Who we are

MICYRN is a federated, charitable organization founded in 2006 with the purpose of benefiting maternal and child health. Joining together 20 maternal-child research organizations across Canada, the network’s members are committed to harmonizing research processes, implementing best practices, and supporting collaborations both nationally and beyond in order to improve the quality, effectiveness and uptake of research.

Our Members

MICYRN incorporated as a federal not-for-profit society in January 2011. This process set the official bylaws by which MICYRN is governed, and helped define the members of MICYRN to be “a Canadian organization engaged in maternal, infant, child and/or youth health research.” MICYRN members include all 17 of the child/child-maternal and the 3 largest maternal health research organizations in Canada. The MICYRN member organizations are based at academic health centers affiliated with the 17 medical schools in the country. Each member organization names a voting representative.

Affiliated Networks

The need to pool cases, combined with a collegial collaborative culture, has spawned practice-evaluation, research & learning networks (PERLs) for maternity care and virtually every specialty area of pediatrics. These networks are devoted to addressing the most significant problems related to their specialty. Many of Canada's PERLs connect internationally, contributing to global advances in maternal and child health, and ensuring that Canadians have early access to new diagnostic tests, interventions and care models.

Collectively, this rich diversity of networks captures virtually all the neonatal and pediatric intensive care beds, all of the academic pediatric emergency, surgical and anesthesia services, most subspecialty pediatric practices, and 70% of the high risk maternity beds in the country.

The following networks are formally affiliated with MICYRN. Click HERE for a snapshot of research network activity across the country. If you are interested in joining our growing network coalition, please refer to the affiliation terms of reference and contact us.

Board of Directors

MICYRN’s has an effective and engaged Board of Directors that enables member organizations and network affiliates to achieve common objectives. Current Board members are:

  • Brent Scott, MD, CM, FRCDC
    Director, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
    Professor, Department of Paediatrics/Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Scott completed his medical training at McGill University, Montreal, QC in 1976. He then undertook training in general paediatrics at the University of Alberta. In 1980, he was awarded a Medical Research Council of Canada fellowship that allowed him to continue with subspecialty training in paediatric gastroenterology and a concurrent Master of Science degree at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and the University of Toronto.

Dr. Scott joined the Faculty of Medicine at U of C in 1982 and has brought his expertise to the classroom as a Professor of Paediatrics in the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (DPGN) at Alberta Children's Hospital and the University of Calgary, and offered his skills as an active clinician and researcher. In 1998, he was appointed Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary; Head, Regional Clinical Department, Paediatrics, Calgary Health Region; and Chair in Paediatric Research, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. From 2007 to 2009, he was appointed as Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine. In April of 2009, Dr. Brent Scott accepted the role of Director, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI). Executive Director since 2012, Dr. Scott works collaboratively with Alberta Health Services; the University of Calgary and the Institute’s sponsoring Foundation, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation to achieve a shared vision of “A healthier and more prosperous future for our children through research”. The Institute’s mission is to foster healthy biological and psychosocial trajectories for babies, children and youth through excellence in research, innovation, knowledge translation and education.

Dr. Scott has always been a strong proponent of developing excellence in education and research to improve the provision of clinical care. He has received a number of awards and distinctions including the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Clinical Investigator award in 1985, followed in 1991 by an AHFMR Scholar award and in 1996 a Senior Scholar award. He was recognized by the Promotions Committee, Faculty of Medicine, with the Distinguished Service Award for excellence in research and education in 1997. In 2003, the ACH Medical Staff Association Award of Excellence officially recognized his exceptional work and leadership on behalf of the children of Southern Alberta; and in 2010, he was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. In 2016, he was recognized as Canada's top pediatrician when he received the Dr. Alan Ross Award. He holds the Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal Health, as well as the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Research.

  • Sandra T. Davidge, PhD
    Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI)
    Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Physiology at the University of Alberta

Dr. Sandy Davidge is a professor in the departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Physiology at the University of Alberta. In 2012, Dr. Davidge was appointed Executive Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI). WCHRI was founded in 2006 as a partnership with the University of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation with a shared vision “To harness the power of research innovation for a healthy future for children and women”. WCHRI’s membership is made up of over 400 leading researchers, clinician-scientists, academics, health-care professionals and service providers from academic and community settings who are focused on improving health outcomes from women and children.

