U of G researchers work to improve cancer treatments

cancer treatment

Cancer treatment may become more effective thanks to University of Guelph physicists who have developed an innovative way to accurately target radiation therapy. Radiation therapy aims beams of intense energy at a tumour to kill cancer cells. But if the ultranarrow beam is aimed inaccurately, it can hit healthy cells and “underdose” the target tumour. Led

Women’s voices needed for gender diversity, green companies

Jing Lu

Companies and organizations with more women on their boards of directors score higher on corporate environmental performance than those with less diversity, according to research by University of Guelph professor. The finding was particularly significant in industries with the greatest environmental impact, such as oil and gas and other resource extraction industries. “Women and men

Early cannabis use linked to heart disease


Using cannabis when you’re young may increase your risk of developing heart disease later, according to a University of Guelph study. In the first study to look at specific risk indicators for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in young, healthy cannabis users, researchers found increased arterial stiffness and lower cardiac function than in non-users. “Cannabis is really

A philosopher’s view of vaccines

Maya J. Goldenberg

For people who hesitate over vaccinations, it doesn’t matter if they’re told that vaccines are safe for everybody. They need to be assured that the shot is safe for them.  Dr. Maya Goldenberg, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, has become a “go-to” specialist in Canada and beyond on everything from vaccine hesitancy to safety

Bee spotted in Canada points to climate change impacts

bee in hibiscus flower

A bee species recorded for the first time in Canada by University of Guelph researchers may provide further evidence that critical pollinators and other creatures are widening their natural ranges under climate change. The team members also say this first-ever Canadian sighting of the American migrant underlines the importance of maintaining a unique habitat in

Neonic-treated milkweed an ‘ecological trap’ for monarchs

monarch butterfly

A commonly used neonicotinoid pesticide may harm monarch butterflies, University of Guelph research has revealed. The findings could help explain the recent massive decline in the North American monarch population. Led by U of G integrative biologist Dr. Ryan Norris, two studies examined effects on monarch caterpillars raised on milkweed treated with the insecticide clothianidin,

Mini donkeys bring farm to class

andy robinson holding a miniture donkey

Miniature donkeys are rarely part of class lectures. But Dr. Andy Robinson, Department of Animal Biosciences, employed them on his hobby farm this year as novel teaching aides in his animal and plant biosciences courses. “Donkeys are photogenic farm animals,” said Robinson, who shared his experience in animal breeding and farm life in remote videoconference