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Different view on the opioid crisis

July 23, 2019

“Much of the research aimed at addressing the opioid crisis has been focused on trying to reduce addiction, which is an… Posted by St. Michael's Hospital on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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Take a deep breath at the Respirology Research Day June 19, 2019…

June 12, 2019

All trainees and scientist are welcome to attend to the Division of Respirology Annual Research Day on June 19, 2019. You will find program and location at the link below: www.respirologyday.com  

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iBest symposium June 14

June 12, 2019

Don’t miss the iBest Symposium, a symposium tham aims to link bio-engineering with biomedical research at St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University. 2019 iBEST Symposium

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Volunteer of the month…

April 27, 2019

View this post on Instagram Being a part of research that can directly and meaningfully impact people's lives keeps Shenhab excited about her volunteer work in Dr. Gaspard Montandon’s lab at the Keenan Centre for Biomedical Science. She helps the lab use basic science research to find a solution to the #opioidcrisis. This week, we’ll […]

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Congratulations to Shenhab Zaig for Second at UTSC Poster Competition

April 27, 2019

Congrats Shenhab for winning the second place for second place at the UTSC Undergraduate Research Poster Forum

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Exciting new paper about respiratory recovery after spinal cord injury recently published in Nature

April 11, 2019

Dysfunctional breathing is the main cause of morbidity and mortality after traumatic injury of the cervical spinal cord1,2 and often necessitates assisted ventilation, thus stressing the need to develop strategies to restore breathing. Cervical interneurons that form synapses on phrenic motor neurons, which control the main inspiratory muscle, can modulate phrenic motor output and diaphragmatic function3,4,5. Here, using a combination of pharmacogenetics and respiratory physiology assays in different models of spinal cord injury, we show that mid-cervical excitatory interneurons are essential for the maintenance of breathing in mice with non-traumatic cervical spinal cord injury, and are also crucial for promoting respiratory recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury.

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iBest Lecture on Opioids…

October 02, 2019

Don’t miss the iBEST VISITING LECTURER SERIES: Understanding opioid-induced respiratory depression to identify safe opioid pain therapies. Gaspard Montandon, PhD. 2nd Floor ALLAN WATERS FAMILY AUDITORIUM Friday Oct. 4 at 1pm. Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute  

Novel solutions to the opioid crisis … CHEST review…

August 15, 2019

Find here a newly published Commentary in CHEST about the opioid crisis and respiratory depression by opioids… https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0012369219311857

The Science of Sleep by Dr. Horner…

May 23, 2019

Interesting piece on sleep seen on TVO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjDXQbn6lmo

Reduction in opioid prescriptions…

May 10, 2019

Prescription use fell at a record rate, but is it enough? https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/08/prescription-opioid-use-fell-at-a-record-rate-in-2018-new-report.html