell, and carbon monoxide, often called the “silent killer,” as poisonous gases harmful to human health. While they can be lethal in large quantities, they are also part of a family of small molecules called gasotransmitters that are produced in our own bodies. Drs. Alp Sener and Gedas Cepinskas are using controlled doses of these molecules to pioneer new solutions to health care challenges. Learn more from the latest issue of Lawson Link at the link in our bio!
In a new study from Lawson and @westernuniversity, researchers partnered with youth receiving care at the First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) at @lhsccanada to better understand personal perspectives on care and treatment outcomes. The study found that patients experienced lasting improvements in managing their symptoms and improvements in academics, work performance and relationships, and they reported that these benefits involved being empowered by feelings of self-acceptance. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Human lungs are coated with a substance called surfactant which allows us to breathe easily. When lung surfactant is missing or depleted, which can happen with premature birth or lung injury, breathing becomes difficult. In a collaborative study between Lawson and @stanford, scientists have developed and tested a new synthetic surfactant that could lead to improved treatments for lung disease and injury. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Meet the next generation of leaders in mental health research. They’re the Emerging Researchers in Mental Health, part of an innovative research incubator designed by The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research to accelerate discovery in mental health. 🧠 They’re seven young scientists with the potential to revolutionize mental health care. • • • #research #mentalhealth #eRIMH #neuroscience #psychology #mentalhealthresearch #onHWS #ottawa #brainhealth #mentalillness
At this year's Lawson Impact Awards, Amanda McIntyre received the Leadership Award for Fellows & Students, recognizing her skills as a leader, researcher, clinician and community advocate. McIntyre is a PhD candidate in nursing @westernuniversity and a part of Lawson researcher Dr. Robert Teasell’s team at St. Joseph's Health Care London's Parkwood Institute. Learn more at the link in our bio!
The Royal’s Board of Trustees has proudly selected Joanne Bezzubetz as our new President and CEO. "We are excited about the energy, enthusiasm, and wisdom that Joanne will bring to her role of President and CEO at The Royal." - Scott McLean, Chair, Board of Trustees . . . . #ottnews #mentalhealth #leadership #onHWS #ottawa
Congratulations to Dr. Gregor Reid on receiving the 2018 Canadian Society of Microbiologists Murray Award for Career Achievement! A pioneer in the field of human microbiome and probiotics research, Dr. Reid is responsible for advancing our knowledge of how beneficial microbes, especially bacteria, contribute to health. He has crafted the global definition of probiotics and developed novel therapies used by millions.
In Ontario alone, an estimated 285,000 individuals currently live with some form of neurodegenerative disorder. At tonight’s Café Scientifique, “When connections break down: Slowing the decline to neurodegenerative diseases,” Lawson scientists are sharing highlights of the groundbreaking and specialized research on these diseases happening right here in #ldnont . #LawsonCafe #onHWS
In a recent study, researchers at Lawson and @westernuniversity examined the expectations of young adults entering psychiatric treatment at an early intervention program and found their expectations differed significantly from the reality of care. Read more at the link in our bio.
In Dr. Samuel Asfaha's laboratory you will find the hallmarks of medical research from petri dishes to high-powered microscopes. More unusually, you will find ‘mini-guts’ – gastrointestinal (GI) structures developed from stem cells. Dr. Asfaha and his team are growing these 'mini-guts' to study colorectal cancer with the goal of one day improving treatment. Learn more at the link in our bio!
After suffering a heart attack, some patients develop a microvascular obstruction, an area of the injured heart with extremely poor blood flow, which increases the risk of heart failure. MRI and PET can be used to study microvascular obstructions but poor blood flow makes it difficult to get contrast agents into the obstruction. Benjamin Wilk, a PhD candidate at Lawson and @schulichmeddent, is investigating whether a new method of administering contrast agents can help solve this problem. Visit the link in our bio to learn more!
#Ldnont is home to a large multidisciplinary pain research team with collaborators across Lawson, @lhsccanada, @stjosephslondon and @westernuniversity. Judy Williams participated in pain research at Lawson after being diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic neuropathic pain condition that occurs after injury to a limb. Read more in the latest issue of Lawson Link by visiting the link in our bio.
