Joint & Bone Initiative

BJI Trainees Awarded at 2017 Canadian Connective Tissue Conference

The 23rd "Canadian Connective Tissue Conference" was held May 18-20, 2017 in Montreal. The conference was attended by approximately 200 researchers and trainees from across Canada. The goal of this meeting is to fill the gaps in current scientific and clinical understanding of connective tissues in both health and disease (

Three of 8 presentation awards (4 for best oral and 4 for best poster presentations) were won by Western CMHR trainees: 

  1. Geoff Kerr (PhD student supervised by Cheryle Seguin) won for his oral presentation entitled "Male mice are more susceptible to whole-body vibration induced joint damage than age-matched female mice" 
  2. Brandon Kim (MSc student co-supervised by Peter Chidiac and Jeff Dixon) won for his oral presentation entitled "Modulation of parathyroid hormone receptor 1 signaling by extracellular nucleotides" 
  3. Alex Peidl (MSc student supervised by Andrew Leask) won for his poster presentation entitled "CCN3 is reciprocally regulated to CCN1 and CCN2 in human dermal fibroblasts" 

Their success underscores the excellent research being carried out within Western's "Bone and Joint Institute" (BJI) and the outstanding environment within the "Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research" (CMHR).