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Child Health Evaluative Sciences

686 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 0A4
Marie Tavares, Research Program Manager

Filling a gap in paediatric health sciences research, Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) has grown into the largest research program at the SickKids Research Institute.

Our multidisciplinary researchers conduct research and translate their findings into clinical practice, systems, and policy to improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Currently, we’re focusing on five areas to support child health – integration and alignment, data and methodological support, patient-oriented research, training and education, and innovation in clinical trials.

Research projects & labs

Our ongoing research drives clinical practice and health-care policy, which has led to significant improvements in health-care delivery and outcomes for children and their families around the world. Follow each link to learn about some of our most important research projects and lab work.


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Learn more about CHES' strategic direction, goals, and vision for 2021 and beyond.

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Research team

The CHES team works together towards improving the welfare of children by influencing health-care decisions based on the best possible evidence generated through the integration of research, clinical practice and training, and the development and application of more effective research methods.

Encouraging collaboration within the program, other SickKids researchers, and the University of Toronto, we continue to deliver high-impact research thanks to the diversity of talent that all play a role in improving the lives of children. We 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

  • Susanne Benseler
  • Sharon Dell
  • Peter Laussen
  • Cedric Manlhiot
  • Gail McVey
  • James Wright
  • Andrea Gershon
  • Jason Pole
  • Joel Ray
  • Linda Rothman
  • Robyn Stremler
  • Nancy Young

Awards & achievements

Kuan Liu

  • PhD Candidate - Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Supervisor: Dr. E. Pullenayegum

Tiffany Fitzpatrick

  • PhD Candidate - Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T
  • Supervisor: Dr. A. Guttmann

Brandon Maser

  • 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.

Five CHES members currently hold prestigious Canada Research Chairs:

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.

Dalah Mason

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.

Tiffany Fitzpatrick

PhD (Epidemiology) Candidate, CHES

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