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.

Dr. Frank J. Hayden Chair in Sport and Social Impact

Chairholder to be announced

Hayden Chair

Established 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 advance the work of Western's Sport and Social Impact Research Group to 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.

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)

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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

ECHO Chair in Rural Women's Health Research

Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, PhD (Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing)

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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 particular focus to understanding health inequities of rural women who have experienced IPV (intimative partner violence) and she is committed to working to reduce such inequities through meaningful practice and policy change.

Supported by: Echo - Improving Women's Health in Ontario and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Sonia Labatt

James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation

Joy MacDermid, PhD (Physical Therapy)

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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