Message from Dr. Oscar Casiro, MD, FRCPC
Head of the Division of Medical Sciences
2013 Year in Review
Our Division faculty continue to work on important and relevant health research. Recently, Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne was featured in the May edition of the UVic KnowlEDGE publication (which also appeared in the Times Colonist newspaper) for her research on neural stem cells and brain repair. Dr. Brian Christie is part of an assembled national team of scholars who were recently awarded a significant grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to help advance diagnoses and treatment of pediatric mTBI (mild Traumatic Brain Injury or concussion). Dr. Craig Brown has been very successful in obtaining significant funding awards for his neurobiology research, including a recent CIHR five-year grant to investigate the impact of diabetes on brain function and recovery from ischemic stroke. In addition, after the very successful release of Netter’s Essential Histology textbook in 2008, Dr. Patrick Nahirney, along with co-author Dr. William Ovalle from UBC’s Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, saw the release of the second edition in May of this year.
Clinician researchers affiliated with the Division also continue to make significant contributions to clinical research. Dr. Dr. Tony Tang was one of the authors of a recent article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine on anticoagulation options for patients receiving cardiac device surgery. Dr. Laura Arbour will be building on her strong clinical work in cardio-genetics when she begins a new research project this summer with Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne to look at understanding genetic mutations at a basic cellular level.
I am very pleased to report that Anna Patten received a PhD in Neuroscience at UVic’s June Convocation ceremony. Dr. Patten is the first-ever graduate of the interdisciplinary Neurosciences Graduate Program, which began in September 2011 and is hosted in the Division of Medical Sciences. There are currently eight PhD candidates and 10 MSc students in the neuroscience program, half of whom are supervised by Division faculty. The remaining students are supervised by faculty from affiliated UVic departments. It is very exciting to see the ever-increasing number of graduate students who are choosing to pursue their studies within the Division.
I invite you to read the Winter 2014 edition of our newsletter to find out more about what our Division faculty, post-docs and students are doing.