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Posted on Friday, 13 April 2012

Members of UPEI’s Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research, or CVER, recently gave brief presentations about their research projects around the world. The UPEI Research Blog will profile each presentation over the next several weeks. Today, a presentation by Dr. Greg Keefe, Professor of Health Management at the AVC, Innovation PEI Industry Research Chair, and Director of Maritime Quality Milk.

Posted on Tuesday, 3 April 2012

This guest article, written by UPEI's Dr. Ian Dowbiggin, was originally published as a blog post on Psychology Today.

You thought therapy would save your marriage? And all you got was divorce? Well, feel free to blame your therapist. That's because, for a long time, most therapists have been soft on divorce.

Posted on Friday, 30 March 2012

Members of UPEI’s Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research, or CVER, recently gave brief presentations about their research projects around the world. The UPEI Research Blog will roll out these videos over the coming weeks. We’ll start with a presentation by Dr. Jeffery Davidson, Professor of Aquatic and Ecosystem Health at UPEI's Atlantic Veterinary College. 

Posted on Thursday, 22 March 2012

A one-act play, written by a professor of philosophy at UPEI, will have its stage debut this weekend at the PEI Community Theatre Festival.

“I suppose you could say all of my plays are informed by my experience and research as a philosopher, but then again, this one is called ‘The Philosopher,’” laughs Dr. Malcolm Murray.

Posted on Monday, 12 March 2012

On a large screen at the front of the classroom, a pair of gentle hands carefully unfold a time-weathered document. “Can anyone tell me what these are?” says a voice. The hands gesture toward two reddish discs attached to the paper by ribbon.

“Are they wax seals?” asks one of the students in class.

“That’s exactly what they are,” answers the voice. “In this case, they’re the signatures on a land deed dated from the mid-1500s.

The disembodied voice belongs to Dr. Scott Schofield in the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) at the University of Toronto. This class represents a rare opportunity for these UPEI undergraduate history students to get up close and personal with some old and important books.

Posted on Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The medical world is abuzz with several high-profile reports of a promising new treatment that appears to reduce brain damage done by the most common type of stroke. The experimental drug, named NA-1, underwent some of its most important preclinical testing at UPEI by a team including Dr. Andrew Tasker, Dr. Catherine Ryan, and Dr. Tracy Doucette.

Posted on Thursday, 1 March 2012

At the next Research on Tap, Dr. Don Desserud, Professor of Political Science and UPEI’s Dean of Arts, will lead a discussion about the future of Canada’s system of government.

“Our model of governance is based on the assumption that governments will respect the traditions handed to us by the Westminster system,” says Dr. Desserud. “But what if they don’t? Who or what will hold them to that tradition? We are close to a constitutional crisis, and one option we might consider is an elected Governor General.”

Posted on Friday, 24 February 2012

Dr. Leigh O’Brien can recall the moment when her professional life melded with her personal life: when her three-year-old daughter, Lydia, was identified with having special learning needs. As an expert in inclusive education, Dr. O’Brien knew she would have to act as her daughter’s fiercest advocate to avoid her being marginalized in the school system.

Posted on Friday, 17 February 2012

Twenty leather-clad bikers crammed into a biology lab in UPEI’s Duffy Science Centre. Far from rowdy, these bikers listened politely as Dr. Rob Hurta explained his research into the effects of blueberry extracts on prostate cancer cells.

The bikers are participants in the TELUS Motorcycle Ride for Dad: an annual fundraiser to support research and awareness projects for prostate cancer.

Posted on Monday, 13 February 2012

“When a dog comes into the veterinary teaching hospital with knee problems, I tell my students: it’s a CCL rupture until proven otherwise,” says Dr. Trina Bailey. “CCL stands for cranial cruciate ligament, and it’s a common and expensive problem in dogs. Pet owners in the United States spend more than 2-billion dollars a year in CCL-related treatments.”