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Donna Rennie
BSN, MN, PhD, CAE
Professor

Office: E1224 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-7886
Fax: (306) 966-6621
E-mail: donna.rennie@usask.ca

Biography

  • Research Interests
    • Respiratory epidemiology
    • Rural nursing
    • Rural health
    • Asthma education
  • Methodology
    • Quantitative

Education:

  • 1989 Master of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Thesis: Assessment of the Informational Needs of Mothers of
    Toddlers: Perceptions of Mothers and Community Health Nurses.
  • 1996 Doctor pf Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan, Respiratory Epidemiology. Thesis: A Population Based
    Study of Asthma and Wheeze in School Age Children.

Awards:

  • 1993-1995 Health Canada (NHRDP) Doctoral Training Fellowship
  • 1996 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (HSURC) - declined
  • 1997 -1999 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Medical Research Council Regional Partnership Program
  • (Founding Chairs Fellowship, Centre for Agriculture Medicine) University of Saskatchewan
  • 1995 Award of Merit, Saskatchewan Lung Association
  • 2005 Effie Feeney Award for Nursing Research Saskatchewan Association of Registered Nurses

Certifications:

  • Certified Asthma Educator, Canadian Network for Respiratory Care (2018)

Publications

Publications (Last 5 years)

Invited Reviews

Rennie, D. C., Lawson, J. A., Senthilselvan, A., Willson, P., & Dosman, J. (2012). Domestic endotoxin and asthma in childhood: epidemiological studies. Frontiers of Bioscience (Elite Edition), 4, 56-73.

Rennie, D. C., & Lawson, J. A. (2011). Domestic air quality and lung health. Minerva Pneumologica, 50(1), 31-46.

Gao, Z., Rennie, D. C., & Senthilselvan, A. (2010). Allergic rhinitis and genetic components: Focus on toll-like receptors (TLRs) gene polymorphisms. The Application of Clinical Genetics, 3, 109-120. Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Gao, Z., James A, D., Rennie, D. C., David A, S., Yang, I. V., Beach, J., & Senthilselvan, A. (2014). NOS3 polymorphism, lung function, and exposure to swine operations: Results of two studies. Letter to the Editor, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 134(2), 485-488, 488 e3-5.

Gjevre, J., Pahwa, P., Karunanayake, C. P., Hagel, L., Rennie, D. C., Lawson, Dyck, R., Dosman, J. and the Saskatchewan Rural Health Study Team. (2014). Excessive daytime sleepiness among rural residents in Saskatchewan. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 21(4), 227-33.

*Mitchell, E. A., Clayton, T., Garcia-Marcos, L., Pearce, N., Foliaki, S., Wong, G., & ISAAC Phase Three Study Group* (2014). Birthweight and the risk of atopic diseases: The ISAAC Phase III Study. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 24, 264-270.

Barry, R. J., Pickett, W., Rennie, D. C., Dosman, J. A., Pahwa, P., Hagel, L., ... The Saskatchewan Rural Health Study Team (2013 August). The role of farm operational and rural environments as potential risk factors for pediatric asthma in Saskatchewan. Pediatric Pulmonology, 1-10.

Lawson, J. A., Rennie, D. C., Dosman, J. A., Cammer, A. L., & Senthilselvan, A. (2013 August). Obesity, diet, and activity in relation to asthma and wheeze among rural dwelling children and adolescents. Journal of Obesity, 1-9.

*Wong, G., Brunkreef, B., Elwood, P., Anderson, H. R., Crane, J., Lai, C. K., & ISAAC Phase Three Study Group* (2013, July). Cooking fuels and prevalence of asthma: A global analysis of phase three of the International Study of asthma and allergies in Children (ISAAC). Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 1(5), 386-94.

