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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Steven Miller, MD, CM, MAS, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Neurosciences & Mental Health

University of Toronto

Chair Positions

Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation
Chair, Paediatric Neuroscience

Phone: 416-813-6659
Fax: 416-813-6334
Email: steven.miller@sickkids.ca

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Dr. Miller's lab site

Brief Biography

Dr. Miller is Head of the Division of Neurology and a Senior Scientist in Neurosciences & Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and holds the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience.

Clinical Activities

Dr. Miller cares for children with brain diseases. His clinical subspecialty is caring for newborns with brain injury.

Research Interests

Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, Dr. Miller's research program focuses on better understanding brain injury and development in the newborn. He and his team use advanced brain imaging and detailed long-term follow-up to help children who were born early or with conditions that put them at risk of neurological and developmental deficits. He has contributed to our understanding of brain abnormalities caused directly by premature birth, perinatal asphyxia or indirectly by congenital heart disease.

External Funding

  • 2012-2017 CIHR.  Early Childhood Behavior: Relations to Early Brain Structure/Function and Maternal Mood. Principal Investigator: Oberlander, Tim.  Co-Investigators: Miller S, Grunau R, Chau V,…(5)
  • 2011-2016 CIHR. Trajectories of Brain Development and Neurocognitive Outcomes in Children Born Premature. Principal Investigators: Miller, Steven and Grunau, R. Co-Investigators: Bjornson B, Brant R, Poskitt K, Synnes A, Weinberg J
  • 2010-2013NeurDevNet – Networks of Centres of Excellence. Cerebral Palsy: Causes to Prevention Imaging Substudy. Principal Investigator: Miller, Steven. Co-Investigators: Majnemer A, Dube M, Scherer S, Fehlings M…[4]
  • 2009-2014 CIHR.  Abnormal Brain Development in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease. Principal Investigator: Miller, Steven.  Co-Investigators: Synnes A, Granau R, Poskitt K, Campbell A
  • 2009-2013 March of Dimes Foundation. Abnormal Brain Development in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease.Principal Investigator: Miller, Steven.  UCSF Site PI: McQuillen P
  • 2008-2013 CIHR. Stress & Neurodevelopment in Children Born Preterm. Principal Investigator: Grunau, Ruth.  Co-Investigators: Miller S, Synnes A, Brant R, Weinberg J, Whitfield M
  • 2008-2013(Co-Investigator) NIH. Pain in Preterm Infants: Development and EffectsPrincipal Investigator: Grunau, Ruth.  Co-Investigators: Miller S, Synnes A, Brant R, Diamond A …[7]


  • 2012-2013 President-Elect, Society for Pediatric Research
  • 2010-2012 Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Neonatal Neuroscience
  • 2010- Medal in Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • 2009- Medicine Alumni Global Young Alumni Award, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • 2006-2012 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Salary Award
  • 2000-2011 CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award


Chau V, Brant R, Poskitt KJ, Tam EW, Synnes A, Miller SP. Postnatal Infection is Associated with Widespread Abnormalities of Brain Development in Premature Newborns. Pediatric Research 2012; 71(3):274-9

Brummelte S, Grunau RE, Chau V, Poskitt KJ, Brant R, Vinall J, Gover A, Synnes AR, Miller SP. Procedural Pain and Brain Development in Premature Newborns. Annals of Neurology 2012; 71(3):385-96.

Tam EW, Chau V, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Poskitt KJ, Studholme C, Fok ED, Grunau RE, Glidden DV, Miller SP. Preterm Cerebellar Growth Impairment After Postnatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids. Science Translational Medicine. 2011; 3(105):105ra105.

Tam EW, Miller SP, Studholme C, Chau V, Glidden D, Poskitt KJ, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ. Differential Effects of Intraventricular Hemorrhage and White Matter Injury on Preterm Cerebellar Growth. Journal of Pediatrics. 2011; 158(3):366-71.

Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Chau V, Berman JI, Xu D, Brant R, Barkovich AJ, Poskitt KJ, Miller SP, Ferriero DM. Extreme Premature Birth is Not Associated with Impaired Development of Brain Microstructure. Journal of Pediatrics. 2010; 157(5):726-32.e1.

Block AJ, McQuillen PS, Chau V, Glass H, Poskitt KJ, Barkovich AJ, Esch M, Soulikias W, Azakie A, Campbell A, Miller SP. Clinically Silent Preoperative Brain Injuries Do Not Worsen with Surgery in Neonates with Congenital Heart Disease. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2010; 140(3):550-7.

Adams E, Chau V, Poskitt KJ, Grunau RE, Synnes A, Miller SP. Tractography-Based Quantitation of Corticospinal Tract Development in Premature Newborns. Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Pediatrics. 2010; 156(6):882-8.

Miller SP, Ferriero DM. From Selective Vulnerability To Connectivity: Insights From Newborn Brain Imaging. Trends Neuroscience. 2009; 32(9):496-505

Chau V, Poskitt KJ, McFadden DE, Bowen-Roberts T, Synnes A, Brant R, Sargent MA, Soulikias W, Miller SP. Effect of Choroiamnionitis on Brain Development and Injury in Premature Newborns. Annals of Neurology. 2009; 66(2):155-64.

*Miller SP, McQuillen PS, Hamrick S, Xu D, Glidden DV, Charlton N, Karl T, Azakie A, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Vigneron DB. Abnormal Brain Development in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease. New England Journal of Medicine. 2007; 357(19):1928-38