Child Health Evaluative Sciences


January 2015

  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein, Associate Scientist (PI) and Dr. Suzanne Schuh, Senior Associate Scientist (Co-PI), Child Health Evaluative Sciences Physician, were awarded a 2-year PSI grant for their environmental toxicology project entitled:
    Bronchiolitis Epidemiology:  Air pollution and Trends of Hospitalization (The BREATH Study)”.
  • Dr. Trish Domi recently successfully defended her PhD thesis “Structural and Functional Correlates of Hand Recovery Following Childhood Stroke” at The Institute of Medical Science and Collaborative Program in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto.

December 2014

  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson  is the winner of the 2015 Early Career Award in Pediatric Pain from the Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.
  • Dr. Elinor Simons successfully defended her PhD thesis at Clinical Epidemiology, iHPME, University of Toronto on December 9, 2015.
    Thesis Title: ‘The Ttming of Modifiable Environmental Exposures During Childhood Affects the Age of Asthma Development
    Supervisors:   Drs. Teresa To and Sharon Dell   /    Committee member:   Dr. Rahim Moineddin
  • Dr. Kristian Larsen received a two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-Canadian Respiratory Research Network. Dr. Larsen received the award for his research titled, “Predicting the relationship between air pollution and climatic conditions on future rates of asthma and COPD in Ontario,” – supervised by Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences.   Dr. Larsen also received a CIHR Travel Award.
  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Senior Scientist, is assisting in the aftermath of an attack on a school in Pakistan. Read the full article

October 2014

  • Members of the CHES team took part in the SickKids Camp Walk – highlighted in one of the major North American Chinese Newspapers, Singtao Newspaper, as “a day for charity and full of food, fashion and fun with friends and families”.  Team CHESMATES is led by Dr. Rulan Parekh and their team’s young celebrity: Tonny Banh
  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein, Associate Scientist – CHES (as one of the lead applicants and a Paediatric toxicologist) will serve as the Chief of Paediatric Core Competencies for the American College of Medical Toxicology
  • Myla Moretti, CHES trainee and PhD candidate in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, successfully defended her doctoral thesis on September 23, 2014.
    Her thesis is entitled, A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Maternal Genotyping to Guide Treatment For Postpartum Pain and Avert Infant Adverse Events.

September 2014

On behalf of the CHES Program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate:

  • Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist – CHES and her Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System (OASIS) Team for their featured study:   "New data confirms returning to school causes problems for kids with asthma"
  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein , Associate Scientist – CHES,  for the following accomplishments:
    • Author on a multicenter European based RCT (The COPPS-2 trial) published last weekend in JAMA. The study examined the role of colchicine in prevention of post-pericardiotomy syndrome and atrial fibrillation.
    • Team member and a co-applicant in MAGIC (Methods and Applications Group for Indirect Comparisons), a pan-Canadian CIHR/Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network Collaborating Center.  MAGIC was recently awarded a CIHR research grant for 5 years (2014-2019).
  • Dr. Bradley Johnston - Scientist – CHES is the lead on a recent paper published in Jama covering branded diets for weight-loss. Topic:  "Comparison of Weight Loss Among Named Diet Programs in Overweight and Obese Adults / A Meta-analysis"

August 2014

Dr. Lillian Sung, Sr. Scientist – CHES, was awarded an NIH (National Cancer Institute) grant.

July 2014

  • Dr. Randi Zlotnik Shaul, Associate Scientist – CHES and, Director of Bioethics at SickKids, is the editor of a new book that was just published entitled "Paediatric Patient and Family-Centred Care: Ethical and Legal Issues".  A comprehensive analysis of legal and ethical issues related to paediatric patient and family centred care etc.  It includes chapters by 31 authors from across Canada, 12 of whom are from SickKids.
  • Dr. Wendy Ungar, Sr. Scientist – CHES, was successful in the Spring CIHR operating grant competition. Project title:  "Economic Evaluation of Early Intervention with anti-Tumour Necrosis Factor Alpha Medications in Children with Crohn's disease"
  • Dr. Robyn Stremler, Adjunct Scientist - CHES, was successful in the latest 2014 CIHR Operating Grant Open Competition. Project title:  "Design and initial testing of a wearable sleep sensor and mHealth intervention to promote sleep for adolescents"
  • Dr. Rulan Parekh -  Scientist - CHES,  was successful in the latest 2014 CIHR Operating Grant Open Competition. Project Title:  "Long-Term Survival in Childhood Solid Organ Transplants"

May 2014

On behalf of the CHES Program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate:

