New faces: Faculty of Health welcomes two new assistant professors

The Faculty of Health welcomes two new faculty members in 2015 to the School of Kinesiology & Health Science: assistant professors Heather Edgell and Loriann Hynes.

"Our School of Kinesiology & Health Science has two exceptional new colleagues joining us this year,” said Faculty of Health Dean Harvey Skinner.

“Heather Edgell is leading the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Lab where she is advancing our knowledge about the underlying mechanisms, prevention and potential treatments for cardiovascular diseases – the primary cause of mortality in Canadian women.

“Loriann Hynes is leading teaching innovations for human anatomy such as the use of simulation manikins, as well as research on concussions and head injuries. Also, Loriann is coordinator of the Athletic Therapy Certificate Program.

“I am delighted to welcome Healther and Loriann to the Faculty of Health," he said.

Heather Edgell

Heather Edgell

Heather Edgell – Working in the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Lab at York University to determine mechanisms behind the prevalence and lethality of cardiovascular disease in women will be the focus of Heather Edgell’s research while at York University. Edgell joins the Faculty of Health as an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science, with a focus on cardiovascular disease in women and the related costs of health care. Her work will use those findings to explore potential avenues of treatment.

Edgell earned a BSc and MSc in biology from the University of Alberta, and did her doctoral degree in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. She went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at Western University, and then the University of Alberta. Her work has been published in several publications, including the Journal of Applied Physiology and Frontiers in Physiology.

Loriann Hynes

Loriann Hynes

Loriann Hynes – A practising athletic therapist for over 18 years, Loriann Hynes joins the Faculty of Health as assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science. She brings with her a lengthy background in postsecondary instruction, with 15 years teaching prospective athletic therapists at Sheridan College.

In her move to York University, she has taken on the position of athletic therapy certificate program coordinator, where she will incorporate innovations in human anatomy education by using leading tools and technology, including simulation manikins. Her professional experience and research background offer a unique approach to the identification, assessment and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Her research interests are predominantly in the area of concussion and its relationship to injury via whiplash mechanism.

Hynes earned her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, followed by a master's and PhD at the University of Guelph.

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