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Pediatrics Research Seminar Series

Winter 2013 Research Seminar Schedule

The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to offer monthly research seminars presented by experts on hot topics including research methodology, statistics, creating effective presentations, and grant-writing. Sessions are open to all Faculty members, fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, pediatric residents and research assistants working in the Department of Pediatrics.

The hour-long seminars take place monthly and do not require sign-up. These research seminars are designed to assist your research endeavors. Email your ideas for future seminar topics to Lindsay Akrong (


Past Seminars and Research Events

CIHR Information Session
: January, 16, 2013, 12:45-3:30pm
Place: MDCL 3020
Who: All potential applicants to the Spring 2013 Open Operating Grant Competition.

What's Covered: Policy changes; electronic application and HRS approval process; coming changes to the suite of CIHR programs; discussion of proposal expectations with CIHR review panelists.

Choosing the Right Measurement Tool for Your Research
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 4-5pm
Location: MUMC 3A14
Presenter: Dr. Peter Rosenbaum

Research Protocol Development
Date: Thursday, November 29th, 2012, 4-5pm
Location: MUMC 3A14
Presenters: Rachel Chu and Dr. Lehana Thabane

Asking Good Research Questions
Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4-5pm
Location: MUMC 3A14
Presenter: Dr. Lehana Thabane

Mother-Baby Dyad Care Webinar
Date: October 30th, 2012, 11:00am –12:00pm
Who Should Attend: Front line clinicians, educators and administrative leaders in all organizations that provide maternal-newborn services.
Review the invitation for full details and Register Online

The Ins and Outs of Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate Research Trainees
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 4-5pm
Location: MUMC 3A14
Presetner: Dr. Stephanie Atkinson

Dr. Stephanie Atkinson will kick off the Fall Research Seminars series with a talk on the ins and outs of mentoring undergraduate and graduate research trainees.  The presentation will also feature the sage advice of experienced Faculty mentors Dr. Sandy Raha, Dr. Melissa Parker, and Dr. Chris Fusch.  All Faculty, research staff and trainees are welcome.

Research Misconduct Seminar

Date: September 24th, 2012 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM
McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), Ewart Angus Foyer, Room 1A5.
Refreshments will be served. Review the poster for more details.

COS Pivot: What can it do for me?
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: MUMC 3A14
A follow-up to May’s Tech Talk research seminar, Lindsay Akrong discussed the functionality of COS Pivot through live navigation to help maximize use of this tool.

2012 Annual Child Health Research Day
Tuesday, June 13, 2012

This event showcased the fantastic child health research undertaken by trainees, new investigators, and research staff in the Department of Pediatrics. Thanks to all who contributed and attended for making the day a wonderful success! Congratulations to the following trainees who received awards for outstanding poster and oral presentations:

Poster Competition:

Resident Category
Nancy Nashid & co-presenter Andrea Granados,
Topic: Comparison of Human Rhinovirus (HRV) infection and viral load in asthmatic and non-asthmatic children admitted to the hospital

Fellow/PhD Category
Ivan Stevic
Topic: Inhibition of the prothrombinase complex on the surface of red blood cells

Masters/Medical Student Category
Asmaa Manaan
Topic: Artificial Placenta

Oral Competition:
Linda Gillis
Topic: Milk combined with high intensity training improves body fat and protein balance in overweight children

Tech Talk: Using technology to enhance your resesarch
: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: MUMC 3A14
Join us as Melissa Parker showcases how she is currently using technology in her research to increase efficiency and engage participants! Lindsay Akrong will discuss an update to a useful funding search tool and introduce a new data capture system.

Forum on Reproductive and Child Health Research and Strategic Planning Consulation
Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Atrium Room, McMaster Innovation Park
Review the event program for details.

Fusch Lab at the 35th Annual Perinatal Investigators Meeting in Kingston, ON.

Dr. Fusch's lab presented a strong showing at this conference with 4 abstracts including 3 platform oral presentations. Their work on the development of ex-vivo placental perfusion, as well a fortified breast milk supplement for very low birth weight infants was well received and generated a lot of discussion.

This meeting brings together trainees and investigators involved in perinatal research in southern ontario annually to provide forum for new researchers such as graduate students and post-doctoral fellow to network and present their findings. If you would like additional information regarding this meeting please contact:

Dr. Sandeep Raha at

EMPhasis Seminar Series (Energy Metabolism & Physiology, seminars for healthy living), sponsored by the Canadian Obesity Network-Student and New Professionals: McMaster University Chapter hosted their first seminar of the academic year on September 29th, 2011. Dr. Graham Holloway presented on the topic of Mitochondrial Dysfunction. Click Here for more information.

