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UPEI led the country in the last decade in both research income growth and research intensity growth, according to a new report by Re$earch Infosource. Research at UPEI now permeates every corner of campus. It brings the energy of new discovery into every classroom. 

The report, which included a special look back on the past decade of research, named UPEI the top university in Research Income Growth from 1999 to 2009 and for Research Intensity Growth over the same period. Both awards are in the category for primarily undergraduate universities, but UPEI’s increase in both income growth and intensity growth is higher than any other university in the country.

“This is exciting news, and something that I think is apparent to anyone who spends time with us at UPEI,” says Dr. Katherine Schultz, UPEI’s Vice President of Research and Development. “The last ten years have seen tremendous growth in research activity. You can find students, staff, and faculty involved in research in every corner of campus. We’re proud of this distinction, but more proud of what it reflects: focused excellence in research.”

In the decade beginning in 1999, research income grew from just under $3 million, to nearly $16 million—an increase of more than 430 per cent. Research Intensity, which measures growth in income, full-time faculty, and overall research intensity, was up more than 320 per cent over the same time period.

“This growth is not an accident,” says Wade MacLauchlan, President of UPEI. “It is the result of focused effort and talent, and of many positive relationships.  Moreover, it means that UPEI and its supportive community have a growing national and international reputation for research excellence and leadership.  This is an exciting time to be involved in research or to be a student at UPEI and the Atlantic Veterinary College.”

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The 2010 Fulbright Lecture at UPEI

 Join us for the 2010 Fulbright Lecture at UPEI, featuring Dr. Bobby Khan, physician and investigator at the Atlanta Clinical Research Centers.

Dr. Khan’s lecture, "Cardiometabolic diseases: a growing problem in an ever-shrinking world" is Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium (room 242) of Don and Marion McDougall Hall.

Dr.Khan was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program to work at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. His topic of focus relates to global health and initiatives including preventive forms of medicine, specifically in the role of cardiovascular health.

Dr. Khan received his BA (with high honors) from Vanderbilt University in 1984 and MD/PhD (with honors) from the University of Tennessee in 1990. He completed his Residency at UCLA Medical Center and Cardiology Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  He has been on the faculty at Emory University since 1997 and is presently a Clinical Professor of Medicine/Cardiology.  He had previously served as director of the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiovascular Research Lab at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr.Khan’s interest in clinical research propelled him to establish the Atlanta Vascular Research Foundation and Clinical Research Centers to focus on measures to reduce or reverse inflammation and blockages in the arteries of the heart, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and the cardiometabolic syndrome.

The 2010 Fulbright Lecture at UPEI is made possible by the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation.

Hey, senior high school students — want to become a medical detective?

 Find out how to become a medical sleuth at the 2010 Gairdner Student Lecture at UPEI, and we’ll treat you to a tour of campus and lunch.

Dr. Dave Sackett is a medical doctor who does a lot of “medical detective” research in order to find better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, poisonings, severe diabetes, and advanced cancer.

As “medical detectives,” Dr. Sackett’s team was the first to ask whether aspirin could prevent strokes and heart attacks (yes it can!), and whether nurse-practitioners could do a great job and take care of 80 per cent of the patients who come to a family physician’s office (yes they can!).

In order to help you decide whether you might want to become a “medical detective”, Dr. Sackett will present you with one or two “cases” his group was asked to solve.

Case #1. Several of your schoolmates are throwing up at a school dance. How would you figure out what caused it (so you can prevent it from happening again)?

Case #2. A surgeon-friend of mine claims she can prevent strokes in seniors by taking the artery that runs in front of their ear (you should be able to feel its pulse in yourselves), sticking it through a hole in their skull, and hooking it up to their brain. How would you figure out whether this was a good idea?

Sound interesting? Come out to the lecture at 9:00 am, Friday, October 15 in Room 117 of UPEI’s Main Building.

Call (902) 566-0488 to register.

Dr. David Sackett: Canada Gairdner Wightman Laureate and Medical DetectiveDr. David Sackett: Canada Gairdner Wightman Laureate and Medical Detective

In the afternoon, Dr. Sackett will present the 2010 Gairdner Faculty Lecture, “The tribulations of not doing randomized trials: helping smart doctors stop prescribing dumb treatments.”

When: Friday, October 15, at 1:00 pm

Where: Room 104, KC Irving Chemistry Centre, UPEI

Dr. David Sackett, OC, FRSC, MD, ScD, FRCP (Ottawa, London, Edinburgh), and Professor Emeritus at McMaster University is the former Director of the NHS R&D Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, and founder of the Trout Research & Education Centre where he reads, researches, writes and teaches about randomized clinical trials. He has written 10 books, contributed chapters to some 50 others, and has penned more than 300 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals.

The 2010 Gairdner Lectures are made possible by the generous support of the PEI Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, and the PEI BioAlliance.

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Calm down. Research on Tap was a blast.

Did you miss Dr. Ian Dowbiggin’s Research about the history of anxiety disorder? Don’t fret – join us for next month’s discussion.

Dr. Dowbiggin, Professor of History at UPEI and author of several books on the history of medicine, led a lively discussion on “Why are we so anxious these days? Living in an illness-breeding and illness-affirming culture.”

“First, I think we should acknowledge that anxiety is very real,” explained Dr. Dowbiggin to the crowd of about 65 people. “But it’s interesting to note that it wasn’t diagnosed as a distinct disorder until just 30 years ago. Today, it affects three-million Canadians. The World Health Organization calls it a global epidemic of anxiety.”

Dr. Dowbiggin explained what he sees as some of the reasons for the explosion of anxiety. He says we live in a world that is inherently stressful. The media has contributed to our fear of the economy, of terrorists, and of the threat of losing our jobs. He calls it an illness-breeding culture.

“And we also celebrate that stress,” he said. “It’s seen as a badge of honour.”

He also pointed to the rise of the pharmaceutical industry egging this phenomenon along.

The discussion was lively and the crowd diverse. Some who couldn’t make it followed along by way of Twitter.

Next month’s Research on Tap is 7 p.m., November 2, at Mavor’s in the Confederation Centre for the Arts. Dr. Malcolm Murray, Professor of Philosophy and author of The Atheist’s Primer will lead a discussion titled “Atheism: It’s not so bad, really.”

Read more about his research in this ORD Blog post.

Photo comes from the Twitter stream of Dr. Dowbiggin’s Research on Tap.