Reinventing Children’s Health: Game-Changing Researchers Meet with Parliamentarians to Present Pediatric Research and Innovation


OTTAWA, May 16, 2023 – The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus (PHRC) and Research Canada are proud to host Reinventing Children’s Health through Game-Changing Pediatric Research and Innovation. This invitation-only event, sponsored by Novo Nordisk Canada, Innovative Medicines Canada and BioCanRx, will feature fifteen incredible health researchers and innovators from across Canada who will share their game-changing work under five sub-themes covering topics such as the long-term impacts of COVID-19, mental health and pediatric clinical trials.

Children are NOT “small adults.” They are different from their parents and other adults and require different diagnostics, therapies and treatments. Moreover, improving children’s health and well-being has far-reaching implications for adult health and reducing the growing burden of noncommunicable, chronic adult diseases. This kiosk-style buffet luncheon will give Parliamentarians and special guests the opportunity to meet with some of the of the best and brightest pediatric health researchers and innovators to better understand this fascinating area of research.

Thank you to the all the generous Sponsors of this Parliamentary Health Research Caucus luncheon, including the Child Development Institute, the Kids Brain Health Network, the Provincial Health Services Authority and the University of Regina.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Where: Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario
Social media: #HealthResearchCaucus


THEME 1: The Long-term Impact of COVID-19
in Children and Youth

Piush Mandhane, MD, PhD, FRCPC, University of Alberta
Caroline Quach-Thanh, OQ, MD, MSc, Université de Montréal

THEME 2: The Mental Health of Early- and School-Aged Children

Leena Augimeri, PhD, and Margaret Walsh, Child Development Institute
Vivian Lee, PhD, Kids Brain Health Network | Carleton University
Lise Milne, PhD, University of Regina

THEME 3: The Challenges and Benefits of
Pediatric Clinical Trials

Matthew Bromwich, MD, FRCSC, CHEO Research Institute | University of Ottawa
Doug Mahoney, PhD, BioCanRx | University of Calgary

THEME 4: Introduction of Precision Medicine to
Improve Outcomes of Treatment for Children in Canada

Christine Bear, PhD, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Victoria Chester, PhD, University of New Brunswick
Vijay Ramaswamy, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) | University of Toronto

THEME 5: Equity and Child Health

Lisa Christian, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) | University of Waterloo
Quynh Doan, MDCM, FRCPC, MHSc, PhD, Public Health Services Authority (PHSA) | University of British Columbia
Stacey Marjerrison, PhD, McMaster University

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Brendan Hanley, MP (Yukon)
Vice-Chairs: Stephen Ellis, MP (Cumberland—Colchester), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, Senator (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Research Canada
Rosie Goldstein, MD, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

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