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New grant will fund digital health study

Dec 20, 2019

Marissa Bird

PhD student Marissa Bird will be leading a research project on “Digital Health for Complex Care Kids”, thanks to a new grant from the Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition. 

The funding, awarded through a national competition, will support Bird’s PhD work. Her PhD supervisor is Dr. Michael McGillion and her thesis committee includes Dr. Nancy Carter of the school of nursing and Dr. Audrey Lim from the department of pediatrics. Some of the funds will go towards supporting the contribution of family partners in this research.

Alongside project partners from the Ontario Telemedicine Network and McMaster Children’s Hospital, Marissa’s thesis work aims to co-design and test a digital health intervention for providing hospital-to-home care to medically complex children and families.

“I am very grateful to the Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children for this support. The award of this funding is a direct reflection of the outstanding contributions of this project team, and their commitment to moving this important work forward. I look forward to implementing our vision for improved care for medically complex children and families in the years to come,” says Bird.  


Bird, M., Carter, N., Lim, A., Mierdel, S., Fajardo, C., Chambers, E., Reaume, S., Polanski, A., Brennan, C., Yates, R., and McGillion, M. Digital Health for Complex Care Kids (DigiComp Kids) - A Co-Design and Usability Testing Study. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Program, Division of Paediatric Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children. Total: $7,607.52

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