McMaster University

McMaster University

Neonatal Research Program
HHS/Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatology

Posted August, 2016

The Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatology is a prestigious and dynamic research role in the field of pediatric medicine.

For eight years, Dr. Christoph Fusch (former and inaugural Chair) led the research program which has directly improved short- and long-term outcomes for premature infants and high-risk newborns.

The Department of Pediatrics is currently considering new candidates for the Chairmanship with a mandate to further the reputation of research excellence in the Division of Neonatology at McMaster University.

Details about Dr. Fusch’s research are available below.

Questions? Contact Dr. Sheri Findlay, Interim Chair and Acting Chief, Department of Pediatrics:

Areas of Research

Dr. Christoph Fusch was the inaugural Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation/Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatolgy at McMaster University (2008-2016). Under Dr. Fusch's direction, the neonatal research program focused on:

Use of prenatal steroids and surfactant administration have improved survival rates of high-risk neonates and have decreased their pulmonary morbidity.  Our research aims to further improve the outcome of newborns by better understanding the role of inflammation on brain and lung development and the role of nutrition for adequate postnatal growth.

We are also developing an “artificial placenta” as a miniature extracorporeal lung assist device to improve survival rates and quality of life in infants with severe respiratory insufficiency.


Research Lab: Neonatal Nutrition, Growth and Metabolism, and Placental Physiology

Our research group runs a powerful lab that allows us to measure practically all analyses of interest for growth, nutrition and metabolic research.  We have also established the dual closed-loop in-vivo placenta perfusion model.  This model allows us to investigate placental production of release of molecules of interest and to study substrate transfer across the placenta.

Research Staff

Lab Manager: Dr. Gerhard Fusch, PhD, Chemistry


We were awarded a major grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) that provided funding for all of our equipment and services.  We have different high-end mass specs including those needed for stable isotope studies.



Research Collaborative Annual Report 2015-16
Dr. Chris Fusch, and his work as the Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatology, was featured in the annual Hamilton Health Sciences Research Collaborative Annual Report. Read the article.

Representing McMaster
Erin Landau-Crangle (MSc student supervised by Dr. Chris Fusch) has been selected as the McMaster candidate to attend the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Training Program (CCHCSP) and the Council for Canadian Child Health Research (CCCHR) Joint Symposium in Halifax in June 2015.

Annual Neonatal Research Day
Congratulations to two members of our group that attended the 14th Annual Neonatal Research Day in Toronto on April 23rd. Dr. Souvik Mitra (Neonatal Fellows), was awarded the “Neonatal Research Day - Award for Best Presentation” for his poster entitled, “Indomethacin Dose-Interruption and Maternal Chorioamnionitis: Risk Factors for Indomethacin Treatment Failure in Preterm Infants with PDA”.

A-Rum Choi, MSc student, was also awarded the “Neonatal Research Day - Award for Best Presentation” for her poster entitled, “Can Osmolality of Target Fortified Breast Milk for Preterm Infants be Predicted?" These students recieved two of the three awards given out among 40 presenters.


We believe that collaboration with others leads to successful research.  We are happy to have established a number of fruitful collaborations on a national and international level leading to joint publications and funded grants.

Learn more about our collaborators


Masters Thesis, Undergraduate and Volunteer Opportunities

We offer graduate, undergraduate and volunteer positions on a regular basis. Undergraduate students should apply before May 15th in order to begin on September 1st

Current Opportunities

  • Volunteers

We are currently seeking volunteers for various durations for data extraction and lab projects.

  • Masters Students

Masters positions will be available beginning fall 2016:

• Cytokine production in the placenta

• Optimizing parenteral nutrition with lipids

• Optimizing postnatal growth of preterm infants

How to apply for a Thesis or Volunteer position?

Applicants should send their transcripts, resume and an accompanying letter describing their research interests to: or mail to:

The Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatology
c/o Dr. Sheri Findlay
McMaster University
Department of Pediatrics
1280 Main Street West
Room HSC-3A28,
Hamilton ON Canada
L8S 4K1

We thank all candidates who apply, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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