Dr. Qingping Feng at a lab bench

Congratulations to the 2020 Vanguard Award recipients

WORLDiscoveries, the technology transfer and business development office for Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Robarts Research Institute, recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Vanguard Awards. 

Vanguard Awards recognize local researchers who, through partnership with WORLDiscoveries, have achieved various market-readiness milestones. 

Researcher in lab

Study suggests that COVID-19 affects the human body’s blood concentration levels of specific metabolites

LHSC: Victoria Hospital - 

A new study from Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University and University of Alberta suggests that COVID-19 affects the human body’s blood concentration levels of specific metabolites – small molecules broken down in the human body through the process of metabolism. Three specific metabolites identified in this study could act as biomarkers and one day be measured through an inexpensive blood test to quickly screen patients for the disease and predict which patients will become most critically ill.

Dr. Alison Allan

Dr. Alison Allan, Lawson Scientist

Triple-negative breast cancer cells can facilitate changes to the lung that both attract cancerous cells and allow them to grow

LHSC: London Regional Cancer Program - 

A team from Lawson Health Research Institute has shown that triple-negative breast cancer cells can facilitate changes to the lung that both attract cancerous cells and allow them to grow, leading to lung metastasis. 

Metastasis is the spread of cancer cells from a primary tumour to different organs. Lung metastasis is responsible for approximately 60 to 70 per cent of deaths related to breast cancer. 

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