University of Western Ontario

The University of Western Ontario, commonly referred to as Western, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers 455 hectares (1,120 acres) of land, with the Thames River cutting through the eastern portion of the main campus. Western administers a wide variety of academic programs between 12 faculties, professional schools and three affiliated university colleges. The university was founded as The Western University of London Ontario, a denomimational school of the Church of England, by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth and the Anglican Diocese of Huron. The university became secular in 1908 and was renamed "The University of Western Ontario" in 1923. The university has over 23,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students. More than 220,000 alumni and former students of Western can be found in over 100 countries around the world. The Western varsity athletic teams are known as the Western Mustangs, and are members of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario."

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Researchers make case for teen physical activity

Canadian youth are standing still. In fact, they're one of the most sedentary groups in society. And while there has been research on classroom-based physical activity, very little study has been done specifically on physical ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Study looks at brain lesions as early predictors of dementia

Researchers at Western University's Schulich Medicine & Dentistry have identified how specific lesions in the brain could be used as early predictors of cognitive decline and identify those who are at high risk of developing ...


Pioneering research bridges engineering and medicine

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Psychology & Psychiatry

New insight into brain's attempts at psychosis recovery

A new study from Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and collaborators from West China Hospital in Chengdu, is challenging long-held notions about brain deterioration in patients with psychotic disorders, and ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study: School location triggers inequitable impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 infections in Ontario are disproportionately concentrated in areas with lower-income and racialized groups. A new study shows the devastating impact that inequity poses for schools, students and families in those ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Global vaccine equity key to ending COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis continues around the world, public health and infectious disease experts at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are pushing for global vaccine equity to end the pandemic.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Social contact key to reducing mental health stigma

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Study aims to prevent deadly sports injury in young athletes

At an Arizona baseball diamond 10 years ago, a 13-year-old baseball player turned to bunt a ball that instead struck his chest. Taking two steps towards first base, he collapsed and died from commotio cordis, the second leading ...

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