  •  Dr. Martin Offringa, CHES Program Head, Sr. Scientist.
    For the article in The Globe and Mail has published an article  - Why are doctors giving children drugs that haven¹t been properly studied?
    The development of new therapies has provided our health care system with enormous advances, such as insulin for diabetes, antibiotics for infections or chemotherapy for many cancers. Yet these therapies may also cause potential harm, even death, so the benefits have to be carefully weighed against the risks.
    Read the full story
  • Melanie Penner  – Trainee of Dr. Wendy Ungar.
    Has been awarded an Autism Research Training (ART) Program Fellowship Award for 2014-2015 for her thesis, Cost-effectiveness analysis of community based Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis compared to multi-disciplinary assessment.
  • Myla Moretti  - Trainee of Dr. Wendy Ungar.
    Has won a travel award from the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research  to present her research A cost-effectiveness analysis of maternal genotyping to guide treatment for postpartum pain and avert infant adverse events at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Annual Meeting to take place in Montreal in June 2014.
  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Sr. Scientist CHES, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Excellence in the Nursing Innovation category.
    The Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves awards recognize SickKids nurses for demonstrated excellence in research innovation.
  • Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Sr. Scientist – CHES, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the recipient of the prestigious Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research relating to the nutrition of infants and children.
  • Jessica Oman, PhD student of Drs. Teresa To, Jonathan Maguire and Deborah O’Connor.
    Receives the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award.
  • Richard Foty, PhD student of Drs. Teresa To, Hong Chen, Sharon Dell and Andrea Gershon.
    One of two IMS, University of Toronto graduate students who receives an award for an intensive 7-day International Certificate Program at the Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine. The program brings together world class faculty and students will be held this year in Siracusa, Italy.
  • Laura Feldman, BSc student and research assistant of Dr. Teresa To.
    Receives the AllerGen Undergraduate Summer Studentship to study the impact of air pollution and climate change on the incidence, exacerbation and progression of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Rawan Rumman- MSc student of Dr. Rulan Parekh.
    Has been selected for the 2014 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Award.
    The prestigious CGS Program was established in 2003 by the Government of Canada, with scholarships being awarded through competition by the three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). The CGS Program aims to allow a greater number of excellent students to pursue graduate studies in Canada and ensure a reliable supply of highly qualified personnel to meet the needs of Canada’s knowledge economy.
  • Pamela Valentino - Trainee of Dr. Brian Feldman.
    Has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Exceptional Trainee Award in the CHES Program.

April 2014

  • Dr. Catherine Birken, MD, MSc, FRCPC and her team have been awarded CIHR funding.  This grant brings together collaboration between the TARGet Kids! Team and members of the McMaster Offord Centre for Child Studies

March 2014

  • Dr. Gail McVey, Sr. Associate Scientist,  Director, Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders has been recognized as a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders in honour of her contributions to the eating disorders field.
    Gail will be formally recognized as a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders at the forthcoming AED conference in NY (late March 2014)
  • Dr. Bonnie Stevens, Chair, Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, Associate Chief of Nursing, Research Nursing Research and Senior Scientist has been awarded a CIHR Planning Grant.
    Project Title: Determining a Comprehensive Approach to Measuring Pain in Neonates and Infants: A Consensus Conference
  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist, and her team were  awarded 3 ehealth catalyst grants in this current competition (total of 88 in competition and they funded 12 – Dr. Stinson’s team placed #1, #3 and #12)

February 2014

  • Dr. Lillian Sung, Scientist, CHES, has just been awarded a CCSRI Impact 5 year grant.  This program has been designed to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short or long term, into outcomes that will significantly advance understanding of cancer and improve scientific knowledge, which will result in optimized patient care, improved cancer treatment or reduced cancer burden.
    Study: Development and validation of a pediatric cancer-specific symptom screening and assessment tool.
  • Dr. Unni Narayanan, Project Investigator, CHES and, Dr. Andrew Willan, Sr. Scientist, CHES, received funding support for his CIHR application from the September 2013 grant cycle.
    Project Title: Outcomes of Hip Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy - An International Multi-Centre Prospective Comparative Cohort Study.

 On behalf of the CHES Program, we would like to also congratulate:

  • Dr. Katherine Boydell, Sr. Scientist – CHES and her team, who have recently received word that one of their arts-based research projects (“Social Circus and Health Equity: An interdisciplinary, intercultural, international collaboration”) has just been funded by CIHR for 3 years!
  • Drs. Jennifer Stinson, Paul Nathan, Jason Pole, Sumit Gupta, Mark Greenberg and their respective teams for their success in the latest CIHR competition  

January 2014

  • Dr. Gabrielle deVeber, Staff Neurologist, Senior Scientist – CHES, is the recipient of the Child Neurology Society's 2014 Bernard Sachs Award.
    This prestigious award honours a physician scientist of international status who has done leading research in neuroscience with relevance to the care of children with neurological disorders.  
  • Dr. Brian Feldman, Division Head, Rheumatology and Sr. Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, will receive the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA). The award will be presented to him at the association’s annual meeting next month in Whistler, BC.
    The award is given in recognition of an investigator who, through a major research program, innovation, or significant research activity, has made an outstanding contribution to the research of rheumatology in Canada.
  • Dr. Bonnie Stevens to receive Distinguished Career Award
    The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) has named Dr. Bonnie Stevens as the recipient of its Distinguished Career Award.
    Stevens, who holds the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing at SickKids, will receive the award at the annual meeting of CPS in Quebec City May 20-23. Award recipients are honored at a dinner May 22, and Stevens will present on her work at the meeting.

