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Colin Macarthur

Title: Senior Scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 309313
Alternate Contact Name: Andrea Chiaramida
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 302636
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U of T Positions: Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation


Colin Macarthur completed his medical training at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and doctoral training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University, Canada. Macarthur is currently a Senior Scientist in The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Institute in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program.

From 2012-2017, Macarthur was Associate Chief Clinical Research at The Hospital for Sick Children, and previous to that (2004-2011), he was Vice President of Research at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and inaugural Director of the Bloorview Research Institute. Macarthur is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. His area of research interest is the epidemiology and prevention of childhood injury.

Macarthur has secured operating grant support from CIHR, NSERC, and ONF, and co-authored over 140 original articles. He was a founding a Board Member and Chair of the Quality Committee for Parachute - a national injury prevention organization - and was previously an editorial board member for the journal Injury Prevention.


Dr. Macarthur leads an independent program of research on childhood injury prevention. The focus of this program of research is on the epidemiology of childhood injury. The aim of the research program is to quantify the burden of injury, identify modifiable etiologic factors, critically evaluate injury prevention strategies, and support and promote evidence-informed injury prevention interventions.

Injury is the leading cause of death and disability among children in Canada, with more deaths from injury than from all other causes combined. It has been estimated that for every injury death there are 45 hospital admissions and 1,300 visits to the emergency department because of injury.


  • 1981: B.Sc. (Honors), Pharmacology, Glasgow University, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1984: MBChB., Medicine, Glasgow University, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1989: M.Sc., Epidemiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1996: Ph.D., Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


  • 1978: Distinction and First Class Certificate of Merit, Medical Biology, Glasgow University Medical School
  • 1979: Distinction and Second Class Certificate of Merit, Medical Biochemistry, Glasgow University Medical School
  • 1980: Distinction and First Class Certificate of Merit, Pharmacology, Glasgow University Medical School
  • 1980: John Hunter Gold Medal, Pharmacology, Glasgow University Medical School
  • 1983: Distinction and Second Class Certificate of Merit, Clinical Ophthalmology, Glasgow University Medical School
  • 1989: Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship Award, Alberta
  • 1990: J W McConnell Memorial Fellowship Award, McGill University, Quebec
  • 1990: Montreal Children's Hospital Research Fellowship Award, Quebec
  • 1990: National Health Research and Development Program (NHRDP) Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • 1997: Population Health Investigator Award, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), Alberta
  • 1999: Petro-Canada National Young Innovator Award in Community Health
  • 2000: Graduate Students' Association Teaching Excellence Award Nomination, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2000: Graduate Students' Association, Teaching Excellence Award Nomination, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB 
  • 2002: Election to Membership in the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR)
  • 2007: Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Rehabilitation


Research Funding - Peer Reviewed: Injury

Environments and Health: Intersectoral Prevention Research.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($1,935,000 2016-2021).
Hagel B (PI). Howard A, McPherson A, Fusilli P, Macarthur C (co-investigator)  

Effectiveness of Built Environment Interventions around Schools in Improving Road Safety and Increasing Active School Transportation.
City of Toronto, Schedule A Funding, Bloomberg Fund ($100,000.00  2018-2020)
Nominated Principal Applicant: Linda Rothman 
Co-Investigator: Macarthur C, Howard A, Macpherson A, Hagel B.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research ($4,997,000 2017-2022). Matching Funds: $10,829,000
Nominated Principal Applicant: Tricco A.  
Co-Investigator: Macarthur C. 

Research Funding - Peer Reviewed:  Paediatric Medicine

Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU) Interim Funding
CIHR ($750,000.00 2018-2020) 
Macarthur C, Osmond M (co-principal investigator) 

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