Research Report

There are many ongoing research projects at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine. Hockey FIT (Fans in Training) led by Dr. Robert Petrella, Principal Investigator, is one of the current projects. It is a novel, evidence-based, gender-sensitized, weight loss and healthy lifestyle program that began as a pilot program in 2014 in London and Sarnia, and is now in 32 communities across Canada. Men who are hockey fans who are overweight are recruited to a 12-week weight loss and exercise program giving them the tools and resources to improve their lifestyle for the better.

Hockey FIT has been featured on CTV news and Western news in the past month with updates on the project’s progress.

Read the updates here:

Western News

Western News - Hockey FIT program reaches fans from coast to coast (

CTV news and TV

Using a passion for hockey as a way to promote fitness | CTV News



Title: Impact of COVID-19 on Road Safety: A Population-based Survey of Canadian Drivers.

Granting Agency: Transport Canada Enhanced Road Safety Transfer Payment Program (ERSTPP)

Co-Principal Investigators: Wickens CM, Mann RE, Vingilis E.

Co-Investigators: Agic B, Beirness D, Brubacher J, Johnson J, Jonah B, Murie A, Rapoport MJ, Seeley J, Stoduto G.

Duration: March 2021 – Sept. 2022


Title: The Impact of COVID-19 on Road Safety: A Population-based Survey of Ontario Drivers

Granting Agency: Ministry of Transport of Ontario Road Safety Research Partnership Program

Principal Investigator: Vingilis E.

Co-investigators: Seeley J, Beirness D, Boase P, Johnson J, Jonah B, Mann RE, Rapoport MJ, Wickens CM

Duration: Feb. 2021 – Oct. 2022


Title: Contraception choice for female endurance athletes: what's sport got to do with it?

Granting agency: Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Schulich Research Opportunities Program

Principal Investigator: Thornton J

Co-Investigators: Ryall S and Ohrling H COVID(1st year medical students)

Funding amount: $9,000

Duration: June 2021 –  August 2021


Recent Publications

Fortin M, Stewart M, Ngangue P, Almirall J, Bélanger M, Brown JB, Couture M, Gallagher F, Katz A, Loignon C, Ryan BL, Sampalli T, Wong ST, Zwarenstein M. Scaling Up Patient-Centered Interdisciplinary Care for Multimorbidity: A Pragmatic Mixed-Methods Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Fam Med. 2021 Mar-Apr;19(2):126-134. doi: 10.1370/afm.2650.

Karmali S, Battram D, Burke S, Cramp A, Mantler T, Morrow D, Ng V, Pearson E, Petrella R, Tucker P, Irwin J. Clients’ and Coaches’ Perspectives of a Life Coaching Intervention for Parents with Overweight/Obesity. Int J Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. 2020 Aug;18(2):115-132. doi: 10.24384/2wjj-py19

Liu SL, Sibbald SL, Rosa A, Mahon JL, Carter DR, Peddle M, Spaic T. Patient and paramedic experiences with a direct electronic referral program for focused hypoglycemia education following paramedic service assist-requiring hypoglycemia in London and Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. Diabet Med. 2021 Mar 28:e14569. doi: 10.1111/dme.14569. Epub ahead of print.

Nicholls SG, Carroll K, Hey SP, Zwarenstein M, Zhang J, Nix H, Brehaut JC, McKenzie JE, McDonald S, Weijer C, Fergusson D, Taljaard M. A review of pragmatic trials found a high degree of diversity in design and scope, deficiencies in reporting and trial registry data, and poor indexing. J Clin Epidemiol. 2021 Mar 28:S0895-4356(21)00103-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.03.021. Epub ahead of print.

Patricios J, Kemp J, Thornton JS, Drezner J. Nuisance or necessity? Why robust peer review is critical for medical science. Br J Sports Med. 2021 Mar 22:bjsports-2021-104126. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2021-104126. Epub ahead of print.

Seeley J, Hamilton H, Vingilis E. Young drivers vs. non-drivers: are there differences in behaviour? Accid Anal Prev. 2021 Mar 16;154:106011. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2021.106011. Epub ahead of print.

Stewart M, Fortin M, Brown JB, Ryan BL, Pariser P, Charles J, Pham TN, Boeckxstaens P, Reichert SM, Zou GY, Bhattacharya O, Katz A, Piccinini-Vallis H, Sampalli T, Wong ST, Zwarenstein M. Patient-centred innovation for multimorbidity care: a mixed-methods, randomised trial and qualitative study of the patients' experience. Br J Gen Pract. 2020 Dec 14:bjgp21X714293. doi: 10.3399/bjgp21X714293. Epub ahead of print.

Thornton JS, Patricios J, Kemp J, Engebretsen L, Drezner J. Robin Hood in SEM? What can we take from elite sport to give back to wider public health? Br J Sports Med. 2021 Apr 1:bjsports-2021-104266. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2021-104266. Epub ahead of print.

Shaheen Q, Kothari A, Conklin J, Sibbald S. Supporting successful communities of practice for older adults: a qualitative secondary analysis. 2021 Apr. Educational Gerontology, doi:10.1080/03601277.2021.1907899


Conference Presentations (Invited Speaker)

Thornton J. American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual conference: High Value Physical Activity Advice: How to Give the Right Activity Prescription to the Right Person at the Right Time. Invited Speaker. (San Diego, USA). April 2021.

Thornton J. American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual conference: Exercise Medicine and Physical Activity Promotion: Perspectives from World Leaders. The Canadian Model. Invited Speaker. (San Diego, USA). April 2021.


Invited Presentations

Vingilis E. Delft University of Technology Road Safety Courses: Webinar on COVID-19 and Road Safety. October 27, 2020.

Vingilis E. International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety: Webinar on COVID-19 and Road Safety. December 11, 2020.

Vingilis E. Department of Psychiatry’s Grand Rounds, Sunnybrook, Health Sciences Centre: COVID-19 and Road Safety, January 29, 2021.

Vingilis E. City of Calgary –Roads and Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Webinar Series: The Effect of COVID-19 on Road Safety. March 17, 2021.