Rennie, D. C., Karunanayake, C., Chen, Y., Nakagawa, K., Pahwa, P., Senthilselvan, A., & Dosman, J. A. (2013). CD 14 gene variants and their importance for childhood croup, atopy and asthma. Disease Markers, 35(6), 765-771.
Dyck, R., Karunanayake, C., Pahwa, P., Hagel, L., Lawson, J., Rennie, D., ... Saskatchewan Rural Health Study Group (2013). Prevalence, risk factors and co-morbidities of diabetes among adults in rural Saskatchewan: the influence of farm residence and agriculture-related exposures. BMC Public Health, 13, 7.

Bilinski, H., Duggleby, W., & Rennie, D. (2013). Lessons learned in designing and conducting a mixed methods study to explore the health of rural children. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 51(1), 1-10.

*Elwood, P., Asher, M. I., Garcia-Marcos, L., Keil, U., Robertson, C., Nagel, G., & ISAAC Phase III Study Group* (2013). Do fast foods cause asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema? Global findings from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) phase three. Thorax, 68(4), 351-60.

Gao, Z., Dosman, J. A., Rennie, D. C., Schwartz, D. A., Yang, I. V., Beach, J., & Senthilselvan, A. (2013). Association of toll-like receptor 2ene polymorphism with lung function in workers in swine operations. Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, 110, 44-50.

*Mitchell, E. A., Beasley, R., Keil, U., Montfort, S., Odhiambo, J., & ISAAC Phase Three Study Group* (2012). The association between tobacco and the risk of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema in children and adolescents: Analyses from Phase Three of the ISAAC Programme. Thorax, 67(11), 941-9.

Pahwa, P., Karunanyake, C., Hagel, L., Janzen, B., Pickett, W., Rennie, D., ... Saskatchewan Rural Health Study Team (2012). The Saskatchewan rural health study: an application of a population health framework to understand respiratory health outcomes. BMC Res Notes, 5, 400.

Pahwa, P., Karunanayake, C., Willson, P., Hagel, L., Rennie, D. C., Lawson, J. A., ... Saskatchewan Rural Health Study Team (2012). Prevalence of chronic bronchitis in farm and nonfarm rural residents in Saskatchewan. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 54(12), 1481-90.

Fedortsiv, O., Brozek, G. M., Luchyshyn, N., Kubey, I., Lawson, J. A., Rennie, D. C., & Zejda, J. (2012). Prevalence of childhood asthma, rhinitis, and eczema in the Ternopil region of Ukraine--results of BUPAS study. Advances in Medical Science, 57(2), 282-9.

Barry, R. J., Pickett, W., Rennie, D. C., Senthilselvan, A., Cockcroft, D. W., & Lawson, J. A. (2012). Factors contributing to risks for pediatric asthma in rural Saskatchewan. Ann. Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, 109(4), 255-9.

*Brunekreef, B., Von Mutius, E., Wong, G., Garcia-Marcos, L., Foliaki, S., & ISAAC Phase Three Study Group* (2012). Exposure to cats and dogs and symptoms of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema. Epidemiology, 23(5), 742-50.

Lawson, J. A., Dosman, J. A., Rennie, D. C., Beach, J. R., & Newman, S. C. (2012). Endotoxin as a determinant of asthma and wheeze among rural dwelling children and adolescents: a case-control study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 12, 56.

Karunanayake, C., Rennie, D. C., Pahwa, P., Chen, Y., & Dosman, J. A. (2011). Relationship between lung function and hypertension among rural Canadians using fractional polynomials. Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statisitcs, 12, 41-62.

Dupuis, J. R., Semchuk, K. M., Baxter-Jones, A. D. G., & Rennie, D. C. (2011). Predictors of overweight and obesity in a sample of rural Saskatchewan children. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 11(2), 51-62.

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Marciniuk, D., & Rennie, D. (2011). A population-based profile of Canadian adults living with participation and activity limitations. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 18(13), E1017-1024.

Lawson, J. A., Dosman, J. A., Rennie, D. C., Beach, J., & Newman, S. (2011). Relationship of endotoxin and tobacco smoke exposure to wheeze and diurnal peak expiratory flow variablility in children and adolescents. Respirology, 16, 332-9.