As a leader in perinatal research, Dr. Davidge holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Maternal and Perinatal Cardiovascular Health and is a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Science. She is the current President (2017/2018) for the international Society for Reproductive Investigation. Dr. Davidge serves on many national and international grant panels and is on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physiology. Dr. Davidge is a founding Council Member for Canadian Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) Society, an Advisory Board Member for the Preeclampsia Foundation of Canada and Board Director for PolicyWise for Children and Families. Dr. Davidge’s research program encompasses studying cardiovascular function as it relates to 1) complications in pregnancy (preeclampsia and maternal aging) and 2) developmental origins of adult cardiovascular diseases. The Davidge laboratory combines their expertise in pregnancy research and aging to understand long-term consequences of an adverse pregnancy on cardiovascular health of the offspring as they age. Dr. Davidge has published over 210 original peer-reviewed manuscripts and 26 review articles in these areas and is currently funded by a Foundation Grant from Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

  • Terry Klassen, MD, MSc, FRCPC
    CEO and Scientific Director, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
    Head, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba
    Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Dr. Terry Klassen has been the Director of Research for the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, in charge of the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation since September, 2010. From 1999 to 2009, Terry served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and Director of the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta. He is a clinician scientist whose clinical base is Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and has been active in Pediatric Emergency Research Canada collaborating on a national research program involving randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and knowledge translation. He has a consistent record of national and international peer reviewed funding, along with a publication record that has included many articles in the highest impact medical journals. In 2009, Terry co-founded StaR Child Health, an international group aimed at improving the design, conduct and publication of randomized controlled trials in children. In recognition for his lifetime contributions, he was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Terry’s research has had a large impact on the practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which was recognized when he received a 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. In 2012 Dr. Klassen was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

  • Ekat Kritikou, PhD
    Associate Director, Scientific Development CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center

Dr. Ekat Kritikou currently holds the Associate Director, scientific development position at the Research Center of the CHU Sainte-Justine. The CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center has more than 200 leading researchers, clinician-scientists and more than 450 trainees who are working on improving health outcomes from women and children. After completing her doctoral studies in developmental and cancer biology at the University of Cambridge, UK, Ekat pursued her postdoctoral studies in the field of developmental genomics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Ekat then joined the Nature Publishing Group as an editor where he worked for Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. Ekat moved to Montreal in 2009 and she was recruited at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center as a scientific advisor to develop the research strategy for the Center of Excellence in Oncology. She then moved to the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) Research Center where she was responsible for strategic development and partnerships. She became the Director of the MHI biobank in 2012. Ekat returned to CHU Sainte-Justine in 2013 as the Associate Director of Scientific affairs and she was responsible for the success of major funding initiatives and the development of strategic partnerships with other Montreal and Canadian Institutions as well as the industry. In 2016, she was appointed Interim Scientific Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center (July 2016 - May 2017).

  • Charlotte Moore Hepburn, MD, FRCPC, FAAP
    Director, Medical Affairs, Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program
    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, School of Medicine

Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn is a faculty paediatrician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and an assistant professor of Paediatrics in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto School of Medicine.

After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1997, she pursued medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and continued with specialty training at the Harvard-BMC Combined Program in Paediatric Medicine. While in the United States, she was engaged in legislative advocacy at the federal-level, in the United States Senate, the Department of Health and Human Services (OS-ASPE), and the American Academy of Paediatrics, and at the state level, for the Children’s Caucus of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After returning to Canada, she served a five-year tenure as the Provincial Lead for Maternal, Child and Youth Health Strategy in the Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister – Health System Strategy Division at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

  • Martin Osmond, MD
    CEO and Scientific Director, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO RI)
    Senior Scientist, CHEO RI
    Vice-President of Research, CHEO
    Professor, Pediatrics, University of Ottawa

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 at CHEO.

His area of research interest is the evaluation and management of pediatric head injury, including the development of decision rules for CT imaging in minor head injury and the prediction of those who will suffer severe post-concussion syndrome.

Dr. Osmond has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications, given more than 100 national and international presentations, and received over $7.5 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 lead a research network of pediatric emergency physicians across Canada called PERC (Pediatric Emergency Research of Canada). 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 currently sits on the Board of Directors of Research Canada and is the Co-Director of the CIHR-funded Ontario Child Health SPOR Support Unit. His clinical work is as a pediatric emergency physician at CHEO.

  • Suzanne Tough, MSc, PhD
    Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Suzanne Tough is a professor with the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and a Health Scholar supported by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. She was the inaugural scientific director of the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research. Dr Tough is a lead scientist on the development of a child data repository, which will enable the re-use of research data to enhance the development of new knowledge and increase research productivity. Dr Tough is a member of national and international advisory boards, including the Public Health Association of Canada and the World Health Organization Preterm Birth International Consortium. In these roles Dr. Tough has contributed to the development of research strategies and processes that inform policy and practice, and address contemporary issues in knowledge translation and applied research.

