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NOSM University research team collaborates on space research

NOSM University researchers and the Life Sciences Laboratory at SNOLAB have partnered with NASA Ames Research Center to study the effects of space cosmic radiation on genetic material and travelled to the Kennedy Space Center to observe and celebrate the launch of the Artemis I. Drs. Chris Thome and Doug Boreham and graduate student Mike Lapointe from NOSM University received a two-year $150,000 grant from the Canadian Space Agency in collaboration with Dr. Marianne Sowa, Chief of the Space Biosciences Division at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Life in space and on the moon and Mars has many challenges, including th...

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Northern Ontario leaders invest in NOSM University future doctors 

$600,000 raised to support MD students while endowments remain in flux for 2022 A group of leaders made up of prominent Sudbury families, corporations with ties to the North, and philanthropists came together to raise $600,000 for NOSM University students for the 2022 academic year. “We are extremely grateful to these community-minded leaders who have stepped-up to help NOSM University students—your future doctors and allied health professionals—at a critical time,” says Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO of NOSM University. Following the Laurentian University Creditors Vote on September 14, ...

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New funding to explore expansion of access to smoking cessation interventions for priority populations

NOSM University and Lakehead University researcher and joint faculty member, Dr. Patricia Smith, is exploring options to expand access to evidence-based smoking cessation interventions. The project has received $302,413 in funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada's Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund (HCCF). First Response Mental Health will be partnering on the grant with matched in-kind funding and a customized version of their PeerConnect proactive peer support management app. Smoking remains the single most preventable cause of premature death and disease in Canada, causing more than 40 diseases and other serious heal...

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NOSM University medical student honoured with Canadian Medical Hall of Fame award

Nusha Ramsoondar, NOSM University medical student, receives the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award for 2022. The award recognizes medical students who have completed their second year of study and exemplify perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit. Recipients have an established track record of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge. “I am honoured and grateful to be chosen to receive this award,” says Ms. Ramsoondar. “I feel very privileged to be a medical student at NOSM University and even more so that I’m able to support my peers through m...

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NOSM University researcher receives grant from Canadian Space Agency to study the effects of space on the human body

Dr. David MacLean, NOSM University Professor, received $150,000 over two years from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to study the effects of space flight on the human body and gain insights into counteracting associated health risks. The project, titled Investigating the role of a multi-targeted dietary supplement on attenuating radiation and microgravity-induced tissue damage, will study how the combined effects of radiation and microgravity interact and damage healthy tissue using a research model that simulates space flight. Dr. MacLean will deduce whether a dietary supplement can counteract the damaging effects of space travel and ...

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Wikwemikong Tribal Police partners with NOSM University researchers on trauma-informed policing curriculum and training

Wikwemikong Tribal Police and NOSM University researchers are working together to develop a culturally-based, trauma-informed policing approach for Indigenous police services. This project has received $1,120,500 in funding from the Province of Ontario’s community safety and policing grant. This initiative aims to improve community resilience related to the risk of addictions and human trafficking, train officers to better respond to trauma responses manifested by victims, as well as create trauma-informed, land-based Anishinaabe wellness support for police officers, first responders and victims involved with mental health...

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NOSM University researchers part of Canadian team receiving  $10 million to research SARS-CoV-2 medications

On Thursday, July 7, 2022 the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Federal Minister of Health, announced $10M in research funding to establish the Canadian ADAptive Platform Trial of COVID-19 Therapeutics in Community Settings (Can-ADAPT COVID). Dr. Barb Zelek, Associate Professor at NOSM University, and Dr. Brianne Wood, NOSM University/Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute Associate Scientist, are part of the research team led by Dr. Andrew Pinto, Director of the Upstream Lab at St. Michael’s Hospital, a site of Unity Health Toronto, and the University of Toronto. Dr. Pinto and team will compare oral medications for SARS-Co...

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NOSM University seeks members for Board of Governors

Individuals who share NOSM University’s commitment to improve health-care access for the peoples and communities in Northern Ontario are encouraged to apply to join the newly established Board of Governors. NOSM University remains steadfast in its commitment to providing high-quality education to future physicians and health professionals and continue to be an internationally recognized leader in distributed, learning-centred, community-engaged education and research. Geography, culture, and socioeconomic realities create a complex tapestry of health service inequities in Northern Ontario. NOSM University commits to working with commu...

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