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- December 17, 2019
Postpartum depression (PPD) not only obstructs a mother’s capacity for understanding and enjoying her baby, but puts children at risk for behavioural and cognitive problems. Nursing professor Panagiota Tryphonopoulos looks to reconnect mothers with their young children, counteracting the critical parental bond lost due to the effects of postpartum depression.
- December 17, 2019
In a study published last month in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Western Kinesiology researchers Matthew Heath, Kennedy Dirk and Glen Belfry tested the effects of exercise on cognition in women at different stages of their menstrual cycles. They found no differences linked to hormonal fluctuations.
- December 10, 2019
Only 16 per cent of Canadians meet the government’s physical activity guidelines, which require 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise every week, according to Statistics Canada. And experts say that as we get older, staying active becomes even more important.
- December 09, 2019
Federal protections lacking in clarity, accessibility and enforcement are leaving thousands of migrant workers across Canada open to exploitation, and in some cases putting their health and lives at risk to maintain employment, according to Western Nursing professor Susan Caxaj.
- December 04, 2019
Rethinking how kids go about their day care days, as well as empowering those charged with caring and educating them, may go a long way toward getting kids much-needed physical activity, according to a researcher in Western's School of Occupational Therapy.
- December 02, 2019
Guided by the four Signature Research Areas of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), our members made a tremendous impact on defining health and on the health outcomes of people around the world over the past 12 months. Revisit the stories that made 2019 a year to remember and showcased how the Faculty of Health Sciences is pursuing its vision and achieving its mission.
- December 02, 2019
When exploring virtual reality, most consider the simulation as a visual experience. New technology at Western University will allow members of the School of Communication Science and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology to investigate simulated spaces through sound.
- November 28, 2019
School of Health Studies graduate Melissa Kargiannakis, BHSc'12, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SKRITSWAP, was recently honoured with the KPMG Future Leaders Award as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
- November 20, 2019
In an article for The Conversation, Occupational Therapy professor Trish Tucker, and Health & Rehabilitation Sciences alumna Leigh Vanderloo examine the role that early childhood educators play in helping children get active.
- November 20, 2019
In the second episode of a four-part video series featuring outstanding Western University researchers, Laura Graham, an assistant professor in the School of Physical Therapy, explores how we can translate what we've learned from sport and apply it more broadly to enhance patient care.
- November 18, 2019
Every day, the headlines offer yet another example of how the ongoing opioid epidemic is devastating communities and individual lives. But given the significant role popular media plays in shaping public perceptions, where is this non-stop coverage taking us?
- November 14, 2019
Physical Therapy professor Michele Crites Battié, the Western Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Exercise, Mobility and Health, was recently recognized with the 2019 ORS PSRS (Orthopaedic Research Society / Philadelphia Spine Research Society) Lifetime Research Achievement Award for her contribution in the area of spine research.
- November 05, 2019
Despite the majority of exercise neuroscience studies not including female participants due to concerns over hormonal fluctuations, a new Western University study shows that exercise-related benefits to brain health and cognition are realized independently of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- October 11, 2019
Andrea Legato, Senior Academic Counsellor in the School of Health Studies, has been named as a winner of the 2019 Western Award of Excellence, which recognize staff members for the exemplary service to the campus community.
- October 02, 2019
After 22 years of working with thousands of students, Health Studies professor Jennifer Irwin has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.
- October 01, 2019
Western's National Centre for Audiology has partnered with AHead Simulations in the development of a new patient simulator that has quickly become an invaluable tool for students and professionals in training, research and product demonstrations.
- October 01, 2019
In a piece written for The Conversation, Treena Orchard, an associate professor in Western's School of Health Studies, discusses the connection between angry, anti-#MeToo comments - that came as a response to an earlier article about her experiences with the dating app, Bumble - and other far-right ideologies.
- September 26, 2019
In the first episode of a four-part video series featuring outstanding Western University researchers, Lisa Fischer, the Director of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic debunks three common myths related to concussions.
- September 25, 2019
A new study lead by Health and Rehabilitation Sciences doctoral candidate Rebecca Fried, BHSc’12, MSc’14, says the stresses graduate students face could be managed in part through a peer coaching and mentorship program.
- September 23, 2019
Health Sciences Dean Jayne Garland has been recognized for her advances in the neural control of movement – particularly relevant to muscle fatigue and the recovery of standing balance and mobility after stroke – with a fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
- September 17, 2019
Nursing student Enrique Quintanilla-Riviere was recently selected as one of 17 students to receive a Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) scholarship, offered to deaf and hard-of-hearing postsecondary students.
