Endowed Research Chairs
Through the generous support of donors, Western's Faculty of Health Sciences is home to a number of endowed research chairs. This support allows researchers to dig deep into issues impacting the health of people around globe and search for answers to some of the world's most pressing health issues.
William and Lynne Gray Research Chair in Mobility & Activity
Established in 2020, this is the first chair of its kind in Canada and will play a central role in the Faculty of Health Sciences' signature research theme of mobility and aging, which aims to understand, improve, restore and manage mobility outcomes that affect people throughout all stages of life. The chair position will play a central role in the scientific leadership and development of the newly created Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity at St. Joseph's Parkwood Institute.
Supported by: William and Lynne Gray (pictured left), St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation
Dr. Frank J. Hayden Chair in Sport and Social Impact
David Howe, PhD (Kinesiology)
Established in 2018 in honour of Dr. Frank Hayden, one of the founders of the Special Olympics movement, and in celebration of Special Olympics' 50th anniversary, this chair will focus on the social impact of sport and physical activity for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with emphasis on social inclusion, health and mobility. David Howe will work closely with the Sport and Social Impact Research Group and Special Olympics Canada to mobilize research knowledge.
Supported by: Special Olympics across Canada, affiliated organizations and champions
Arthur Labatt Family Chair in Nursing
Lorie Donelle, PhD (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing)
Established in 2008, this chair is charged with leading, developing and maintaining a program of research excellence focused on envisioning and addressing pressing individual, family and community health care issues. Lorie Donelle's work explores health literacy, social justice and digital health, and looks to change how we practice health care and how we engage with patients, individuals and each other.
Supported by: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Sonia Labatt
Women's Health Research Chair in Rural Health
Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, RN, PhD (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing)
Established in 2002, this chair was initiated to provide strategic leadership with respect to women's health in rural settings as it relates to health status, health determinants, health care needs, the use of health care resources, and effective models for health care delivery. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe brings a particular focus on understanding health inequities of rural women who have experienced IPV (intimate partner violence) and she is committed to working to reduce such inequities through meaningful practice and policy change.
Supported by: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Sonia Labatt
James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation
Joy MacDermid, PhD (Physical Therapy)
Established in 2015 to honor the late Dr. James (Jim) Roth, founder of the the Hand and Upper Limb Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital, this chair was developed to examine surgery and rehabilitation of hand and upper-limb disorders. As chairholder, Joy MacDermid, who is a physical therapist and hand therapist, focuses her research on developing, and transferring into practice, the best evidence for prevention, assessment and management of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.
Supported by: Friends of Dr. James Roth