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Archived News Releases and Articles

  • Tuesday, April 12

Following an article published in The Ottawa Citizen about the optimization plan occurring at the University of Ottawa, the dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and co-author of the report, Dr Denis Prud’homme, gave an interview to Radio-Canada Ottawa-Gatineau Television. To see the interview.

  • Tuesday, March 30

Official launch of the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences
The new School of the Faculty has been officially born today in the presence of Sylvie Lauzon, Associate Vice-President Academic, Denis Prud'homme, Dean of the Faculty, Linda Garcia and Sanni Yaya, respectively Director and Acting Director of the School.

  • Friday, March 26

The program Le monde selon Mathieu at Radio Canada received France Rioux and Bénedicte Fontaine-Bisson, Friday, March 26, to talk about nutrition. Listen to the program (in French only)

  • Thursday, March 18

In the francophonie special edition of the Gazette last issue, read about Milena Parent, professor at the School of Human Kinetics, Claire-Jehanne Dubouloz, professor at the School of Rehabilitation and the University Clinic in Primary Health Care

  • Wednesday, February 17

Professor Alex Dumas was the guest at the first show of Gatinorama – a new podcast public affair site  - You can listen to this 30 minute interview (in French only) : Ça fait trop mal de rêver : compte rendu d’une étude sur la réadaptation cardiaque en milieu socioéconomiquement défavorisé

  • Tuesday, February 16

Professors Parent and Werthner make headlines during Winter Olympics


  • Tuesday, February 16

"Canada's secret plans to dominate the Olympics"

The University of Ottawa is part of the secret team!

Penny Werthner, professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences - School of Human Kinetics and her PHD Student Margaret Dupe collaborated to the special project “Own the podium” that was part of Canada's secret plans to dominate the Olympics. Professor Werthner’s part was to help the athletes to control their physical and mental response to gear up in the moments before a performance.

You can see part of the preparation work done with gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau in a story prepared by Radio-Canada’s Découverte : « S’entraîner chez le psychologue » presented on February 13, 2010 (In French only).

And in The Canandian Press, February 15, 2010 Penny Werthner comments on her work with Olympic athletes.
By Helen Branswell, Medical Reporter

What monkey? Sports psychologist says gold drought pressure overblown


  • Saturday, February 13

The daily newspaper Le Soleil, publishes today an interview with Professor Benoît Séguin an expert in ambush marketing (in French)
Les Jeux olympiques: tous droits réservés
By : Baptiste Ricard-Châtelain

  • Wednesday, February 3

Health Canada and the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) today announce that have awarded a $2.5 millions grant to the "Collaborative Action on Childhood Obesity"group. Consisting of 6 National, Provincial and Territorial partners across Canada, the aim of this group is to develop concrete projects in order to combat youth obesity in Northen Ontario.

The University of Ottawa through the Faculty of Health Sciences Professors Malek Batal (Nutrition Program), François Haman and Michael Robidoux (School of Human Kinetics), has received an important part of this grant, namely $700 000. These funds wil be used to develop local food supply strategies in First Nations communities of Northern Ontario.

The project will run through to March of 2012.

The coalition’s goal is to contribute to a reversal in the escalating trend in child and youth obesity by reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and screen-time by Canadian youth, decreasing the appeal and accessibility of unhealthy food choices, while improving the availability of healthy alternatives at participating schools. The coalition will work with select First Nations communities to assist in developing sustainable food strategies based on local traditional dietary practices. Our coalition will work with governments at the federal, provincial and territorial level to examine the potential role of taxation in combating the obesity epidemic. In addition, the coalition will learn from Québec’s historical experience with junk food sales zoning, and laws surrounding advertising unhealthy foods and beverages to children, in hopes of supporting similar approaches in other jurisdictions.

