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Laura Kinlin

Title: Staff Physician, Division of Paediatric Medicine
Designations: MD, MPH, FRCPC
Alternate Contact Name: Erin Crawford
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 228525
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Research Positions

Postdoctoral Fellow
SickKids Research Institute


Laura Kinlin is a staff physician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine and a postdoctoral research fellow at SickKids Research Institute. A graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, she completed residency training in Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and an Academic General Paediatrics Fellowship at SickKids.

Her clinical and research interests include growth and nutrition in autism spectrum disorder (ASD); her research is supported by a Fellowship Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


Dr. Kinlin's previous research interests have addressed topical child health issues relating to three primary areas:

  1. environment and communicable diseases
  2. population-level effects of meningococcal vaccination
  3. evaluation and treatment of paediatric gastroenteritis

Currently, Dr. Kinlin’s research focuses on growth and nutrition in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is principal investigator of a Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (CPSP) identifying cases of serious micronutrient deficiency in children and youth with ASD. As a post-doctoral trainee at ICES, she studies weight status and growth trajectories of children with ASD, leveraging electronic medical record data.

Dr. Kinlin’s research interests are unified by a focus on highly prevalent and highly morbid conditions, using diverse observational epidemiologic methods and a variety of data sources (e.g., administrative health data, surveillance data, and hospital-level clinical data).

Education and experience

  • 2009–2013: Doctor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2007–2009: Master of Public Health (Community Health & Epidemiology), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2003–2007: Honours Bachelor of Science (Life Sciences specialization), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


  • 2019–2022: Fellowship Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • 2017: CanMEDS Competencies Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


  1. Kinlin LMHelmers AJ, Friedman JN, Beck CE. Choice of maintenance intravenous fluids among paediatric residents in CanadaPaediatrics & Child Health. 2019 Sept; pxz093
  2. Kinlin LM, Vresk L, Friedman JN. Vision loss in a child with autism spectrum disorderPaediatrics & Child Health. 2019 Jun;24(3):148-150. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxy058. Epub 2018 Jun 1. 
  3. Kinlin LM, Blanchard AC, Silver S, Morris SK. Scurvy as a mimicker of osteomyelitis in a child with autism spectrum disorderInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases.  2018 Feb 6.
  4. Kinlin LM, Freedman SB. Evaluation of a clinical dehydration scale in children requiring intravenous rehydrationPediatrics. 2012 May;129(5):e1211-e1219. 

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