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Department of Pediatrics' Recent Publications

Recent Grant Successes

June 2015

HHS New Investigator Fund Grants
Dr. April Kam was awarded $50,000 for her project titled "Videos, Ear Infections & Antibiotic Stewardship: Knowledge Translation Upon Emergency Department Discharge."

Dr. Amit Mukerji was awarded $32,300 for the project "High Levels of Nasal CPAP and Impact On Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems In The Preterm Neonate."

Dr. Nikhil Pai was awarded $50,000 for the project "Fecal Microbial Transplantation For The Therapy Of Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis: A Pilot Study."


May 2015

Plasit Surgery Foundation
Drs. Anne Klassen, Karen Wong, Lucy Giglia and colleagues at the Hospital for Sick Children received an operating grant from the Plastic Surgery Foundation in the US for their study called: Development of the FACE-Q Kids PRO Instrument.


Sudep Aware Grant
Dr. Rajesh RamachandranNair was awarded a research grant from Sudep Aware in the amount of $36,000 for one year. The grant is for the study "SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) - Living with the knowledge.”


Resident Research Award
Dr. Lara Hart (Fellow, supervised by Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe), was the recipient of a Resident Research Award for her project titled: The role of exclusive enteral nutrition on the gut micro biome in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease" from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. Dr. Hart was awarded $5,000 over one year.


April 2015

Resident Research Grants
Resident research grants in the amount of $5,000 were awarded to:

Dr. Juliana Giraldo Salazar
(PGY2) supervised by Dr. Karen Choong for the project titled "Airway pressure generation during humidified high flow nasal cannula therapy in children."

Dr. Haifa Alfaraidi (PGY-1) supervised by Dr. Jeffery Pernica for the project titled: "Incidence of mycoplasma pneumoniae infection in pediatric patients admitted to the ICU with possible pneumonia."


NSERC Funding
Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe was awarded funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, Discovery Grant in the amount of $120,000 over 5 years.


Forward With Integrity Funding
Dr. Christine Wekerle was awarded a $5,000 Forward With Integrity Grant for a learning events series related to mental health. The project is titled: "Jester’s Presentation: A Performance Piece for Picturing Wellness.” This funding will complement the CIHR Team grant previously awarded, and supports the collaborative among Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine faculty with the McMaster Museum of Art in the development of an art exhibit called "Picturing Wellness: From Adversity to Resilience" to be held January to April 2016.


March 2015

Ishan Aditya received CIHR funding in the amount of $5,000 for the project titled “The Effect of Telmisartan on Muscle Inflammation in the Metabolic Syndrome: A Pilot Study.” Aditya is an undergraduate student in the Health Sciences Program supervised by Dr. Constantine Samaan.


Department of Pediatrics Education Endowment Fund Winners
Faculty Winner – Dr. Connie Williams and Dr. Mary Woodward for the project titled "Ensuring neonatal resuscitation competencies in graduating pediatric residents: a simulation based curriculum."
Resident Winner – Caroline Diorio & Brianna Empringham, staff supervisor: Dr. Vicky Breakey for the "Hematology-Oncology Curriculum Development Project."


Building on the work by many at McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics and CanChild, Dr. Jan Willem Gorter received a demonstration grant from the Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU) in the amount of $76,608 over two years. Funding is for a project focusing on the transition to adult healthcare, and will contribute to a province-wide child health clinical research network.


Broad Medical Research Program – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe (with co-Investigator Dr. Alison Holloway Obs/Gyn) was awarded $110,795 USD for the first year of her project entitled “Antidepressant use in pregnancy and risk of intestinal inflammation in the offspring.” Funding for year 2 in the amount of $110,000 is anticipated.


February 2015

CIHR Health Professional Student Research Awards
Medical students Jennifer Klowak and Sukhpreet Klaire (supervised by Dr. Melissa Parker) received $4,251 for their respective projects titled "Evaluating adherence to the Ontario diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) emergency treatment guidelines in critically ill children with DKA and Defining Time Zero in Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock."


Pfizer Grant
Karen Strike and Dr. Anthony Chan (co-PI) were awarded $100,000 from Pfizer to further research in point-of-care ultrasounds for patients with hemophilia.


CIHR Planning Grant
Dr. Ronald Barr and colleagues were awarded a CIHR Planning Grant in the amount of $10,000 for their proposal titled “Moving forward with a Canadian adolescent and young adult (AYA) alliance: A catalyst for advancing AYA cancer care and research.”


January 2015

Early Career Award
Dr. Jeffrey Pernica was awarded a $50,000 research Early Career Award from Hamilton Health Sciences. This award, renewable up to 3 years, will support Dr. Pernica’s career advancement as well as his project entitled “Short Course Antimicrobial Therapy for Paediatric Community-Acquired Pneumonia.”


HAHSO Innovation Grants
Dr. Peter Rosenbaum's project "Towards a Functional Classification System for Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Prospective Examination to Classify Social Communication Abilities" was awarded $192,833.75

Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe has been awarded $189,353.42 over two years for the project "Implementation of High-Resolution Colonic Manometry to Improve the Care of Children with Refractory Chronic Constipation."


Grant Success
Drs. David Goldfarb (PI), Jeff Pernica, Marek Smieja, Jim Mahony and colleagues at PHAC and the Department of Health, Nunavut for received a grant from The Government of Nunavut and Public Health Agency of Canada. The grant is for the establishment of a project for diarrheal illness surveillance at sentinel sites in Nunavut. 2 years - $185,000.00.


CIHR Planning Grant
Dr. David Goldfarb and colleagues have been awarded a CIHR Planning Grant in the amount of $11,903 for their proposal titled “Building an Arctic Enteric Infections Research Agenda.”

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