Honey bees in a hive being held by a gloved hand

Researchers from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are conducting field experiments to test the beneficial effects of probiotics on bee health and hive populations. 

Saving the world’s honey bees

As the world’s most important single species of pollinators, honey bees perform many ecosystem functions. They are critical to the global food supply. 

Honey bee populations are declining at alarmingly high rates here in Ontario and around the world. 

“If the bees disappear, humanity is in big trouble” states Dr. Gregor Reid, Lawson researcher and professor at Western. He is also the leading scientist for the study. “Imagine walking into the grocery store and a third of the food wasn’t there. That is what would happen.”

Dr. Robert Teasell

The award recognizes Dr. Teasell’s accomplishments as a global leader in neurorehabilitation research 

Lawson scientist Dr. Robert Teasell is considered a global leader in neurorehabilitation research and has been instrumental in transforming clinical care in this area across Canada by ensuring that clinical practices are informed by the best available and up-to-date research evidence. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the Scientist of the Year Award at the 2018 Lawson Impact Awards event this past spring.

Brain scans

Study suggests existence of biomarker for distinguishing major depressive disorder from bipolar disorder

Mood disorders like major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder are often complex and hard to diagnose, especially among youth when the illness is just evolving. This can make decisions about medication difficult.