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Posted on 26 March, 2015

National Phase 3 clinical trials have begun for the most promising new stroke treatment in decades. Paramedics at five hospitals across the country are testing NA-1: a drug that had some of its most important early testing right here at UPEI by a team including Dr. Tracy Doucette, Dr. Catherine Ryan (Psychology), and Dr. Andrew Tasker (Biomedical Sciences).

NA-1, which The Globe and Mail calls Canada’s first “blockbuster pharmaceutical” since insulin, proved effective through two rounds of clinical testing at lessening cell death in stroke victims with minimal side-effects. This intra-ambulance trial, dubbed FRONTIER, gives paramedics the opportunity to administer NA-1 soon after a stroke when every minute is precious.

“The start of the FRONTIER trial is a watershed moment in the history of stroke trials,” said Dr. Andrew Tasker....

Posted on 26 March, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island women’s hockey coach Bruce Donaldson is excited to announce Korean national hockey team member Ye Eun Park has committed to join the team for the 2015–16 season.

Park, who plays defence, is from Seoul, South Korea, and currently plays on the Korean national hockey team. She soon will be attending the World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

Coach Donaldson says, “This is exciting for our school as Ye Eun will open the door for other elite, international players to now take a hard look at UPEI. The next Olympic Games are in South Korea so by her coming to UPEI, she will play at a high level in Canada, be on the ice daily, and continue to develop within her national program.”

“Academically she is exceptionally strong,” adds Donaldson. “And, as a player, her skillset will be an...

Posted on 26 March, 2015

The third annual UPEI Mental Health Week held March 9-13 was a great success, reinforcing the University and the UPEI Student Union’s commitment to wellness among students, faculty, and staff.

“UPEI recognizes that all members of our University community are affected by mental health issues,” says President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “I thank all those involved in organizing Mental Health Week, as it is important to work together to improve awareness and the resources available on campus for students, staff, and faculty.”

Themed “Relationships Matter,” the week kicked off with a moving presentation by keynote speaker Darin Meek who spoke to how his family have moved forward since his daughter lost her battle with anxiety and depression.

Several new activities were added including an information booth; a slam-poetry event; guided...

Posted on 23 March, 2015

A group of ten UPEI graduate students will compete this Thursday evening to see who can best cram years of learning into just three minutes! The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a skills development activity which challenges thesis-based graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. The competition is Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm in the Wave. First place wins $200 and a trip to Concordia University to compete in the Regional 3MT. Second place wins $100. Third place wins $50.

The 3MT at UPEI is organized by the Office of Graduate Studies, Research Services, the UPEI Student Union, and the UPEI Graduate Student Association. For more information, contact Colleen Gallant,

Posted on 20 March, 2015

The Steering Committee for the 10th North Atlantic Forum is pleased to announce that this year’s conference, “Building Community Resilience: Innovation, Culture, and Governance in Place,” will be held from September 16 to 19, 2015 in Summerside, PEI. The North Atlantic Forum is a network of researchers, policy-makers, and development practitioners focused on best practices in social and economic development and governance. We believe in and celebrate the power of small, and the innovations that come out of unlikely places. The conference is hosted by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies in partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF).

The Building Community Resilience Conference invites explorations of how various “dark horses” in Canada and the broad North Atlantic – including minorities, small towns, peripheries...

Posted on 20 March, 2015

Dr. Etienne Côté, veterinary cardiologist at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), has been named a 2015 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and 3M Canada.

Each year, STLHE and 3M Canada reward exceptional teaching and learning at Canadian universities by selecting ten teaching fellows. One of only a few veterinary cardiologists in Canada, Côté was nominated for the prestigious award by Dr. Sue Dawson, professor of anatomy and director of curriculum and outcomes assessment at AVC.

In her letter of nomination, Dawson describes Côté as an educator and leader who goes above and beyond within his specialty and the veterinary profession in general.

Côté’s ultimate goal is to help his...

Posted on 20 March, 2015

A research team at the University of Prince Edward Island is seeking volunteers to participate in an anonymous online survey. There is currently limited research into what influences older adults’ knowledge of the link between oral health and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, aspiration pneumonia, and diabetes.

The team is looking for volunteers over the age of 50. The results of the survey are completely confidential and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Participants can participate in the survey at

For more information on the research project, contact Alison MacDougall at

Posted on 18 March, 2015

The UPEI Women’s Curling team, skipped by Veronica Smith and including third Jane DiCarlo, second Emily Gray, lead Aleya Quilty, and coach Paul Smith, is off to the 2015 CIS-Curling Canada University Curling Championships at the KW Granite Club at Waterloo, Ontario.

The team delayed their departure by a day due to Sunday’s storm, but begins play on Wednesday, March 18 at 12 noon (EST) versus Thompson Rivers University.

Canada’s top university curling teams, eight teams of each gender, will compete in the eighth edition of these championships, which are staged in partnership between Canadian University Sport (CIS) and Curling Canada, and presented by Travelers.

The teams play a round robin ending Friday evening, followed by semifinals pitting 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 on Saturday morning, with the winners advancing to their respective finals Saturday...

Posted on 13 March, 2015

University of Prince Edward Island Women’s Hockey coach Bruce Donaldson is excited to announce that Emily March, with the Etobicoke Dolphins in the Ontario PWHL, and Gabrielle Gray, with the Swift Current Diamond Energy Wildcats in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league, have agreed to join the Panthers in September 2015.

March was born and raised in the city of Toronto. She started playing hockey when she was six years old and fell in love with the game. At 5’10” tall and 165 lbs, she is a formidable presence on the blue line. March has been with the same team and head coach at the Etobicoke Dolphin Association for the last three years, one year in midget AA as a forward, and the last two years, playing defense.

Coach Donaldson says, “Emily has great size and presence on the blue line and will bring additional strength to our back end. The fact that...

Posted on 12 March, 2015

Tyler Scott, a guard with the UPEI Men’s Basketball team and Reggie Traccitto, defence with UPEI Men’s Hockey, were both named 2014-15 CIS Second-Team All-Canadians this week.

Scott, a second-year Bachelor of Business Administration student from Halifax, NS, enjoyed a strong season, earning several “The Wave Athlete of the Week” honours and being named an AUS First-Team All-Star. Read CIS release.

Also an AUS First-Team All-Star, fifth-year Arts student Traccitto, from Oakville, Ontario has been a go-to for his UPEI squad since he arrived in 2010. He was UPEI Panther Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14. Traccitto will graduate this spring with his sociology degree. Read CIS release.


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