- Duncan Hunter chokes up a little when it is suggested that work he began at Western three decades ago will now, finally, be applied to saving hundreds of lives. “It’s a good thing,” said the Chemistry professor emeritus after a long pause. “It took 30 years and had its ups and downs. So, yes, it’s emotional.”
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Azedra, a new compound developed by Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc., for patients with rare tumours of the adrenal glands.
Hunter developed the compound with his Western lab team 30 years ago and then, after some years of further development, applied for the patent.
- The human brain is complex and has been studied endlessly and when looking at just the brain on the outside it is 3D in physical space. However, researchers at Western University were curious as to whether the brain is actually better understood as 2D. By using mathematical equations researchers study the dimensionality of the brain.
- It's no surprise that Emergency Departments across the province struggle with wait times and overcapacity. As Dr. David Stanford (Western University) explains, "as a general rule, waiting longer means waiting to begin treatment and that is generally bad." Stanford and his team developed a formula that would reduce or rid hospitals of hallway medicine.
- In my first morning at my recent workshop attendance at London, Ont., I walked around the university campus to visit the student apartment where I stayed during my first winter in Canada. Outside the apartment, a Canada goose got my attention and I wondered "Why do some geese select London to stay and some Saskatoon?" "What brought me to Saskatoon?"