Western University ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied knowledge, discoveries at Western benefit economic, social, health, policy and cultural development in Canada and around the world.
It was at Western Sir Frederick Banting rose from a restless sleep in 1920 to write the 25 words that led to the discovery of insulin. Similarly, it was at Western where researchers led by Dr. Ivan Smith developed the world’s first ‘cobalt bomb’ to treat cancer, tripling the cure rate for cervical cancer to 75 per cent.
While its excellence is rooted in history, Western continues to pursue, and lead, next-generation discoveries. A leader in medical innovation since its founding, the University is breaking new ground in health care, including through understandings of minimally conscious patients, led by Adrian Owen, and through the world’s first and only preventative HIV vaccine based on a genetically modified killed whole virus. These efforts, led by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, are in phase II human clinical trials.
Western has identified several areas of multidisciplinary research strength and achieved global recognition for leadership in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical imaging, musculoskeletal health, wind engineering and philosophy of science.