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Heart disease clinic for women is a dream come true for cardiologist

The Department of Medicine’s, Dr. Sharon Mulvagh, a cardiologist with the Division of Cardiology, is featured by CBC news for her role in opening a women’s heart health clinic. The Maritime Heart Centre's Women's Heart Health Clinic started accepting patients at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax in October. View full story on CBC News, Feb. 9, 2018

Major discovery for Alzheimer's disease with help of brain bank

Dr. Sultan Darvesh has made a major discovery using specimens at the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank. "There is another target found in Alzheimer's pathology and that particular target is a protein. We have been able to make compounds that target that particular protein which is found much more in people with Alzheimer's disease, almost 10 times more," he said. "It was a major event in my lab when we discovered that.". Read the CBC News story Jan. 30, 2018

Dr. Adisesh investigates if exposure to toxic metals could be behind high rates of prostate cancer in the region

Dr. Adisesh, Associate Professor and JD Irving Limited Research Chair in Occupational Medicine, is studying toenail clippings to determine if toxic metal exposure, like cadmium, is linked to the high rates of prostate cancer in the region. Read the CBC News story Jan. 30, 2018

Lupus Brain Map

The Department of Medicine’s rheumatologist, Dr. John Hanly, talks to CTV News about his Lupus Brain Map study. The research is focused on the role lupus has in causing cognitive impairment, sometimes called lupus fog. Patient participants go through a series of cognitive tests and two forms of brain imaging. Watch the CTV News Housecall, Jan. 24, 2018

Innovative health-care programs exist – and work

Columnist Andre Picard features a Department of Medicine program INSPIRED as an innovative health-care solution that is working. The program was designed to keep late-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients out of hospital by providing support to them and their families in the community. The program was created by Dr. Graeme Rocker, Division of Respirology, and his team.  View the story in The Globe and Mail, Jan. 23, 2018

Sultan Darvesh: Revolutionary Researcher

When Dr. Sultan Darvesh (MD’88) was completing his residency in Neurology with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine in the early 1990s, he often asked his mentors for advice on what to research in his medical career. “The consensus,” he recalls, “was that I should pick the most complicated, most difficult subject matter I could explore and focus on that, so I chose Alzheimer’s disease.” Full story Jan. 10, 2018

Creating the world’s first definitive diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s

Halifax researchers are on the verge of launching the first-ever technology with the ability to definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in a living person’s brain. “Until now, the only way to confirm this diagnosis was to have the brain examined by a neuropathologist after death,” says Dr. Sultan Darvesh, the NSHA-Dalhousie neurologist who is the brains behind the breakthrough technology. Dr. Darvesh is with the Department of Medicine’s Division of Neurology. Read the story on NSHA News, Jan. 9, 2018

Shingles vaccine discussion airs on Maritime Noon

Infectious Diseases specialist, Dr. Shelly McNeil, joins CBC Maritime noon to discuss the new shingles vaccine. The segment invites patients to share their experiences and asks the question: “Should government cover the cost of the new shingles vaccine”. Dr. McNeil is also the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases, Division Head. Listen to the podcast (segment starts at 9 minutes and 37 seconds), Jan. 9, 2018



Patient and doctor spread word on rare disease, acromegaly

Patient Dr. Peggy MacDonald and Dr. Ali Imran, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, talk to CBC News to increase awareness and help improve earlier diagnosis of the rare disease, acromegaly. Dr. Imran is an endocrinologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and co-director of the QEII's neuropituitary clinic.
Read full story – CBC News: November 1, 2017


PATH program empowers QEII patients

Department of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine physicians, Dr. Laurie Mallery and Dr. Paige Moorhouse, are featured in the QEII Times for their PATH program. PATH – Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization – program’s aim is to consider a patient’s health as a whole and put their options into context - some treatments focus on quality of life and others on life’s duration.
Read full story – QEII Times: October 2017

Effective management for patients living with diabetes

Department of Medicine Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism physician, Dr. Churn-Ern Yip, and his diabetes care team is featured in the QEII Times.

