Dr. Qingping Feng identifies potential new treatments for sepsis
Sepsis is the leading cause of in-hospital death and there is no specific treatment for it. Now, research led by Dr. Qingping Feng of Western University suggests a protein called recombinant human annexin A5 may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of this disease. The paper is published in advance, online in Critical Care Medicine.
Sepsis is caused by an overwhelming immune response to an existing infection. It’s estimated there are 18 million cases annually worldwide. The mortality rate is 30 to 40 per cent for severe sepsis and 40 to 80 per cent for septic shock. Dr. Feng, a professor in the Departments of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Medicine at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute is particularly interested in how sepsis causes cardiac dysfunction. (read more)
PhysPharm flips for the United Way 2013 campaign
Dr. Rylett and her dedicated crew of pancake flippers treated more than one hundred and twenty five hungry diners to a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon and all the trimmings. In the process $767 was raised for the United Way. Added to the department's hockey pool fundraiser, this year's total contribution is over $850.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and especially to the students, staff and faculty who picked up a fork and put down their cash to help support this worthy cause. See you next year.
2013 Graduate Student Research and Teaching Award Winners
Dr. Gurjeev Sohi - The Esme Walker Award given annually to an exceptional Physiology PhD graduate [Supervisor - Dan Hardy]
Peter Vo - The Bill Bottom Award given annually to an exceptional Physiology MSc graduate [Supervisor - Dan Hardy]
Jason Moreau and Ashbeel Roy, co-winners - The Gordon J. Mogenson Scholarship recognizes outstanding research achievements of a continuing PhD student in the Physiology Graduate Program [Supervisors, John Ciriello and Marco Prado, respectively]
Tom Velenosi - The George W. Stavraky Teaching Scholarship recognizes a continuing graduate student in Physiology and Pharmacology Graduate Programs for outstanding ability in undergraduate teaching [Supervisor - Brad Urquhart]
Dr. Michael Knauer - The Margaret Moffat Award given annually to an exceptional Pharmacology PhD graduate [Supervisor - Rommel Tirona]
Noelle Ma - The Murray Fraser Award is given annually to an exceptional Pharmacology MSc graduate [Supervisor Dan Hardy]
Tom Velenosi - The Hari and Gudrun Sharma Award recognizes excellence in research and academic performance of a continuing student in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program [Supervisor - Brad Urquhart]
Adrian Gunaratne - PhysPharm Graduate Student Council Award for Leadership [supervisor, John Di Guglielmo]
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