Division of Geriatric Medicine

Masters and PhD Candidates

Andy Kin On WongAndy Kin On Wong

Andy Kin On Wong is a PhD candidate in medical sciences with a focus in bone-muscle imaging and associations with clinical outcomes of fractures and falls. He is a transdisciplinary scientist with a balance of skill sets in MRI and CT imaging, bone and muscle segmentation algorithms, basic physiology and pharmacology of bone and muscle, as well as epidemiological methods. He has worked with a number of engineers on developing techniques for quantifying bone and muscle features. He has also worked with the MrOS, SOF and CaMos cohorts and continue to be a consultant for MrOS. With an undergraduate background in pharmacology, Andy is interested in developing capacity to measure the effects of SARMs on bone, muscle and fat distribution. Andy is currently one of the lead investigators for the CaMos Bone Quality Study at 6 cities across Canada.


His awards are as follows:

  • ASBMR Young Investigator Travel Award [2011]
    "Muscle Density, a Surrogate of Intermuscular Adiposity Derived from pQCT, is an Independent Correlate of Fractures in Women" ASBMR, Washington, DC
  • ASBMR Young Investigator PhD Training Award [2011]
    ECTS PhD Training to Ljubljana, Slovenia - ASBMR, Washington, DC
  • ASBMR Young Investigator Award [2010]
    “Bone-muscle indices as risk factors of incident fractures in men” ASBMR, Washington, DC
  • Vanier CGS Doctoral Award [2010-2013]
    Federal Government of Canada, CIHR, Ottawa, ON
  • CIHR-Master’s Award in the Area of Osteoporosis [2009-2010]
    Osteoporosis Canada, CIHR IMHA, Ottawa, ON

Courtney KennedyCourtney Kennedy

Ms. Courtney Kennedy, a Phd candidate with the St Peter's Geriatric Research Group, has received the Osteoporosis Canada/Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) Fellowship that will examine fraility in CaMos participants age 65 years and older. Dr Ken Rockwood who is a world leader in fraility research will be a collaborator.

Courtney Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, a Master of Science from the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at Queen’s University and is a PhD student in the Health Research Methodology program at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Lehana Thabane, Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, and Dr. Jonathan Adachi. Courtney is a member of the Geriatric Research Group at HHS/St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Her research interests are centred on knowledge translation related to bone health in long-term care, and epidemiological aspects of osteoporosis and fractures in the frail elderly. She is the PhD candidate on the Vitamin D in Osteoporosis Study (ViDos) – a CIHR funded knowledge translation randomized controlled trial in 40 long-term care homes – and is a working group member with the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy for Long-Term Care. Courtney has worked on several osteoporosis studies including as Project Coordinator for an Osteoporosis Canada systematic review of BMD testing in men aged 50+ years, and has several CaMos publications including ‘the osteoporosis care gap in men with fragility fractures’, and ‘the impact of incident fractures on health-related quality of life’. She has over 20 published journal articles and 50 oral or poster presentations.

Janet PritchardJanet Pritchard

Ms. Janet Pritchard, PhD Candidate in the Medical Sciences program at McMaster University is researching the impact of type 2 diabetes on skeletal health under the primary supervision of Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou. Using novel imaging and microscopy modalities, Ms. Pritchard is aiming to further our knowledge on the mechanism of elevated fracture risk in adults with type 2 diabetes. Ms. Pritchard has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Skeletal Health Research, the Department of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her PhD. Research funding has been kindly provided by the Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation and Amgen Canada. On June 22, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, Ms. Pritchard was awarded the Amgen Fellowship Award where the funds will go to the current research she is conducting.

On Friday October 21 2011, Janet Pritchard received the Mary Keyes Award for Leadership and Service to McMaster. This award is named in memory of Dr. Mary Keyes, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. The award recognizes graduate students from across McMaster University who give their time, spirit and energy to student societies, university committees, or governing bodies at McMaster University. Janet Pritchard exhibits excellence in leadership, generosity of spirit, and initiative in her effort to improve the graduate student experience and university community. Janet possesses excellent leadership qualities, evident through her involvement in academic committees at McMaster University. She is currently one of the Co-Chairs for the Canadian Obesity Network-Student and New Professional Chapter at McMaster University (CON-SNP@Mac), and a past Co-President for the Health Sciences Graduate Student Federation (2009-2010). Janet exhibits a clear passion and dedication to her school as well as her community.

Janet Pritchard would like to acknowledge the sources of graduate student funding, including the Department of Medicine Graduate Student Initiative and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.