The NICU is part of the Canadian Neonatal Network, whose members can measure their services against those of other tertiary care units across Canada. Its mission is to be a network of researchers who conduct leading multidisciplinary, collaborative research dedicated to the improvement of neonatal-prenatal health in Canada and internationally.
Click here to consult a list of our most recent publications.
Other research activities taking place in the unit include:
Dr. Pia Wintermark
Dr. Pia Wintermark is a pediatrician and neonatologist, with a research interest in neonatal neurology, currently working at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University.
Dr. Pia Wintermark founded the NeoBrainLab in 2010. Before joining the Montreal Children's Hospital in July 2010, Dr. Pia Wintermark worked at the Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School) in Boston, USA, and at the Lausanne University Hospital (University of Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland. She received her MD from the Medical School of the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland.
The NeoBrainLab is devoted to the understanding of the causes and consequences of brain and eyes damages in sick babies. The main goals of the lab are to develop innovative strategies to prevent or repair these brain and eyes damages, and thus to improve the future of these babies. The laboratory uses clinical, basic and translational research to understand mechanisms underlying these brain and eyes damages, and to develop innovative treatments that could lead to decrease brain and eyes damages in sick babies.
We welcome all persons, who are motivated and interested to work in this field.
Dr. Gabriel Altit
- Medicine (MDCM) - McGill University - Montreal, Canada
- General Pediatrics Residency (FRCPC) - Université de Montréal - CHU Sainte-Justine
- Neonatology fellowship (FRCPC) - Université de Montréal - CHU-Sainte-Justine
- Pediatric Respirology Research / Echocardiography Fellowship – McGill University – McGill University Health Center – Montreal Children’s Hospital
- Neonatal Echocardiography Research Fellowship - Stanford University - Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital – Palo Alto, California
- MSc in Clinical Epidemiology – McGill University
His research program is focusing on deformation and rotational analysis by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) and conventional echocardiography in premature infants with pulmonary hypertension and infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. He will also examine markers of end-organ perfusion using echocardiography and near infrared spectroscopy, specifically in neonates with congenital cardiac defects.
Dr. Guilherme Sant’Anna
1. Study on temperature and cerebral blood flow regulation in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy treated by controlled hypothermia.
2. Study on respiratory and cardiac variability as predictors of the success of extubation.
3. Study on outcomes for newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy who do not qualify for therapeutic hypothermia: a prospective observational study.
Dr. Wissam Shalish
Dr. Shalish graduated from medical school at McGill University and completed his pediatric residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from 2008-2011. After completing his fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, he returned in 2013 as physician in the division of Neonatology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. At the same time, he has been pursuing a PhD in Experimental Medicine at McGill University, looking at the use of automated analyses of cardiorespiratory signals for the prediction of extubation readiness in extremely preterm infants. He was the recipient of the Richard and Edith Strauss Fellowship in clinical medicine from 2013 to 2015, and has been awarded the FRQS doctorate award since 2015. His research interests include weaning from mechanical ventilation, prediction of extubation readiness and biomedical signal analysis.
Dr. François Olivier
Dr. Olivier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McGill University and a staff Neonatologist in the Division of Neonatology at the McGill University Health Center since 2016. Dr. Olivier completed a Pediatric Residency in 2014 and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in 2015 at Laval University. He also completed a clinical scientist residency in 2016 and obtained a Master of Science degree in clinical epidemiology at Laval University in 2017. Interested in quality improvement, he completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification in 2017. Dr. Olivier is also the medical director of the Neonatal Transport Team at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Marc Beltempo, MD, MSc, FRCPC
- Medical Degree, Université de Montréal
- Pediatric Residency, Université Laval
- Neonatal fellowship, Université Laval
- Masters in Health Administration, Université de Montréal
- Research fellowship, Maternal-Infant Research Centre, University of Toronto
- Site investigator, Evidence-based Practice for Quality improvement (EPIQ)
- Site Investigator, Canadian Neonatal Follow up Network (CNFUN)
- Neonatal health outcome research
- Health system and organizational analysis
- Quality improvement
The Neonatal health-care services research program [Dr Beltempo] focuses on evaluating how the organization of work affects outcomes of infants in the NICU. Using clinical and administrative databases, we are studying the effects of different health-care delivery models, team composition and resource allocation on quality of care and efficiency in the NICU. Further, collaborative research with the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN) addresses better understanding predictors of neonatal outcomes and quality improvement in the NICU.
Beltempo M, Lacroix G, Cabot M, Piedboeuf B. Factors and costs associated with the use of registered nurse overtime in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pediatr Neonatal Nurs Open J. 2016; 3(2): 43-49.
Beltempo M, Blais R, Lacroix G, Cabot M, Piedboeuf B.Association of Nursing Overtime, Nurse Staffing and Unit Occupancy with the Risk of Healthcare-Associated Infections in The NICU. American Journal of Perinatology, 2017 Apr 4
Beltempo M, Platt R, Piedboeuf B, Bizgu V, Barrington K, Shah P and the Canadian Neonatal Network. Association of resident duty hour reform and neonatal outcomes of very preterm infants. American Journal of Perinatology, In Press