December 2013

On behalf of the CHES Program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following CHES members on their recent accomplishments:

  • Dr. Rulan Parekh, for her new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine which found that among patients in the United States with chronic kidney disease, African-American patients are at increased risk for end-stage renal disease, compared to patients of European descent.  Dr.Parekh, co-investigator of the study, Staff Physician in Nephrology and a Scientist within the CHES Program, worked with the lead researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.  Read the article.
  • Mary-Ellen Hogan, Canadian Pain Society Trainee Research Award  (Supervisor – Dr. Anna Taddio) and Dr. Bonnie Stevens, who was the recipient of the Canadian Pain Society Distinguished Career Award.
    Dr. Stevens and Mary-Ellen will be honoured at an upcoming annual meeting in Quebec City, Quebec. The conference runs from May 20th to May 23rd.   The Distinguished and Early Career recipients will make presentations at the meeting. Award recipients will be honoured at a dinner on the evening of Thursday May 22nd.
  • Dr. Teresa To is a Co-PI on a 5-year CIHR project entitled: “The Canadian Respiratory Research Network: Origin and Progression of Airway Disease” that successfully received funding from CIHR under the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) Emerging Network funding opportunity. Dr. To is the PI of the network platform that will examine the effects of air pollutants and climate change on the development and progression of asthma and COPD.
  • Dr. Teresa To is the PI of a study that has funded by Health Canada to study the effects of long-term exposure to air pollution among women enrolled in the Canadian National Breast Screening Study. This study will examine exposure to air pollution and its association with cancer incidence, mortality and other chronic diseases among this group of women.
  • Dr. Anna Taddio is the recipient of the American Pain Society's (APS) 2014 Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children's Pain Relief.   The Jeffrey Lawson Award was established in 1996 in memory of Jeffrey Lawson, whose mother, Jill, brought to the attention of professional organizations the practice of performing surgery and other procedures on children without the benefit of analgesia. The award recognizes advocacy efforts to improve management of pain in children.  The award will be presented on May 1, 2014 during the APS 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Tampa, Florida.
  • Dr. Sarah A. Richmond, Dr. Andrew Willan, Linda Rothman PhD (C), Dr. Colin Macarthur, Dr. Andrew, Howard et al, for their publication in BMJ - Injury Prevention Online, entitled “The impact of pedestrian countdown signals on pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions: a reanalysis of data from a quasi-experimental study”

November 2013

Dr. Bonnie Stevens, Associate Chief of Nursing Research at SickKids and the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, is co-editor of a new book, Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain.

Divided into nine sections, the textbook analyzes pain as a multifactorial problem to give the reader a comprehensive understanding of a challenging phenomenon. Evidence-based chapters look in depth at major issues such as the long-term effects of pain in children and their development, a wide variety of treatments including complementary therapies, impact of a child’s pain on the family, knowledge translation and ethics. Case examples and online materials including assessment scales, worksheets, and videos are provided to aid learning and illustrate the application of knowledge.

For more information, visit the webpage.

August 2013

  • Dr.  Suzanne Schuh and her team have been approved for funding of a large Canada-wide multi-centre trial with The Pediatric Emergency Research Canada team investigating the MAGnesium Nebulization Utilization Management in Pediatric Asthma (MAGNUM PA Trial). Our team ranked 2nd out of the 24 submissions.
  • Dr.  Wendy Ungar’s research on the impact of drug plans on management of pediatric asthma is featured in the current edition of “Success Stories” published by AllerGen, a Canadian Network of Centres for Excellence.

June 2013

  • Dr. Gail McVey has been the recipient of the National Eating Disorders Association’s Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness.  She will receive this award at the NEDA conference in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 12. NEDA is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.  
  • Dr. Sharon Dell received the Claus Wirsig Humanitarian Award at the 2013 SickKids Humanitarian Awards ceremony.
  • Richard Foty, [PhD candidate] was awarded the Roncari Book Prize by U of T Institute of Medical Science for significant contributions to the academic experience of graduate students.
  • Dr. Nadia Luca successfully defended her Master's thesis in the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
    Her project title "Reliability and responsiveness of the standardized universal pain evaluations for rheumatology providers for children and youth (SUPER-KIDZ)". Supervisor: Dr. Ahmed Bayoumi, Thesis Committee: Drs. Stinson, Beaton, Feldman and Benseler.
  • On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Sr. Scientist CHES and, Global Child Health Chief for his innovative work with Sprinkles.  The article appeared in a Global National story about malnutrition in the developing world.  

May 2013

  • Dr. Sharon Dell, Sr. Assoc. Scientist, received the Eugenie Stuart Teaching Award for exceptional MSc/PhD Thesis Supervision at IHPME Research Day yesterday.
  • Dr. Elinor Simons, Phd Trainee, won “Best oral Presentation” for her scientific abstract Is neighbourhood walkability associated with childhood asthma? at IHPME research day on May 1.   
  • Dr. Nadia Luca, CHES trainee and Rheumatology Fellow, also won the “Claire Bombardier Award” , which is awarded annually to one MSc student who is deemed to be the most promising future scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research program.
  • Dr. Janet Yamada, Nursing Research Associate won the very prestigious nursing research award - STTI Lambda-Pi-At-Large Award of Merit for an Outstanding PhD Thesis.  The title of her thesis is Process Evaluation of the Evidence-Based Practice Identification and Change Intervention to Improve Neonatal Pain Practices.
  • Dr. Shaun Morris has been named a recipient of a Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) Stars in Global Health grant for an  innovative portable toolkit aimed at saving newborn lives.

