Western 51 First Discoveries

Western ranks as one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. From fundamental to applied discovery and other scholarly activities, its scholars advance knowledge that provides tangible benefits for the economic, social, health and cultural development of citizens in London, in Canada and around the world.

51 First Discoveries - features a list of 51 discoveries by researchers, clinicians and teams who are proud to have called – and continue to call – Western, and London, home.

The #1 on the list is Sir Fredrick Banting

Dr. Banting co-discoverer insulin and described its therapeutic potential. His research was acknowledge with a Nobel prize in medicine in 1923.

I am very humbled to be in the same list as researchers who I idealized like Sir Fredrick Banting!


The #2 on the list is Dr. Murray Barr


Dr. Barr was a physician and medical researcher who discovered with graduate student Ewart George Bertram, in 1948, an important cell structure, the "Barr body". The Barr body is also known as the sex chromatin and its discovery ushered a new era in research and diagnosis of genetic disorders.

Dr. Barr was my former professor and later on colleague!

The #17 on the list is Dr. Khadry Galil

During the 1980s, a team led by Khadry Galil promoted, advanced and expanded a surgical glue from a liquid worldwide for everything from emergency medicine and blocking aneurysms, to clamping large blood vessels and periodontology.

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