Dr. Yip and his team help manage a Department internal medicine resident, Dr. Bader Alamri’s Type 1 diabetes. The diabetes care team provides specialized management of the disease for patients across the province by working closely with primary care providers and the Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia (DCPNS). The QEII’s team treats adult patients of all ages, from newly diagnosed patients with Type 1 diabetes to individuals who have had long standing diabetes and who have suffered multiple complications such as renal failure requiring a kidney transplant.
Read full story – QEII Times: October 2017

Finding a break in the fog: Study seeks to understand Lupus and the brain

Dr. John Hanly, Division of Rheumatology, is featured in the QEII Times for his lupus research.

Dr. John Hanly, and neuropsychologist Dr. John Fisk, are collaborating with investigators in the Biomedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC) on the Lupus Brain Map Study, which began this June. Eventually up to fifty patients with lupus will go through a series of standard cognitive tests, complimented by two forms of brain imaging - MEG Imaging, which maps the brain’s electrical activity, and Functional MRI, monitoring the consumption of oxygen by different parts of the brain. In this way, the Lupus Brain Map Study aims to link abnormalities in novel brain imaging with the real world cognitive impairments of Lupus patients.
Read full story – QEII Times: October 2017


New research on sedentary behavior

Department of Medicine researcher, Dr. Olga Theou talks to CBC Information Morning about her new study on sedentary behavior. Her study finds that sedentary time increases the risk of death for middle-aged and older people who are frail and inactive but does not appear to increase the risk for non-frail people who are inactive. Full story on CBC Information Morning – Posted August 24, 2017.

New Epilepsy Monitoring unit opens

Department of Medicine neurologist Dr. Mark Sadler shares with CTV News how the new state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit brings value to diagnosing, investigating and treating patients with seizures. Full story on CTV News – Posted August 23, 2017.


1 in 3 dementia cases are potentially preventable, report says

The Department of Medicine’s Dr. Kenneth Rockwood was one of the authors of a recent study published by the The Lancet and at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London. As reported by CBC News on July 20, 2017: “One in three cases of dementia could be prevented by tackling risk factors such as education and depression, a large new international review estimates. A team of 24 experts in dementia conducted the review on prevention and care.” Read the full CBC news story. Posted July 28, 2017.


Dr. Bhan involved in multi-centre MS Study

Dr. Virender Bhan spoke about the findings of a multi-centre MS Study. See the Housecall video on CTV Atlantic. Posted May 20, 2017.

Dr. Geoff Williams recognized with 2017 Patient's Choice Award

Dr. Geoff Williams will be honoured by Doctors Nova Scotia for the 2017 Patient's Choice Award at the June conference. Story featured in The Herald. As well, Dr. Williams was recently profiled in the article titled "Time and Compassion: The Key to Outstanding Patient Experience" by Nicole Marie LeBlanc. Posted May 17, 2017.


NB government announces $90 million for SJRH renovations

On February 6, 2017, the New Brunswick government announced $90 million for major renovations at Saint John Regional Hospital (SJRH) upgrading intensive care, surgical and oncology units. The Department of Medicine Core Internal Medicine Training Program has Saint John based residents, as well as Halifax based residents, who will benefit from these renovations. Story featured on CTV News Atlantic and Global News. Posted February 7, 2017.


Nephrology services expanded - new dialysis units

The province announced, Jan. 13, it will spend $9.1 million to build a 12-station dialysis unit at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville which will replace the Berwick dialysis unit and allow most patients from the Annapolis Valley that require more complex care to receive hemodialysis treatments closer to home. Read the CBC News story.

The province announced, Jan. 14, it is beginning design work for a new six-station satellite dialysis unit at Digby General Hospital. Read The Chronicle Herald story. Posted January 16, 2017.


December 2016

NS Medical Oncologist calls for improvements in medical coverage for cancer medications

Dr. Bruce Colwell, Medical Oncologist at QEII Health Sciences Center, says improvements to drug plans for take-home cancer medications are needed. At a recent meeting with the CanCertainty Coalition, Health Minister Leo Glavine committed to immediately look at the cumbersome process of getting cancer patients their treatments and bringing together all Atlantic Provinces to find a regional solution that improves patient access to take-home cancer medications. Posted December 12, 2016.

November 2016

Dr. David Dupere speaks to the importance of preparing for death

Palliative medicine specialist, Dr. David Dupere, speaks to CBC about the importance of preparing for death. Dr. Dupere did the media interview on the eve of  delivering a free lecture on the subject at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Posted November 3, 2016.

