The Applied Research Group for Kids (TARGet Kids!), co-led by Dr. Catherine Birken, inaugural Edwin S.H. Leong Chair in Child Health Intervention, launches its new data platform to improve the research experience for families.
Dr. Susitha Wanigaratne is a Senior Research Associate at the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children and a social epidemiologist with a PhD in Epidemiology and a Masters of Health Science from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She provides an overview of her work at the Centre.
Dr. Christina Belza, a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Intestinal Failure Program at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Leong Fellow, provides an update on her postdoctoral research exploring the use of administrative data to evaluate outcomes for children with complex medical needs. She highlights the importance of utilizing large administrative data to understand the need for large scale interventions, in addition to the importance of evaluating the small, rare disease groups to understand individual level impacts.
The Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children brings together top researchers to help reduce inequities in child health, including those caused by social and structural determinants of health. Through strategic investments in research, education, training and infrastructure we are executing our vision of “harnessing interdisciplinary research to promote the flourishing of every child and family”.