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Emily Tam

Title: Clinician Investigator, Division of Neurology
Designations: MDCM, MAS, FRCPC
Alternate Contact Name: Fatima Ledo
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6660
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Dr. Tam is a child neurologist with specialized training in neonatal neurology. She has a focus on clinical research in neonatal neurology.


Dr. Tam’s research focuses on studying modifiable metabolic and nutritional risk factors for impaired brain development in term and preterm newborns.  
Her laboratory is currently focused on studying the impacts of high and low blood sugar on babies who suffer inadequate oxygen or blood flow at birth. She has also been studying the risk factors for impaired preterm cerebellar development, as well as the impacts of fatty acid and cholesterol levels on preterm brain development. 

Education and experience

  • 1999–2003: MDCM, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, QC
  • 2003–2008: Residency, Paediatric Neurology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2008–2010: MAS, Clinical Research, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, U.S 


  1. Tam EWY, Chau V, Lavoie R, Chakravarty MM, Guo T, Synnes A, Zwicker J, Grunau R, Miller SP. Neurological examination findings associated with smaller cerebellar volumes after prematurity. Journal of Child Neurology. 2019 Sep; 34(10):586-592.  
  2. Pinchefsky EF, Hahn CD, Kamino D, Chau V, Brant R, Moore A, Tam EWY. Hyperglycemia and glucose variability are associated with worse brain function and seizures on amplitude-integrated EEG in neonatal encephalopathy: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Pediatrics. 2019 Jun;209:23-32.  
  3. Williams TS, McDonald KP, Roberts SD, Westmacott R, Dlamini N, Tam EWY. Understanding early childhood resilience following neonatal brain injury from parents’ perspectives using a mixed-method design. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 2019 Apr; 25(4):390-402.  
  4. Kamino D, Chau V, Studholme C, Liu M, Xu D, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Miller SP, Brant R, Tam EWY. Plasma cholesterol levels and brain development in preterm newborns. Pediatric Research. 2019 Feb;85(3):299-304.  
  5. Kamino D, Studholme C, Liu MY, Chau V, Miller SP, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM, Brant R, Tam EWY. Postnatal polyunsaturated fatty acids associated with larger preterm brain tissue volumes and better outcomes. Pediatric Research. 2018 Jan;83(1-1):93-101.  

See a full list of Emily Tam's publications

  • 2020–2025: NIH Research Project Grant (R01). Neurological outcome of glycemia in neonatal encephalopathy. 
  • 2019–2024: CIHR Project Grant. Neurological outcome of glycemia in neonatal encephalopathy.
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