Announcing 2021 Innovation Fund winners

SEAMO is pleased to present the 15 winners from seven different Departments in this year’s Innovation Fund competition. Learn more about their projects!

* early investigator
~ established investigator

*Dr. Olga Bougie (OBGYN) – Prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among gynecologic surgeons and assessment oflightbulb photo ergonomic risk factors in the operating room environment

~Dr. Douglas Cook (Surgery, Neurosurgery) – Linking repeated sub-concussive impacts to neuroimaging in military personnel

*Dr. Geneviève Digby (Medicine, Respirology) – Molecular triage of suspected lung cancer lesions through microRNA-based liquid biopsy

*Dr. Yanping Gong (Pathology) – A multicentric collaboration to evaluate quantitative assays for SARS-CoV-2 and determine humoral and cellular immunity (CONQUER): immunosuppressant cohort

~Dr. Rachel Holden (Medicine, Nephrology) – Osteoporosis in post-menopausal females: an early response marker to identify fast bone losers and treatment response

~Dr. Faiza Khurshid (Pediatrics) – Creating an online tool to predict the risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia and death by applying conventional and machine learning approaches on a national cohort of very preterm neonates

*Dr. Christine Law (Ophthalmology) – Envisioning the future together: improving system navigation of pediatric low vision resources in Ontario

*Dr. Daniel Mulder (Pediatrics) – Lymphocyte subsets identify critical markers of disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease patients

~Dr. John Muscedere (Critical Care Medicine) - Ceragenin coated endotracheal tubes for the eradication of ventilator associated pneumonia – a prospective, longitudinal, cross-over, interrupted time, implementation study (CEASE VAP study) 

~Dr. Sulaiman Nanji (Surgery, General) – Development of a risk prediction tool for mortality after non-hepatic surgery in patients with cirrhosis 

*Dr. Kevin Yi Mi Ren (Pathology) – Rapid real-time resection margin analysis using mass spectrometry and machine learning with histopathology

*Dr. Anupam Sehgal (Pediatrics) – Are eating disorders in immune-mediated gastrointestinal diseases common? An Ontario Health administrative database study

~Dr. Jose Alberto Neder Serafini (Medicine, Respirology) – Combining functional imaging and clinical physiology to enhance diagnosis and treatment of dyspneic patients in the initial stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

~Dr. Prameet Sheth (Pathology) – Characterization of a novel therapeutic for the treatment of clostridioides difficile infection

~Dr. Karen Yeates (Medicine, Nephrology) – Listening to our Elders: using concept mapping and digital storytelling to understand and integrate resilience and wellness into community and health-based system approaches for the prevention and treatment of diabetes in remote Indigenous communities