April 2013

  • Denis Daneman, Paediatrician-in-Chief, SickKids, and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and Sr. Scientist – CHES has been awarded a prestigious senior doctorate -- a DSc (Medicine) -- from his alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa.
    The DSc is the highest research degree conferred in the University of the Witwatersrand and is the culmination of a lifetime’s research work, recording a research journey over many years for the candidate.

    The research for which he will receive this honour is entitled: Contributions to Type 1 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents: Understanding the factors contributing to metabolic control and the short- and long-term complications of the disorder. The majority of the research recorded in his dissertation was performed since he joined the Department of Paediatrics in 1981.
  • We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Laura Beaune, Dr. Lee Ford-Jones, Dr. Randi Zlotnik Shaul, Stanley Ing and their co-authors, on their newly published paper in Paediatrics & Child Health: Paediatric palliative care and the social determinants of health: Mitigating the impact of urban poverty on children with life-limiting illnesses

March 2013

  • Dr. Katherine Boydell and her team have been awarded 2 CIHR Grant:
    - (Co) Producing Narratives on Access to Mental Health Services in Rural Communities: A Participatory Project with Young People Experiencing Psychosis
    - Mental Health Telemetry for Self-Management in Major Depression.
  • Dr. Bonnie Stevens PhD, Senior Scientist – CHES and her research group, have received funding for the following Operating Grant in the last competition.  Sucrose Practices for Pain in Neonates (SPiN): A Program of Research.
  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein, MD, was named the recipient of the 2013 American College of Medical Toxicology Service Award for Outstanding Contribution in Medical Toxicology Research; the College Award mainly recognizes contribution in establishing and facilitating pediatric toxicology research in a 47-site North-American research consortium (Toxicology Investigators Consortium), and subsequent publications on poisonings in infants and toddlers. SickKids Emergency Department is presently the sole Canadian site in this robust research consortium, where Dr. Finkelstein serves as PI.
  • Dr. Anna Taddio, PhD, recipient of a 4 year CIHR Operating Grant entitled Immunizing infants against pain:  A hospital-based parent education program about reducing infant immunization pain.
  • Dr. Debra Katzman, MD, has been awarded the 2013 Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative or Educational Service.  This award honors contributions made by the awardee to the clinical care of those individuals suffering with an eating disorder.  

January 2013

On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, who very successfully defended her Clinical Epidemiology MSc thesis on January 11, 2013 on Examining Trends in the Incidence of Asthma in Children in Ontario.

December 2012

  • On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Gail McVey, Scientist – CHES, on her collaborative research “to help identify ways to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of children and youth.” Complete story
  • Dr. Daniel Roth, Staff Physician, Scientist-Track Investigator - CHES and Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences, received a grant from the Achieving Healthy Growth program within the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Gail McVey, Scientist – CHES on her newly published book “Preventing Eating-Related and Weight-Related Disorders: Collaborative Research, Advocacy, and Policy Change.”  

November 2012

On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Bradley Johnston PhD, Scientist – CHES, whose recent study has revealed that Probiotics significantly reduce effects of C. difficile infection.

August 2012

  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein, Associate Scientist, CHES,  received additional external funding (as a SickKids co-Principal Investigator).
    This is a  grant from St. Baldrick's Foundation, for a multi-center study on pharmacogenomic determinants in pediatric neurotoxicity induced by corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive agents. Other study leaders include Peter Cole (Albert Einstein, NY), and Deb Waber (Boston Children's). Matching funding will be also provided.
    This grant will further enhance and support Dr. Finkelstein’s international collaborations and research program in pediatric drug safety and toxicity, using cutting-edge molecular and pharmacogenomic research tools.   

July 2012

  • Dr. Sharon Dell, Staff and Clinical Investigator, Respiratory Medicine, Senior Associate Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, was recently appointed as director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research Program at the Institute of Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto. Full anouncement

June 2012

  • On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Bradley Johnston, Associate Scientist – CHES, for his publication in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, New methods can extend the use of minimal important difference units in meta-analyses of continuous outcome measures.
  • Heather Burnett, Research Project Coordinator at TASK, was a finalist (top 10% from over 1200 abstract submissions) for both of her poster presentations at the 17th annual meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and, Outcomes Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Dr. Katherine M. Boydell, Senior Scientist, has received SSHRC funding for Digital Media and Young Lives Over Time: International and Cultural Comparisons.
  • On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Martin Offringa for the launch of the of the first international standards for clinical trials in children.

    A StaR Child Health supplement, to be published online June 1 in Pediatrics, includes the first international standards for paediatric clinical trials. These clinical trial standards could fast-track research results, improve patient treatment and focus international research efforts with the goal of impacting child health in Canada and around the world.

    Full announcement

May 2012

  • Dr. Denis Daneman, Senior Associate Scientist, appointed to Healthy Kids Panel as province targets childhood obesity.
    Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to help tackle the challenge of reducing childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years.

