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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 two-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, entitled: "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). 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. 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, 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 multi-centre 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. Receiveed 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, B.Sc. student and research assistant of Dr. Teresa To. Received 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, M.Sc. 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 New York (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 three 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 20 to May 23. The Distinguished and Early Career recipients will make presentations at the meeting. Award recipients will be honoured at a dinner on the evening of May 22.
  • 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 M.Sc. 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 (D.Sc. Medicine) from his alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa. The D.Sc. 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 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. Paul Nathan 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.
  • 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.