Abstract: CanROC – Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium – Toward a National Resuscitation Clinical Research Program | 10 June 2015

What Will We Be Discussing?

People who suffer when their heart stops in the out-of-hospital setting (cardiac arrest- OHCA) and major trauma have very high rates of injury and death. Effective and rapid interventions are important to improve patient outcomes.  Canadian investigators have played a key role in out-of-hospital research for more than 20 years. Most recently, three Canadian universities (UBC, U of T and U of Ottawa) have been successful participants in the joint US/Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC).

The ROC was formed to conduct large, multi-centre clinical trials for out-of-hospital management of OHCA and major trauma. The three Canadian sites have contributed more than 60% of enrolled patients in OHCA trials and 20% in trauma trials. Major ROC accomplishments include multiple publications in prestigious scientific journals and observational analyses based upon a large database, the “ROC Epistry”.

The goal is to build a Canadian version of ROC (CanROC) that is more national in scope, providing ways to monitor the quality of the care provided by participating systems, and to measure the burden on public health for OHCA and major trauma in adults and children. It will stand alone to perform studies in OHCA and major trauma. Eventually this will include all provinces and territories in Canada, and involve collaboration with other Canadian research partners/networks, US-ROC and other international partners.

Through this exciting initiative the end product will be improved capacity, competitiveness and impact of clinical research for OHCA and major trauma conducted in Canada. However, this contribution to science depends upon new funding models. Support from the ICRH for the Canadian ROC sites will help to build a truly national alliance of investigators and stakeholders dedicated to OHCA and major trauma.

Who will be Speaking?

Dr. Laurie J. Morrison

Dr. Morrison is the Robert & Dorothy Pitts Research Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine, Professor and Clinician Scientist in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St Michael’s Hospital.  She is the Director of Rescu, a resuscitation research program focusing on the evaluation and implementation of prehospital and transport medicine time sensitive interventions in acute emergencies (www.rescu.ca).  She conducts systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to Acute Coronary Syndrome and Resuscitation and has established a collaborative network to conduct randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research.  She is a US National Institute of Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Brain Canada funded investigator.  She contributed to the development of the 2005 and 2010 AHA Guidelines.  She is currently a member of the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation Advance Life Support Taskforce for Guidelines 2015. She was born and educated in Peterborough Ontario, Canada and completed her undergraduate at Queens University, Kingston Ontario and her medical degree at McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario.  She completed postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine at McGill University in Montreal prior to completing her fellowship at the University of Toronto and returning to McMaster in 2000 to obtain a graduate degree in Health Research Design.  She has received the Canadian Medical Association award for excellence in mentorship; the May Cohen award and a similar award from the U of T with the Department of Medicine; Bob Hyland award. She was awarded the William Goldie award from the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto for outstanding contribution as a leader and scholar in Emergency Medicine. And, this year she was awarded the U of Toronto Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development for Sustained Contribution to the field.

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