    The Healthy Kids Panel will be co-chaired by Alex Munter, Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Kelly Murumets, President and Chief Executive Officer of ParticipACTION. The panel members are drawn from very wide and diverse background. Included is Dr. Denis Daneman, Paediatrician-in-Chief at SickKids and Chair of the University of Toronto’s Department of Paediatrics.
  • Dr. Stephen Freedman, Associate Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences and, a physician in the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, has received funding through the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.
    The funds will support a clinical trial involving children in the emergency departments at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, and the Aga Khan Maternal and Child Care Centre, Hyderabad, both located in Pakistan.
  • Audrey Abad, Clinical Research Project Manager, was the Winner of the SickKids Clinical Research Excellence Award.
  • Dr. Lillian Sung, Scientist, was the winner of the Frank A. Oski Lectureship.
  • Dr. Teresa To, Sr. Scientist, was the winner of the Eugenie Stuart Award for Excellence in MSc/PhD Thesis Supervision.
  • Christopher Battiston, Data Analyst,  was awarded the second place prize at the SAS Global Forum’s Poster Competition last week in Orlando.  
    The poster was entitled Wake up your data with Graph’n’Go.  The paper that went with it can be downloaded here

April 2012

  • Dr. Debra Katzman, Sr. Associate Scientist, has been honoured with being selected as an inductee into the McMaster University Alumni Gallery
  • Dr. Gideon Koren, Director of the Motherisk Program and Senior Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children, has been awarded the 2012 Sumner Yaffe Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Pharmacology in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions toward the improvement of children's health through the expansion of the field of paediatric pharmacology and therapeutics.
  • Dr. Paul Nathal Sr. Associate  Scientist, has received CIHR funding for the following study:
    Novel approaches to the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of cardiac late effects of childhood cancer.

    For more information on this investment visit the CIHR website for the official news release and a detailed fact sheet.
  • On behalf of  the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Lisa Strug and her team for this outstanding achievement:

    SickKids-led study identifies multiple genes linked to differences in cystic fibrosis

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a devastating disease caused by mutations in the CFTR gene. In Canada, one in every 3,600 children born has the disease.
    Researchers have long been puzzled as to how individuals who carry the same CFTR mutations can experience such different courses of disease. 
    Patients with CF are affected in multiple organs such as the lungs, pancreas and liver, to varying degrees.

    An international team led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University for Toronto (U of T) has found a potential answer to this puzzle. The team has discovered multiple genes associated with meconium ileus, a severe intestinal obstruction present at birth in 15 per cent of patients with CF. The study is published online in Nature Genetics. Full announcement

March 2012

  • Dr. Anna Taddio, Sr. Associate Scientist,  who together with Dr. Moshe Ipp, has been awarded the 2012 CPS Noni MacDonald Award for an article they co-authored entitled Pain management during vaccination:  Recommendations from a Canadian clinical practice guideline.
  • Dr. Katherine Boydell, Sr. Scientist, has received CIHR funding for the following studies:

    1. Exploring knowledge translation and exchange through arts-based health research: Theoretical, methodological and practical innovations Boydell, K.M. (PI) with Gladstone, B.M., Stasiulis, E., Volpe, T. (SickKids), Cox, S., Belliveau, G., Tilleczek, K., Edwards, G., Cheu, H., Kontos, P., Parsons, J., Conrad, D., Leeming, W. CIHR 2012-2014.
    2. Picturing foster care: A photo elicitation of three different fostering models and their implications for perinatal care provision Boydell (Co-PI) with Parsons, J. (PI), O’Campo, P., Huang, S., Scott, A. and Sridham, S. CIHR 2012-2015.

February 2012

  • Dr. Stephen Freedman, Associate Scientist, received a Knowledge Synthesis Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for his project entitled:  Management of Acute Gastroenteritis:  Synthesizing Evidence to Inform North American Practice
  • Dr. Catherine Birken and her assembled team of co-investigators have received CIHR funding for 4 years (ranked 3rd of 59).
    Grant promote: Preschoolers at Risk - Obesity trajectories & cardio Metabolic factors: Towards Early identification

January 2012

  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist, CHES, has been awarded with the Early Career Award – 2012 of the Canadian Pain Society.
    This significant honor of the Society acknowledges Dr. Stinson’s major contributions and demonstrates the high regard that her contemporaries hold for her.

December 2011

  • Dr. Gideon Koren, Director, Motherisk and Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program, won the CIHR-CMAJ Top Achievements in Health Research competition.
    This competition acknowledges Canadian health research achievements that have had a significant impact on health, health care, and health research by improving our understanding of health and human diseases, tackling health challenges, and improving our health system

November 2011

  • Dr. Elinor Simons, CHES Trainee,  was one of the recipients of the Exceptional Trainee Award presented at this year’s RI Retreat.

October 2011

  • Dr. Alice Charach, Associate Scientist,  has been awarded with the Dalhousie Award.
    Her presentation  at the  joint American and Canadian Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Comparing Interventions for Preschoolers with ADHD or Disruptive Behavior comprising a review commissioned by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality was recognized as the best presentation by a Canadian member.  The award was presented on Saturday, October 22nd, at the Lawrence Stowe Plenary.
  • Dr. Catherine Birken, Project Investigator,  has been awarded the Dr. William Feldman Award for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine Research.
    This award was established this year named in honour of Dr. William Feldman who established the Pediatric Outcomes Research Team (PORT) in 1991.

