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Donna Rennie BSN, MN, PhD, CAE Emeritus Professor

E1224 Health Sciences, Saskatoon



  • 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.


  • 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


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

Research Interests

  • Respiratory epidemiology
  • Rural nursing
  • Rural health
  • Asthma education


  • Quantitative


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.


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