Martin Osmond

Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Martin Osmond is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, a pediatric emergency physician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and a Senior Scientist at the CHEO Research Institute. From 2009-2019 he was the CEO and Scientific Director of the CHEO Research Institute (CHEO RI) and Vice-President of Research 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 post-concussion syndrome.

Dr. Osmond has 92 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). He was Chair of PERC from 2008-2012.  In 2007 he founded the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) of the CHEO RI which provides comprehensive research advice and consultation on research design and methods to pediatric child health investigators. He is also the Co-Director of the CIHR-funded Ontario Child Health Support Unit (OCHSU).

Research Projects

  1. Symptom Burden, School Function, and Physical Activity One-Year Following Pediatric Concussion

    25/08/2020

    Most youth are symptom-free and fully recovered one year following concussion. Some children with repeat concussion have worse outcomes and have delays in returning to normal school routines and sport.

  2. Characteristics of Vomiting as a Predictor of Intracranial Injury in Pediatric Minor Head Injury

    09/06/2020

    Recurrent vomiting (≥ four episodes) was a significant risk factor for intracranial injury in children after minor head injury.

  3. Validation and refinement of a clinical decision rule for the use of computed tomography in children with minor head injury in the emergency department

    01/07/2018

    We sought to prospectively validate the accuracy and potential for refinement of a previously derived decision rule, Canadian Assessment of Tomography for Childhood Head injury (CATCH), to guide CT use in children with minor head injury.

  4. Clinical Risk Score for Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms Among Children With Acute Concussion in the ED

    03/03/2016

    A clinical risk score developed among children presenting to the emergency department with concussion and head injury within the previous 48 hours had modest discrimination to stratify PPCS risk at 28 days.