September 2011

  • Dr. Upton Allen, Sr. Assoc Scientist, CHES,  was elected as Director of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
  • Dr. Marinka Twilt, Fellow in Rheumatology and CHES, has been awarded with the Young Investigator Award of the Pediatric Rheumatology European Society for her work in CNS Vasculitis.
  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist, CHES and Dr. Connelly  (Co-PIs) are the recipients of another grand from  NIH (NIAMS) for their project:   WebSMART:  Efficacy of Web-based Pain Self-Management for Adolescents with JIA. 2011-2014.
  • Dr. Sanja Stanojevic, Research Associate, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, was awarded the European Respiratory Society Paediatric Research Award (2nd place award). The award is given to young investigators in recognition of advances and research in the field of paediatric respiratory medicine or closely associated discipline.
  • On behalf of CHES program, we are pleased to announce that Heather Burnett successfully defended her MSc on Wednesday entitled: Parents’ Preferences for Drug Treatments in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A Discrete Choice Experiment.
  • Dr. Brian McCrindle, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Staff Cardiologist, Cardiology and Clinical Research Lead for the Labatt Family Heart Centre, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant for the Labatt Family Heart Centre to participate as a core clinical center in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Pediatric Heart Network.
  • Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, was awarded a Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care grant for her project Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System (OASIS) first established in 2003 to provide a population-based longitudinal surveillance system.
  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences was chosen by a prestigious Advisory Committee as one of the six Mayday Pain & Society Fellows for 2011-12.

August 2011

 Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist, CHES, was awarded a Ministry of the Environment Best in Science Program grant for her project Correlation of Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and Chronic Disease Morbidities.
Co-Investigators at SickKids: Dr. Sharon Dell, Dr. Sanja Stanojevic, Richard Foty, doctoral student.
Other co-investigators: Dr. Christopher Licskai, University of Western Ontario.

  • The Garron Family Cancer Centre received 25 outstanding applications for the 2011 Small Grant Competition and is pleased to announce the seven awarded recipients, including two to be funded through the Pitblado New Ideas Cancer Research Fund.
    • Dr. Martin Charron - Imaging Cell Proliferation with FLT PET:  A Pilot Study in Paediatric Lymphoma Patients with Equivocal FDG PET Findings
    • Dr. Brent Derry - Synthetic Lethal Interactions in the P53 Signaling Network
    • Dr. Barbara Muskat - Experiences of Parents of Paediatric Patients with ALL, Two Months After Completion of Treatment
    • Dr. Gino Somers - The Role of the Novel CIC-DUX4 Rearrangement in Paediatric Sarcomagenesis
    • Dr. Lillian Sung, Scientist, CHES  - Development and usability of Electronic Children's International Mucositis Evaluation Scale (e-ChIMES) for Children with Cancer
    • Dr. Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng - Pitblado ‘New Ideas’ Cancer Research Funds - Non-contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Tumour Angiogenesis
    • Dr. Clifford Lingwood - Pitblado ‘New Ideas’ Cancer Research Funds - Exposure of cholesterol-masked Glycosphingolipid Tumour Antigens as Basis for Cancer Treatment
  • Dr.  Yaron Finkelstein, Associate Scientist, CHES, is the recipient of the 2011 Ontario Rett Syndrome Association Research Award for his Prospective study Dose-response Efficacy and Safety Analysis of Recombinant Human IGF-1 in Girls with Rett Syndrome.
  • Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, was awarded an AllerGen NCE Inc. Strategic Initiative Capacity Building grant to continue her training program The Respiratory Global Research And Training (GREAT) Network offered to international respiratory trainees since 2008.
  • Dr. Patricia Parkin, Senior Associate Scientist, CHES, and Director, PORT, received funding for OptEC: Optimizing Early Child Development in the primary care physician practice setting: pragmatic RCT of iron treatment for young children with non-anemic iron deficiency. Co-investigators from CHES include Catherine Birken, Colin Macarthur, Jonathon Maguire, and Stanley Zlotkin.
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Open Operating Grant 2011-2016.
  • Dr. Jonathon Maguire , Adjunct Scientist, CHES, and Scientist, Applied Health, Research Centre Li Ka Shing Knowledge, Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, received funding for DO IT: Vitamin D Outcomes and Interventions in Toddlers. Co-investigators from CHES include Catherine Birken and Patricia Parkin.
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Open Operating Grant 2011-2014.
  • Dr. Trey Coffey and Dr. Sanjay Mahant, Project Investigators, received funding for Improving resident handoff in teaching hospitals: Understanding implementation and effectiveness of a handoff bundle. Co-investigators from CHES include Anne Matlow and Susan Tallett.
    Physicians' Services Incorporated 2011-2013.
  • Dr. Sanjay Mahant , Project Investigator, CHES, is a Co-investigator for Pediatric research in inpatient setting network.
    Child Health Corporation of America 2009-2012.
  • Dr. Adam Rapoport , Project Investigator, CHES, and Medical Director, Palliative and Bereavement Care, is a Co-investigator for  PedPalASCNet: A network for accessible, sustainable, and collaborative research in pediatric palliative care.
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research Network, Catalyst Grant 2011-2014.
  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences; Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner, Anaesthesia, received an Arthritis Society/CAN Network Scholar award for three years.
  • Dr. Deborah M. Levy, Team Investigator, Child Health Evaluative Sciences Physician, Pediatric Rheumatology, was awarded a two-year PSI grant for her project:  Childhood-onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus:  Defining Long-term Outcomes. The other investigators on this grant are Dr. Earl Silverman (Sickkids) and Dr. Astrid Guttmann (Sickkids/ICES).