The past decade has seen rapid acceleration in the study of microbes and how they influence human and planetary health. Lawson and @westernuniversity hosted a symposium featuring research in this area, including the critical role of honey bees in pollination, bioremediation of toxic compounds, fermented food, and maternal and infant nutrition. Visit the link in our bio to learn more!
Parkwood Institute Research (PIR), a program of Lawson located at St. Joseph's Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute, represents three major research programs: cognitive vitality and brain health, mobility and activity, and mental health. The third annual PIR Spring Update Half Day allowed guests to learn about innovative new research from across these three themes. Visit the link in our bio to learn more!
Join us on June 21 for our Café Scientifique, “When connections break down: Slowing the decline to neurodegenerative diseases.” An expert panel of scientists will discuss groundbreaking research in this field, happening right here in #ldnont . Visit the link in our bio to register!
It's Research Week at The Royal. Yesterday was the Research Information Fair where all research units shared their past findings as well as current studies. Pictured is an EEG cap which is used to measure brain activity. The cap has electrodes that look at different parts of the brain. It's not painful at all as it doesn't give out electricity, it only records the brain's activity. Head over to our FB page to watch the live video interviews and learn more about this EEG cap and how it's being used in research. To view all actively recruiting studies at The Royal, visit the link in our bio. • • • #research #mentalhealth #brain #neuroscience #eeg #psychology #mentalhealthresearch #onHWS #ottawa #brainhealth #mentalillness
Lawson researcher Dr. Nina Suh is leading a study to improve the surgical technique for four-corner fusion, a common surgery for wrist arthritis, to maximize wrist function and symptom relief, and delay arthritis progression. Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
Health research trainees are the heart and future of Canadian science. On May 10, trainees from across the city of London gathered to present their innovative science at the seventh annual London Health Research Day. Read more at the link in our bio!
London, Ontario researchers gathered on May 9 to discuss the importance of equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in the careers of health researchers at Exchange: A London Health Research Day Forum on Diversity & Inclusivity. Presented in partnership by Lawson and Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Exchange gave guests the opportunity to discuss challenges associated with EDI and potential solutions for the future. Read more at the link in our bio!
A new study, published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) by researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and @westernuniversity, found that coaching patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to drink more water does not slow down the decline of their kidney function. Visit the link in our bio for more!
Researchers @westernuniversity and Lawson found that the gut microbiome plays an important role in atherosclerosis, one of the major causes of heart attack and stroke. Read more at the link in our bio!
The 2018 Lawson Impact Awards celebrated research making a difference and recognized the accomplishments of our scientists, staff, trainees and partners. Dr. Julielynn Wong delivered an engaging keynote presentation on how technology trends such as 3D printing and drones can improve health care accessibility. Read more at the link in our bio!
By using images of the brain to look at how its outer surface is folded on itself, researchers from @westernuniversity, Lawson and the University of Basel in Switzerland were able to predict which high-risk patients would develop psychosis with more than 80 per cent accuracy. Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
Lawson Imaging scientist Dr. Donna Goldhawk is providing students with the unique and valuable learning experience of training in her lab at St. Joseph's Health Care London. Click the link in our bio to learn more!
A new issue of Lawson Link is hot off the press! Read the online version of the magazine or request a print copy at the link in our bio to learn more about hospital-based research London.
Comment intervenir avec des matières CBRNE (chimiques, biologiques, radioactives, nucléaires et/ou explosives). How to intervene with CBRNE materials. #mesuresdurgence #SavoirMontfort #hopitalmontfort #ONfr #onHWS #mentalhealth #healthcanada #OntarioHealth #CAHOhospitals
This morning we officially opened our Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic’s new Kingston site. We’re bringing mental health care closer to home for Canadian Forces members, veterans, and RCMP with mental health concerns as a result of their service. Thanks to the ongoing commitment from @veteransaffairscanada, we are able to expand our services. #OSI #PTSD #ptsdrecovery #mentalhealth #kingston_on #onHWS
Join us on May 10 for London Health Research Day, presented in partnership by Lawson and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Showcasing hundreds of presentations from top learners, this is your opportunity to learn about health research being conducted in London. This year's event will also feature a preceding forum on the evening of May 9 - Exchange: A London Health Research Day Forum on Diversity and Inclusivity. Exchange aims to foster conversations around equity, diversity and inclusivity in the careers of health researchers, including gender, and how we can work together to identify and implement solutions. To learn more and to register for LHRD or Exchange, visit the link in our bio!
