Research Report

Research Director: Shelley McLeod

This past year has been a successful and productive year for the SREMI research program.


In January, we hosted Dr. Erik Hess and Dr. Annie Sadosty from the Mayo Clinic to discuss the creation of an international collaboration in patient-centered emergency care research. Together we will form a partnership between two clinical research teams with complementary expertise in geriatric emergency medicine, shared decision making and patient- centered care. In February, Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag and I were invited to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Minnesota where we met with Dr. Marvin Seppala and colleagues to share our results related to the derivation and validation of our iOS tremor application. We have had promising preliminary discussions regarding the use of data from their large cohort of patients in alcohol withdrawal to develop a more reliable, objective way of establishing alcohol withdrawal severity.


SREMI continues to grow our academic profile locally, nationally and internationally. This year, our research team presented over 20 abstracts at major national meetings (Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Quebec City; Family Medicine Forum, Vancouver) as well as international (International Conference in EM, South Africa; Society for Academic EM, New Orleans) conferences. SREMI investigators published 19 peer-reviewed journal articles this year. SREMI scientists have won numerous national awards, recognizing the important contributions we are making towards the advancement of emergency medicine research.

• Dr. Catherine Varner was honoured with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians New Investigator Award for her work investigating minor traumatic brain injury and text messaging research participants to improve patient follow-up.

• Dr. Aaron Orkin successfully obtained a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship award for his doctoral research on methods to enhance community-based naloxone distribution for opioid overdose.

• Our research on the management of uncomplicated urinary tract infections (led by two former emergency medicine residents and supervised by myself, Dr. Sean Caine and Dr. Borgundvaag) recently won the College of Family Physicians of Canada Distinguished Paper Award.

Dr. Borgundvaag has participated in the selection of the first two of five North York General Hospital Research Chairs. We are presently working together to develop several research projects focused on topics of importance in emergency medicine. The success of these recruitments and collaboration are vital to creating an environment to support future scholarly work.


SREMI continues to make valuable contributions the scientific emergency medicine community. Dr. Borgundvaag and I have taken leadership roleswith the research committee tasked to evaluate the implementation of “eCTAS”; an electronic intelligent decision support tool for triage nurses, an Ontario provincial project which will have national implications. Many of our faculty have been invited speakers and program track chairs at CAEP and are vital members of national and provincial committees, working groups and panels. We continue to participate in important randomized controlled trials with our colleagues across the country and remain committed to fostering the research of our own medical students, residents, nurses and junior faculty. The success of this past year is a direct reflection of the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of our SREMI team. We will continue to develop and collaborate on innovative projects that will have meaningful impact on advancing the discipline of emergency medicine. Our focus for the upcoming year is to strategically and systematically scale up our research efforts. You will hear more about these efforts at the IAB meeting November 28th

.I would like to thank our Director, Dr. Borgundvaag for his leadership, the SREMI research faculty, our research coordinator, Cameron Thompson and our generous benefactors, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, for their ongoing patronage and support.

Respectfully submitted,

Shelley McLeod PhD(c) MSc MSc BScHons

Research Director

Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute

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