Media Releases Archives: August 2019

Lost in translation: researchers discover translator gene may play a role in disease

August 13, 2019

A molecule called tRNA, or transfer ribonucleic acid, is an essential component of the human genome that acts as a translator. It reads the genetic code and translates it into…

Media Advisory: Western University hosts See the Line concussion symposium August 15

August 12, 2019

When Ken Dryden stood at the podium at See the Line last year, he asked the community to take action on the prevention of concussions. To answer that call, Western…

Depression is the single largest predictor of substance use during pregnancy

August 8, 2019

It is well known that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy are associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use these substances during pregnancy. Researchers at…

Fear of predators causes PTSD-like changes in brains of wild animals

August 7, 2019

Fear can be measured in the brain and fearful life-threatening events can leave quantifiable long-lasting traces in the neural circuitry of the brain with enduring effects on behaviour, as shown…

Western’s first steps in getting Canada to the Moon

August 6, 2019

In February, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada is joining the international effort to explore the Moon with robots and, eventually, humans. In order to prepare for these future missions,…