Faculty of Medicine in the Media: November, 2017

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Here is a highlight of where our faculty members, learners and alumni have appeared in the news this month.

Week of November 22-30

Canadian drug company under fire in U.K. after raising drug price 6,000% (Global News)
Dr. Amir Attaran, Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, discusses the accusations against a Canadian drug company of making tens of millions of dollars by overcharging the British healthcare system and exploiting its patients.

There Are Barriers To The World We All Want (HuffPost Canada)
Dr. Ronald Labonté, Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, shares his thoughts on the barriers in the UN's global knowledge platform, the World We Want.

Week of November 15-21

Meet the new voice of science in Canada (Toronto Star)
Dr. Mona Nemer, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, has been named Chief Science Advisor to the Government of Canada.

A Q&A with Canada's new chief science advisor, Mona Nemer (Affaires Universitaires/University Affairs)
Dr. Mona Nemer, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, spoke with University Affairs in October about her new role and responsibilities in an interview regarding her new post of chief science advisor for Canada.

U of O prof studies patterns of depression (Fulcrum)
Dr. Ian Colman, Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, is involved in a research project showing a link between depression and increased risks of death among women.

A faster emergency room analysis that could save lives around the world (RCI)
Dr. Jeffrey Perry, Scientist and Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, explains that the proposed Ottawa Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Rule would allow doctors to determine with a very high degree of accuracy which emergency room patients are likely to have an aneurysm requiring further immediate testing and action.

Lyme disease cases more than double in Ottawa this year (CBC News)
Dr. Manisha Kulkarni, Assistant Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, discusses the pattern of Lyme disease emergence in the region.

Week of November 08 – 14

Canada's AI Experts Backing Ban on Killer Robots (Techvibes)
Dr. Ian Kerr, Professor at the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine, co-signed a letter calling on the Australian and Canadian governments to ban killer robots ahead of a United Nations meeting on weapons this month.

Want to lose weight and look young? Intermittent fasting can be key to both (International Business Times)
The article mentions a research team led by Dr. Kyoung-Han Kim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, found that fasting helps in shedding fat and protects against metabolic dysfunction.

Week of November 01 - 07

Ottawa transplant physician honoured for contribution to global stem cell research (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Harold Atkins', Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine Faculty of Medicine, will receive the Till & McCulloch Award for "exceptional contributions to global stem cell research." The article also describes stem cell therapies developed by Dr. Atkins and Dr. Mark Freedman to treat multiple sclerosis and other conditions.

Montfort Hospital's Gets Hearts Beating With New CT Scanner (Ottawa Life Magazine)
In collaboration with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Montfort Hospital is working so that Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner is used to diagnose patients with pulmonary problems, or possible fractures, among other things.

TRADE JUSTICE P.E.I.: All Islanders should be consulted on NAFTA (Charlottetown Guardian)
Dr. Ronald Labonté, Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, wrote an article on the hidden connection between obesity, heart disease and NAFTA-style trade agreements.

Science explores why girls suffer lasting concussion symptoms (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Roger Zemek, Associate Professor and Director Research in the Department of Pediatrics, comments on the premises referenced at an Ottawa concussion symposium, notably whether girls are more vulnerable to concussions than boys, and why girls tend to take longer to recover from concussions.

How a stroke brought new urgency to the work of an Ottawa cholesterol researcher (Ottawa Citizen)
Dr. Xiaohui Zha, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, recounts her experience suffering from a stroke and discusses her work to further understanding of the effects of cholesterol.

Intermittent fasting may be more than a fad (The Varsity)
A research team led by Dr. Kyoung-Han Kim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, demonstrated that the effects of intermittent fasting without caloric restriction include fat shedding and protection against metabolic dysfunction.


French Media

Semaine du 22 – 30 Novembre

Six mois dans l'espace pour mieux vivre sur Terre (Le Devoir)
Dr. Guy Trudel, Professeur au Département de biochimie, microbiologie et immunologie, a conçu l'expérience Marrow, qui vise à observer les changements que subit la moelle osseuse durant un séjour dans l'espace.

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