August 2016

Dr. Rocker supports improved end-of-life care for chronic illness

Dr. Graeme Rocker supports change for improved access to palliative care for patients with conditions such as end-stage heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Posted August 31, 2016.

Nova Scotia is leading Canadian healthcare with MyHealthNS.ca

MyHealthNS.ca is 'a fully integrated online tool that connects patients with their doctors and other health-care providers and allows them to access routine test results, medical histories, ask their family doctor questions and book appointments through a secure portal'. The system will be province-wide by 2017. Posted August 2, 2016.

July 2016

HeartLand Tour celebrates 10th anniversary

Dr. Nick Giacomantonio, Cardiologist & founder of the HeartLand Tour, is promoting a fun, healthy lifestyle for individuals and families in NS. This provincial awareness campaign, in its 10th year, promotes a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle through long and short bike rides as well as many other activities. View the CTV Housecall with Jayson Baxter and Dr. Giacomantonio. Posted July 6, 2016.

June 2016

Dr. David Anderson examines blood clot prevention after surgery

Dr. David Anderson, Division of Hematology and Dean of the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, is leading a study examining the prevention of blood clots in patients who have undergone knee and hip replacements. The study is a comparison of two treatments, one with an anticoagulant (Rivaroxaban) and another that combines a blood thinner and Aspirin. The study results are expected in 2017. Posted June 16, 2016.

May 2016

Dr. Sapp leads trial that finds a better treatment for recurrent VT

Dr. John Sapp, Division of Cardiology, leads clinical trial that found catheter ablation is a better treatment for recurrent ventricular tachycardia (VT) than increased drug therapy. Posted May 6, 2016.

February 2016

Drs. Darvesh and Pottie develop new diagnostic agent that may aid in early detection of Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Sultan Darvesh, Division of Neurology, and his colleague Dr. Ian Pottie, Mount Saint Vincent University, have developed a new type of diagnostic agent that may help in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. The breakthrough was published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and is a milestone in their larger effort to diagnose Alzheimer’s early and definitively. Posted February 23, 2016.

Dr. Giacomantonio discusses expectations after a heart attack

Dr. Nick Giacomantonio, Division of Cardiology, discusses what to expect following a heart attack and what will give you the best chance of preventing a recurrence. About ten per cent of people who have heart attacks will have another one within a year of leaving the hospital. Posted February 22, 2016.

Dr. Short speaks with CTV Atlantic about multiple sclerosis

Dr. Christine Short, Head, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, talks with CTV Atlantic about multiple sclerosis, the communication difficulties that result from the disease, and its prevalence in Canada and in Nova Scotia. Posted February 10, 2016.

Dr. Hatchette warns pregnant women against travel to Zika-hit areas

Dr. Todd Hatchette, Division of Infectious Diseases, talks with the CBC about the Zika virus, advising pregnant women and those thinking of becoming pregnant to avoid countries where the virus is wide spread. Posted February 2, 2016.

January 2016

Dr. Dipchand responds to questions about the process for assessing living kidney donors

Dr. Christine Dipchand, professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology and medical director of the Living Kidney Donation Program, responds to questions from the Canadian Press about the process for assessing living kidney donors. Posted January 29, 2016.


November 2015

The No. 7 Stationary Hospital (Dalhousie University) In World War One

Dr. Des Leddin, gastroenterologist and professor of medicine, details the formation and activities of a contingent of students and professors from the Dalhousie Medical College who joined the war effort to treat the thousands of wounded in The No. 7 Stationary Hospital (Dalhousie University) In World War One, which he recently authoredThe 100th anniversary of the establishment of the No.7 hospital is today, Nov 9, 2015. Posted November 9, 2015.

Des Leddin authors book about Dalhousie's involvement in WWI

Dr. Des Leddin, gastroenterologist and professor of medicine, talks with CTV Atlantic about The No. 7 Stationary Hospital (Dalhousie University) In World War One, a book he recently authored that details a contingent of students and professors from the Dalhousie Medical College who joined the war effort to treat the thousands of wounded. The 100th anniversary of the establishment of the No.7 hospital is today, Nov 9, 2015.

