New Investigators

Dr. Laura N. Anderson (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University and an Adjunct Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children. She completed a Master's Degree in population epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario and PhD at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Laura's primary research interests include chronic disease prevention, modifiable determinants of health and the developmental origins of health and disease.

 

Dr. Cornelia (Cory) Borkhoff (PhD) is a Research Associate working with the TARGet Kids! team at The Hospital for Sick Children, and an Assistant Professor with iHPME at the University of Toronto. Cory completed her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, and completed Postdoctoral training at the University of Ottawa with Dr. Peter Tugwell and his team, at ICES with Drs. Larry Paszat and Jill Tinmouth, and more recently at SickKids under Dr. Patricia Parkin and Dr. Colin Macarthur's supervision. Her research interests include child health equity and disease prevention, with a particular focus on developing and evaluating effective interventions to reduce health inequities.

 

Dr. Julia Orkin (MD, MSc) is a paediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children and associate scientist at the Center for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael's Hospital. She completed her post doctoral fellowship in the Achieve program at CRICH and an Academic Pediatric Fellowship at Sick Kids. She has a Master's Degree in global health from Oxford University. Her research interests include income and neighbourhood determinants of child health.

 

Dr. Nav Persaud (MD, MSc) is a Family Physician and Associate Scientist at St Michael’s Hospital. He completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and his MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He is interested in how the behaviours of young children affect their health, and in how clinicians use information to improve patient care.

 

Trainees

 

Dr. Kawsari Abdullah (MD, PhD) is a paediatrician who has been working as a Research Fellow in the Division of Paediatric Medicine since 2009. She completed a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Kawsari's research looks at the prevalence, risk factors and efficacy of interventions to treat and prevent iron deficiency in urban Canadian children. Her interests also include non-nutritional factors such as child temperament and how it influences adverse nutrition in children. Kawsari is also associated with methodological research that involves development of paediatric clinical guidelines. For publication information, please click here.

 

Sarah Carsley (MSc) completed a Bachelor's of Science (Biology) degree from Dalhousie University in 2007, and Master of Science (Epidemiology) degree from McGill University in June 2010. Her previous work included the Rourke Baby Record evidence updates for 2009 and 2011. She worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Paediatric Medicine Division as a Clinical Research Project Manager on the TARGet Kids! Study from September 2011 to 2013. In September 2013, Sarah started a PhD at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in Health Services Research. Her research interests include childhood obesity surveillance, health services, electronic medical records, prevention, and primary care.

 

Denise Darmawikarta (BSc(Hon), MPH) is a medical student at the University of Western Ontario. She completed both her BSc(Hon) in Physiology and MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. Her previous work focused on paediatric oncology. She joined TARGet Kids! as a summer research student in 2013 and returned for the summer of 2014. Her current research interest is on preventive health care for children.

 

Dr. Anne Fuller (MD) is a Paediatrics Resident at the University of Toronto. She completed her medical training at McMaster University. Anne is interested in food insecurity as a predictor of nutrition and health outcomes in early childhood. 

 

Dr. Mikael Katz-Lavigne (MD) is excited to work with the TARGet Kids! group as an Academic Paediatric Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children. As part of his Fellowship, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Mikael completed his medical school training at McGill University and his Paediatric Residency at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is currently involved in a priority setting project in paediatric primary care research. He is interested in patient preferences and injury prevention and has also participated in a number of global health projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Haiti.

 

Grace Lee (BASc, MSc candidate) completed her BASc (Applied Human Nutrition) at the University of Guelph in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Toronto in the department of Nutritional Sciences. Her research interests focus on the prevention of negative nutrition-related health outcomes in early childhood.

 

Jessica Omand (RD BSc BASc MSc PhD candidate) completed her BSc at the University of Guelph and BASc at Ryerson University. She completed the Combined Master of Science Dietetic Internship Program through St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. She is currently working on her PhD in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Toronto. She received a CIHR master’s award for nutrition and dietetic research, CIHR PhD award and is enrolled in the Clinician Scientist Training Program through the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research interests focus on paediatric nutrition, epidemiology and micronutrient deficiencies. She is supervised by Dr. Jonathon Maguire and Dr. Deborah O'Connor and supported by Dr. Teresa To and Kevin Thorpe. Jessica has published manuscripts entitled “Non-Western immigrant children have lower 25-hydroxyvitamin D than children from Western families” in Public Health Nutrition and "Evaluating the accuracy of a geographic closed-ended approach to ethnicity measurement, a practical alternative" in Annals of Epidemiology. 

 

Dr. Julia Sharp (MD) is a Community Paediatrics Fellow at University of Toronto. She completed medical school and a Paediatric Residency at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. She is interested in child temperament as a predictor of health-related behaviors, including physical activity and outdoor play in young children.

 

Dr. Meta van den Heuvel (MD) is a fellow in Academic General Paediatrics who joins us from the Netherlands. She completed her Paediatric Residency in Amsterdam (Academic Medical Center) and will be completing a Social Paediatrics fellowship in Groningen (University Medical Center Groningen) in July 2014. As a resident she had the opportunity to work in South Africa, Curaçao and Malawi. Currently she is working on a PhD studying the early detection of mental health problems in children. She is looking forward to working in the community of Toronto. Meta is a mother of two busy boys and is eager to explore Canadian outdoor life more!

 

Shelley Vanderhout (BASc, MSc candidate) completed her BASc (Applied Human Nutrition) at the University of Guelph in 2014 and is a student at the University of Toronto in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She is working on her Master's Degree in combination with a Dietetic Internship at Sick Kids Hospital, with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Maternal and child micronutrient levels and deficiencies are the focuses of her research activities.

 

New Investigators and Trainees