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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Anna Taddio, PhD

The Hospital for Sick Children

Research Institute
Senior Associate Scientist (status only)
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Phone: 416-813-6235
Fax: 416-813-5880
Email: anna.taddio@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Anna Taddio, is a professor in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, and adjunct senior scientist and clinical pharmacist at SickKids.

Her program of research involves the clinical pharmacology of analgesics in infants and children, and the long-term effects of untreated pain in childhood. She is currently leading a national working group that is studying and promoting effective pain management strategies during childhood immunization.

Research Interests

  • Clinical pharmacology of analgesic interventions in infants and children
  • Immediate and long-term effects of pain in infants and children

External Funding

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • SickKids Foundation
  • University of Toronto


Dr. Taddio has authored >80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She was recipient of the New Investigator Award by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2003, the Early Career Award by the Canadian Pain Society in 2005, the Young Investigator Award by the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood in 2006, the Piafsky Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Society for Clinical Pharmacology in 2006 and the May Day Pain & Fellowship Award in 2008.


Taddio A, Shah V, Hancock R, Smith RW, Stephens D, Atenafu E, Beyene J, Koren G, Stevens B, Katz J. Effectiveness of sucrose analgesia in newborns undergoing painful medical procedures. Can Med Assoc J 2008; 179:37-43.

Taddio A, Manley J, Potash L, Ipp M, Sgro M, Shah V. Routine immunization practices: use of topical anesthetics and oral analgesics. Pediatrics 2007;120(3):e637-43.

Smith RW, Shah V, Goldman RD, Taddio A. Caregivers' responses to pain in their children in the emergency department. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med; 2007;161(6):578-582.

Manley J, Taddio A. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen for prevention of adverse reactions associated with childhood immunization. Ann Pharmacother; 2007;41(7):1227-1232.

Anand KJS, Aranda JV, Berde CB, Buckman S, Capparelli EV, Carlo W, Hummel P, Johnston CC, Lantos J, Tutag-Lehr V, Lynn AM, Maxwell LG, Oberlander TF, Raju TNK, Soriano S, Taddio A, Walco GA. The newborn drug development initiative (NDDI) workshop: Summary proceedings from the neonatal pain-control group. Pediatrics 2006;117(3)S9-S22.

Taddio A, Lee C, Yip A, Parvez B, McNamara PJ, Shah V. Intravenous morphine and topical tetracaine for treatment of pain in preterm neonates undergoing central line placement. JAMA 2006;295(7):793-800.

Taddio A, Soin H, Schuh S, Koren G, Scolnik D. A randomized controlled trial of liposomal lidocaine to improve procedural success rates and reduce procedural pain in children. Can Med Assoc J 2005;172(13):1691-1695.

Anand KJS, Johnston CC, Oberlander T, Taddio A, Tutag-Lehr V, Walco GA. Analgesia and local anesthesia during invasive procedures in the neonate. Clin Ther 2005:27(6):844-876.

Taddio A, Katz J. The effects of early pain experience in full-term and preterm neonates on subsequent pain responses later in infancy and childhood. Pediatr Drugs 2005;7(4):245-257.

O'Brien L, Taddio A, Lyszkiewicz DA, Koren G. A critical review of the topical local anaesthetic amethocaine (AmetopTM) for pediatric pain. Pediatr Drugs 2005: 7(1):41-54.

Taddio A, Shah V, Gilbert-MacLeod G, Katz J. Conditioning and hypersensitivity to pain in newborns exposed to repeated heel lances. JAMA 288:857-861, 2002.

Taddio A. Opioid analgesia for infants in the intensive care unit. Clin Perinatol. 1-17, 2002.

Anand KJS, MBBS, DPhil; and the International Evidence-Based Group for Neonatal Pain International evidence-based group for neonatal pain. Consesnus statement for the prevention and management of pain in the newborn infant. Arch Pediatr & Adolesc Med 155(2):173-180, 2001.

American Academy of Pediatrics and Canadian Paediatric Society, Taddio A, Stevens B. Prevention and management of stress and pain in the newborn infant. Pediatrics 105(2):454-461 and Paediatr Child Health 5(1):31-38, 2000.

Taddio A, Katz J, Ilersich AL, Koren G. Neonatal circumcision and subsequent pain presponse during routine vaccination. Lancet 349:599-603, 1997.

Taddio A, Stevens B, Craig K, Rastogi P, BenDavid S, Shennan A, Mulligan P, Koren G. Efficacy and safety of lidocaine-prilocaine cream for pain during circumcision. New Engl J Med 336:1197-1201, 1997.