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.

Lawon scientist pipetting

Study marks the first time the effect of food intake with statin medication has been studied in a real-world setting

LHSC: Victoria Hospital - 

Statins are a class of drugs prescribed to over three million Canadians each year to help lower cholesterol. While effective in reducing the risk of heart disease, statins can often cause a number of side effects such as muscle ache, pain and weakness. 

Current Canadian guidelines do not indicate if statins should be taken with or without food, and most people take the medication on an empty stomach. With some drugs, eating food when taking a dose of the medication can reduce negative side effects.

Dr. Amer Burhan and patient

Magnetic seizure therapy could one day replace electroconvulsive therapy as gold standard treatment

St. Joseph’s: Parkwood Institute - 

Treatment-resistant depression is a severe form of illness that does not respond to traditional therapies like medication and counselling. It is particularly common in patients with depression from bipolar disorder who are left with limited treatment options.