Research Report

Maureen Kennedy is retiring

Maureen has been a valued Department/CSFM staff member since 2001. We have greatly benefitted from Maureen’s many administrative skills, dissemination coordination, and vast knowledge of the inner workings of Schulich/Western. Her willingness to step in to help faculty and staff with any issue they were facing and doing so with her wonderful sense of humour have been most appreciated. We want to thank Maureen for her commitment and years of service and wish her all the very best in her retirement!

Note from Maureen

I started at CSFM on a three month contract and here I am retiring twenty plus years later. I remember my first week at CSFM. It felt like everyone spoke in acronyms; I was constantly asking what does that stand for? There were a couple of grant applications in progress – it was a very busy time. Everyone was so lovely, and everything was so new and interesting so I decided to stay a little longer.

Western has been very good to me; I went to night school part time for years on the employee paid education program to finish an undergraduate degree and complete a graduate degree. I love the classroom so these were wonderful years for me – even the 8 am weekend exams. The CSFM faculty and staff were always so supportive.

There are so many wonderful memories and moments from my time at CSFM. Retirement will bring many more good times and I am looking forward to the next chapter.

In the Media

A recent study conducted by Dr. Nisanthini Ravichandiran for her Masters of Clinical Science was featured in Western News. She was co-supervised by Drs. Bridget Ryan and Maria Mathews.

Western News - Recent immigrants less likely to have family doctor, study shows (

Dr. Jane Thornton was recently featured on a recent podcast on CBC radio about running and health.

Dr. Jane Thornton is a co-investigator on this research.

Our elite athlete and pregnancy research (PI: Margie Davenport at U of A) featured on Upworthy:


Conference Presentations

Thornton J. The junior athlete with low back pain - same but different? Or really different? BJSM Live Conference. Brighton, UK. May 2022.

Thornton J. Low Back Pain in Athletes – Panel Discussion. BJSM Live Conference. Brighton, UK. May 2022.

Thornton J. Physical Activity for Health: How can we champion the healthcare sector? The Canadian experience. Research to Practice 2022: Exercise & Sports Science Australia (virtual conference). May 2022. Keynote lecture.

Thornton J. Working Together to Achieve Positive Health Outcomes: A Shared Decision-Making Approach. Research to Practice 2022: Exercise & Sports Science Australia (virtual conference). May 2022. Invited lecture.

Thornton J. Female athlete health across the lifespan. Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Department of Sports Medicine/ Oslo Sport Trauma Research Centre Spring Seminar. Asgarstrand, Norway. May 2022.


Recent Publications

Gruner D, Feinberg Y, Venables MJ, Shanza Hashmi S, Saad A, Archibald D, Pottie K. An undergraduate medical education framework for refugee and migrant health: Curriculum development and conceptual approaches. BMC Med Educ. 2022 May 16;22(1):374. doi: 10.1186/s12909-022-03413-8.

Lukewich J, Martin-Misener R, Norful AA, Poitras ME, Bryant-Lukosius D, Asghari S, Marshall EG, Mathews M, Swab M, Ryan D, Tranmer J. Effectiveness of registered nurses on patient outcomes in primary care: a systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res. 2022 Jun 3;22(1):740. doi: 10.1186/s12913-022-07866-x.

Moulson N, Connelly KA, Dorian P, Fournier A, Goodman JM, Grubic N, Isserow S, Johri AM, Philippon F, Pipe A, Poirier P, Quinn R, Taylor T, Thornton J, Wilkinson M, McKinney J. COVID-19, Inflammatory Heart Disease, and Vaccination in the Athlete and Highly Active Person: An Update and Further Considerations. Can J Cardiol. 2022 May 25:S0828-282X(22)00334-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2022.05.019. Epub ahead of print.

Ratzki-Leewing A, Black JE, Ryan BL, Harris SB. Real-world risk factors of confirmed or probable COVID-19 in Americans with diabetes: A prospective, community-based study (iNPHORM). Endocrinol Diabetes Metab. 2022 May 29:e342. doi: 10.1002/edm2.342. Epub ahead of print.