The group includes:   

- Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada
- Childhood Obesity Foundation
- University of Ottawa
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec
- Coalition québécoise sur la problématique du poids
- Government of Northwest Territories
  • Monday January 25

Cold weather medication

"If you're enjoying the break in the cold weather, not so fast. it turns out cold may be good for you. The C-B-C's Evan Dyer brings us the science behind the shiver." Listen to Pascal Imbeault interview (8:33)

  • Tuesday, January 19

Cool health benefits to being cold

The Ottawa Citizen published in its January 18 issue, an article about Pascal Imbeault's work.

  • Monday, November 2

University of Ottawa nursing research unit receives a prestigious awardfrom an International Nursing Organization

Canadian nursing, education and health-care organizations were recognized today for their contribution to nursing excellence at the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) biennial conference in Indianapolis (USA).
The prestigious Practice Academe Innovation Collaboration Award was presented to representatives of Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the 21 Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSOs) and the joint RNAO/University of Ottawa (UO) Nursing Best Practice Research Unit (NBPRU). The inaugural award recognized the significance and value of collaborative efforts between nursing practice and academia to improve the health of people internationally.


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  • Wednesday, October 21

Under the supervision of Professor Holly Donohoe, students in the Leisure Studies program are tackling the contentious redesign of Lansdowne Park for their final school project. Read the article in the Sun


  • Monday, September 22

The University of Ottawa welcomes three new health networks with funding totalling $8.75 million over five years

Pictures of the event


From left to right: Mona Nemer,University of Ottawa Vice-President, Research, Adalsteinn Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Stategy Division for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Louise Bouchard and Marie-Hélène Chomiene, Co-Leads Ontario Population Health of Francophone Minority Research Network,Vasanthi Srinivasan, Senior Manager, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Denis Prud’Homme, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Douglas Manuel, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, coLead, Population Health Interventions Programme of RRASP-PHIRN, Sarah Caldwell, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Faculty of Health Science, Scientific Director RRASP-PHIRN, OHHRRN, Carlos Quinonez, University of Toronto, coLead, Patterns and Pathways of Inequities Programme of RRASP-PHIRN, Jim Dunn, McMaster University, coLead, Population Health Interventions Programme of RRASP-PHIRN, Nancy Edwards, School of Nursing, RRASP-PHIRN Scientific Advisor, Ron Labonté (missing) Institute for Population Health, UOttawa, coLead, Patterns and Pathways of Inequities Programme of RRASP-PHIRN


From left to right: Dorothy Bonnefant, CHNET-Works! Animateur, Chantal Demers, Research Coordinator, Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network (OHHRRN), Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Scientific Director RRASP-PHIRN, OHHRRN, Arturo Hernandez, Web Consultant, ihotweb Solutions, Mechthild Meyer, Gentium Consulting, Stephanie Donovan, RRASP-PHIRN Student, Lynne MacLean, RRASP-PHIRN Research Specialist, Nancy Edwards, RRASP-PHIRN Scientific Advisor, Lisa Childs, RRASP-PHIRN Administrative Coordinator, Alma Estable, Gentium Consulting

  • Wednesday, September 16
Read the article in The Ottawa Citizen Students target health care silos


  • Monday, August 24

Heat stress in older individuals and people with chronic diseases

Ottawa, August 24, 2009 -People over the age of 60 are the most vulnerable to heat waves, with 82% to 92% more deaths than average occurring in this age group.

Risks for heat-related illness or injury – such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps – are also heightened in people with obesity, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory conditions as these decrease the body’s ability to adapt to temperature changes.

A review prepared by Professor Glen Kenny from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa and coauthors published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) - describes the effect of heat on human physiology and factors that increase the risk of heat stress.

Interview at la Première Chaîne de Radio-Canada Winnipeg (in French only)

  • Friday, February 20

In an article in Le Devoir (in french only)about the side effects of the antiretroviral therapy, Dave Holmes and Marilou Gagnon, professor and PhD student at the School of Nursing, answer Lisa Marie Gervais's questions.


  • Monday, February 16

In an article in Le Droit (in french only)about the relationship between love and health, Viola Polomeno, Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, explains how it is important to love someone and be loved too.