MelissaParker

Melissa Parker

McMaster University

Centre Leader

Biography

Dr. Parker completed her MD degree at Western, followed by postgraduate clinical training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Parker completed her research training in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University where she is now an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and an Associate Member of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact. She is an active member of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG), Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) research networks, and McMaster centre leader for ENRICH. Dr. Parker’s main area of clinical and research interest is resuscitation science, and work she has led on septic shock management has been funded by HHS, Canadian Blood Services, and CIHR. The recently completed SQUEEZE Trial, led by Dr. Parker, is the first multicentre RCT to have been endorsed by both CCCTG and PERC, recruiting 400 patients with septic shock from both the ED and ICU environment. Dr. Parker has interest/expertise in the use of alternative consent models in research, and has received funding from CIHR to study experiences with ‘exception to consent’ (deferred consent) within the context of SQUEEZE. She also collaborates with translational researchers investigating early biomarkers in sepsis. Dr. Parker currently serves as an Institute Advisory Board Member for the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health.

Discipline: Medicine

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