Western's BrainsCAN initiative received a record $66 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) – the largest research grant in the university's history – providing a significant boost to ongoing research in cognitive neuroscience and imaging. Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, visited campus to celebrate the historic investment with BrainsCAN principal investigators, including Adrian Owen and Lisa Saksida. The game-changing grant was covered by The Globe and Mail, TVO, CTV London, the London Free Press and Motherboard.
Two Western facilities currently under construction received a $45-million shot in the arm thanks to the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, a $2-billion federal investment fund seeking to create state-of-the-art facilities on Canadian campuses. Western will match the contribution bringing the total investment to $90 million. The significant funding was covered by the London Free Press and CTV London.
A new study led by Western's all-star cosmochemist Audrey Bouvier proves that the Earth and other planetary objects formed in the early years of the Solar System share similar chemical origins – a finding at odds with accepted wisdom held by scientists for decades. The findings were published by the high-impact journal Nature. The Daily Mail, now the most visited English-language news website in the world, ran with the story, as did The Indian Express, India's third largest English-language news website reaching more than six million unique visitors a month.
Laura Misener, an associate professor in Western's School of Kinesiology, specializes in disability sport and the Paralympic Games. She attended the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro – the first time a South American city hosted the event – and provided expert commentary to BBC, CBC News: The National, CTV News Channel and the Toronto Star.