July 2011

The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing is delighted to announce that Dr. Janet Yamada has successfully completed her final PhD thesis defence on June 27th.  Janet’s thesis is entitled:  Process Evaluation of the Evidence-Based Practice Identification and Change Intervention to Improve Neonatal Pain Practices. The thesis committee members include Dr. Bonnie Stevens (Supervisor),  Souraya Sidani and Judy Watt-Watson.

Grants and Awards

  • Dr. Robyn Stremler, Adjunct Scientist - CHES, was the recipient of an Ontario Early Researcher Award for her project:   Sleep problems for women:  effects on maternal and infant health during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Dr.  Yaron Finkelstein, Associate Scientist, CHES, is the recipient of the 2011 Ontario Rett Syndrome Association Research Award for his Prospective study:  Dose-response Efficacy and Safety Analysis of Recombinant Human IGF-1 in Girls with Rett Syndrome.
  • Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Scientist – CHES and her research group,received funding for the following RCT from CIHR in the last competition.  Teens Taking Charge: An Internet-based Self-management Program for Adolescents with Arthritis:  A Randomized Controlled Trial. Co-Investigators at SickKids:  Dr Feldman, Dr. Tse, Dr. Spiegel, Dr. Hetherington.

    Other co-investigators:  Dr. Campillo, Dr. Ellsworth, Dr. McGrath, Charles Victor, Dr. Dancey, Dr, Huber, Dr. Oen, Dr. Duffy, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Rosenberg, Dr. Tucker and Samantha Fuss (doctoral student).
  • Dr. Elinor Simons, Trainee – CHES,  has been awarded a Canadian Allergy and Immune Diseases Advanced Training Initiative Award from AllerGen. [Co-Supervisors:  Drs. Sharon Dell and Teresa To].
  • Drs. Lillian Sung and Samantha Anthony were awarded a two-year C17 Research Network for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Grant - for their submission entitled:  What factors do children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors say are important to understanding their quality of life? A qualitative study.
  • Dr. Rulan Parekh was awarded a PSI foundation grant for her project "Genetic screening of children with nephritic syndrome."
  • Dr. Lee Dupuis received a Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario 2010/11 Seed Funding Grant for:  "Translation and Face Validity Testing of the PeNAT (Pediatric Nausea Assessment Tool) for Use by Francophone Children and Adolescents receiving Chemotherapy."
    Co-investigators are: E. O’Shaughnessy, D. Moczygemba, AM Langevin and L MacKeigan.
  • Dr. Maru Barrera, was awarded a two-year C17 Research Network for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders grant for her submission entitled: Assessing the Efficacy of a Psychosocial Intervention Program for siblings of Children with Cancer.
  • Dr. Stephen Freedman was approved for a four-year RCT grant by the CIHR open operating grant competition, for his study:  Impact of Emergency Department Probiotic Treatment of Pediatric Gastroenteritis: Randomized Controlled Trial.

    The Investigator list is long but includes Stephen Freedman (PI), Phil Sherman (Senior Scientist, Cell Biology), Suzanne Schuh, (Senior Associate Scientist – CHES), Andrew Willan (Senior Scientist – CHES) along with seven others and on behalf of two research networks – Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) and Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC).

Daneman re-appointed Chair of Paediatrics, U of T, and Paediatrician-in-Chief at SickKids

We are pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr. Denis Daneman for a second five-year term as Chair of the Department of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine and Paediatrician-in-Chief at SickKids. This is a joint appointment, effective July 1, 2011. Daneman also holds the RS McLaughlin Foundation Chair in Paediatrics.

First appointed Chair/Chief in 2006, Daneman is highly regarded by his colleagues locally, nationally and internationally. He has been a member of the Department of Paediatrics since 1981 and served as Head of the Division of Endocrinology from 1992 to 2006 and as Associate Chief of Research (Clinical) from 2000 to 2005. Daneman has won numerous awards and honours, including the 2010 Prize for Achievement from the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes and multiple named lectureships at prestigious institutions.

Daneman’s clinical care activities are comprehensive tertiary care of children and teens with diabetes, and care of children with endocrine disorders. His research focuses on factors affecting metabolic control and the early onset of complications in children and teens with Type-1 diabetes. He has become increasingly interested in the impact of social determinants of health on outcomes in children and youth with complex disorders.

“Please join me in warmly congratulating Denis on his accomplishments and wishing him every success in his second term as Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine and Paediatrician-in-Chief at SickKids,” says Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, SickKids.

June 2011

Grants and awards

  • Dr. Lillian Sung, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences and Oncologist, Haematology/Oncology was awarded POGO Research Unit Seed Funding for her submission entitled Attitudes and Preferences toward Infection Prophylaxis in Paediatric Cancer.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Gideon Koren, Director of Motherisk and Senior Scientist in the CHES Program, who was awarded the Poulsson Medal.  This award, given by the Norwegian Society for Pharmacology and Toxicology, was presented to Dr. Koren on June 13th,  in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions in the area of drug safety during pregnancy.  This is the first time the award is given to a Canadian scientist.
  • Dr. Brian Feldman was this year’s recipient of the Eugene Stuart Award from the Department of HPME for Excellence in Teaching. This is a student nominated award!

