Health Sciences in the News

  • Supporting vocal development in children with hearing loss

    May 19, 2022
    Led by Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) adjunct research professor Olivia Daub and co-authored by CSD professors Marlene Bagatto and Janis Cardy, a new study published in the Journal of Communication Disorders addresses the needs of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) when assessing the vocal development of CDHH younger than 22 months.

  • ‘How are you?’: Is it time for greater authenticity in how we ask and answer this question?

    May 18, 2022
    FHS professors Marnie Wedlake, Jennifer Irwin and Shauna Burke challenge the notion that we should not expect to give or receive honest answers to the question, "How are you?", in a newly published article in The Conversation.

  • Pandemic restrictions limit women’s ability to cope with abusive partners: study

    May 17, 2022
    Health Sciences professor Tara Mantler and Kim Jackson, professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, lead new research citing need for inclusive policy, social services to protect at-risk populations.

  • New virtual-reality training program gets $1M EPIC boost

    May 13, 2022
    A new project led by Marie Y. Savundranayagam, a professor in the School of Health Studies and director of the Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit at Western, has received a $1-million innovation grant from Future Skills Centre to develop a unique virtual-reality training program to help caregivers communicate better with people living with dementia.

  • New Gray chair aims to solve pain-limiting mobility problems

    May 11, 2022
    Siobhan Schabrun, the new William and Lynne Gray Endowed Research Chair in Mobility and Activity, and School of Physical Therapy professor, has made it her life’s work to study pressing challenge of chronic pain.

  • Bolstering community health and well-being connections

    May 10, 2022
    As part of Western’s new community-focused hub at 450 Talbot, our Western Living Lab (WeLL) will bring a community teaching, training and research space centred on human health and well-being to London’s downtown.

  • Stroke survivor caregivers face barriers accessing care for themselves

    May 03, 2022
    Led by Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professor Anna Garnett and published in BMC Health Services Research, a new study highlights some significant barriers caregivers face when accessing support. These barriers include financial factors, lack of transportation, and lack of awareness about available services.

  • Research team from National Centre for Audiology wins prestigious innovation award

    April 26, 2022
    A research team from Western's National Centre for Audiology has won a Governor General's Innovation Award for developing the world's first pediatric hearing aid prescription software.

  • Expert insight: What we learned about keeping kids active during the pandemic

    April 13, 2022
    Health Sciences professor Trish Tucker and PhD candidate Monika Szpunar write about how children stayed physically active during the pandemic.

  • Sense of Self: Leisure helps older adults with relocation transition

    April 11, 2022
    Leisure engagement helps older adults cope with life transitions by maintaining identity, according to a integrative review from PhD candidate in Health and Aging, Kristin Prentice, her supervisor, Carri Hand, School of Occupational Therapy, and advisory committee members, professor Laura Misener, School of Kinesiology, and professor Jeff Hopkins, Department of Geography, at Western University.

  • FHS instructors honoured with Western Awards in Teaching Excellence

    April 08, 2022
    Professors Shauna Burke, School of Health Studies, Julie Theurer, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Anita Cramp, School of Health Studies and Trevor Birmingham, School of Physical Therapy, are announced as four out nine recipients of the 2021-2022 Western Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards recognize instructors who actively engage and inspire students.

  • Inspiring Minds Showcase: Stephanie Reischl, PhD Candidate

    April 07, 2022
    School of Physical Therapy (Musculoskeletal Health) PhD Candidate Stephanie Reischl's research is featured in Western Libraries' Inspiring Minds Showcase.

  • e-Learning course boosts ECEs' confidence to provide healthy activities

    April 06, 2022
    Pilot study of TEACH (Training EArly Childhood Educators) e-Learning course in physical activity and sedentary behaviour was well-received by both pre-service and in-service early childhood educators in new research from Trish Tucker, Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and team.

  • Expert Insights: Bruce Willis’ aphasia diagnosis draws attention to cognitive disorder

    April 05, 2022
    As actor Bruce Willis announced his retirement due to a diagnosis of aphasia, School of Communications Sciences and Disorders Professor Laura Murray and Director, J.B. Orange, explain that despite a typically low profile in media, aphasia is far more common than most people think.

