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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pharmacists could dramatically reduce ER visits

Stock photo of a hospital hallway with an empty bed on the left side.

Incorporating pharmacists with an expanded scope into the community or hospital emergency departments (ED) could significantly reduce ED crowdedness, according to a new Waterloo study.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Identifying the missing element in hospital fall prevention

Dr. Narayan and Dr. Leat give a eye test to an elderly man in a wheelchair.

“Did you get your eyes checked?” an elderly gentleman asks a fellow patient in a hospital lunch room. When the other patient nods, he smiles.

These are two of the nearly 100 patients who are participating in a collaborative research project conducted by the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS) and Grand River Hospital (GRH), in Kitchener, Ontario. By agreeing to have their vision assessed, these patients are helping to shed light on a serious threat to seniors’ health  ̶  falls.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chemistry graduate students awarded Koppel scholarships for academic excellence

Ryan Moreira and Jacob Soley, two doctoral students with Chemistry professor Scott Taylor, were awarded the 2018 Dr. J. Leopold Koppel Graduate Scholarship for scholastic excellence in biochemistry and/or molecular biology.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Optometry staffer Marilyn Thom fights Sjögren syndrome, one fundraiser at a time

Marilyn stands beside a Sjogren's Syndrome Walk-a-thon sign.

Several years ago, Marilyn Thom started running for her health. Now she runs for a group of people who can’t. A longtime employee of the School of Optometry & Vision Science (WOVS), Thom is also a dedicated volunteer with the Sjögren’s Society of Canada. She recently ran a 7K race to raise funds for the organization. But that’s only one of the ways she’s helping to fight a condition that too often goes unrecognized and untreated.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Waterloo’s Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity chapter completes its first clinic trip abroad

Byline: Morgan Jackson, Optometry student Team Leader

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) has played an important role with students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science over the years. Many of us have traveled abroad with the student division (sVOSH) to provide optometric services in remote regions of the world where there is little or no access to eye care.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Pharmacy Professor Mike Beazely receives 2018 President's Community Impact Award

Group photo of President Hamdullahpur and the 4 community impact award winners.

The recipients of this year's President's Community Impact Award (PCIA) were revealed last week at the President's Holiday Dinner. School of Pharmacy Professor Mike Beazely received the community leaders award for his work on drug prevention.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Beyond reality – true-to-life AR experiences

Vikas Gupta next to Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino, in augmented reality.

Waterloo alumni Council member and alumnus Vikas Gupta (BSc ’91) is the co-founder and CEO of AVARA, a company creating innovative technology to enable compelling and immersive virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experiences that transport people to unique places, moments, and interactions around the world that are far beyond their imagination.

Monday, December 10, 2018

AI being used to develop drugs even faster and cheaper

Portrait of Scott Hopkins

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover new drugs faster, cheaper and more efficiently.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Two Science alumni make 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list

30 under 30 logo

From manufacturing and industry, robotics, healthcare and more, eleven of Waterloo’s alumni and former students have earned spots on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The list, which represents innovative minds from Canada and the United States, stretches across 23 categories for a total of 600 people. Among the group, are two Science alumni who are shaking up the areas of music and customer relations. 


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Pharmacy researchers identify drug mixtures that can lead to serotonin syndrome

Drugs that cause serotonin syndrome with Tejal Patel video opening screen caption.

Mixing antidepressants with common drugs found in your medicine cabinet could lead to serotonin syndrome, a condition caused by excessive levels of the chemical in the brain.