Stanley Zlotkin featured in Huffington Post

Stanley Zlotkin, Vice President, Medical & Academic Affairs, Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, and Professor, Nutritional Sciences and Paediatrics, was featured in Huffington Post on June 6 highlighting how his team developed micronutrient powders called Sprinkles. The powders supplement the diet of low-income populations in developing nations. Dr. Zlotkin began his decade-long journey to develop a childhood nutrition supplement when UNICEF asked if he was up for the challenge.  He was and today 22 manufactures are producing micronutrient powders that are distributed to 36 high-burden countries which reach over 6 million children.

Micronutrient deficiencies result in many unnecessary health complications in developing nations, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies. While past attempts have been made to supplement the missing nutrients, Sprinkles is the only supplement that can be mixed into any food which ensures children can still eat local staples and participate in local traditions.

No patent protection exists on Sprinkles, making it easy for others to manufacture and distribute the product. To date, 500 million sachets have been produced. Read about Dr. Zlotkin and his team’s fantastic work in the article at the Huffington Post website.

May 2011

Dr. Gail McVey, Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Health Systems Research Scientist, Community Health Systems Research Group and Director, Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders, was awarded an Institutes of Health Service and Policy Research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for her project Linking research, practice and policy to devise a national prevention research strategy

Dr. Jennifer Stinson, Clinician Scientist, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Research Centre for Nursing, was awarded a Pfizer Operating Grant in Disease Prevention and Management from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for her project Teens taking Charge: Development and Usability of an Online Self-management and Transitional Care Program for youth with Cancer

Dr. Brenda Gladstone is the inaugural recipient of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research's “Methodological Excellence in a Qualitative Doctoral Dissertation Award." Dr. Gladstone’s thesis is titled All In The Same Boat: An Analysis of a Support Group for Children of Parents with Mental Illnesses. Thesis Committee: Dr. Katherine Boydell, Dr. Pat McKeever, Dr. Mary Seeman.

On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Maru Barrera, who was awarded this years’ Canadian Association of Psycho-Oncology Award for clinical excellence, based on the impact of her clinical research to describe the psychosocial outcomes and quality of life in children and adolescents who are treated for cancer and their families, and to develop evidence-based interventions to improve these outcomes.  An example of this research in Maru’s recently awarded CCSRI three-year grant entitled:  A randomized control trial to evaluate the efficacy of a social skills intervention group for childhood survivors of brain tumours.

“This award recognizes an individual who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors of the association, has made outstanding clinical contributions to the field of psychosocial oncology in Canada”

Dr. Elinor Simons won the Gillian Hawker First Place Award, for the Best PhD Poster in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research, for her poster entitled How does the timing of home environmental tobacco smoke exposure during childhood affect the age of asthma development?   ([Co-Supervisors:  Drs. Teresa To and  Sharon Dell) 

Dr. Eric Benchimol received the Thomas & Edna Naylor Memorial Award for the Best Paper based on Thesis in health services and health care research.  (Co-Supervisors: Drs. Astrid Guttmann and Teresa To)

Heather Burnett,  won first place among the student podium presentations on health economics at the annual department of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation Research day for her presentation, Parents’ preferences for drug treatments in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a discrete choice experiment.  [Supervisor:  Dr. Wendy Ungar]

The above awards were awarded on May 4th at the HPME Research Day.   

April 2011

On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Anna Taddio, whose publication Reducing the pain of childhood vaccination: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline  has been selected to win this year’s Publication Award from the Canadian Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

On behalf of the CHES program, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Myla Moretti (Dr. Wendy Ungar’s PhD student), who was awarded an Alice E. Wilson award from the Canadian Federation of University Women to support her doctoral thesis “A cost-effectiveness analysis of maternal genotyping to guide treatment for postpartum pain and avert infant adverse events.

Linda Rothman, who was awarded a Doctoral Research Award from CIHR for three years for her project entitled: "Child pedestrian injury in the City of Toronto:  The role of the built environment and active school transportation."  Linda’s supervisors are Drs. Andrew Howard and Teresa To.  Dr. Colin Macarthur is also a member of her committee.

March 2011

Upton Allen, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Senior Associate Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, has been named winner of the Harry Jerome Award for Health Sciences for 2011. Presented by the Black Business and Professional Association, the Harry Jerome Awards celebrate outstanding achievements within the African-Canadian Community.

This is the second year in a row that a SickKids staff member has received this prestigious award. Lisa Robinson, Head of Nephrology and Scientist, Cell Biology, received the health sciences prize in 2010.

Allen will be honoured at the 2011 Harry Jerome Awards gala on Saturday, April 30 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Established in memory of Harry Jerome, an outstanding African-Canadian Olympic athlete, scholar and social advocate, the Harry Jerome Awards event is an annual celebration of African-Canadian achievement that pays tribute to outstanding and inspirational African-Canadians who are role models of excellence.