Dr. Shannon Sibbald

Understanding these models of care can help guide implementation and better support patients

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Chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are complex and require thorough care to help manage the condition. Patients often need support from an integrated team of health care professionals who work in different settings. 

Dr. Shannon Sibbald, associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation. 

Dr. David D'Souza

More education is needed for patients and physicians on the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer

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Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death in women worldwide. In Canada, the number of deaths from cervical cancer has decreased by 75 per cent since introducing regular Papanicolaou (Pap) smear screening in the 1960s. Following international guidelines, Pap tests are recommended every three years for women with normal test results.

Dr. Tony Jevnikar and Dr. Shengwu Ma

Researchers at Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute are using tobacco plants as ‘green bioreactors’ to produce an anti-inflammatory protein with powerful therapeutic potential.

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The plants are being used to produce large quantitates of a human protein called Interleukin 37, or IL-37. The protein is naturally produced in the human kidney in very small quantities and has powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-suppressing properties, providing potential for treating a number of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders like type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and arthritis.