The No. 7 Hospital was formed from a desperate need for medical personnel to treat Canadian soldiers at the front. It was comprised of 162 personnel, including officers, non-commissioned officers and female nurses — all students and professors from the Dalhousie Medical College. They sailed to England from Saint John, N.B. in December 1915, landing in Plymouth. After travelling to various hospitals around England, the No. 7 assumed responsibility of the Shorncliffe Military Hospital, an 800-bed facility.

After working out of Shorncliffe for four months, the No. 7 Hospital moved to France, where it took over a 400-bed hospital in Le Havre. It was also able to establish a 400-bed facility in Harfleur, France. The man in charge of the hospital was Colonel Dr. John Stewart, a well-known surgeon from the Halifax region. After the No. 7 Hospital returned from Europe in 1919, Dr. Stewart was appointed Dean of Medicine at the Medical College where he served until 1932. (excerpts from http://www.dal.ca/news/2014/11/05/dal-goes-off-to-war.html) Ms. Laura Hubley was the head nurse and matron of the No. 7 Hospital. Ms. Hubley established training standards for nursing education in Nova Scotia and beyond. She retired from nursing practice in 1938. Interview with Bruce Frisko, CTV News Atlantic, begins at 28:00 minute mark. Posted November 9, 2015.

October 2015

Can an app change the way Nova Scotians live with atrial fibrillation

Dr. Jafna Cox, Division of Cardiology, is co-investigator in a study of 4,000 patients that will assess an app that may contribute to outcomes for patients living with atrial fibrillation, an electrical issue with the heart that causes an irregular heart beat. Posted October 26, 2015.

PATH clinic: the philosophy and care of frail seniors

Drs. Laurie Mallery and Paige Moorhouse, co-founders of the Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization (PATH) Clinic at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, discuss the clinic’s philosophy and care of frail seniors on CBC Radio’s The Current. An interview with the two members of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, is first up on the show. Posted October 6, 2015.

September 2015

Dr. Lisa Barrett leads hepatitis C study in PEI

Dr. Lisa Barrett, Division of Infectious Diseases, is leading study in Prince Edward Island hoping to cure participants of hepatitis C. She is also looking at whether the immune system changes and improves once the disease is treated. This is the first time a Canadian correctional facility has participated in a drug intervention study in 40 years. Posted September 18, 2015.

May 2015

Dr. Richard Langley receives funding to improve skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and research

Dr. Richard Langley, Director of Research, Division of Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science, is first to receive funding from a recent $1 million donation to the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation to improve skin cancer diagnosis, treatment and research in our region as reported by MetroNewsThe Chronicle Herald and Global News. Posted May 19, 2015.

April 2015

A silent epidemic: Dal medical researchers tackle fatty liver disease

Dr. Kevork Peltekian, Head, Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy, is one of three Dalhousie researchers combatting the silent epidemic of fatty liver disease. Reposted April 23, 2015.

Connecting the dots between hepatitis C and the aging immune system

Dr. Lisa Barrett, Division of Infectious Diseases, is hoping to uncover the secrets of keeping our immune systems young. She talks here about her research into hepatitis C, particularly how new-generation antivirals help the immune system bounce back from hepatitis C infections. Posted April 2, 2015.

March 2015

New dialysis unit at Halifax Infirmary site

Division of Nephrology instrumental in supporting new dialysis unit at the HI Site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Posted March 25, 2015.

Renewed investment in our knowledge of aging

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), which aims to provide in-depth understanding of aging, has been awarded a $41.6 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to continue its work for the next five years. Dr. Susan Kirkland, Dalhousie Department of Community Health & Epidemiology and Division of Geriatric Medicine, is one of three principal investigators. Posted March 16, 2015.

Health Canada approves new psoriasis drug

Health Canada approves new psoriasis drug: Cosentyx. The injection, which is the first treatment of its kind, was discovered and tested by Dr. Richard Langley, Division of Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science, and a team of international collaborators. Posted March 11, 2015.

February 2015

On the path to early detection of Alzheimer's disease

Dr. Sultan Darvesh is working to definitively diagnose Alzheimer's disease sooner rather than later. He and his work are featured in this month's QEII Times. Posted February 23, 2015.


December 2014

Dr. Thomas Marrie will join Order of Canada

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Marrie, Dean, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine, who will soon receive the Order of Canada. Posted December 29, 2014.

Dalhousie University names new dean of medicine

Dr. David Anderson, head, Department of Medicine, named Dalhousie University Dean of Medicine effective July 1, 2015. Posted December 10, 2014.

