Martin Offringa, MD, PhD
The Hospital for Sick Children
Head and Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences
University of Toronto
Department of Paediatrics/iHPME
Dr. Martin Offringa is a practicing paediatrician and an epidemiologist. After graduating from medical school in 1986, he trained in epidemiology and clinical decision analysis at the Rotterdam Centre for Clinical Decision Analysis and at Tufts University, where he completed his training in paediatrics and neonatology. He developed an interest in evidence-based practice and clinical drug research in 1995 while working as a neonatologist at the University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Center.
In 2002, Dr. Offringa was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatric Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Amsterdam. In 2007, he was appointed Co-Director of the Dutch National Paediatric Pharmacotherapy Expertise Network (NKFK); in 2008, Dr. Offringa was appointed the founding Director of the Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN) in the Netherlands. The Dutch Ministry of Health funded both networks.
Since 2009, Dr. Offringa has chaired the steering group of STaR Child Health, an international initiative that aims to enhance the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials in children. In 2011, he received a partner grant in the European consortium Global Research in Paediatrics (GRIP), funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme. GRiP aims to create consensus on international standards, methodologies and interoperability tools for paediatric research. The development, validation and harmonization of research tools specific for paediatrics will identify and fill important gaps in current paediatric medicines research methods. Visit http://www.sickkids.ca/Research/EnRICH/index.html for more information.
In 2012, Dr. Offringa was appointed as Senior Scientist and Head of the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program at SickKids. He also holds a clinical appointment in the Division of Neonatology and is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (iHPME) at the University of Toronto.