Dr Tough has been recognized for her skills in research team development and scientific innovation through a Health Region Peoples’ Choice Award, a University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence, and a Global YWCA Women of Vision award. She has led research teams within health care organizations and in academia, and is passionate about collaboration and team science. In these roles Dr. Tough has facilitated the development of team handbooks, governance and accountability structures. The underlying aim of her research program is to optimize birth and childhood outcomes by creating evidence that informs the development of community and clinical programs and influences policy. She leads the Alberta Births Common Data project to harmonize data collection across birth cohorts, and she is the principal investigator of the All Our Babies/Families (AOB/F) Study, a cohort with 3,200 mother-child pairs that has followed mothers from pregnancy through to when their children at eight years of age. The overall vision of the AOB/F research team is to investigate the relative impacts of the social and genetic environments on child health.

Leadership and Coordination

MICYRN's leadership and coordination team, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, manage and operate the coordinating center, which is the network’s resource and knowledge hub. A core staff with complementary skills provides services including meeting logistics, stakeholder communication and knowledge translation, research analytics such as needs assessments and environmental scans, and financial, project and strategic management. All members have access to these services, which would otherwise be costly to acquire individually.

  • Scientific Director
    Thierry Lacaze-Masmonteil
    Email: Thierry.Lacaze@ahs.ca

    Dr. Thierry Lacaze-Masmonteil assumed leadership of MICYRN in May 2018. He received his medical degree from the University Paris 5 - René Descartes in 1993 and a PhD in biological sciences at the University Paris 7 - Pierre et Marie Curie in 1995. He completed a fellowship in Neonatology in 1997 and a Master in Epidemiology in 2000. He was appointed professor of Pediatrics at the University Paris 11 in 1997. Thierry moved to Edmonton, Alberta, in 2003 to become the inaugural director of the Women and Children Health Research Institute (WCHRI) in 2006. In 2010, He was recruited as a senior scientist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and was the scientific director of the Clinical Research Unit at CHEO from 2011 to 2015. Since 2016, Thierry has been the section head of Neonatology at the Cumming School of Medicine, and the regional program director of Neonatology at Alberta Health Services. His areas of study include clinical trials with an emphasis on medications.

  • Executive Director
    Stephen Barbazuk
    Email: Stephen.Barbazuk@cw.bc.ca

    Stephen Barbazuk joined MICYRN in January 2012. He is responsible for the strategic planning process and the subsequent development, implementation and evaluation of all projects and activities and has management responsibility for the coordination and oversight of all financial, communication and administrative functions in the central office. Stephen’s most recent role prior to joining MICYRN was with the BC Provincial Health Services Authority as Corporate Director, Strategic Planning and Transformation Support. Stephen has a background in Life Sciences, having graduated from the University of British Columbia in Cell and Developmental Biology with subsequent work in Immunology research projects for the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and has since amassed expertise in strategic planning and project management in biotechnology, research and healthcare over the past 20+ years. He obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation with the Project Management Institute in 2004, holds a 6-Sigma Green Belt process improvement certificate and has completed international coach training in order to apply additional skills to support organizations in realizing their vision.

  • Engagement Associate
    Andrea Rudy
    Email: andrea.rudy@cw.bc.ca

    Andrea joined MICYRN in June 2013 with a background in science and communications. As the engagement associate for MICYRN she is responsible for supporting the implementation of the Network’s stakeholder engagement strategy through the development of communications material and engagement process framework for MICYRN’s initiatives and associated policies and procedures for the coordinating centre. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Masters of English in writing from the University of New Brunswick.

  • Associate Director, Clinical Trials
    Breanne Stewart
    Email: breanne1@ualberta.ca

    Breanne Stewart (BSc, BScN, RN) works in a part-time capacity as the associate director for clinical trials, splitting her time between MICYRN and the University of Alberta where she works with the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials + Research Centre. Breanne plays a critical role in ensuring MICYRN is able to build child/family-centric research and education capabilities. She provides support to the Clinical Trial Consortium—a network of up to 17 clinical research units representing each of the academic child health centres across Canada—to streamline and improve clinical trial processes and systems to enhance the quality and efficiency of regulated and non-regulated trials.

  • Administrative Assistant
    Christine Oriel
    Email: christine.oriel@cw.bc.ca

    Christine joined MICYRN in June 2014. In her role as administrative assistant, she is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Coordinating Centre and providing support to the Board of Directors and Executive team of MICYRN. Prior to her current role, she worked as an executive assistant at Little Mountain Place and as an administrative assistant at Providence Health Care. Christine received her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach.


MICYRN was formed in 2006 and initially funded by the ten children’s hospital foundations through the Children’s Miracle Network start-up grant. We have been fortunate to have sustained support from many of our members, which serves as a testament to the value MICYRN brings to maternal and child health in Canada. This continued support helps ensure MICYRN is in a position to partner its initiatives with national and international ventures. Contributions from other major funding bodies have also been a result of MICYRN members’ support and efforts in the maternal and child health community.

We would like to gratefully recognize all of those organizations who have contributed through the years.