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Accomplishments and Distinctions


Dalhousie ophthalmology researchers unlocked a 50-year mystery of how the retina senses motion

One of the most significant cancer research discoveries – the capability of reovirus to infect and kill cancer cells – was made by Dalhousie researchers

Internationally-recognized faculty in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education

Affiliated with more than 111 teaching sites, including nine teaching hospitals, throughout the Maritime provinces

One of the first medical schools in Canada to offer distributed learning for Postgraduate Medical Education

Established the first Continuing Medical Education program in Canada, in the 1940s

Established Canada's first master's program in Medical Informatics

World-renowned Medical Humanities Program, including music-in-medicine and artist-in-residence

Emphasis on Bioethics and Health Law throughout curriculum

Dalhousie clinical faculty were involved in the world's first robotic brain telesurgery, which was performed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick

Breakthrough discovery by Dalhousie clinical researchers changed prevailing theory about chronic rejection of heart transplants

Established the first province-wide endeavour in Canada aimed at making major changes in the approach to heart disease (ICONS - Improved Cardiovascular Outcomes in Nova Scotia)

For two years running (2002-03 and 2003-04) Dalhousie medical researchers were awarded coveted Peter Lougheed/Canadian Institutes for Health Research Awards, the top award given by the Canadian Institute for Health Research to new Canadian investigators

Dalhousie Medical School researchers invented the first new class of antibiotics to come along in 30 years

Only medical school in Canada served by an independent charitable organizationDalhousie Medical Research Foundation, whose only purpose is to support research activities at the Faculty of Medicine