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February 25, 2020

Sarkar Symposium celebrates a stellar 55-year career in science

There was an outpouring of respect and admiration for Dr. Bibudhendra (Amu) Sarkar at the Sarkar Symposium, which was held to celebrate his remarkable 55-year anniversary as a scientist at SickKids.

February 24, 2020

SickKids and Government of Barbados launch partnership to establish Centre for Paediatric Excellence

Over a span of seven years, the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health will work with its partners in Barbados and in the broader region, to establish Barbados as a Centre for Paediatric Excellence.

Julia Orkin and Reshma Amin

February 13, 2020

Talking to families about advanced care planning: Perspectives of families and health-care providers

Drs. Julia Orkin and Reshma Amin are SickKids leaders in the care of children with medical complexity who are technology-dependent. SickKids is home to the largest program in Canada for children with medical complexity as well as for long-term ventilation. Their new study, Understanding of Advance Care Planning in Children with Medical Complexity, was published February 13, 2020 in Pediatrics.

February 11, 2020

What it takes to be a successful female scientist

In honour of the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we talked to some notable female physicians and scientists at SickKids who work in research.

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February 10, 2020

SickKids study finds speed limit reduction made Toronto roads safer for pedestrians

A unique study design by SickKids researchers is one of few in the world to compare effects of speed limit reduction before and after implementation. 

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February 7, 2020

SickKids researchers awarded $7.5 million for microbiome and immunology research

Researchers from SickKids recently received $7.5 million in funding to study the microbiome and immunology. These team grants were awarded by CIHR and partners in the Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2 and Human Immunology Initiative competitions.

Christina Bartha

January 29, 2020

From community to hospital: Developing a mental health strategy to meet the needs of children and youth

With 70 per cent of mental health disorders presenting before the age of 17, mental health in paediatrics and extending to transitional age youth is a critical area of concern.

Photo of a graph that shows an upward line indicating that Emergency Department visits have increased in an upward direction since 2010 among young people aged 8 to 19.

January 22, 2020

SickKids and ICES study finds increase of intentional overdoses among Ontario youth

A new study has found a striking U-shaped trend in the number of emergency department (ED) visits for intentional overdose among youth. Further investigation is needed to understand the reasons for the sharp increase in recent years and help inform strategies to mitigate and reverse it.

SickKids hospital exterior

January 17, 2020

SickKids named to Canada’s Top Employers for Young People

SickKids was once again named to Canada’s Top Employers for Young People list. This recognition comes on the heels of being named to Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Photo of Sarah Carsley and Patricia Parkin at SickKids

January 7, 2020

Evidence grows for iron deficiency screening in childhood

One study details the known association between iron levels and cognitive function, and identifies a new threshold in blood tests that could guide more effective clinical intervention. The other is the first health-economic analysis of potential screening programs for iron deficiency in Canada, which shows that both targeted and universal screening would be cost-effective. 

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January 7, 2020

Dr. Mark Henkelman appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Dr. Mark Henkelman was named an Officer of the Order or Canada for his work on magnetic resonance imaging in Canada.

January 6, 2020

SickKids-led review finds parents of chronically ill children experience poorer health outcomes

A new literature review demonstrates a marked difference between the health outcomes of parental caregivers of chronically ill children compared to those of healthy children.

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