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Diego Bassani

Title: Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Designations: PhD, DDS, M.Sc.
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 303033
Email: diego.bassani@sickkids.ca
Fax: 416-813-8763
Alternate Contact Name: Nadine Francis
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 309265
Alternate Email: nadine.francis@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics

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Biography

Diego Bassani is a Senior Scientist at SickKids Research Institute and an Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatrics and with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bassani received an M.Sc. and a PhD in epidemiology from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil.

Dr. Bassani is the director of the International Program Evaluation Unit at the Centre for Global Child Health, and currently leads the evaluation of the international programs of large Canadian NGOs in the area of maternal and child health in multiple countries. In collaboration with the Centre for Epidemiological Research in Pelotas, Brazil, Dr. Bassani is a co-PI in the most recent birth cohort that is following over 4,000 children born in the city in 2015. He also works closely with Dr. Daniel Roth on several projects related to linear growth in populations, in addition to being a co-investigator in a large study platform to study neonatal sepsis in Bangladesh. He leads a collaborative program funded by CanWaCH to study the measurement of SRHR during crisis and is currently working on the development of simplified approaches to the measurement of health indicators in LMIC populations.  

Research

Dr. Bassani is currently working on several projects related to linear growth in populations using secondary data from national surveys. He is one of the core investigators in a large study platform to study neonatal sepsis and the role of microbiome on preventing infections among newborns in Bangladesh. He leads a collaborative program funded by CanWaCH to study the measurement of SRHR during crisis and is currently working on the development of simplified approaches to the measurement of health indicators in LMIC populations.  

Education

  • 2006–2007: Post-Doctorate, University of Toronto,  
  • 2001–2005: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Epidemiology, Pelotas Federal University, Brazil  
  • 2001–2002: Master of Science (M.Sc.), Epidemiology (ABD-transfer to Ph.D.), Pelotas Federal University, Brazil 
  • 2000–2001: Master of Science (M.Sc.) Periodontics 
  • 1996–1999: DDS (UFRGS, Brazil)

Experience

  • 2019–Present: Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children 
  • 2012–2018: Chair, Technical Advisor, Measuring Results Working Group, Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health                          
  • 2012–2016: Visiting Professor – Centre for Epidemiological Research, UFPel - Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil) 
  • 2011–2019: Scientist - Child Health and Evaluative Sciences, Hospital for Sick Children 
  • 2011–Present: Epidemiologist, Department of Pediatrics/Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto 
  • 2008–2011: Adjunct Scientist - Child Health and Evaluative Sciences, Hospital for Sick Children 
  • 2007–2011: Staff Scientist/Epidemiologist – Maternal and Child Health Unit, Centre for Global Health Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto 

U of T Positions

Associate Professor – Paediatrics/Epidemiology  
Department of Paediatrics, Division of Paediatric Medicine  
 
Associate Professor – Epidemiology, Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Graduate Unit) 

Achievements

2011: Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health 

Publications

  1. Anthropometric data quality assessment in multisurvey studies of child growth. Perumal N, Namaste S, Qamar H, Aimone A, Bassani DG, Roth DE. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 Jul 16:nqaa162. PMID: 32672330 
  2. Feasibility and preliminary effectiveness of group antenatal care in Senegalese health posts: a pilot implementation trial. McKinnon B, Sall M, Vandermorris A, Traoré M, Lamesse-Diedhiou F, McLaughlin K, Bassani D. Health Policy Plan. 2020 Jun 1;35(5):587-599. PMID: 32155254 
  3. Effect of Parental Counseling on Infants' Healthy Sleep Habits in Brazil: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Santos IS, Del-Ponte B, Tovo-Rodrigues L, Halal CS, Matijasevich A, Cruz S, Anselmi L, Silveira MF, Hallal PRC, Bassani DG. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Dec 2;2(12):e1918062. PMID: 31860110Free PMC article.Clinical Trial. 
  4. National, regional, and state-level all-cause and cause-specific under-5 mortality in India in 2000-15: a systematic analysis with implications for the Sustainable Development Goals. Liu L, Chu Y, Oza S, Hogan D, Perin J, Bassani DG, Ram U, Fadel SA, Pandey A, Dhingra N, Sahu D, Kumar P, Cibulskis R, Wahl B, Shet A, Mathers C, Lawn J, Jha P, Kumar R, Black RE, Cousens S. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Jun;7(6):e721-e734. PMID: 31097276Free PMC article. 
  5. Effect of correcting for gestational age at birth on population prevalence of early childhood undernutrition. Perumal N, Roth DE, Perdrizet J, Barros AJD, Santos IS, Matijasevich A, Bassani DG. Emerg Themes Epidemiol. 2018 Feb 6;15:3. PMID: 29441118Free PMC article.

See all of Diego Bassani's publications on PubMed.

(01/2020–12/2023)  
An application of Super-Imposition by Translation And Rotation (SITAR) modelling to population-level child height trajectories of children aged 0-5 years using data 
from 145 Demographic Health Surveys (DHS) from 64 countries between 2000 and 2018 
Granting Agency: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Co PIs: Diego Bassani and Daniel Roth 
 
(12/2019–12/2020)  
Using deep learning to improve the efficiency and sensitivity of literature reviews   
Granting Agency: Catalyst Grant - Centre for Global Child Health (CGCH) 
PI: Mariella Munyuzangabo 
Co-applicants: Diego Bassani (PI sponsor), Jean-Luc Kortenaar, Huma Qamar  
 
(11/2018–11/2020) 
Co-Lab: Improving Measurement of Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights  
in Humanitarian Settings 
Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada/CanWaCH 
PI and Lab-Director: Diego Bassani 
Funded Partner: Canadian Red Cross 
 
(11/2018–11/2022) 
Probiotics and infant outcomes in Dhaka, Bangladesh 
Granting Agency: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
PI: Daniel Roth Role: Core Investigator for Platform Design and Implementation Study Lead for observational studies  Partners: International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF), and Boston University (BU) 
 
(12/2016–12/2021) 
SUSTAIN II: Improving RMNCH in Kigoma Region, Tanzania                
Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada 
Project Director: Diego Bassani 
Funded partners: World Vision Canada, The Hospital for  
Sick Children 
 
(03/2016–12/2020) 
Access to Quality Care through Extending and Strengthening Health Systems (AQCESS): Kenya, Mali, Mozambique and Pakistan 
Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada 
Project Director: Diego Bassani 
Funded partners: Aga Khan Foundation of Canada, Aga Khan University Kenya,  
The Hospital for Sick Children 
 
(03/2016–12/2020) 
Improving the health of mothers, newborns and children in Mali  
Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada 
Project Director: Diego Bassani 
Funded partners: Canadian Red Cross, The Hospital for Sick Children 
 
(03/2016–12/2020) 
Canada-Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality  
Granting Agency: Global Affairs Canada 
Project Director: Diego Bassani 
Funded partners: AMREF Canada, WaterAid Canada, Christian Children’s Fund,  
The Hospital for Sick Children 
 
(01/2016–09/2020) 
Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and ChildrenGranting Agency: Global Affairs Canada 
Project Director: Diego Bassani 
Funded partners: Plan International,  
The Hospital for Sick Children 

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