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McMaster Pediatric Surgery Research Collaborative (MPSRC)

2019 ​6th Annual Intern Research Presentation Night

The McMaster Pediatric Surgery Research Collaborative (MPSRC) held its 6th Annual Intern Research Presentation Night on March 18th, 2019. The MPSRC Internship Program gives 3rdand 4thyear undergraduate students an opportunity to have exposure to clinical research within the Department of Pediatric Urology and Pediatric General Surgery. The Presentation Night allows our interns to share their experience and research, while competing for the “Best Presentation” prize. 

All five of the interns delivered exceptional and engaging presentations on a variety of different topics. Grace Zhou was the overall winner for her presentation on “Screening for alcohol and substance use in pediatric trauma patients: A retrospectivechart review”.

Congratulations to all of our interns on a successful evening! A big thank you to the surgeons, fellows, research personnel and interns for attending!

If you wish to take part in this opportunity, applications are currently open until April 1st for the 2019-2020 year (​MPSRC Internship Program).

MPSRC Internships

The applications are now open for the MPSRC Internship Program for the 2019/2020 academic year. For more information, and to submit your application, visit MPSRC Internship Program.

2018 CAPS Presentations

Congratulations to faculty and staff that presented at the 2018 Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons!​

A retrospective review examining the safety of mucous fistula refeeding in neonates with short bowel syndrome. (Presented by: ​Tessa Robinson)

Methodological issues in identifying sepsis events in pediatric surgery patients. (Presented by: ​Dr. Karen Bailey)

Comparing outcomes and complication rates of traditional percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and laparoscopic-assisted gastrostomy tube insertion in low birth-weight infants: a two-centre retrospective review. (Presented by: Alisha Fernandes

Treatment failure in children with empyema managed with chest tube insertion and fibrinolytics: what is the role of surgery? (By: Dr. Michael H. Livingston​)

Removal of tunneled central venous catheters using the traction technique without cuff dissection: a single-centre review of long-term. (By:​ Dr. Lisa VanHouwelingen)


MPSRC will be well represented at the AUA this year with three podiums, a moderated poster and a poster presentation. Congratulations team 

2018 ESPU Meeting

The 2018 European Society of Pediatric Urology Meeting was a success with Dr. Luis Braga taking home second prize for long oral presentation on the EXPRESSO trial comparing scrotal versus Inguinal orchidopexy. Congratulations Dr. Braga !


MPSRC Internships 


The MPSRC is now accepting applications for undergraduate interns for the September 2018 - April 2019 school year. Pease visit the MPSRC Internship Program page for the link to fill out an online application.

We are NO LONGER accepting applications for summer research positions.  

Accepted Presentations at 2016 CAPS Annual Meeting

Three presentations from members of the MPSRC have been accepted at the upcoming 2016 Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (CAPS) Annual Meeting, including one podium presentation. The full 2016 CAPS Annual Meeting program will be available later this summer.

CAPS 2017 Peds Surg

2016 TAC Annual Meeting

Recently, two members of the MPSRC attended the 2016 Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) Annual Meeting on May 6-7, 2016. Congratulations to Adriana Dekirmendjian for her oral presentation on "A retrospective examination of current clinical treatment of pediatric blunt spleen and liver injuries at a single tertiary care centre."

Oral Presentation:

Dekirmendjian A, Bailey K, Blinder H, Easterbrook B. A Retrospective Examination of Current Clinical Treatment of Paediatric Blunt Spleen and Liver Injuries at a Single Tertiary Care Center. Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference. May 7, 2016.

MPSRC Annual Intern Presentation Night

The MPSRC’s third annual intern presentation night was a resounding success! All seven interns presented on their current research activities in the program, and gained valuable experience regarding the presentation of research to expert knowledge users. Thank you to all of the volunteers, nurse practitioners, information specialists and MPSRC members who attended the event. A special congratulations to Marissa Lu, who won the “Best Presentation” prize.

Congratulations to all of our interns on a successful evening!

MPSRC Intern Presentation Night 2

2015 CAPS Annual Meeting

The MPSRC had fantastic success at the 2015 Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (CAPS) Annual Meeting that took place on September 17-19, 2015. Two presentations (listed below) were given by members of the MPSRC. As well, congratulations are in order for Dr. Mike Livingston, who won Best Podium Presentation for “Are some children with empyema at risk for treatment failure with fibrinolytics? A multicenter cohort study.” Thank you everyone for making this 2015 CAPS Annual Meeting a great success!


  • Livingston MH, Cohen E, Pirrello D, Mahant S, Weinstein M, Connolly B, Himidan S, Giglia L, Butter A, Walton MJ. Are some children with empyema at risk for treatment failure with fibrinolytics? A multicenter cohort study. Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. Niagara Falls, Ontario, September 17-19, 2015.


  • Livingston MH, Shawyer AC, Rosenbaum PL, Jones SA, Walton MJ. Fundoplication versus percutaneous gastrojejunostomy for gastroesophageal reflux in children with neurologic impairment: a survey of pediatric surgeons in Canada. Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. Niagara Falls, Ontario, September 17-19, 2015.

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2015 McMaster International ROP Conference

The 2015 McMaster International ROP Conference was held on September 25th and 26th in Toronto in anticipation of the development of national ROP guidelines. This conference attracted international experts on ROP from 4 different continents. Dr. Kourosh Sabri, the conference chair, would like to thank all who presented and attended the conference, making it a great success!

McMaster ROP Conference 

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