College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Donna Rennie

Office: E1224 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-7886
Fax: (306) 966-6621


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


Ellwood, P, Williams, H., Ait-Khaled, N., Bjorksten, B., Roberston, C., and the ISAAC Phase III Study Group. (2009). Translation of questions: The international study of Asthma and allergies in children (ISAAC) experience. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 13(9), 1174-1182.

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

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. doi:10.1186/1471-2466-9-46.

Senthilselvan, A., Chenard, L., Kirychuk, S., Predicala, B., Schwartz, D., Burch, L., Rennie, D., Willson, P., 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.

Chen, Y., Rennie, D., Dosman, J. Synergy of BMI and family history of diabetes: The Humboldt Study. Public Health Nutrition. First view article, 1-5. doi:10.10.017/S136898000999285, 5 pages.

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.

Senthilselvan, A., Dosman, J., Ché nard, L., Burch L., Predicala, B., Sorowski, R., Schneberger, D., Hurst, T., Kirychuk S., Gerdts, V., Cormier, Y., Rennie, D., Schwartz, DA. (2009). Toll-like receptor 4 variants reduce airway response in humans at high endotoxin levels in a swine facility. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 123(5), 1034-40

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.

Farthing. P.*, Rennie, D., Pahwa, P., Janzen, B., Dosman, J. The Association between farming activities and respiratory health in school age children. Journal of Agromedicine. 14(2), 256-262.

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.

Rennie, D C, Lawson JA, Kirychuk SP, Pederson C, Willson P, Senthilselvan A, Cockroft DW. (2008). Assessment of Endotoxin Levels in the Home and Current Asthma and Wheeze in School Age Children. Indoor Air. 18(6), 447-53.

Beasley, R., Clayton T., Crane, J., von Mutius, E., Lai, C. K. W., Montfort, S., Stewart, A., for ISAAC Phase Three Study Group. (2008). Association between paracetamol use in infancy and childhood, and the risk of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis, and eczema in children aged 6-7 years: Analysis from Phase Three of the ISAAC program. Lancet. 372, 1039-48.

Willson, P., Khozani, T., Juurlink, B., Senthilselvan, A., Rennie, D., Gerdts, V., Gawaziuk, J., Schenberger, D., Burch, L. Dosman, J. (2008). In vitro production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha by human monocyte stimulated with lippopolysaccharide is positively correlated with increased blood moncytes after exposure to a swine barn. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A, 71(21), 1401 – 1406.

Ghosh, S.*, Pahwa, P., Rennie, D. (2008). Comparison between the design-based and model based approaches using longitudinal survey data. Model Assisted Statistics and Applications, 3(2), 177-185. (*Student)

Ghosh, S*., Pahwa, P., & Rennie, D. (2008). Opposing trends in health professional diagnosed asthma prevalence by gender: a Canadian Population Health Survey study. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 15, 146-152. (*Student)

Goodridge, D., Duggleby, W., Gjevre, J., Rennie, D. (2008). Caring for critically ill patients with COPD at the end of life: A qualitative study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 24, 162-170.

Goodridge, D., Lawson, J., Duggleby, W., Marciniuk, D., Rennie, D., Stang, MR. (2008). Health care utilization of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and lung cancer in the last twelve months of life. Respiratory Medicine; 6, 885-891.

Senthilselvan, A., Rennie, D., Chenard, L., Burch, L., Babiuk, L., Schwartz, D., Dosman, J. A. (2008). Polymorphisms of toll-like receptor 4 are associated with reduced prevalence of hay fever and atopy. Annals of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, 100, 463-468.

Ghosh, S.*, Pahwa, P., Rennie, D. C. (2008). Comparison of design-based and model based methods to estimate the cluster effect using National Population Health Survey Data (1994-2003). Model Assisted Statistics and Applications. 3, 33-42. (*Student)

Lawson, J.A*., Rennie, D. C., Senthilselvan, A., McDuffie, H. H., Cockcroft, D. W. (2007). Occurrence of new onset wheeze in a three year follow-up of schoolchildren. Annals of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, 99, 502-508. (*Student)

Pearce, N., At-Khaled, N., Beasley, R, Mallol. J, Keil, U., Mitchell, E, Robertson, C., and the ISAAC Phase Three Study Group. (2007). Worldwide trends in the prevalence of asthma symptoms: Phase Three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Thorax. 62, 757-65.

Chen Y., Rennie D. C., Cormier, Y., McDuffie, H.H., Pahwa, P., Dosman, J. (2007). Reduced risk of atopic sensitization among farmers: The Humboldt Study. International Archives of Allergy and Immunology. 144, 338-342.

Chen, Y., Rennie, D. C., Cormier, Y. Dosman, J. (2007). Waist circumference associated with pulmonary function in normal weight, overweight and obese subjects. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 85, 35-9.


Canadian Support for Belarus Ukraine Poland Asthma Study. Funded by International Development Research Centre/University of Saskatchewan $10,000, 03/2010 to 03/2011. Principal applicant

STIHR: Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem (PHARE). Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research, Principal Applicant: Gordon, John, $325,000/year, 03/2009 to 03/2015. Co-applicant.

Saskatchewan Rural Health Study. Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Population and Public Health. Principal Applicant: Dosman, James (Designated principal) $1,979,898 (total), 07/2008 to 07/2014. Co-applicant.

Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture: National Agricultural Industrial Hygiene Laboratory. Funded by: Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Principal Applicant: Dosman, J. $5,822,362 08/2007 to 08/2012. User.

Intrauterine Antecedents of Inflammatory-Mediated Diseases. Funded by: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) (formerly Health Services) Principal Applicant: Rosenberg, Alan (Designated Principal) $300,000, 06/2006 to 12/2010. Principal Applicant.

Assessment of the Continuing Education Needs of Asthma Educators: A National Perspective. Funded by: Canadian Lung Association (CLA). $15,500, 07/2008 to 07/2010. Principal applicant.

Exposure to Endotoxin and the Lung. Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Population Health. Principal Applicant: Dosman, James (Designated Principal), $2,100,000, 06/2002 to 06/2011. Principal applicant

Dosman, J.A. (2003-2009). Public Health: Canadian Centre of Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA). $2,400 000. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Collaborator.

Dosman, J.AQ., (2004-2007) Exposure to Endotoxin and Lung Function, $400,000 per year, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Co-applicant. (3nd year of a 5 year grant primarily funding Humboldt Family Study – Coordinated study).

Goodridge, D. (principal) (2005-2007). Quality of End-of-Life Care: The perspectives of bereaved family members of lung cancer and COPD patients, Health care providers and policy makers in rural and urban areas. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. New Investigator Award. 2005-2007 Co-investigator.