51 Firsts - Western Research

Established in 1878, Western University has a long history of leadership in research that produces tangible, global impact on health, culture, environment and economies. Located in London, Ontario, Canada, Western roots itself in a history of excellence, but continues to eye next-generation discoveries across disciplines that will forever change the landscape of our planet.

Success, however, is rarely achieved in isolation – instead, it results from local, national and global partnerships. Many of Western’s successes have been made possible only through close collaboration between, and leadership by, partners at Robarts Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

From the concept of insulin in 1920 to ongoing progress in human clinical trials of an HIV vaccine, Western and its partners continue to lead efforts to address the world’s largest problems. This is a sample of just 51 discoveries by researchers, clinicians and teams we are proud called – and continue to call – Western, and London, home.