Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

Salary may be available for post-doctoral trainees conducting research related to child health equity. Funding is available at the discretion of Leong Centre Co-Directors. To propose a fellowship, please contact leong.centre@sickkids.ca.

Christina Belza, NP, PhD

Dr. Christina Belza, Leong Fellow

Supervisor: Eyal Cohen, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids

Christina Belza, NP, PhD has been a nurse practitioner for the past 13 years in the pediatric intestinal failure program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In her clinical capacity she manages inpatient and outpatients on long-term parenteral nutrition with intestinal failure. Academically, she recently completed her PhD in clinical epidemiology with a focus on evaluating burden of care for caregivers of children with intestinal failure. Future research directions include further exploration of the impact of caregiving on caregivers long-term physical and mental health with the goal of implementing services and programs to support the high level of care that they provide in the home setting. Christina is incredibly excited to work with Dr. Eyal Cohen and the Leong Centre for Healthy Children, as caregivers are an integral part in promoting child health. The impact of caregiving on mental and physical health has lasting effects on the caregiver, as well as the children themselves. Through exploring the factors that contribute to caregiver burden and understanding the long-term physical and mental health outcomes we can have a direct impact on improving outcomes for children and their caregivers, allowing the entire family to thrive.

Julia Brandenberger

Dr. Julia Brandenberger, Leong Fellow

Supervisor: Astrid Guttmann, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids

Julia Brandenberger, MD MIH PhD is a pediatrician from Switzerland who is specialized in pediatric emergency medicine. While doing humanitarian work with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), she started to develop a special interest in migrant health and over the last 5 years has conducted research in the field of pediatric migrant health. While completing her Masters in International Health (MIH) at the University of Basel, she focused on key challenges in migrant health and completed qualitative research analyzing the perspective of migrant families on the quality of care. During her PhD at the University of Bergen (Norway) she conducted quantitative migrant health research projects using routine data, focusing on epidemiological aspects, migrant children in need of complex care and ambulatory care sensitive conditions in migrant children. It is a privilege for Julia to work with Astrid Guttmann at the Leong Centre for Healthy Children. Her main research focus will include the effects of COVID-19 on the health of pediatric migrants. She will also explore innovative ways to reduce language barriers for migrant families during health encounters. She hopes that her research can help reduce inequities in pediatric health care to reach the goal that all patients independent of their country of origin receive the support they need to live a healthy life.