Media Releases

Expert available to comment on the ethics of human challenge studies for COVID-19

May 22, 2020

In his nearly 25 years of studying research ethics, Western University Professor Dr. Charles Weijer says this is the most difficult ethical question he’s ever encountered. As part of The…

Fruit fly gene study critical first step in understanding complex human mating rituals

May 21, 2020

A new study from Western University identifies a specific gene in fruit flies that drives female mate acceptance and rejection – a vital discovery for understanding how all species, including…

Global study examines pregnancy and stress during COVID-19 pandemic

May 19, 2020

Pregnancies, at the best of times, are stressful. When the world is experiencing a global pandemic, human response to risk — real or perceived — is undoubtedly heightened. A new…

COVID-19 disruption will likely lead to 28 million surgeries being cancelled worldwide

May 14, 2020

More than 28 million elective surgeries across the globe could be cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study reveals. Western University Associate Professor Janet Martin is…

New natural approach to strengthening soil against disaster developed at Western

May 14, 2020

Western University’s Abouzar Sadrekarimi doesn’t want you to feel the Earth move beneath your feet so he’s leading research that helps strengthen it. By adding urea and calcium to the…

C-Dem releases largest ever data collection of a Canadian federal election

May 8, 2020

The Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem) — co-led by Western University’s Laura Stephenson — has released the 2019 Canadian Election Study (CES). The data collection includes more than 40,000 surveys,…

Western University and General Dynamics join forces for medical face shield initiative

May 6, 2020

Based on an initiative, concept and design by Western University, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is now producing approximately 500 medical face shields per day to support Canada’s fight against COVID-19….

Insect experts available to discuss ‘murder hornets’ and potential Canadian impact

May 4, 2020

Asian giant hornets – AKA ‘murder hornets’ – are the latest damaging invasive insects discovered in North America. Not unlike emerald ash borer, spotted wing drosophila, Asian long-horned beetle and…

International study finds consensual nonmonogamy can be ‘healthy’ relationship option

April 30, 2020

A new international study has found no evidence that consensual nonmonogamy (CNM) impacts life satisfaction or relationship quality with the primary partners in a romantically involved couple. On the contrary,…

Machine learning allows for ‘ultra-fast,’ ‘highly accurate’ classification of COVID-19 virus genomes

April 27, 2020

Using machine learning, a team of computer scientists and biologists from Western University and University of Waterloo have identified an underlying genomic signature for 29 different COVID-19 virus RNA (ribonucleic…