- September 16, 2019
Gillian Mandich, BHSc’07 (Health Promotion), MSc’12 (Rehab Sciences), PhD’19 (Rehab Sciences), has a message for nervous, over-worked students slogging through their degrees right now: Make time for gratitude, regardless of circumstances on any given day.
- September 12, 2019
Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid is one of three Western scholars who have been named among the new Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
- September 03, 2019
Occupational Therapy professor Carrie Anne Marshall, whose research focuses on social determinants of mental health, has explored the idea of an integrated supported living model for those facing homelessness in rural communities.
- August 26, 2019
A Western-led analysis of 12 years of car/bicycle crash data in London points to one clear conclusion about the most important variable in whether a cyclist is seriously injured or not – motorist speed.
- August 23, 2019
Health Sciences doctoral candidate Alexandra Harriss looks to build on work first in 2016 when she teamed up with the Ontario Player Development League and Burlington Youth Soccer Club on the largest and most comprehensive study assessing repetitive head injury in female adolescents.
- August 12, 2019
Jackie Sadi, Acting Director of the School of Physical Therapy, spoke with Global News to provide a scientific look at the evidence supporting treatments for fascia.
- August 06, 2019
Health Studies professor Treena Orchard uses her background researching sexuality, gender and health to examine what online dating says about feminism and gender in contemporary dating culture.
- July 24, 2019
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student Lisbeth Pino hopes her research, focusing on rural communities and nutrition, will help broaden the knowledge base for single mothers trying to raise healthy children with limited resources.
- July 23, 2019
A pilot project underway in London and led by Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk is setting patients up with a suite of smart devices and paving the way for high-tech mental-health treatment.
- July 16, 2019
Delivering proper care to thousands living with dementia means personal-support workers must understand more than patients’ medical histories.
- July 16, 2019
Music can be that key to getting people moving – and selecting the proper style of music for people to move to can lead to a more beneficial and fulfilling workout.
- July 11, 2019
A pair of researchers in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders recently targeted a much younger audience for their work on Developmental Language Disorder.
- June 24, 2019
Kinesiology professor Michelle Mottola was the co-lead on a three-and-a-half year project that led to the development of the 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy.
- June 20, 2019
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student Rebecca Henderson is leading a research project to understand what residents of the City of London think about cycling.
- June 14, 2019
Nicole Baranowski is graduating with a degree in Kinesiology and Sports Management, an invitation to national rowing tryouts and a business start-up for a novel, customizable hair tie.
- June 11, 2019
As a guest on Western's new podcast, Health Studies professor Jacob Shelley discusses the proper limits and role of law in promoting public health and preventing chronic disease.
- June 06, 2019
The quest to develop a better understanding of how sports and physical activity benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities got a major boost with the appointment of a Kinesiology professor David Howe to a new research position at Western.
- June 05, 2019
Tackling homelessness following a hospitalization is possible, but it will take a concerted community effort to lessen the ongoing burden to the health-care system and local emergency shelters, according to the findings of a Western-led study.
- June 05, 2019
Kinesiology professor JIm Weese was named to a pair of posts – Acting Associate Vice-President (International) and Executive Director of the Western Leader Academy – and will help lead Western into the future.
- June 04, 2019
In an op-ed for The Conversation Canada, Kinesiology professor Marc Mitchell discusses new research that shows paying people for increasing their daily physical activity can increase long-term activity levels.
- May 30, 2019
Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk is leading a unique Smart Home Community Model project, outfitting affordable Canadian Mental Health Association housing units in London and Middlesex County with smart technologies for people dealing with severe mental illness.
- May 27, 2019
Susan Scollie, Director of Western's National Centre for Audiology, spoke with Global News to discuss about the dangers of headphone use and strategies for avoiding hearing loss.
- May 24, 2019
An international team of health-care investigators, including Health Studies professor Elysée Nouvet, is piloting a new medical-delivery system that uses a ‘surgical strike’ approach to solve pandemic problems.
- May 23, 2019
Health Sciences PhD student Yoah Sui’s presentation, Sofa, so good? Maybe not, took top spot at Western’s 3MT competition, moved through the Ontario regional finals at McMaster University, and now will compete at the 3MT National Competition June 3.
