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Mika Nonoyama

Assistant Professor

Registered Respiratory Therapist

Faculty of Health Sciences

Health Clinician Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children: Associate Professor (status-only), Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, and Assistant Professor (status-only), Department of Physical Therapy

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3025
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 5329

Research topics

  • chronic respiratory disease management (COPD, lung cancer)
  • long-term and prolonged mechanical ventilation
  • exercise and rehabilitation
  • paediatric respiratory therapy

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. Nonoyama’s research program is in respiratory therapy, specifically, respiratory disease management across all age groups. Programs across the whole health-care continuum are needed to improve prevention; provide effective management; and supply alternative, consistent models of service delivery for those living with respiratory-related diseases and disorders. Dr. Nonoyama is involved with several different research areas to help address these issues. First, she is invested in optimizing the quality of health-care services for individuals affected by long-term respiratory failure and use of prolonged or long-term mechanical ventilation. Secondly, she is a health clinician scientist at SickKids researching innovative approaches to paediatric respiratory therapy. Finally, she has an interest in the management of chronic respiratory disease, including rehabilitation and exercise. The goals for her research are to gather information, understand, develop and evaluate effective respiratory therapies to help individuals affected by respiratory related diseases and disorders across their life span.

    Dr. Nonoyama is a registered respiratory therapist with a PhD in the Rehabilitation Science Institute from the University of Toronto.  She completed post-doctoral fellowships at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto's Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT); she holds a status-only associate professor position in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto, and a Health Clinician Scientist position at SickKids in the Respiratory Therapy Department and Clinical Health Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Nonoyama volunteers for many organizations, including the Ontario and Canadian Lung Associations and the Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, visit GoogleScholar.

  • Research collaborators
    • Ontario Lung Association (Ontario Respiratory Care Society)
    • Canadian Lung Association (Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals)
    • Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario
    • Canadian Group for Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation (CANuVENT)
    • SickKids Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Health Evaluative Sciences
  • Courses taught

    Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

    • HLSC 3910U: Research Methods for Health Care Professionals: Theory and Application
    • HLSC 4998U: Research Practicum
    • HLSC 4807U: Perspectives in Aging

    Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:

    • HLSC 5122G: Successful Aging
  • Graduate student research
    • Elise Cunningham: Nordic pole walking for small lung cell lung cancer
    • Kristopher Knopf: Paediatric Respiratory Therapy
  • Grants
    • February 2016 to February 2018. Rose L. and Nonoyama M., McKim, D., Goldstein, R., Amin, R., Katz, S., Sinuff, T., Gershon, A., Leasa, D., Pizzuti, R., Tandon, A., Dale, C. Post-Polio Health International (including International Ventilator Users Network). A Provincial Cough AssistTM Program: Educational and Support Needs and Influence on Health Service Utilization and Patient Outcomes, US$100,000.
    • November 2015 to November 2016. Rose, L., McKim, D., Road, J., Dainty, K., Leasa, D., Nonoyama, M., Tandon, A., Kiminska, M., O'Connell, C., Loewen, A., Johnston, M., Sinuf, T.  Muscular Dystrophy Canda Respiratory Care Grant. Translating Recommendations for Airway Clearance from the Canadian Thoracic Society Home Mechanical Ventilation Guidelines (Phase 1), $49,505
    • December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2015. Rose L, McKim D, Leasa D, Nonoyama M, Tandon A, Amin R, Katz S, Goldstein R, Gershon A. Health Service Utilization for Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Respiratory Comfort for Individuals with Neuromuscular Disease. Muscular Dystrophy Canada Respiratory Care Grant (Co-investigator), $49,690
    • February 2014 to January 2015. Nonoyama M, Rose L, Road J, McKim D, Guerriere D, Coyte P. Home Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation in British Columbia: Healthcare Costs and Utilization. The Canadian Lung Association, Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (Co-principal investigator), $26,748.17.
    • February 2014 to January 2015. Nonoyama M, Rose L, Road J, McKim D, Guerriere D, Coyte P. Home Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation in British Columbia: Healthcare Costs and Utilization. The ALS Society of British Columbia (Co-principal investigator) $7,600.
  • Education
    PhD, University of Toronto
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