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 Francine Buchanan, MLIS, PhD Candidate is the Research Patient & Family Engagement Coordinator, based at SickKids. In this role, Francine supports the hospital’s Child and Family Centred Care philosophy by ensuring patients and families have the opportunities to partner with researchers in the development and execution of pediatric research. Francine’s goal is to develop partnerships and facilitate communications between researchers, patients and families to ensure research is conducted with the patient and family voice as a key driver.

Francine brings a diverse background of skills and experience to the role, as parent to a SickKids patient, health care researcher, and patient research partner. Francine has extensive practical experience as a patient partner, and is also completing her final year of graduate research with a focus on Shared Decision Making.
 

Contact Francine at f.buchanan@mail.utoronto.ca 

   
 
 
Kimberly Courtney is the new Family Lead Coordinator at CHEO Research Institute. Her first introduction to CHEO was as a parent. She was so impressed by the care of her child that she became a volunteer and after a career shift, a staff member at CHEO. As a Child Life Specialist, in direct patient and family care, she worked in many parts of the hospital. She also supervised a large number of volunteers assigned to the program. Kim continues her clinical work in the ED/PICU part-time She is currently completing her MSc in Health Science through McMaster University and focusing her studies in the area of patient engagement in research. Kim comes to RI with experience working on the Canadian Retinoblastoma Patient Engagement Strategy. She is passionate about research and its translation into evidence-based practices for optimal patient care.
 
Contact Kimberly at kcourtney@cheo.on.ca
 
  
 
 
Dr. Myla Moretti is currently a Research Associate at the Hospital for Sick Children. She has completed a PhD in health services research and health economics from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. She currently collaborates with investigators across the province and the country conducting health technology assessments and frequently performs cost effectiveness analyses alongside clinical trials. Dr. Moretti also holds a Masters degree in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. She has co-authored over 60 peer reviewed publications and 15 book chapters, with extensive clinical research expertise in maternal-fetal toxicology, pharmacology and obstetric medicine.

Contact Dr. Moretti at myla.moretti@sickkids.ca.
 
 
 
   
 
 
Jackie Schultz is the Project Coordinator OCHSU.  She is responsible for the daily operations of the OCHSU.  Working closely with OCHSU Steering Committee, she is also responsible for project implementation, budget and project reporting.  Her research experience spans 20 years holding senior operations position a the CT Lamont Primary Health Care Research Center, the Bruyère Research Institute and the Department of Family Medicine, University of Ottawa.  
 
Contact Jackie at jschultz@cheo.on.ca or (613) 737-7600 ext. 4127. 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Dr. Richard Webster, Ph.D. is the Team Lead for Health Informatics and Big Data at the Ontario Child Health Support Unit. He has >40 publications and has been awarded >$500k of competitive grant funding (more than half of which as the principal awardee). He provides biostatistical oversight for many research projects. Dr. Webster is passionate about optimizing data science consulting workflows to improve productivity and client satisfaction.
 
His work has included tackling the pandemic through; national surveillance of COVID-19 positivity rate in kids; comparing diagnostic accuracy of nasal & saliva tests; evaluating the safety of reusing PPE masks in healthcare; and determining if single symptom screening of kids for school attendance is effective.

Dr. Richard Webster is also appointed as a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute http://www.cheoresearch.ca/research/find-a-researcher/richard-webster/
 
Contact Dr. Webster at RWebster@cheo.on.ca.