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Investigator, CHEO Research Institute
Director, Concussion Research Project Clinic, CHEO
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics,
Department of Surgery, University of Ottawa
Ottawa Chapter Director, ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada
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Current Research:
Dr. Vassilyadi is involved with implementing a research project on concussion at CHEO. The purpose of the study is to optimize the assessment, management and follow-up for children who remain symptomatic three months following a sport-related head injury, through a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to care. Dr. Vassilyadi is also involved in helmet research. In collaboration with the Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory at the University of Ottawa, various helmets are tested to replicate the forces transmitted to the head. The first study looked at helmets that are worn by children 7 years and younger while tobogganing. The second study analyzed children’s speed skating helmets compared to other available helmets.
Research Team:
  • Peter Anderson
  • Nick Barrowman
  • Christine Lamontagne
  • Gail Macartney
  • Andrew Post
  • Philippe Rousseu
Dr. Vassilyadi is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon at CHEO and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa. He operates on infants and children with disorders of the brain and spine, including trauma. He teaches medical students, residents and fellows, presents at both National and International conferences, has multiple scientific publications and is on the editorial board for the journal "Pediatric Neurosurgery". Dr. Vassilyadi is an advocate for head and spine injury prevention. He volunteers his time to deliver the message of protecting one's brain, which he has done to thousands of students (from pre-school to high school) and parents. He has also addressed hundreds of Principals, Vice-Principals, teachers, coaches and health care providers. Dr. Vassilyadi has an interest in sport-related concussions in children. He implemented a Concussion Research Project (CRP) at CHEO, which has been recently published in a scientific journal. In November of 2014 he started a Concussion Clinic at CHEO, and is collaborating in concussion research projects with other experts at CHEO, McGill University, University of Ottawa and in the community.  
In June 2012, Dr. Vassilyadi presented "Head Injury Protection in Short Track Speed Skating" during the platform presentations at the 46th Congress of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation in Ottawa, Ontario.
Sample Publications:

Vassilyadi M. Wear Your Bicycle Helmet! Can J Neurol Sci 2016; 43(1):3-4. 

Al-Karawi S, Vassilyadi M, Michaud J. 11-Year-Old Male with Spinal Mass. Brain Pathol 2016; 26(5):681-682.
Hoshizaki B, Vassilyadi M, Post A, Oeur A. Performance analysis of winter activity protection headgear for young children. J Neurosurg Pediatrics. On-line, January 20, 2012
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