Child Health Evaluative Sciences
- 686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
- Marie Tavares, Research Program Manager
We conduct research and translate findings into clinical practice, systems, and policy to improve the health and well-being of children and their families.
Our multidisciplinary researchers are focused on four areas to support child health: methods development and data science, knowledge dissemination and implementation, training and education, and patient, family and citizen partnerships.
Filling a gap in paediatric health sciences research, Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) has grown into the largest research program at SickKids Research Institute.
Message from the Program Head
We are committed to being a research program that aims to think big. The CHES program innovates and collaborates with peers both locally and globally on cross-cutting research initiatives, while training the next generation of child health researchers.
Our program aims to improve the welfare of children by enabling health-care decisions to be based on the best possible evidence generated through the integration of research, clinical practice and training, and the development and application of innovative and effective research methods.
Together with our faculty and staff, we developed a strategic framework for the program (PDF) in 2020 that builds on our core expertise and supports the vision and priorities of the SickKids 2025 Strategic Plan. Our main objective continues to be to grow and sustain a high-quality research program, cultivating connections and collaborations among faculty and recruiting new members with expertise aligned with our mission, core research areas, themes, and values.
I believe there is tremendous opportunity within CHES to break new ground. We will continue to focus on our strengths and opportunities, and leveraging the best of CHES into the future.
Dr. Eyal Cohen, CHES Program Head
The diverse talent on the CHES team plays a role in improving child health by continuously delivering high-impact research. We encourage collaboration and always welcome new trainees to get hands-on experience with researchers and leaders in kids health research, providing excellent opportunities to further their careers.
We're recognized as a leader among scientific research programs in Canada and internationally by consistently impacting health-care decisions through innovative methodologies. Research from CHES is regularly published in top-tier general medical journals (e.g. NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, BMJ, CMAJ) and paediatric journals (e.g. JAMA Pediatrics, Pediatrics). Several CHES members have been featured in top journals focusing on epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, and more, as well as important media that guides health policy worldwide.
- Dr. Eyal Cohen (Program Head)
- Dr. Melanie Barwick
- Dr. Diego Bassani
- Dr. Eric Benchimol
- Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta
- Dr. Catherine Sari Birken
- Dr. Brian Feldman
- Dr. Yaron Finkelstein
- Dr. Astrid Guttmann
- Dr. Andrew Howard
- Dr. Abhaya Kulkarni
- Dr. Colin Macarthur
- Dr. Brian McCrindle
- Dr. Martin Offringa
- Dr. Rulan Parekh
- Dr. Christopher Parshuram
- Dr. Eleanor Pullenayegum
- Dr. Daniel Roth
- Dr. Suzanne Schuh
- Dr. Bonnie Stevens
- Dr. Jennifer Stinson
- Dr. Lillian Sung
- Dr. Teresa To
- Dr. Wendy Ungar
- Dr. Michael Zappitelli
- Dr. Stanley Zlotkin
- Susanne Benseler
- Sharon Dell
- Peter Laussen
- Cedric Manlhiot
- Gail McVey
- James Wright
- Andrea Gershon
- Jason Pole
- Joel Ray
- Linda Rothman
- Robyn Stremler
- Nancy Young
- Sherri Adams
- Zia Bismilla
- Ari Bitnun
- Maryse Bouchard
- Michaela Cada
- Manuel Carcao
- Alice Charach
- Adrienne Davis
- Pam Hubley
- Jessie Hulst
- Moira Korus
- Irene Lara- Corrales
- Ronald Laxer
- Stephen Lewis
- Armando Lorenzo
- Tina Martimianakis
- Jonathon McGuire
- Kelly McMillen
- Kamiar Mireskandari
- Mahendranath Moharir
- Mika Nonoyama
- Blake Papsin
- Adam Rapoport
- Lynn Spiegel
- Kyle Stevens
- Shirley Tse
- Ashley Vandermorris
- Suzan Williams
CHES Virtual Rounds
CHES Rounds are held virtually every Monday from noon - 1 p.m. unless otherwise specified. To join, use the CHES Virtual Rounds Zoom link.
The weekly CHES Rounds bring together scientists, research staff, graduate students, trainees, and clinical fellows and feature many local, national, and international guest speakers. Rounds are a great opportunity for trainees to learn about the types of research that their peers are involved in and how research approaches and technologies can be applied to research studies.
CHES Rounds are an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program Of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
For a copy of the CHES Rounds calendar or recordings of past rounds, please email Marie Tavares.
September 20: Dr. Yaron Finkelstein
Keep off the grass. Be SAFE: cannabis legalization, intentional drug overdose and pediatric suicide.
September 27: Dr. Beate Sander
October 4: Dr. Michelle Fortier
October 18: Danielle Gattini Valdes
Step 2 Thesis Defense
October 25: Dr. Magdalena Janus
November 1: Dr. James G. Wright
Awards & achievements
- PhD Candidate - Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
- Supervisor: Dr. E. Pullenayegum
- PhD Candidate - Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T
- Supervisor: Dr. A. Guttmann
- Resident Physician - PGY2, Dept. of Paediatric Medicine, SickKids
- PhD Candidate - IHPME, U of T
- Supervisor: Dr. A. Denburg
Established in 2009, the Career Research Award is a biennial award that recognizes the career of an outstanding and accomplished researcher working on an aspect of paediatric research in Canada.
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Parkin for winning the 2020 CPS Career Research Award!
The Noni MacDonald Award recognizes an article in Paediatrics & Child Health that has positively affected paediatric medicine. This year’s award goes to the authors of an article published in April 2019, titled “Overview of a Knowledge Translation (KT) Project to improve the vaccination experience at school: The CARD™ System.”
Lead author Dr. Anna Taddio's research program examines the short-term and long-term effects of pain in childre, the effectiveness and safety of pain management interventions, and knowledge synthesis and implementation research.
Dalah is the heart of the operations of our TARGet Kids! program. She oversees the coordination of several research projects and is the main person the study team relies on. You may have had the opportunity to hear Dalah speak about the COVID-19 study our group is running during the CREW lunch session.
Dalah was instrumental in preparing study documentation, obtaining REB approval, and securing the necessary supplies in order to launch the study. Dalah was nominated because she demonstrates commitment and leadership. Though she shies away from the spotlight, she never hesitates to advocate for what is right.
Clinical Research Project Manager, CHES
The RTC Exceptional Trainee Award honours outstanding SickKids' graduate students and research fellows – one from each of the seven Research Institute (RI) programs. Winners are selected on the basis of their research excellence, outstanding character, and significant contributions to their research environment, the RI and SickKids.
PhD (Epidemiology) Candidate, CHES
September 8, 2021
Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta was named the recipient of the 2021 Roux Prize, recognized for his research and public policy contributions to global maternal and child health and nutrition.
June 15, 2021
Four researchers at SickKids Research Institute were awarded prestigious Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs through the University of Toronto.
May 14, 2021
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, SickKids and researchers from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto are sending a call to action to prioritize children’s health and development during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinical Research Interest Group
The Clinical Research Interest Group (CRIG) is a CHES initiative that provides a forum for professional clinical research project assistants, coordinators and managers. CRIG aims to ensure better quality research by bridging the information gap and enhancing communication with programs and resources related to clinical research activities.
Email CRIG.email@example.com to learn more.
Interested in learning more about Clinical Research at SickKids? Visit the Clinical Research Services page.