Health Sciences in the News

  • Western hosts International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research

    October 18, 2021
    The International Centre for Olympic Studies at Western University in London, Ontario successfully hosted its 15th International Symposium for Olympic and Paralympic Research, on October 15-16, 2021, under the thematic banner: “Emerging Technologies and Emerging Sports in the COVID-19 Era.”

  • Two FHS Members Named to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

    September 22, 2021
    Congratulations to Faculty of Health Sciences professors Michelle Mottola (Kinesiology) and Ingrid Johnsrude (Communication Sciences and Disorders), on their inductions as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

  • New Director of Health Studies brings global perspective to Western

    September 07, 2021
    Rachel Forrester_Jones begins her appointment as the Director of Western's School of Health Studies and brings with her bold ideas for internationalization and global impact.

  • Welcome Back. Welcome to Western.

    August 31, 2021
    Jayne Garland, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, welcomes all students back to campus for the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

  • New study to address para-athlete needs

    August 27, 2021
    As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games get underway, research led by Kinesiology profesor Laura Misener suggests a continued lack of understanding and knowledge about disability-specific issues in parasports.

  • In Memoriam: Dan Belliveau, PhD

    August 20, 2021
    On Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at the age of 54, Dan Belliveau, an associate professor in the School of Health Studies, passed away after a lengthy illness.

  • Scholarships honour victims of anti-Muslim attack

    July 16, 2021
    Western is honouring a London couple, who were killed along with two other family members in an anti-Muslim attack In June 2021, with scholarships in their names.

  • Boosting physical activity in early learning settings

    July 06, 2021
    In an article written for The Conversation, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences PhD student Brianne Bruijns highlights how outdoor play in shorter, more frequent windows can boost physical activity in early learning settings.

  • Discussing cannabis use and Olympic competition

    July 06, 2021
    School of Health Studies professor and International Centre for Olympic Studies member Ken Kirkwood spoke with CBC Radio's Here and Now to discuss cannabis use and Olympic competition.

  • Transitional care model for mental health patients saves hospitals millions

    July 06, 2021
    Nursing professor Cheryl Forchuk explains how the Transitional Discharge Model (TDM) supports a smooth adjustment from hospital to the community for mental health patients and is saving Ontario's hospitals millions of dollars.

  • Kinesiology professor earns Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award

    June 11, 2021
    Kinesiology professor Michelle Mottola was one of three faculty members at Western to earn the 2021 Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award. Congratulations, Michelle.

  • Four Western profs honoured by Canadian Physiotherapy Association

    May 17, 2021
    In celebration of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s 100th anniversary, more than one hundred individuals who have had a significant and meaningful impact on the physiotherapy profession were recognized with Centenary Medals of Distinction, including 15 recipients with ties to Western’s School of Physical Therapy.

  • In Memoriam: Louis Charland, PhD

    May 13, 2021
    The Western community lost a beloved member on Sunday, May 9, 2021, with the passing of Professor Louis Charland. He was 62.

  • We Answer the Call: Celebrating National Nursing Week

    May 10, 2021
    During National Nursing Week, we are privileged to recognize this distinguished profession and all those who represent it, spotlighting the thousands of nurses in our region who epitomize this year’s theme: “We Answer the Call.”

  • Meet Western's newest Distinguished University Professor

    April 22, 2021
    Congratulations to Occupational Therapy professor Debbie Laliberte Rudman on being named a Distinguished University Professor, recognizing her career accomplishments in all areas of scholarship.

  • Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory?

    April 20, 2021
    Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith provides insight into what countries and organizations should consider when examining the question of mandatory vaccination.

  • Amy Horton receives 2021 Marilyn Robinson Award

    April 19, 2021
    Nursing lecturer Amy Horton was among the eight recipients of the 2021 Western Awards of Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations, Amy!

  • Expert insights: Too much sitting is bad for you

    April 13, 2021
    While it has long been known that too much sitting can have negative health effects, Kinesiology professor Harry Prapavessis argues that certain types of sitting are better than others.

  • Should the Tokyo Olympics go ahead without a level playing field for COVID-19 vaccines?

    March 29, 2021
    Kinesiology professor Laura Misener and PhD candidate Erin Person discuss the impact of equitable access to vaccinations on the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • Examining the influence of child-care arrangements on the daily movement of preschoolers

    March 12, 2021
    Many parents assume children in centre-based child care experience higher levels of daily physical activity, but a first-of-its-kind study out of Western’s Child Health and Physical Activity Lab suggests they’re no more active over all than those who stay at home.

  • Feeling anguish is normal and is not a disorder

    March 10, 2021
    Health Studies professor Marnie Wedlake examines how COVID-19 has been poking at the emotional defence mechanisms many people rely on to create a sense of stability in their lives.

  • Health Studies professor weighs in on vaccine rollout

    March 08, 2021
    Health Studies professor Maxwell Smith, who is also a member of Ontario's COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, joined CBC's Ontario Today to answer questions on Ontario's vaccine rollout, specifically the ethical dimensions of vaccine prioritization.

  • Everyone loses when you boycott the Olympic Games

    March 01, 2021
    Angela Schneider, Director of Western's International Centre for Olympic Studies, was a guest on CBC Radio's Sunday Magazine and discussed Canada's moral obligation to call out China ahead of the 2022 Winter Games, but not by punishing our athletes in a boycott.

  • Combatting the pain and disability of arthritis

    February 05, 2021
    Western, and Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid, are leading the way in helping improve the quality of life for those living with hand osteoarthritis.

  • Older caregivers struggling with extra burdens of home care during COVID-19

    February 03, 2021
    Nursing professor Anna Garnett, along with co-authors from McMaster and the University of Manitoba, penned a column for The Conversation that takes a look at how older caregivers are struggling with the extra burden of home care during COVID-19.

  • Alternate type of surgery may prevent knee replacement

    February 03, 2021
    A study co-led by Physical Therapy professor Trevor Birmingham has shown that an under-used type of knee surgery – a procedure called a high tibial osteotomy – may reduce the need for total knee replacement.

  • Nursing professor named to London's Mayor's Honour List

    January 26, 2021
    Nursing professor Abe Oudshoorn was recognized among a distinguished group of Londoners for his significant contributions to the community by being named to the 2020 City of London Mayor's New Year's Honour List.

  • Physical Therapy professor earns Canada Research Chair appointment

    January 26, 2021
    Physical Therapy professor Joy MacDermid was one of four Western faculty members recently named to Canada Research Chair positions for their global leadership in their respective fields. Joy will hold the Tier 1 CRC in Musculoskeletal Health Outcomes and Knowledge Translation. Joy’s work focuses on new approaches to orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal rehabilitation that integrate both technological advances and patient-centred factors.