Cells within the wall of the aorta that have become hostile.

Researchers at Lawson and Western have shown that muscles cells in the aorta become destructive and eat away at the surrounding muscle tissue, causing aortic aneurysms to grow silently over time.

They have been called the ‘time bomb’ of cardiology - ascending aortic aneurysms grow for decades without any warning signs and can be fatal once they rupture. They have taken the lives of well-known actors Alan Thicke and John Ritter and are a leading cause of death in North America.

Major Ronald Miller

How research can strengthen understanding and treatment of PTSD

“I just wasn’t myself,” says Major Ronald Miller when reflecting on his experience with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “I could see a significant change in my personality that just wasn’t me.”

Major Miller first joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971 as a young infantry private in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and later became an Officer in the Royal Canadian Artillery, which included a tour in Germany during the Cold War.

Engaging patients in research 

For Diana Lemaire, her long-standing professional role collided with a personal journey when she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2015. 

Her career has focused on the areas of care, education, quality and evaluation in different departments of London’s health delivery and research community. 

“I’ve always had a curiosity and interest in how we know what we are achieving and how we are performing and improving over time”