Living Mindfully as a PhD Researcher: Spotlight on Laura Best

Living Mindfully as a PhD Researcher: Spotlight on Laura Best

By Natalie Simonian

We are living in a time when we are so pre-occupied with checking phone notifications that we forget to pause and enjoy the moment. From this perspective, practicing mindfulness can be a breath of fresh air. This …

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Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng
MD, MSc, PhD, Professor Department of Physiology, Collaborative Program in Neuroscience Director, Director of International Development, Institute of Medical Science

From China to Canada and beyond: An inside scoop to Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng’s career, collaborations, and contributions

By Kenya Costa-Dookhan

While her twitter bio states she is a lover of nature and philosophy, Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng’s passions extend far beyond these and into the realms of teaching, researching, and leading. Dr. Feng is a tenured full professor …

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MSG and “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”: Real effect or racial prejudice?

MSG and “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”: Real effect or racial prejudice?

By Jason Lo Hog Tian

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a powerful flavour enhancer that has been a staple in cooking for decades. However, if you have spent any amount of time in a Western country, you are probably aware of …

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The rise of medical wearables in the 2020s

The rise of medical wearables in the 2020s

By Serina Cheung

While the 2010s will be known as the rise of the smartphone, the 2020s are poised as the rise of “wearables”. Electronic devices that consumers can wear, such as smartwatches, are considered “wearable technology”. The advancement of …

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The Rise of Cannabidiol: A New Health Craze

The Rise of Cannabidiol: A New Health Craze

By Mashal Ahmed

Cannabidiol! The new magic elixir, the miracle drug, cure to every possible ailment you can think of. Whether you suffer from depression, anxiety, psychosis, epilepsy, arthritis, migraines, dry skin, insomnia, an opiate addiction or the unrelenting pain …

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Surface versus Structure: The longstanding issue of the gender pay gap in medicine

Surface versus Structure: The longstanding issue of the gender pay gap in medicine

By Krystal Jacques

The issue of the gender pay gap is frequently forgotten by today’s society but is still pervasive across various fields of work today. A 2019 report by StatsCan revealed that Canadian women earn 0.87 cents for every …

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Tackling Inflammation and Equity

Tackling Inflammation and Equity

By Diana Hamdan

Did you know that a person with kidney disease can lose more than 50% of their kidney function before any symptoms appear? One in ten Canadians lives with kidney disease1, an almost 35% increase since …

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Broad and Important Implications of a Rare Kidney Disease

Broad and Important Implications of a Rare Kidney Disease

By Erika Opingari

With a growing list of diseases and conditions ailing humankind today, it is understandable that the most prevalent ones take precedence in our minds and in our healthcare systems. While rare diseases, also known as orphan diseases, …

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From infancy to adulthood: A molecular look at kidney malformations

From infancy to adulthood: A molecular look at kidney malformations

By Nadia Boachie

Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most common form of malformation at birth, identified in over 1% of overall live births and accounting for up to 23% of overall birth defects. CAKUT …

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A normal glomerulus (left) and an enlarged fibrotic glomeruli (right).

Accelerating the Discovery of Anti-Fibrotic Therapies for Chronic Kidney Disease

By Alexa Desimone

Fibrotic disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent; they take many forms and are often life threatening. It is estimated that fibrosis accounts for almost half the chronic diseases afflicting industrialised countries.1 Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of …

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