Research Western

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One of Canada's oldest, most research-intensive universities

Since the University's founding in 1878, Western's researchers have trained the next generation of thinkers and leaders across a full complement of disciplines, while addressing critical issues affecting the health, environment, economy, society and culture of populations at home and around the world.

It was at Western where Sir Frederick Banting rose from a restless sleep in 1920 and wrote out the 25 words that led to his discovery of insulin. Similarly, it was at Western where researchers led by Dr. Ivan Smith developed the world’s first ‘cobalt bomb’ to treat cancer in 1951, increasing the cure rate for cervical cancer to 75 percent from 25 per cent.

Throughout its history, the University has consistently been home to globally influential economists like John Whalley, an English department that ranks among the world's best and the renowned Ivey Business School. Since giving birth to the modern field of wind engineering in 1965, too, Western has tested and increased the safety of – among thousands of others – the World Trade Center, Willis Tower, CN Tower and Confederation Bridge. This leadership continues today with the world-unique WindEEE Dome.

Western's researchers have impact – both within academia and within our communities.