CP Registry investigators

Maryam Oskoui, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Dr. Maryam Oskoui is an epidemiologist and Co-Director of the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Registry. She is an Associate Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University, an attending pediatric neurologist and Associate Director in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Brain Development Behaviour Integrated Network, which aims to integrate clinical and research activities across multiple disciplines involved in child development and provide novel mechanisms of service delivery.  She is a « chercheuse-boursière clinicienne » of the FRQS with a research focus on the epidemiology of cerebral palsy. Dr. Oskoui is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, serving on its Guideline Development Dissemination Implementation Subcommittee. 

Michael Shevell, MDCM, FRCPC, FCAHS


Dr. Michael Shevell is Physician-in-Chief of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University. Recipient of the 2014 Hower Award, given to one pediatric neurologist each year by the Child Neurology Society, he also holds the Harvey Guyda Chair in the McGill Department of Pediatrics. His research focuses on the evaluation, causes, care, consequences and outcome of children with a neurodevelopmental delay, with a particular focus on Cerebral Palsy and global developmental delay/intellectual developmental disorder. He is interested in the outcomes of newborns and infants at risk for these disorders and the identification of possible predictors for later adverse outcomes. He is particularly interested in identifying clinical causes that have the potential for interventions and vulnerable sub-populations of children at risk for adverse outcome.

Ellen Wood, MD, MSc, FRDP(C)


Ellen Wood MD MSc FRDP(C) is a pediatriac neurologist at the IWK Health Centre and Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. Her main clinical and research interst is in the developmental disabilities, particularly cerebral palsy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paediatric Society, and she is the neurologist and Medical Director of the IWK Health Centre's Multidisciplinary Cerebral Palsy Clinic Team.

Esias van Rensburg, MD


Dr. van Rensburg is a Developmental Pediatrician working at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC and the Medical Director of the Neuromotor Program at Sunny Hill Health Centre. Dr. van Rensburg is responsible for the overall coordination of the resident rotation in Developmental Pediatrics. Dr. van Rensburg completed his pediatric residency in South Africa in 1995. After his residency program he worked in Children’s Emergency in Saskatoon before starting a community pediatric practice in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Recognizing the importance of child development in community pediatrics, he enrolled in a fellowship program in Developmental Pediatrics at Sunny Hill in 2006. As a clinician he works with children in the neuromotor population, tone management, intrathecal baclofen pumps and children with feeding disorders.

Adam Kirton, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Dr. Kirton is an attending Pediatric Neurologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on perinatal stroke with two major aims. One is to understand why such strokes occur and develop means to prevent them. The other uses advanced technologies including neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to measure the response of the developing brain to early injury and generate new therapies. Dr. Kirton is a Heart and Stroke Foundation Clinician Scientist and received CIHR Foundations funding in 2015. He founded and directs the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program, Alberta Perinatal Stroke Project, and ACH Pediatric Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Laboratory.

Darcy Fehlings, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Dr. Darcy Fehlings is Head of the Division of Developmental Paediatrics and a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.  She is a Senior Clinician Scientist in the Bloorview Research Institute, the inaugural holder of the Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Developmental Paediatrics, and the 2014-2015 president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM).  Dr. Fehlings is the lead investigator of the Cerebral Palsy Discovery Project in the Canadian NeuroDevNet Networks of Centres of Excellence and the investigator for the Ontario Brain Institute integrated neuroscience network (CP-NET) focused on children with cerebral palsy. Dr. Fehlings’ areas of research focus are innovation and evaluation of interventions for children with cerebral palsy.

Dr. John Andersen is a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. He serves as Co-site chief, Child Health, at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Program Director of the Pediatric
Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship and Associate Director of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics. His clinical and research focus is on the effects of brain injury occurring early in life, particularly for children who have had perinatal stroke and cerebral palsy. Dr. Andersen's work
focuses on improving the functional abilities of children with CP, understanding the impact of CP on children and their families and developing effective delivery of healthcare services.

John Andersen, MD, FRCPC

David Buckley, MD


Dr. Buckley is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine in

Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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