Karunanayake, C., Rennie, D. C., Pahwa, P., Chen, Y., & Dosman, J. A. (2011). Predictors of respiratory symptoms in a rural Canadian population: A longitudinal study of respiratory health. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 18(3), 149-153.

Bilinski, H., Rennie, D., & Duggleby, W. (2010). The meaning of health in rural children: A mixed methods approach. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 32, 949-966. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32, 949-966.

*Ellwood, P., Asher, M. I., & Stewart, A. W. (2010). The impact of the method of consent on response rates in the ISAAC time trends study. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 14(8), 1059-65.\

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Rennie, D., & Marciniuk, D. (2010). Rural/urban differences in health care utilization and place of death for persons with respiratory illness in the last year of life. Rural and Remote Health, 10.

Wong, C. J., Goodridge, D., Marciniuk, D., & Rennie, D. (2010). Fatigue in patients with COPD participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation program. International Journal of COPD, 5, 1-8.

Goodridge, D., Rocker, G., Lawson, J., Marciniuk, D., & Rennie, D. (2010). Factors associated with opioid dispensation for patients with COPD and lung cancer in the last year of life: A retrospective analysis. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 5, 99-105.

Wang, H. Y., Pizzichini, M. M., Becker, A. B., Duncan, J. M., Ferguson, A. C., Greene, J. M., ... Sears, M. R. (2010). Disparate geographic prevalences of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema among adolescents in five Canadian cities. Peadiatric Allergy and Immunology, 21(5), 867-77.

Chen, Y., Rennie, D., Cormier, Y., & Dosman, J. (2010). Association between atopy and obesity in adults. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, 153, 372-77. (commentary)

Lawson, J. A., Dosman, J. A., Rennie, D. C., Beach, J., Newman, S., & Senthilselvan, A. (2009). Relationship between indoor environment and asthma and wheeze severity among rural children and adolescents. Journal of Agromedicine, 14(2), 277-285.

Dosman, J., Chenard, L., Rennie, D., & Senthilselvan, A. (2009). Protective effect of atopy for respiratory symptoms in fully employed women workers in swine operations but not in men. Journal of Agromedicine, 14(2), 270-276.

*Odhiambo, J. A., Williams, H. C., Clayton, T. O., Robertson, C. F., & Asher, M. I. (2009). Global variations in prevalence of eczema symptoms in children from ISAAC Phase Three. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 124, 1251-8.

Senthilselvan, A., Chenard, L., Kirychuk, S., Predicala, B., Schwartz, D., Burch, L., ... Dosman, J. (2009). Gender-related tumor necrosis factor-? responses in nave volunteers with toll-like receptor 4 polymorphisms exposed in a swine confinement facility. Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research, 29(12), 781-90.

Ghosh, S., Pahwa, P., Rennie, D. C., & Janzen, B. (2009). Gender-related interactive effect of smoking and rural/urban living on asthma prevalence: A longitudinal Canadian NPHS study. Journal of Asthma, 46(10), 988-94.

Goodridge, D., Duggleby, W., Gjevre, J., & Rennie, D. (2009). Exploring the quality of dying of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the intensive care unit: A mixed methods approach. Nursing in Critical Care, 14(2), 51-60.

Chen, Y., Rennie, D. C., & Dosman, J. A. (2009). Changing prevalence of obesity in a rural community during 1977-2003: A multiple cross-sectional study. Public Health, 123(1), 15-9.

Chen, Y., Rennie, D., Cormier, Y., & Dosman, J. (2009). Atopy, obesity and asthma in adults: The Humboldt Study. Journal of Agromedicine, 14(2), 222-227.

Pahwa, P., Karunanayake, C., Rennie, D., Chen, Y., Schwartz, D., & Dosman, J. A. (2009). Association of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism with lung function in relation to body mass index. BMC Pulmonary Medicine, 9(46), 1-8.

