News archive - May 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

Older Canadians say they’re more willing to get the flu shot in the wake of COVID-19

older woman having arm prepped for injection by person in white coat wearing gloves

The pandemic has increased older adults’ willingness to receive the flu shot, new research shows. 

The study analyzed survey results of 4,501 Canadians over the age of 50 from ten provinces.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Pharmacy professor Brett Barrett receives 2021 Excellence in Pharmacy Teaching Award

Excellence in Pharmacy Teaching Award 2021 Brett Barrett and prof Barret's smiling face

To be a professor during the pandemic has been challenging. Adapting content to online learning spaces demands time, dedication, and creative exploration of new ways to keep online learners engaged. This year’s recipient of the Excellence in Pharmacy Teaching Award demonstrates this commitment to learners.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Together we are making an impact

The Tennant family (four people) wearing orange shirts in front of some trees

Volunteers working alongside nurses, doctors, pharmacists, students, and staff are the secret to the success of the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) vaccine clinic. This week the clinic reached the 25,000 doses milestone, but there is still work to do. Many volunteers are long-time residents who appreciate and value the KW community. Collectively, they are committed to helping stamp out this pandemic.

Nadine Parsons, retired public health nurse

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Cannabis use in older adults: American and Canadian researchers team up to identify trends

Colleen Maxwell and Bill Jesdale

Study by professors Colleen Maxwell and Bill Jesdale show increased cannabis use in 65+ population

In Canada, cannabis became legal to produce, distribute, purchase and use non-medicinally for adults on October 17, 2018. Though Canada is only the second country in the world to adopt this legalization, other countries have also implemented more lax cannabis laws in recent years.

Friday, May 14, 2021

HackRx - a big success: attendees share experiences at first pharmacy-tech hackathon

Smiling faces of participants in HackRx on a online call

In April, 150 students from across North America and beyond logged on for HackRx, a three-day hackathon organized by about fifteen University of Waterloo and University of Toronto pharmacy students.

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