  • Expert Insight: Sport needs a cultural shift to ensure athlete safety

    April 04, 2022
    Former elite gymnast and professor of kinesiology, Laura Misener, writes about the need to end toxic culture in sports such as gymnastics.

  • Homelessness demands an ambitious national perspective

    March 28, 2022
    Cheryl Forchuk, Distinguished University Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, at Western University, discusses the need to recognize homelessness as a national problem, and the corresponding need for bold national strategies and significant resources in an article she wrote for the Globe and Mail.

  • Inspiring Minds Showcase: Zakara Stampp, MSc Candidate

    March 28, 2022
    Explore Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MSc candidate Jakara Stampp's contribution to the Western Libraries Inspiring Minds Showcase.

  • Western community remembers philanthropist Sonia Labatt

    March 22, 2022
    A supporter of the university and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Sonia Labatt's legacy is marked with her commitment to make ‘a healthier, more equitable and more just place'.

  • Faculty Scholars 2022: Treena Orchard and Susan Hunter

    March 18, 2022
    Two faculty members from the Faculty of Health Sciences are among a group 17 newly named faculty scholars from across campus who are being recognized for their outstanding scholarly achievement and contributions to the institution.

  • Low COVID vaccine uptake linked to housing insecurity

    March 11, 2022
    New study from researchers, including Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing professors, finds that people with a recent experience of housing insecurity had a lower uptake of COVID-19 vaccine than the general adult population of Ontario for both first and second doses.

  • FHS-led Health Equity Hub aims for global good

    January 27, 2022
    Health Studies professor Elysée Nouvet is helping bring together faculty members and students from across campus to examine issues related to global health.

  • Can Beijing keep politics out of the Olympic bubble?

    January 24, 2022
    Angela Schneider, Kinesiology professor and Director of the International Centre for Olympic Studies, joined The Sunday Magazine on CBC Radio to discuss how global politics can impact athletes.

  • New program fast-tracks pathway to nursing degree

    January 17, 2022
    Western is helping solve a health-care shortage by creating a shorter pathway for registered practical nurses (RPNs) to obtain earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

  • Western researchers to develop national anti-violence app

    January 11, 2022
    Nursing professor Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and her research team will be leading the way in developing the first free, Canada-wide app to help survivors of domestic violence find a path to safety and health.

  • Nursing student’s website logs rapid-test results

    January 11, 2022
    A Western Nursing student is helping fill a health-information void with a new website that invites Ontarians to input results of their COVID-19 rapid tests.

  • In Memoriam: Darwin Semotiuk and Larry Haylor

    January 05, 2022
    During the week of January 3-7, 2022, Western and the Faculty of Health Sciences said goodbye to a pair of emeritus professors with the sudden passing of both Darwin Semotiuk and Larry Haylor.

  • Partnership with University of Bath to spark collaborations around health and wellbeing

    December 15, 2021
    Western's School of Health Studies and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Bath (UK) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will lead to health-focused collaborations between the two institutions.

  • Western-led research aims to help shoulder arthritis patients

    December 08, 2021
    Researchers in Western's School of Physical Therapy are working shoulder to shoulder to develop a new patient education program that can help those suffering from arthritis in the upper extremities.

  • NCA researchers partner with Memorial University to identify first gene for common cause of hearing loss

    December 01, 2021
    Memorial University and Western University researchers recently published their discovery of the first gene for otosclerosis, a common cause of conductive and mixed hearing loss in adults.

  • Study shows gender skew in digital info for new parents

    November 24, 2021
    A new study, led by Nursing professor Lorie Donelle, has found it’s new moms who most often devour digital guidance about parenting – while dads-to-be rely on their women partners to sift and curate information for them.

  • $3M investment supports international learning opportunities

    November 08, 2021
    Aging Globally: Lessons from Scandinavia, receives support from the Global Skills Opportunity program enabling nearly 200 students to participate in international internships, summer programs or academic exchanges with partners in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.

  • Walking may reduce postpartum depression symptoms

    October 28, 2021
    A new study from Western's School of Kinesiology suggests brisk walking – as little as 15 minutes a day – may be the answer for many women struggling with PPD, though some severe cases may still require traditional medical care.

  • Opinion: The Canadian dream requires affordable housing

    October 28, 2021
    In an article for the Toronto Star, Nursing professor Abe Oubshoorn says that in order for Canada to be the best it can be, affordable housing is a must.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.