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CEO and Scientific Director, CHEO Research Institute
Vice President, Research, CHEO
Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute
Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, CHEO
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Board Member, Research Canada
Board Member, Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Research Network
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Research Practice Areas:
Current Research:
The goal of Dr. Osmond’s research is to develop and test a clinical decision rule to help physicians decide which children who present to the emergency department with head injury require a CT scan of the head. The aim is to improve efficiency of CT scan use in order to limit cost and radiation exposure in children with minor head injury. The research group is also interested in determining which children with concussion presenting to the emergency department are at highest risk for post-concussion syndrome. The information can then be used to test strategies to help reduce the debilitating symptoms of post-concussion syndrome in children and youth.
Research Team:
Dr. Martin Osmond is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO RI) and Vice-President of Research at CHEO. He is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the CHEO RI. His clinical work is as a pediatric emergency physician at CHEO. Dr. Osmond graduated from McGill University medical school in 1986. He completed a Family Medicine Residency in 1988, and a Pediatric Residency in 1992 at the University of Ottawa. In 1994, he completed a Pediatric Emergency Fellowship. His area of research interest are the evaluation and management of pediatric head injuries and the use of prehospital care in the treatment of ill and injured children. He is also a co-principal investigator in a CIHR-funded study of children with concussion presenting to the ED - this study aims to predict those who will suffer severe post-concussion syndrome in hopes of designing interventions for at-risk children to improve their outcomes in the future. Dr. Osmond has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, given more than 100 national and international presentations, and received over $3.5 million in grant support from several funding agencies, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Osmond helped found and develop a research network of pediatric emergency physicians across Canada called PERC (Pediatric Emergency Research of Canada) and is currently Past Chair of this organization. In 2007 he founded the Clinical Research Unit of the CHEO RI which provides comprehensive research advice and consultation on research design and methods to pediatric child health investigators. He is founder and co-director of the Ontario Child Health SUPPORT Unit which in partnership with SickKids provides methodological and data support to child health researchers in Ontario. He is currently a Board Member of both MICYRN (Maternal, Infant Child and Youth Research Network) and Research Canada.
Dr. Martin Osmond, on behalf of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Head Injury Study Group, have been named recipients of the 2010 Bruce Squires Award from Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Sample Publications:
Novak Z, Aglipay M, Barrowman N, Yeates KO, Beauchamp MH, Gravel J, Freedman SB, Gagnon I, Gioia G, Boutis K, Burns E, Ledoux AA, Osmond MH, Zemek RL. Association of Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms With Pediatric Quality of Life. JAMA Pediatr 2016; 170(12):e162900.

Grool AM, Aglipay M, Momoli F, Meehan WP, III, Freedman SB, Yeates KO, Gravel J, Gagnon I, Boutis K, Meeuwisse W, Barrowman N, Ledoux AA, Osmond MH, Zemek R. Association Between Early Participation in Physical Activity Following Acute Concussion and Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms in Children and Adolescents. JAMA 2016; 316(23):2504-2514.

Burns EC, Grool AM, Klassen TP, Correll R, Jarvis A, Joubert G, Bailey B, Chauvin-Kimoff L, Pusic M, McConnell D, Nijssen-Jordan C, Silver N, Taylor B, Osmond MH. Scalp Hematoma Characteristics Associated With Intracranial Injury in Pediatric Minor Head Injury. Acad Emerg Med 2016; 23(5):576-583.
Dixon A, Clarkin C, Barrowman N, Correll R, Osmond MH, Plint AC. Reduction of radial-head subluxation in children by triage nurses in the emergency department: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. CMAJ 2014;186(9);E317-E323.

Ramphal R, Bains T, Vaillancourt R, Osmond MH, Barrowman N. Occupational exposure to cyclophosphamide in nurses at a single center. J Occup Enviro Med 2014;56(3):304-312.

Vaillancourt C, Charette M, Kasaboski A, Brehaut JC, Osmond M, Wells GA Stiell IG, Grimshaw J. Barriers and facilitators to CPR knowledge transfer in an older population most likely to witness cardiac arrest: a theory-informed interview approach. Emerg Med J 2014; 31(9):700-705.

Curran JA, Brehaut J, Patey AM, Osmond M, Stiell I, Grimshaw JM. Understanding the Canadian adult CT head rule trial: use of the theoretical domains framework for process evaluation. Implement Sci 2013;8:25.

Gravel J, Fitzpatrick E, Gouin S, Millar K, Curtis S, Joubert G, Boutis K, Guimont C, Goldman RD, Dubrovsky AS, Porter R, Beer D, Doan Q, Osmond MH. Performance of the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale for children: a multicenter database study. Ann Emerge Med 2013; 61(1):27-32.

Dalziel SR, Thompson JM, Macias CG, Fernandes RM, Johnson DW, Waisman Y, Cheng N, Acworth J, Chamberlain JM, Osmond MH, Plint A, Valerio P, Black KJ, Fitzpatrick E, Newton AS, Kuppermann N, Klassen TP. Predictors of severe H1N1 infection in children presenting within Pediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN): retrospective case-control study. BMJ 2013; 347:f4836.

Zemek R, Clarkin C, Farion KJ, Vassilyadi M, Anderson P, Irish B Goulet K, Barrowman N, Osmond MH. Parental anxiety at initial acute presentation is not associated with prolonged symptoms following pediatric concussion. Acad Emerg Med 2013; 20(10): 1041-1049.

Dixon A, Clarkin C, Barrowman N, Correll R, Osmond MH, Plint AC. Reduction of radial-head subluxation in children by triage nurses in the emergency department: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. CMAJ 2014; 186(9):E317-E323.
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