A team of researchers have developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies – places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death. Visit the link in our bio to learn more! @westernuniversity @lhsccanada
Today is World Delirium Awareness Day. In a new study, Lawson researchers have developed a simple screening method for improving the detection of delirium. Visit the link in our bio to learn more!
Researchers at Lawson, Western University and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) have found that specialized programs for early psychosis can substantially reduce patient mortality. Click the link in our bio to learn more.
Personalized medicine is the analysis of patients' DNA to predict how they will respond to medications. Led by Dr. Richard Kim, researchers at Lawson have received $4.4 million to study an expanded personalized medicine program at London Health Sciences Centre. For more info, visit the link in our bio!
Terminal lung cancer patients can access medication faster thanks to a Canadian first laboratory test validated at London Health Sciences Centre and made possible by research at Lawson Health Research Institute. To learn more, visit the link in our bio.
You could say that the story of Novare Pharmaceuticals begins with a discovery Dr. Eva Turley made during her postdoctoral training. Read more at the link in our bio on this journey that showcases how early-stage academic research becomes commercialized treatment available to patients. #LawsonLink
Today is the day we welcome a new research chair. World, meet Dr. Zachary Kaminsky, DIFD Mach-Gaensslen Chair in Suicide Prevention Research at The Royal’s IMHR. His research will be using epigenetics to bring new insight into preventing suicide. This research chair position has been made possible by The Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada and @difdroyal. They have each contributed $1-million to create the chair. Thank you for your support! In the photo (L-R) Dr. Chris Carruthers (Mach-Gaensslen Foundation), Dr. Zul Merali, CEO, The Royal's IMHR, Dr. Kaminsky, Stephanie Richardson from @difdroyal #onHWS #DIFD #ottawa #mentalhealth #suicide #epigenetics #mentalhealthresearch #research
Lawson, Western University, City of London, and Mission Services of London, Ontario, partnered on the Prevention of Homelessness Among Families (PHAF) project to assess the effectiveness of a shelter diversion pilot-program at Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter (Mission Services). The results of the study illustrate that a low percentage of families ended up in shelter when accessing the program, and as many as 90 per cent of the families were known to still be housed 18-months later. For more info, visit the link in our bio!
A Lawson-led clinical trial aims to use new radiation techniques to reduce the effects of radiation on the esophagus and swallowing. Learn more at the link in our bio!
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced more than $8.6 million in research funding through their project grants program for 13 projects across Western University and Lawson. This includes funding for a project by Dr. James Koropatnick and his research team that aims to improve cancer immunotherapy. For more info, visit the link in our bio!
Children with epilepsy have a higher risk of developing emotional and behavioural disorders, yet it has been difficult to pinpoint why this occurs. In a new study, researchers at Children’s Health Research Institute, a program of Lawson, found that family environment influences the emotional well-being of children with epilepsy. Read more at the link in our bio.
A recent study suggests the use of probiotics to prevent respiratory tract infections in Canada could result in nearly $100 million per year in savings. Results from the study showed that regular probiotic use could eliminate between 573,000 to 2.3 million days per year of respiratory tract infections, resulting in 330,000 to 500,000 fewer sick days for Canadians and 52,000 to 84,000 fewer antibiotic prescriptions. This would translate to $1.3 to $8.9 million in health system savings. When accounting for productivity losses due to illness, it could save $61.2 to $99.7 million. For more info, visit the link in our bio.
Do you want to participate in the region’s premier research showcase event? The call for abstracts is now open for London Health Research Day 2018! Eligible graduate students, trainees, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars from Lawson and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University are invited to submit abstracts for the event. Learn more about how to enter and this year’s updated rules and regulations at the link in our bio. #LHRD18
In a new study from Lawson, @westernuniversity and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western site, researchers found that handover of anesthesia care is associated with adverse patient outcomes. Visit the link in our bio for more information.
