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Child health research projects: artificial placenta, virtual reality rehabilitation

Published: June 27, 2013
Asmaa Manan speaks with Dilisha Rodrigopulle about Artificial Placenta
Asmaa Manan (left) speaks with fellow Master’s student Dilisha Rodrigopulle about her research on an "Artificial Placenta".

Respiratory failure is a leading cause of mortality in preterm babies. That’s why Master’s student Asmaa Manan is on a team of researchers, doctors and engineers who are developing an 'Artificial Placenta' — a lung assist device for neonates that will connect through the umbilical cord.

This is just one of the research projects and pilot studies that were on display at McMaster’s Child Health Research Day on Wednesday, June 26.

The event is a culmination of research conducted throughout the year and shines a spotlight on the next generation of trainees, staff and junior faculty in the field of pediatrics.

There were 47 presentations in all, involving 43 young researchers and their supervisors. All participants competed for recognition awards.


Some other highlights of the poster and oral presentations included:

  • 'Wii-Hab': a pilot trial that evaluates virtual reality exercise for rehabilitation for critically ill children
  • Depression and its determinants in children and adolescents with obesity
  • Identifying the health and supportive care needs of adolescent and young adults survivors diagnosed with cancer
  • Tracking fitness measures in preschoolers: a 12 month study tracking aerobic fitness 4-5 year olds

The following winners received a recognition certificate and a gift certificate to the University's bookstore:

Best Research Poster

  • Masters/Medical Student:  Asmaa Manan and Karl Mungovan (tied)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow/PhD: Samantha Anthony
  • Medical Resident: Shikha Gupta

Best Oral Presentation

  • Lia Abigail Siapno 

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