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Bruce Power donation helps create a memorial tribute to Dr. Dana Winterburn


Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Western University is pleased to announce that Bruce Power has graciously topped up a memorial fund in order to establish the Dr. Dana Winterburn Memorial Award. The award will be presented to a 4th year medical student at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who has an interest both in Family Medicine, and in working with Aboriginal or Indigenous communities, two of Dr. Winterburn's passions.  Preference will be given to a student who self-identifies as having Aboriginal/Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit or Metis ancestry. 

Western scientists use fossils to discover the ancient equator


Friday, December 14, 2012
Researchers at Western University have discovered where the equator was "precisely located" 450 million years ago, which is an important breakthrough for paleontologists and planetary scientists, as well as private and public mineral resource companies. The findings have been published in the journal Geology and were highlighted in today's Editor's Choice section of Science.  

Western astronomer and anthropologist debunk Mayan doomsday prediction


Thursday, December 6, 2012
Researchers from Western University say we can't believe the hype about the Mayan doomsday prediction and will share their views on the hot-button topic at a public event next week.

Rotman Institute of Philosophy appoints new Director


Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Western University's Rotman Institute of Philosophy has announced the appointment of Dr. Carl Hoefer as the new Director, effective July 2013. Hoefer is currently ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and affiliated with the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), a foundation supported by the Catalan Government and guided by a Board of Trustees. His primary interest is in the metaphysics of nature, and his recent work concerns the nature of objective probability as revealed by its uses in many branches of science and other human activities.

Research identifies a way to block memories associated with PTSD or drug addiction


Wednesday, December 5, 2012
New research from Western University could lead to better treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and drug addiction by effectively blocking memories.  The research performed by Nicole Lauzon, a PhD candidate in the laboratory of Steven Laviolette at Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has revealed a common mechanism in a region of the brain called the pre-limbic cortex, can control the recall of memories linked to both aversive, traumatic experiences associated with PTSD and rewarding memories linked to drug addiction.  More importantly, the researchers have discovered a way to actively suppress the spontaneous recall of both types of memories, without permanently altering memories. The findings are published online in the journal Neuropharmacology.
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