Lawson researchers and trainees were visited today by Canada's Minister of Science, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan (@sciencemin); Parliamentary Secretary for Science and local MP, Kate Young (@kateyoungmp); and local MP, Peter Fragiskatos(@pfragiskatos). They engaged in a round-table discussion on the current and future state of health research in Canada.
Canadian researchers working to improve military and Veteran health met at St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute on December 4, 2017 to provide updates on their projects and foster collaborative research partnerships. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Since launching two years ago, an innovative study that aims to induce remission of type 2 diabetes has captured the attention of hundreds of Londoners. For those with type 2 diabetes like Greg Ackland and Jocelyne Chauvin, the idea of stopping all medications has translated from a dream to a reality through participation in the REMIT study at Lawson. For more info, visit the link in our bio!
From studying predictors of dementia to using next-generation genome sequencing to understand a cancer’s genetics, research from Lawson scientists this year will help improve patients’ quality of life for years to come. Learn more about Lawson research conducted in 2017 at the link in our bio.
Dr. Miho Iijima, Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, visited St. Joseph’s Hospital on Friday, November 17 to deliver a talk on the role of a protein called “phosphatase and tensin homolog” (PTEN) in cancer. Dr. Iijima’s talk focused specifically on controlling PTEN localization and function in cancer. Mutations and deletions in the gene encoding PTEN are associated with many cancers and autism. Dr. Iijima’s laboratory recently discovered a new class of cancer and autism-associated PTEN mutations that specifically interfere with membrane association. During her talk, Dr. Iijima discussed how PTEN is recruited to the plasma membrane and how enhancing the membrane recruitment of PTEN suppresses oncogenic signaling in cancer.
On behalf of everyone at Lawson, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday. Visit the link in our bio to view our holiday e-card.
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumours to grow along nerves and can affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. There are currently few approved therapies for NF tumours, but funding provided by Neurofibromatosis Ontario will enable researchers at Children’s Health Research Institute, a program of Lawson, to explore using epigenetics to develop new treatments. Read more at the link in our bio.
Parkwood Institute Research (PIR) hosted an interactive and festive open house for research teams, partners, patients and families, and members of the public on Friday, Dec. 1. A program of Lawson Health Research Institute, and located within both buildings of St. Joseph's Health Care London's Parkwood Institute, PIR represents three major research programs in the areas of cognitive vitality and brain health, mobility and activity and mental health. Learn more at the link in our bio!
#Lungcancer can develop quietly which, unfortunately, means that about 75% of cases are caught in the later stages when the disease is harder to treat. Dr. Rosalyn Juergens has dedicated her career to improving the lives of people with lung cancer and is exploring a potentially groundbreaking new #immunotherapy treatment. Read more at WeAreExplorers.ca #WeAreExplorers #HHSresearch #onHWS #HamOnt
The 18th Annual Mental Health Research & Innovation Half Day was held on November 1, 2017 at Parkwood Institute. During one of the workshops at the event, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a labyrinth walk. Learn more at the link in our bio.
Today we’re celebrating and sharing the innovative staff-led initiatives that are improving mental health care, advocacy, research, and education at The Royal: #onHWS #mentalhealth #mentalillness #research #clinicalpsychology #neuroscience #ottawa #researchhospital
Normally samples of bacteria must be removed from their microbiome environment for analysis, which can lead to changes in their behaviour, hindering our ability to accurately study the gut or urogenital microbiome. In a new study, researchers are investigating the possibility of using MRI to more directly study microbial interactions in urological and other conditions. Read more at the link in our bio!
A group of senior chemistry students from H.B. Beal Secondary School visited Lawson research facilities at St. Joseph's Hospital on Wednesday, November 8. In addition to learning about Lawson’s world-renowned imaging research, the group toured the Cyclotron and PET Radiochemistry Facility and Dr. Alexandre Legros’ brain stimulation lab. Visit the link in our bio to learn more!
We have been one of the top 5 research hospitals in Canada for 6 consecutive years. But research is not just something we do, it's part of who we are. #WeAreExplorers Follow us on our journey to share the amazing stories behind research at HHS www.WeAreExplorers.ca #HHSresearch #onHWS #HamOnt #healthcare #research