October 2014

Alumni honoured with volunteerism award

Dr. Colin VanZoost was one of four Dalhousie University alumni to be honoured with a 2014 Dalhousie Alumni Award. The internist was recognized with the Volunteerism Award for his work to support those in Halifax living below the poverty line. Posted October 17, 2014.

September 2014

NS doctors join call for HPV vaccination program for boys

Dr. Shelly McNeil, Division of Infectious Diseases, calls for Nova Scotia to vaccinate girls and boys against human papillomavirus (HPV) because the virus can cause major health issues for both sexes. Posted September 26, 2014.

CTV Atlantic: Housecall focuses on brain research

Dr. Sultan Darvesh founded the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank. The bank, which is now 20 years old, will benefit from the proceeds of this year's Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation's Molly Appeal. Posted September 25, 2014.

Molly Appeal supports neuroscience research

The Maritime Brain Tissue Bank, founded by Dr. Sultan Darvesh, Division of Neurology, to Benefit from 2014 Molly Appeal. Posted September 15, 2014.

Great promise for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Sultan Darvesh, Division of Neurology, and Jyl MacKinnon, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, talk with Global News about the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank and the potential for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. Posted September 8, 2014.

July 2014

Psoriasis sufferers benefit from Dalhousie University research

Dr. Richard Langley's research is shedding new light on psoriasis, the chronic dermatological condition which affects roughly one to two per cent of the world's population. Dr. Langley, Division of Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science, headed an international team of researchers in a study which verified the protein that causes the inflammatory skin disease. The study also identified a promising new treatment.  Posted July 18, 2014.

Meegan Dowe honoured by RCPSC

Meegan Dowe, education manager and postgraduate education coordinator, wins 2014 Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada inaugural program administrator award for innovation and excellence. Posted July 10, 2014.

June 2014

3D maps of the heart

Dr. John Sapp, Division of Cardiology, is leading a research project to better understand the heart’s electrical activity through 3D maps of the heart. Reporter, Julia Wong, Global Halifax, is in the operating room with him this morning, June 4th. Posted June 4, 2014.

May 2014

Call for more medical screening

Dr. Martin Gardner, Division of Cardiology, calls for more research into screening for arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Posted May 29, 2014.

50 years in medicine

Dr. Jock Murray, Division of Neurology, talks about 50 years in medicine and his induction into the Canadian Medical Association's Hall of Fame. Posted May 6, 2014.

April 2014

Possible lead to definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease

Research led by Dr. Sultan Darvesh, Division of Neurology, could lead to definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, physicians rely on MRI and/or CAT scans for the best available information, but the tools are not enough to produce an exact diagnosis. Posted April 29, 2014.

2014 Innovation in Practice winner

The Maritime Connective Tissue Clinic, co-founded by Dr. Gabrielle Horne, Division of Cardiology, and Drs. John Sullivan and Jeremy Wood, Division of Cardiac Surgery, named a 2014 Innovation in Practice winner by Progress Media. Re-posted April 29, 2014.

INSPIRED goes national

INSPIRED (Implementing a Novel and Supportive Program of Individualized Care for patients and families living with REspiratory Disease), a hospital-to-home, coordinated and proactive approach to care and advanced COPD spearheaded by Dr. Graeme Rocker, Division of Respirology, will now be implemented in health centres and hospitals across Canada. Posted April 24, 2014.

Atlantic PATH project sets Guinness World Record

The Atlantic PATH project, headed by Dr. Louise Parker, professor of medicine, and Canadian Cancer Society (Nova Scotia Division) Endowed Chair in Population Cancer Research at Dalhousie, recently set a Guinness World Record for its collection of toenail clippings. Researchers are using the toenails to measure arsenic levels, which increases the rates of several cancers. The Atlantic PATH project is collecting a number of measurements and data from participants to understand why Nova Scotia has the highest rate of cancer in Canada. Posted April 1, 2014.

Dr. Colin Van Zoost, internist, helps provide vaccines to homeless people in Halifax

Dr. Van Zoost, medical student volunteers, and Mobile Outreach Street Health (MOSH) nurses team up to provide influenza and pneumococcus vaccines to homeless people via HaliVAX. Posted April 1, 2014.