Health Sciences in the News

  • New study shows no pain, no gain for knee osteoarthritis

    December 10, 2020
    A research study out of the Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory and led by Physical Therapy professor Trevor Birmingham has found that with the right exercise, working through the initial pain of osteoarthritis can be beneficial.

  • A Collective Vision for Change

    December 07, 2020
    The FHS Anti-Racism Task Force is calling upon from within the Faculty to join the movement to dismantle whiteness, centre anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and build intellectual empathy as a collective.

  • Health Studies professor appointed to COVID-19 Task Force

    December 07, 2020
    School of Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith has been appointed to the Government of Ontario’s Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. The task force will oversee the delivery, storage and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario.

  • An ethical blueprint for COVID-19

    December 02, 2020
    Health Studies professor Max Smith's study sheds light on emergency use vaccine authorization.

  • Buddies and stepped-up rewards add exercise incentive

    November 26, 2020
    It can take just pennies a day to motivate people to exercise more, and they will step up their efforts when teamed with a buddy to collect joint rewards, a Western University study shows.

  • OT professor delivers 2020 Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture

    November 04, 2020
    Occupational Therapy professor Debbie Laliberte Rudman, the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Association of Occupational (CAOT) Therapists Muriel Driver Memorial Award, delivered the Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture on October 29, 2020.

  • Health Sciences alumna earns Governor General's Gold Medal

    October 28, 2020
    Elaine Kwok completed her combined MClSc in Speech-Language Pathology and PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in June and was recently announced as a recipient of the Governor General's Academic Gold Medal. Congratulations, Elaine.

  • Mottola named Fellow of Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

    October 28, 2020
    Congratulations to Kinesiology professor Michelle Mottola on being named a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. She is one of just three researchers from across the country to receive the honour this year.

  • Stress and anxiety rise during pandemic

    October 09, 2020
    Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD candidate Hoda Seens is conducting a study on mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary results show that anxiety is up 56 per cent during the pandemic. She recently spoke with CTV News about the study.

  • Nursing student sees career path more clearly

    October 09, 2020
    Nursing student Emma Van Dyk can read text with the help of an eSight device she recently received as part of a scholarship with the CNIB Foundation.

  • Remembering Sydney Legasy

    September 28, 2020
    The Western community is mourning the death of Sydney Legasy, 21, a third-year health sciences student, who died in London, Ont. on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

  • Work-from-homes can ‘stand up’ to COVID

    September 24, 2020
    Kinesiology graduate students Madison Hiemstra and Kirsten Dillon are leading a study into best strategies for getting people who work from home to move more often.

  • Partnerships pegged for SSHRC funding

    September 24, 2020
    Researchers from across the Faculty of Health Sciences are partnering with external organizations to find answers to real-world questions.

  • Ford-Gilboe named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

    September 24, 2020
    Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe is among this year's inductees into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

  • Nursing faculty members named to Canadian Academy of Nursing

    September 16, 2020
    Western's Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing was well represented when the Canadian Academy of Nursing introduced its inaugural group of Fellows.

  • Delay of Olympic Games impacting finances of many athletes

    July 29, 2020
    Angela Schneider, Director of Western's International Centre for Olympic Studies, spoke to CBC's Cost of Living to discuss the financial impact that the delay of the Olympic Games is having on the athletes who are chasing the Olympic dream.

  • Mobility, healthy aging the aim of Gray Research Chair

    July 29, 2020
    Thanks to a generous $2.5-million donation from William and Lynne Gray to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, Western University and St. Joseph’s have partnered to establish the William and Lynne Gray Research Chair in Mobility & Activity within Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

  • ‘Precision’ focus for Rushton in new Western role

    July 20, 2020
    Former University of Birmingham (U.K.) School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences professor Alison Rushton began her new role as director of Western’s School of Physical Therapy June 1.

  • Researcher unifies efforts on invisible language disorder

    July 17, 2020
    Communication Sciences and Disorders professor Lisa Archibald has developed a unique, international online resource designed to promote common terminology, generate discussion and build awareness about Developmental Language Disorder.

  • Students design lip-reading masks to help community members with hearing impairment

    July 07, 2020
    Health Sciences MClSc/PhD students Taylor Bardell and Matthew Urichuk have designed a mask that helps community members community with people who rely on lip-reading.

  • BRAINSTORM: Straight Talk on Concussion Part 4

    July 02, 2020
    In the final episode of a four-part video series featuring outstanding Western University researchers, Anatomy and Cell Biology professor Arthur Brown, discusses neuroplasticity and takes an optimist's approach to central nervous system therapeutics.

  • Nursing professor earns 2020 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

    July 02, 2020
    Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk has been awarded the 2020 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, in recognition of her work in the area of recovery and community integration for people living with mental illness.

  • How to keep cyclists rolling after pandemic push

    June 25, 2020
    As a result of COVID-19, more people in North America are taking to cycling as a means of transportation. Kinesiology professor Harry Prapavessis and PhD candidate Wuyou Sui examine what this might look like in a post-pandemic world.

