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Research & Education

Janet Pritchard

Janet has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship with St. Peter’s Research and Education Centre, beginning in January 2013. The focus of her work will be on knowledge translation strategies of clinical practice guidelines to improve care of seniors in primary care. This study will inform policy makers, clinicians and scientists of barriers and facilitators to improving care of seniors using electronic medical records. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, OntarioMD and the Ontario College of Family Physicians.


Janet's research focus has been on the interaction between type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis in older adults using novel technologies, such as MRI and scanning electron microscopy. Janet has been successful in publishing the findings of her research in leading journals in the field and has received salary support funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Fund. In addition to academic successes, Janet’s involvement on various councils at McMaster University was recognized with the 2011 Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service to McMaster University.





Andy Kin On Wong PhD (c)

Andy is a medical scientist at McMaster University focusing on musculoskeletal health in the aging population by integrating multiple fields together: medical imaging, software engineering, statistical modeling and basic biology.


Andy is the Director of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Bone Quality Study (CaMos BQS @ held at six cities in Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon, Hamilton, Toronto & Kingston).


Andy has recently discovered a connection between low muscle density and an increase in the odds for fracturing a bone in women above 60 years of age. He saw that fat within muscle may play a role in the fractures observed but learned that there was more to the story. He is now working with Courtney Kennedy to see how frailty may be the link between muscle and fractures. Andy received a Young Investigator Award at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research this year for this work, and was invited to present his findings in the opening reception to an international audience. As his research has increasingly involved an aging perspective, Andy was chosen to be one of three Canadians to attend the International Summer School on Aging in Ancona, Italy, as supported by the European Research Agency. Andy's work in Canada is currently funded by the most prestigious Vanier Scholarship and a CIHR operating grant. Andy is one of 22 Canadian investigators featured in a 2013 edition of International Innovation in Healthcare.




Courtney Kennedy Phd (c )

Courtney is a Research Methodologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine – St. Peters Hospital, and student in Health Research Methodology in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster. Courtney recently received a Young Investigator Annual Meeting Travel Grant at the 2012 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), and had a plenary poster in the opening reception, for her work exploring frailty and bone health in the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos).  Her frailty work was supported by an Osteoporosis Canada-CaMos Fellowship Award (2011-2012), and she was awarded this fellowship again in 2012-2013 to continue this work.

Key Points:


-       A cumulative deficits frailty index created in the CaMos cohort demonstrated external and construct validity

-       In the cross-sectional study, CaMos men and women with falls, women with prevalent fractures, men with OP were frailer

-       Further longitudinal analyses are being conducted to examine how frailty relates to muscle measures and how it progresses for participants with low BMD and fractures


Courtney’s supervisory team includes: Dr. Lehana Thabane, Professor/Associate Chair, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University and Senior Scientist, Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), Hamilton Health Sciences;  Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, a Geriatrician with Hamilton Health Sciences and Professor, Department of Medicine and Eli Lilly Canada Chair in Osteoporosis,  McMaster University; and Dr. Jonathan D. Adachi, Professor, Department of Medicine and Alliance for Better Bone Health Chair in Rheumatology, McMaster University and Director of the Hamilton Arthritis Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare.




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