*As a member of the Phase 1 and 3 Study Groups, I was responsible for assisting in the co-ordination of the study in 1993, conducting the study as the Saskatoon PI in 2003 including questionnaire itemization for additional questions, supervision of data collection editing and advising on all of the manuscripts.

Grants

Recent Grants

Lawson J (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Adamko D (Co-investigator). Development of an international research initiative in childhood asthma, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections Program. Total: $8,000.00 for 2014

Lawson J (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Adamko D (Co-investigator). Development of an international research initiative in childhood asthma, Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute Community Support Meetings Grant. Total: $12,500.00 for 2014

Goodridge D (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Lawson J (Co-investigator), Neumann J (Co-investigator). A Profile of Canadian Children with Asthma Living with Participation and Activity Limitations. Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Nurses for Kids Community Development Program. Total: $49,904.00 for 2012 to 2015.

Dosman J (Co-principal Investigator), Abonyi S (Co-principal Investigator), Episkenew J (Co-principal Investigator), Pahwa P (Co-principal Investigator), Karunanayake C (Co-investigator), Fenton M (Co-investigator), Gordon J (Co-investigator), Janzen B (Co-investigator), King M (Co-investigator), Kirychuk S (Co-investigator), Koehncke N (Co-investigator), Lawson J (Co-investigator), Marchildon G (Co-investigator), McBain L (Co-investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Senthilselvan A (Co-investigator). Assess, Redress, Re-assess: Addressing Disparities in Respiratory Health Among First Nations People., Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Total: $2,395,255.00 for 2011-10 to 2016-09.

Dosman J (Principal Investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), Pahwa P (Co-investigator), Biem J (Co-investigator), Koehncke N (Co-investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Bharadwaj L (Co-investigator), Albritton W (Co-investigator), Barber E (Co-investigator), Rhodes C (Co-investigator), Babiuk L (Co-investigator), Wilson P (Co-investigator). Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture: National Agricultural Rural Industrial Hygiene Laboratory, A World Leader in Linking Agricultural/Rural Exposures to Human Health, New Initiatives Fund Infastructure Project Canadian Foundation for Innovations. Total: $2,400,000.00 for 2010 to 2016

Lawson J (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Dyck R (Co-investigator). The prevalence and severity of asthma among children in a north-central Saskatchewan region, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation New Investigator Establishment Grant. Total: $79,043.00 for 2011 to 2016-09

Dosman J (Principal Investigator), Gordon J (Principal Investigator), Pahwa P (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator), Chen Y (Co-investigator), Pitblado J (Co-investigator), Lawson, J (co-investigator), Dyck, R. (Co-investigator), Hagel, L., (Co-investigator). Saskatchewan Rural Health Study, Public, Community and Population Health Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Total: $1,979,898.00 for 2008 to 2015-09

Gordon J (Co-principal Investigator), Cockcroft D (Co-principal Investigator), Gjevre J (Collaborator), Butcher S (Collaborator), Dosman J (Collaborator), Graham B (Collaborator), Kirychuk S (Collaborator), Koehncke N (Collaborator), Lawson J (Collaborator), Marciniuk D (Collaborator), Rennie D (Collaborator), Reid J (Collaborator), Singh B (Collaborator), Skomro R (Collaborator). Airways Research Group, Health Research Group Grants Phase 2, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $300,000.00 for 2010 to 2014

Lawson J (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator). Childhood asthma: An international research initiative, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Meetings Grant. Total: $24,148.00 for 2012 to 2013

Lawson J (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator). Childhood asthma: Development of an international research initiative, Global Partners II, Round 3 from the International Development Research Center and the University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2011 to 2012

Rennie D (Principal Investigator). Canadian Support for Belarus, Ukraine and Poland (CAN for BUPAS), Global II Partnership International Research Development Centre & University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2010 to 2011

Bilinski H (Principal Investigator), Rennie D (Co-investigator). Interprofessional Rural Experience, Interprofessional Health Collaborative of Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2009 to 2010