  • Impacts of COVID-19 on women experiencing intimate partner violence

    June 22, 2020
    Through funding from the Western Research Catalyst Grant, Health Studies professor Tara Mantler will explore the impacts of COVID-19 physical distancing on women experiencing intimate partner violence.

  • Report: Canadian youth show no movement in activity

    June 19, 2020
    Occupational Therapy professor Trish Tucker and Health Studies/Law professor Jacob Shelley were members of the research committee for the 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The results show that there is room for improvement in the activity level of Canadian kids.

  • Sitting more during COVID-19 hurting your health

    June 09, 2020
    Kinesiology PhD candidate Wuyou Sui examines the impact of people spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • National Centre for Audiology helping improve COVID-19 nasal testing

    June 09, 2020
    Western's National Centre for Audiology is helping a London-based company teach health care professionals how to properly conduct COVID-19 nasal swab tests.

  • Canada stigmatizes, jeopardizes essential migrant workers during COVID-19 pandemic

    June 05, 2020
    Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Susana Caxaj, along with colleagues from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, shared their thoughts on how Canada is stigmatizing and jeopardizing essential migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Can exercise offer the same mental boost as caffeine?

    June 03, 2020
    In an article written for The Conversation, Kinesiology PhD student Anisa Morava, and a colleague from UBC, compare aerobic exercise and caffeine in terms of their impact on working memory.

  • Labatt Family gift supports nursing education, research

    May 13, 2020
    Research, community involvement and technology are at the heart of a $5-million gift to Western from long-time donors and Western supporters Arthur and Sonia Labatt.

  • Study: Boredom takes toll mentally and physically

    May 05, 2020
    A study led by Occupational Therapy professor Carrie Anne Marshall showed that individuals facing homelessness, or have been recently housed, can be overwhelmingly affected by boredom, leading to poor mental health and the potential for drug use or suicide.

  • Study looks to understand impact of physical distancing on young people

    May 04, 2020
    A new study, led by Western Health Studies professor Shauna Burke, will examine social media use and social connectedness during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the individual impact on all aspects of health and well-being.

  • Why FaceTime can’t replace face-to-face time during social distancing

    May 04, 2020
    In the context of social and physical distancing, Faculty of Health Sciences PhD candidates Anna Rudkovska and Wuyou Sui examine how new technologies can improve and alter relationships with ourselves and those around us.

  • Global isolation inspires student's Rwandan effort

    April 29, 2020
    Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD candidate Aimee Utuza has launched the Zirikana campaign to help more than 200 single Rwandan mothers access food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Why a flatter curve does not mean we have won the COVID-19 battle

    April 29, 2020
    In an opinion piece written for CBC News, Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith tells us why a flatter curve does not mean we’ve won the COVID-19 battle.

  • Study backs shelter space as housing solution

    April 29, 2020
    A program to convert emergency shelter space into long-term affordable housing showed incredible benefits for the community’s most vulnerable, prompting a call from Western researchers to push for additional permanent housing solutions in emergency shelters nationwide.

  • Ask Me Anything: Maxwell Smith, PhD

    April 29, 2020
    Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith lent his expertise to an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit that examined the ethics, education and social impact of COVID-19.

  • Helping students weather coronavirus storm fallout

    April 29, 2020
    Health Studies professor Marnie Wedlake penned a piece for The Conversation that explores how the sudden end to university life could impact final-year students.

  • Hotels for now, but what's ahead for homeless post-COVID-19?

    April 29, 2020
    Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn was interviewed by CTV London about homelessness and hotels during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Western commits $1 million to support pandemic research

    April 07, 2020
    A new $1-million catalyst fund will support university research efforts focused on resilience and recovery from disease outbreaks – both related to the current COVID-19 pandemic and those beyond.

  • Western researcher interviews COVID-19 healthcare professionals for WHO study

    April 02, 2020
    Health Studies professor Elysée Nouvet is currently leading a rapid qualitative study as part of the COVID-19 Research Roadmap – a social science working group convened by the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Project Echo focuses on ‘post-event ripple’ of major athletic games

    April 02, 2020
    After the medals are awarded, spectators and athletes return home and stadium lights shut off – what remains of the infrastructure and services developed for major athletic games when they leave town? Project Echo aims to shed light on just that.

  • IOC makes right call in postponing Olympics

    March 27, 2020
    In an article written for The Conversation, Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith and Kinesiology professor Laura Misener examine the ethical issues surrounding the postponement of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • BRAINSTORM: Straight Talk on Concussion Part 3

    March 15, 2020
    In the third episode of a four-part video series featuring outstanding Western University researchers, Medical Biophysics professor Ravi Menon examines neuroimaging of concussion.

  • Faculty of Health Sciences: COVID-19 Information Updates

    March 12, 2020
    Western, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, takes its directives related to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) from federal, provincial and local health authorities. The information below is intended specifically for faculty/staff/students of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and is intended to supplement Western's official advisories regarding COVID-19.

  • Researcher among those giving VOICE to children

    March 06, 2020
    Occupational Therapy professor Gail Teachman serves as a co-investigator with VOICE (Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics), a McGill University-led initiative that identifies and develops strategies for addressing ethical concerns relating to young people.

