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Nota Bene
Western Alumni Magazine Spring 2024

It’s a Bruker 15.2 Tesla. Not a car, but Canada’s most powerful magnetic resonance imaging—or MRI—system. Western’s new $6-million pre-clinical scanner is one of just two in North America and only the sixth of its kind in the world. The machine will allow researchers to capture advanced images of the brain with unprecedented resolution. Interdisciplinary work will focus on assessing novel drug therapies for neurological conditions. 

It’s situated in Western’s Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping, home to Canada’s only collection of high-field (3T human) and ultra-high field (7T human and 9.4T animal) MRI systems.


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Ivey’s New Dean

Julian Birkinshaw, MBA’91, PhD’95, has analyzed the business world since he was a little boy. The new Dean of Western’s Ivey Business School remembers tracking his father’s financial portfolio, speculating on stocks’ rise and fall.

Now an international business leader, author and scholar with expertise in digital disruption, the British academic will take the helm at Ivey on Aug. 1. 

Birkinshaw is vice-dean of London Business School in the U.K. He holds honorary degrees from Copenhagen Business School and the Stockholm School of Economics.

The author of more than 15 books and 90 articles, including those featured in Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal, Birkinshaw is regularly cited as an expert by CNN, BBC and The Economist.


Healing, online

Researchers from three Canadian universities, led by Western nursing professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, created the iHEAL app to connect women experiencing intimate partner violence with personalized strategies and support. The desktop or smartphone app is a resource to help women identify and address needs, from housing and health to community support and personal growth. 

Ford-Gilboe studies how digital spaces can improve health, safety and well-being for women experiencing intimate partner violence. She describes iHEAL as a way to reach more women “in ways that are meaningful for them.” 

The app offers health and risk assessments, grounding exercises and safety features. It encourages reflection and helps users navigate through personal priorities, next steps and available supports.