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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Research activities

The Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children possesses a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research environment.  

We have active research projects involving anesthetic action, cellular targets and toxicity, translational medicine, acute and chronic pain, quality improvement, epidemiology and simulation. Many members of our department have official appointments at the SickKids Research Institute, the largest research institute in Toronto and the largest pediatric research institute in North America. Our members possess funding from local, national and international competitive granting agencies.

The paediatric anesthesia and pain medicine clinical fellowship has a significant research component and the fellows are expected to present their research at national and international conferences. In addition to clinical fellows, our department has graduate students (through adjunct University of Toronto appointments for some members of our department), clinical research nurses, research associates (doctoral level trained), research assistants, laboratory technicians and research fellows.

We are also part of the larger University of Toronto Department of Anesthesia, which includes 15 hospitals and four research institutes.

Overarching areas of research expertise include:

Basic Science
Anesthesia action and mechanism
Drug design and toxicity
Mitochondrial dynamics and function
Stem cells as models for drug toxicity and action
Cardiac ion channels and congenital dysrhythmias
Drug pharmacology

Simulation and anesthesia education
Outcome measures in pediatric anesthesia and quality control
Pain medicine and treatment in paediatric medicine
Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and randomized trials with particular emphasis on advancing methods for the measurement, interpretation and dissemination of pain and other quality of life data

Recent Publications

Recent papers from our staff physicians’ can be found on Pubmed.  Key in first and last name to customize your search for full listings and papers: