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Leading expert on pediatric health to head Offord Centre for Child Studies

Published: April 17, 2014
Michael Boyle
Michael Boyle, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Dr. Michael Boyle, one of the country's leading experts in the determinants of child health, has been named Director of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. His research focuses on developmental influences on child health in early life and the effects of socio-economic disadvantage assessed in families and neighbourhoods.

Boyle, a professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences, has training in social work, clinical epidemiology and community health.

"Michael Boyle's ability to see the social landscape and the individual person at the same time allows him to understand children's health with the depth and vision that will empower the Offord Centre to find new answers to questions of critical importance to us all," said Dr. John Kelton, Dean and Vice-President, Faculty of Health Sciences.

"Dr. Boyle will bring his wisdom and considerable experience to lead the Offord Centre to its next stage of growth and development," said Dr. Salim Yusuf, Executive Director, Population Health Research Institute.

"We look forward to the directorship of Michael Boyle as he brings both vision and extensive experience that will define the Offord Centre for Child Studies' future role in the important area of developmental influence on child health. The Centre will be one of the major research underpinnings of the McMaster Children's Hospital," said Dr. Stephen Collins, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, and professor of medicine.

"The children of this region and beyond will be well served by having Michael Boyle take the helm of this important research centre," said Peter Fitzgerald, President, McMaster Children's Hospital.

Boyle is supported by a Canada Research Chair in the Social Determinants of Child Health and in 2009 was awarded the Michael Smith Prize for Health Research by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. His research focuses on developmental influences on child health in early life and the effects of socio-economic disadvantage assessed in families and neighbourhoods.

In collaboration with the late Dr. Dan Offord, Boyle was responsible for the design of the original Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS) in 1983 and follow-ups in 1987 and 2001. He is the nominated principal investigator of the 2014 OCHS, a sequel to the original OCHS, and is taking responsibility for co-ordinating the contributions of co-investigators and partners in the implementation of the study.

As an epidemiologist, Boyle brings to the OCHS Sequel expertise in study design, measurement and analysis.

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