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Shaun Morris

Title: Clinician-Scientist, Division of Infectious Diseases
Designations: MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP, DTM&H
Phone: 416 813-7654 ext. 306625
Email: shaun.morris@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact Name: Elizabeth Lehner
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7910
Alternate Email: elizabeth.lehner@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Research Positions

Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Biography

Shaun Morris is a clinician-scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program at SickKids Research Institute and Centre for Global Child Health. Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, and is cross appointed to Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He completed his medical degree at Queen's University, Kingston, ON, and his Master's in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Morris completed his clinical training in paediatrics and infectious diseases here at SickKids and further training in tropical medicine through the Gorgas Memorial Course at the Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.

Research

Dr. Morris’ current research interests include randomized controlled trials of low cost interventions to save lives and improve neurodevelopment in Asia and Africa, epidemiologic studies of COVID-19 in children, and the epidemiology of globally important and vaccine preventable infectious diseases in Canada. He is the site PI for multiple national and international research networks including IMPACT and GeoSentinel.

Education and experience

  • 1995–1999: Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), Life Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • 1999–2003: Doctor of Medicine, Queen’s University School of Medicine, Kingston, ON, Canada.
  • 2003–2007: Pediatric Residency, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2005–2006: Master of Public Health, Concentration in Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Supervisor:
  • 2007–2009: Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2008: Tropical and Travel Medicine Certification, Gorgas Memorial Institute, Lima, Peru
  • 2009–2011: Research Fellowship, Global Health Epidemiology, Centre for Global Health Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON
  • 2019: Advanced Tropical and Travel Medicine Certification, Gorgas Memorial Institute, Lima, Peru

Achievements

  • 2009–2011: Pediatric Scientist Development Program – Yale University
  • 2012: Sanofi Pasteur Award for Communicable Disease Epidemiology
  • 2014–2016: Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award – March of Dimes
  • 2015: International Society of Travel Medicine research Award
  • 2015–2018: Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program Career Development Award
  • 2017: Elected Member – Society for Pediatric Research
  • 2019: Pediatrician of the Year Award – American Academy of Pediatrics, Ontario Chapter

Publications

  1.  Pell LG, Turab A; Bassani DG; Shi J; Soofi S; Hussain M; Ariff S; Bhutta ZA; Morris SK. Effectiveness of community distribution of an integrated newborn care kit to families for improving neonatal outcomes in rural Pakistan. BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e001393. Doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001393.
  2. Roth DE, Morris SK, Zlotkin S, Gernand A, Ahmed T, Shanta SS, Papp E, Korsiak J, Shi J, Islam M, Keya FK, Willan A, Weksberg R, Mohsin M, Rahman QSR, Shah P, Murphy K, Stimec J, Pell L, Qamar H, Leung M, Mahmud AA. Maternal vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and lactation to promote infant growth in Dhaka, Bangladesh (MDIG trial): a randomized controlled trial. New England Journal of Medicine 2018; 379:535-546 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1800927.
  3. Posen HJ, Keystone JS, Gubbay JB, Morris SK. Epidemiology of Zika virus, 1947-2007. BMJ Global Health Aug 2016, 1(2) e000087.
  4. Morris SK, Pell LG, Rahman MZ, Islam M, et al. Maternal vitamin D for acute respiratory infections in infancy (MDARI) trial: protocol for a nested sub-study in a randomized controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and lactation in Dhaka, Bangladesh. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2016, 13;16(1):309.
  5. Morris SK, Awasthi S, Kumar R, Shet A, Khera A, Nakhaee M, Ram U, Brandao JR, Jha P., for the Million Death Study Collaborators. Measles mortality in high and low burden districts of India: Estimates from a nationally representative study of over 12,000 child deaths. Vaccine. 2013 Jul 19. pii: S0264-

Funding

  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • March of Dimes
  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Public Health Agency of Canada

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