- May 17, 2019
Amanda Houston, a graduate student in Nursing, is one of four PhD candidates from Western to be awarded 2019-2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.
- May 15, 2019
It may take only a handful of change to make a lifetime of positive changes in the lives of many when it comes to sustaining physical activity, according to a study led by Western Kinesiology professor Marc Mitchell.
- May 08, 2019
With May being Speech and Hearing Month, graduate student Marika Robillard offers her thoughts on stuttering and its impact on lives.
- May 06, 2019
As the opioid crisis take a deadly toll in human lives, the complex needs of patients in chronic pain are also leaving their doctors increasingly exhausted and overwhelmed, a new study led by Western Nursing professor Fiona Webster says.
- April 30, 2019
Ingrid Johnsrude, a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is the new Director of Western's Brain and Mind Institute. Her research aims to understand human behaviour through speech, language and hearing.
- April 26, 2019
According to Physical Therapy professor Dave Walton, the opioid crisis gripping much of North America is not about pain, but more about under-managed mental illness and unresolved emotional trauma.
- April 23, 2019
Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid is exploring the effectiveness of a mental health and resiliency program called Resilient Minds on the well-being of firefighters in both Vancouver and Prince Edward Island.
- April 22, 2019
As chairperson of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force, Communication Sciences and Disorders professor Marlene Bagatto said Canada receives a failing grade when it comes to prioritizing child hearing health.
- April 04, 2019
Graduate students from the Faculty of Health Sciences claimed two of the top three spots in Western's Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, including Kinesiology PhD candidate Yoah Sui, who took home first-place honours.
- April 02, 2019
In a series of stories highlighting teaching excellence at Western, Health Studies professor Aleksandra Zecevic is featured for approach to bring students together from around the world.
- April 01, 2019
In a series of stories highlighting teaching excellence at Western, Nursing professor Barbara Sinclair's work with technology in the classroom showcases how innovation is helping students learn more effectively.
- March 28, 2019
After two years in an acting role, Laura Misener has been named Director of Western’s School of Kinesiology, effective July 1. She will be the first woman to occupy the role.
- March 27, 2019
An collaborative symposium, presented in part by the FHS Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice, brought together nearly 800 students in an effort to build bridges between health sectors.
- March 25, 2019
Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn is leading a 14-month demonstration project with the Salvation Army Centre of Hope, looking to transform emergency shelter space into affordable housing with supports.
- March 19, 2019
Nursing professor Marilyn Ford Gilboe (pictured), and Communication Sciences and Disorders professor David Purcell were recently the recipients of two of Western's most prestigious awards, recognizing their contributions to the academy.
- March 18, 2019
Applicants to the Labatt Family School of Nursing will be able to present a fuller picture of themselves to reviewers thanks to the addition of a cutting-edged personality assessment to standard entry criteria.
- March 12, 2019
A trio of faculty members from the Faculty of Health Sciences have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning in their students.
- March 05, 2019
Shannon Sibbald, an assistant professor in the School of Health Studies and associate scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, is leading a study to better understand integrated health care teams for chronic disease management and factors that help successful implementation.
- March 01, 2019
Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new study led by Kinesiology professor Matthew Heath.
- February 07, 2019
Started by Western Kinesiology PhD candidates Taylor KcKee, Andrew Pettit and Jared Walters, The Journal of Emerging Sport Studies launched last fall for both emerging scholars and emerging perspectives in the field of sport scholarship.
- January 24, 2019
Health Sciences graduate student Alexandra Cross is the lead author of a new paper that suggests kids who have issues with some math problems may in fact have language delays.
- January 23, 2019
David Howe, a four-time Paralympian, joined the Faculty of Health Sciences’ School of Kinesiology as a professor in November. His love of sport led him on a path to athletics, academia and advocacy.
- January 21, 2019
The Smart Healthy Campus initiative, led by Kinesiology professor Kevin Shoemaker, aims to help students feel more connected, more accepted and better equipped to deal with academic and personal change.
- January 17, 2019
A four-year study led by Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn is underway to learn more about how Syrian refugees are settling in Canada. The research, which began in 2017, has now received federal funding for several more years and includes London, Fredericton and Calgary. (Photo: CBC London)
- January 16, 2019
A new study, led by Western PhD graduate Alison Divine and Physical Therapy professor Susan Hunter, showed that providing supportive physical activity environments within Facebook may be a successful avenue to get students exercising.