Child Health Research Trainee Day, 2011

On June 1, 2011, the Department of Pediatrics held the 3rd Annual Child Health Research Trainee Day to showcase our excellent student and trainee base. Click here for a summary of the event, which includes the names of award recipients.


4th Annual Child Health Pediatric Celebration for Undergraduate Research Trainees

Pediatric Celebration for Undergraduate Research Trainees, 2011

The 4th Annual Pediatric Celebration Event to honour the research contributions by the undergraduate trainees and their supervisors was held Tuesday, April 5th in MDCL.  Thirty-five students demonstrated their research accomplishments conducted as 4th year thesis or 3rd year inquiry projects by giving oral and poster presentations to an enthusiastic audience comprised of faculty,  research assistants, graduate students and undergraduate student trainees.  The undergraduate research projects covered a wide range of areas, including basic science, clinical trials, systematic reviews, qualitative assessments and literature reviews. The undergraduate programs represented students in each category: Biochemistry -4, Biology -7, Life Sciences -3, Kinesiology -1, Psychology -5, Medicine -1, Science -1 and Health Sciences -13. Kudos to the 13 Pediatric faculty members who provided excellent mentoring as supervisors for the projects and to Dr. Sandy Raha who chaired the oral session.

The reception was well received by all students. Many thanks to Elizabeth Almeida and Janice Penney for organizing and coordinating an execellent event, and to the Department of Pediatrics for their financial support.

This event did not fail to raise the bar even higher for the quality and quantity of research being performed in the Department of Pediatrics. The faculty are very proud of the efforts and results that their students continue to produce. Well done everyone! Please keep up the great work.

CON-SNP: McMaster University Chapter

Seminar series reviews:

  • The March seminar was presented by Dr. Markus Manocha. Click here for the full review.
  • February's presentations were by Katarina Marcinko, Master's student and Emily Hayes, Master's student. Click here for the full article.
  • January's presentation was by Matthew Krause, MSc., PhD Candidate. Click here for the full article.
  • December's presentation was by Dr. Sarah MacDonald. Click here for the full article.

2nd Annual McMaster Child Health Research Trainee - Networking Workshop, 2010

This event provided our residents and research trainees with helpful information about research within the Department of Pediatrics.

Faculty presenters, Dr. Karen Choong; Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe; Dr. Sandeep Raha; and Dr. Stephanie Atkinson showcased the different options available and helped guide and inspire Department trainees. The attendees were also treated to presentations by current trainees, Julia Morinis and Leila Amin, as well as an inspirational speech from Dr. Lennox Huang.

The following presentation slides are available for review:

Dr. Stephanie Atkinson - Introduction - Department of Pediatrics Research Trainee Events

Dr. Sandeep Raha - Basic Science for Research Trainees

Dr. Karen Choong - 10 Tips for the Clinical Research Trainee

Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe - Achieving Success in Research Projects

Dr. Stephanie Atkinson - Clinical Research

Julia Morinis - Child Health Research

Leila Amin - Child Health Research Networking Workshop

2nd Annual McMaster Child Health Trainee Research Day, 2010

Expanding on last years overwhelming success, the Department of Pediatrics held the 2nd Annual McMaster Child Health Research Trainee Day on June 2nd, 2010 for our medical students, graduate and post-graduate trainees. The event showcased the work of 27 up-and-coming residents and researchers within the Department, across the disciplines of basic science, clinical research and health services research.

Award recipients were:

Junior Early stage: Leila Amin

Junior Advanced stage: Amita Raha & Kelly Hepworth (Tie)

Senior Early stage: Leeat Granek

Senior Advanced stage: Adeel Safdar

The event was graciously sponsored by: Department of Pediatrics and Bayer Health Care.


3rd Annual 'Poster and Pizza' Undergraduate Research Day, 2010

The 3rd annual "Poster and Pizza" day for Pediatric Undergraduate Research Students took place on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010. Undergraduate students provided 6 oral and 39 poster presentations, outlining the impressive work being conducted by these up-and-coming investigators; under the guidance of their dedicated faculty supervisors. We look forward to this event continuing to grow in the future, as interest in pediatric research expands.

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