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Transforming research in Lyme disease

In the last few years, Canada has witnessed a surge in cases of Lyme disease. “In 2015, there were 700 new cases of Lyme disease reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), up from 140 cases in 2009. Lyme is now being diagnosed in southern B.C., Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.”1

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to people and animals through tick bites. Ticks are small arachnids, the nymphal stage of which can be as small as a poppy seed, so the tick and its bite often go unnoticed.

Fostering new ideas to give back to the community

The following is a guest blog from Angela Luedke, PhD student, Centre for Neuroscience Studies.

Beginning a new graduate program in a new city can be challenging. Getting to know your peers and settling into your research program is both exciting, and intimidating. Luckily, when I started as a young Master’s student at the Centre for 

Assisted Dying: A medical student’s perspective

I would like to introduce you to June Duong, Meds ’19. It was a pleasure to invite her to write a guest blog to share her thoughts on assisted dying.

 

Celebrating outstanding faculty members

Once a year, we spend an evening celebrating what has been collectively achieved in our Faculty of Health Sciences over the past year. We recognize the contributions by faculty members who are stepping down, and we honour special academic contributions through our Faculty of Health Sciences awards. This year, with the help of Dr. Phil Wattam, we established the Regional Education Awards to recognize the contributions of educators who are working in our partner programs across Ontario.

Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital Decide to Integrate

One of the best things about being a Dean at Queen’s is the close and special relationship I have with our three academic hospitals in Kingston. I serve as a proud board member of the hospitals and meet on a regular basis with members of the senior executive team. In fact, it’s been my observation that the relationships between the hospitals and the University are closer and more integrated in Kingston than in most academic medical centres across the country.

Queen’s Alumni Walk 500 Miles for Parkinson’s

Harry McMurtry (left) and Sue Thompson went to the same high school, both studied at Queen’s, and being athletically inclined, both played varsity sports. And yet despite being in the same place at the same time many times in their young lives, the two never met until decades later. It wasn’t because of their hometown or university connection; it was because of a mutual diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

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