Roger Zemek

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Recent Research Projects

The Canadian Network of COVID-19 Clinical Trials Networks

2020/21 • $6,000,000 • PI,CO,Other
Nearly 350,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection. In Canada, the elderly have been particular vulnerable, with long-term care homes experiencing the greatest burdens of illness and mortality. Civil society and our usual social fabric have been torn, due to illness, loss,...

Advancing Concussion Assessment and Treatment in Children and Youth

2015/16-2020/21 • $3,341,337 • PI,Other
Each year, millions of children sustain concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), and 15-25% suffer persistent symptoms and declines in quality of life. Clinicians caring for these children face three critical, unanswered questions: how to diagnose concussion, how to predict which...

Bridging the Gap in Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: Environmental, biological and clinical markers associated with preschool concussion and TBI

2016/17-2020/21 • $981,156 • PI,Other
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are a frequent cause of death and disability in youth, and children under the age of 6 are at particularly high risk. Older children with brain injuries often suffer serious mental, psychological, social, and behaviour problems. Even mild injuries...

Concussion & You: A peer-led approach to raising concussion awareness in Canadian high schools

2017/18-2020/21 • $616,182 • PI,CO
Concussion is a common injury amongst Canadian youth with high school students being the most at risk. Post-concussion symptoms can have a significant impact on youth participation in daily activities and overall health. To improve health outcomes of youth we must provide them with the tools and...

Partnering with parents and youth to co-design discharge communication interventions for pediatric emergency care

2018/19-2020/21 • $510,923 • PI,CO
Discharge communication in a pediatric emergency department can be a challenging time for parents, youth and clinicians. Most discharge communication interventions that have been evaluated in the literature target parents but few consider how the chaotic nature of an emergency department might...

Canadian Concussion Network

2019/20-2020/21 • $406,290 • PI,Other
Each year, an estimated 250,000 Canadians and more than 40 million people worldwide sustain a concussion. Children and adolescents account for 50% of concussions, mostly occurring during sport and recreational activities; in Canada, roughly 1 in 10 teens will seek medical care for a...

Canadian Traumatic brain injury Research Consortium (CTRC)

2015/16-2019/20 • $1,824,513 • PI,CO,Other
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most common cause of death in the first half of life and the most frequent cause of long term handicaps for Canadians of all ages. TBI can be quite variable. Individuals who experience the mild form, called concussion, can appear normal on the outside but be...

Derivation of a clinical score to predict risk of future emergency department visits and hospitalizations among children with asthma

2018/19-2019/20 • $160,650 • PI,CO
Background: Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood and is a leading cause of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. Despite improvements in available treatments, ED visit and hospitalization rates for asthma remain high. Currently, children who leave the...

Magnesium Nebulization Utilization in Management of Pediatric Asthma - MagNUM PA Trial

2013/14-2018/19 • $2,137,058 • PI,CO
Acute asthma is the most common pediatric emergency and a leading cause of hospitalizations in children. Due to genetic and other factors, recommended treatment does not always produce desired results, especially in children with severe attacks. Many children are thus admitted to hospital,...

Improving Transitions in Care for Children and Youth with Mental Health Concerns: Implementation and Evaluation of an Emergency Department Mental Health Clinical Pathway

2015/16-2018/19 • $345,000 • PI,Other
The overarching goal of this proposal is to improve timely access to appropriate mental health(MH) care for children and youth. Ontario’s current MH system for children and youth in Ontario is fragmented among multiple ministries, organizations, and care providers. Communication between these...