  • Health Sciences researchers recruited to battle COVID-10

    March 06, 2020
    Two Western research teams, led by members of the Faculty of Health Sciences have been named key players in an accelerated national effort to understand and control the spread of COVID-19.

  • Kinesiology and Nursing named among world elite

    March 05, 2020
    Two areas from Western's Faculty of Health Sciences can count themselves among the Top 50 programs in the World, according to the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Rewards apps get Canadians moving

    March 03, 2020
    Recent Western-led research has shown that the use of commercial apps providing small but immediate financial incentives can help people increase their activity levels over the long term, and decrease the number of Canadians classified as physically inactive.

  • Challenge winners offer simple, sustainable solutions for safer water

    February 28, 2020
    Faculty of Health Sciences students Samah Osman, Amalka De Silva and Dwayne Francis, recently earned the top prize at Western’s World’s Challenge Challenge, a pitch competition that invites student teams to present their solutions to world issues.

  • Study: Online tool helps combat intimate partner violence

    February 27, 2020
    Canadian women experiencing intimate partner violence benefited from the use of a personalized digital lifeline linking them to information, supports and help, according to a new study into the use of the online tool by Western Nursing professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe.

  • Self-policing not working in Canadian sport

    February 26, 2020
    Can victims of abuse in sport trust sport organizations to carry out independent, qualified investigations? Kinesiology PhD candidate Taylor McKee examines this question in an article written for The Conversation.

  • Understanding the ethics of COVID-19

    February 25, 2020
    Western bioethicist Maxwell Smith is on the frontlines of that decision-making as one of the World Health Organization’s top experts.

  • Improving front-line care for Canadians living with dementia

    February 24, 2020
    Be EPIC, a research program led by Health Studies professor Marie Savundrayanagam and funded by the Future Skills Centre, is helping Personal Support Workers provide enhanced care to the increasing number of Canadians living with dementia.

  • Health Studies professor named 3M National Teaching Fellow

    February 20, 2020
    School of Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic was named a 2020 3M National Teaching Fellow, widely seen as the top national award for teaching leadership at the postsecondary level. She is the first member of the Faculty of Health Sciences to earn this prestigious award.

  • Research turns trauma healing into art form

    February 13, 2020
    Health Sciences professors Tara Mantler and Kimberley Jackson were co-investigators in a study that identified cognitive behavioural therapy as helpful for traumatized mothers-to-be. They then had that research translated to visual art and poetry.

  • Gen Z: Understanding relationship preferences

    February 11, 2020
    Health Studies professor Treena Orchard enlisted the help of undergraduate students at Western to build insight into the choices that Generation Z is making when it comes to relationships and dating.

  • CBC Radio: Celebrating 100 years of nursing education in London

    February 06, 2020
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of nursing education at Western University. A new exhibit at Museum London pays tribute to this milestone. CBC London's Chris dela Torre spoke with Museum London curator Amber Lloydlangston and Victoria Smye, director of Western's Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing.

  • What the coronavirus emergency declaration means for Canada

    February 03, 2020
    Health Studies professors Maxwell Smith and Jacob Shelley outlined what the declaration of the coronavirus outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern means for Canada.

  • Local exhibition Marks 100 Years of Nursing Education in London

    January 31, 2020
    To celebrate a century of nursing education at Western, Museum London has pulled from its extensive artifact collection, borrowed from other community archives and private lenders to trace the development of nursing education in London from its earliest days until today.

  • CIHR grant bolsters Western-led MSK network

    January 30, 2020
    Led by two Physical Therapy professors from Western, the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network was recently awarded nearly $2 million by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to extend and expand its operations for the next five years.

  • Nursing professor gives local fundraising a 'tri'

    January 27, 2020
    Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn is planning to swim, cycle and run one triathlon each day for a month to raise month for local homelessness relief efforts.

  • Centre targets societal impact of Olympic Games

    January 24, 2020
    With six months until the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Kinesiology professor Angela Schneider is ready to light a cauldron of change at Western as the newly named Director for the International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS).

  • Exercise boosts memory like caffeine

    January 17, 2020
    Caffeine and exercise have been shown to separately improve certain aspects of cognition like attention and alertness, but the two energy boosters had never been compared head-to-head until Western's Exercise and Health Psychology Laboratory explored the idea.

  • NHL's culture problems have policy solutions

    January 15, 2020
    In an article written for The Conversation, Kinesiology PhD candidate Taylor McKee and professor Janice Forsyth discuss recent scandals in the world of professional hockey involving harassment, abuse and discrimination, and how policies might be the solution to these culture problems.

  • Caring for Caregivers

    January 14, 2020
    Health and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate student Lisa Moszczynksi joins Gradcast hosts Connor Chato and Yimin Chen to discuss her research into the difficulties caregivers face - feelings of invisibility, lack of agency and inability to access support.

  • Senior independent living at centre of research

    January 06, 2020
    Led by Occupational Therapy professor Carri Hand, the year-long Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc. program has been addressing some of the more common challenges faced by seniors living in private-sector accommodations, including adequate nutrition, isolation, loneliness, physical fitness and fear of injury and falls.