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Young and Stupid Academics

Logan Townsend

February 24, 2016

One might think that being accepted into Graduate or Medical School or any other Advanced Education Program would give a strong sense of accomplishment and pride. But, if this were the case, why would Universities like Cambridge host…

Vaccinations: The benefits, the opposition, and the role of the health care provider

Uchenna Ibelo

December 30, 2015

The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.”1

Uchenna Ibelo

June 4, 2015

What is PaCER?  PaCER is an acronym for Patient and Community Engagement Research.   Reflecting elements of participatory action research, it provides an innovative way to collect rich qualitative data.  Let’s say a researcher wanted to better understand the…

Kevin Gorsky

January 6, 2015

Though most millennials may not be familiar with the scourge of thalidomide, those involved in the health and life sciences cannot afford to forget the thousands of horrific birth defects this drug caused and the lessons the scientific…

Isabella Albanese

December 30, 2014

With controversies over The Canada First Research Excellence Fund, a recent funding initiative by the Canadian government that many feel prioritizes applied research at the expense of basic science, this raises the question: Why should we fund basic…

Uchenna Ibelo

October 7, 2014

I remember taking a Genetics course in my undergrad years…to be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the experience.  I didn’t pay much attention nor understood the practical applications of genetics to the “real world”.  In fact, it…

Jess Silver

April 24, 2014

The medical field today is increasingly driven by a notion where a physician is motivated by the need to implement a new approach, medicinal compound, or methodology into an umbrella of alternative types of treatments, to aid in…

Carolyn Leckie

April 10, 2014

It was late at night when I finally exited through the automatic doors of the emergency department. I was alone, disoriented, nauseous, and barely able to walk straight- thankfully the bus stop was close enough to stumble…

Chelsea Gordon

March 28, 2014

This past fall I attended the Occupational Therapy Recovery Conference 2013: Enhancing Wellness Through Alternative Strategies at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. As I was sitting through the first two workshops of the…

Suzanne Osborne

March 21, 2014

If you have followed the debate surrounding open-access (OA) publishing as I have, you too may have begun to recognize the now stagnant and repetitive arguments: each camp holding fast to their beliefs with only rare individuals…

January 11, 2014

SickKids Global Child Health Day 2014 free conference on Feb 18th. It is hosted by the new Centre for Global Child Health. The theme this year in Global Adolescent Health,  with speakers from UNICEF, Gates Foundation, UNFPA, etc. For more info…

Megan Dodd

November 22, 2013

For my first ever blog for a graduate student journal I wanted to avoid complaining about grad school. I failed at this. I did however; attempt to constructively break down what it is about graduate school that makes…

Xiaoyu Zhang

posted June 8, 2017

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection poses a major global health issue. As reported by the World Health Organization, 71 million people worldwide suffer from chronic HCV infection, and 400,000 die every year of liver cirrhosis and carcinoma...

Suzanne Osborne

November 7, 2013

Some researchers can tell you about their moment of scientific awakening which inspired them, even as children, to pursue a career as a world-famous scientist. I am not one of those people. My path instead includes a…

Xiaoyu Zhang

posted May 11, 2017

Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) gene-editing technology has created tremendous new possibilities for scientific research and medical advancement...

It has long been known that the more that an individual exercises, the better he or she will feel and the stronger and more resilient the body as a whole will be. A newer insight into the science…

Jess Silver

September 15, 2013

Samira Omar

posted April 1, 2017

It’s that time of year again; you know, when we contemplate giving up our New Year’s resolution to lose weight. You told yourself you were going to exercise more and eat healthier, but it just seems too hard, right? Well, what if I told you there was an easy way out?     

Jess Silver

September 15, 2013

Individuals that are either born with a neurological condition or acquire a brain injury post-accident, often feel overwhelmed by the reality of diagnosis and left at a loss for words. It feels like you’re battling against others as…