Refika Ersu

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Refika Ersu is a pediatric respirologist with a clinical and research expertise in sleep disordered breathing, chronic respiratory failure and home ventilation. After completing medical school and pediatrics residency in Istanbul, Turkey, she worked as a research fellow with Prof. Bush at Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK. She then finished a 3 year of pediatric respirology and sleep training in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California, US. After returning to Marmara University Hospital, Istanbul, she started the first pediatric sleep laboratory and home ventilation program in Turkey. She is currently working as a pediatric respirologist and director of sleep laboratory and home ventilation program in Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada. She is also a senior researcher at the Research Institute and I teach and hold a professor position at University of Ottawa.

She was the previous secretary and chair elect of pediatric physiology, sleep group for European Respiratory Society (ERS), and currently serves on the Pediatric Long-range Planning committee. She is one of the co-editors of the European Respiratory Review. She has been one of the educators of ERS Pediatric Summer School since it started and worked on many task force for ERS. She also is the chair of American Thoracic Society Sleep and Neurobiology Assembly webinar and journal club subcommittee.

 

Additional Areas of Research: Home ventilation, Non-invasive ventilation

 

Research Projects

  1. Persistent obstructive sleep apnoea in children: treatment options and management considerations

    29/10/2022

    In this Personal View, we discuss the use and the need for evaluation of current and novel therapeutics, the role of shared decision-making models that consider patient preferences, and the importance of considering the social determinants of health in research and clinical practice.

  2. European Respiratory Society Task Force: Technical Standards for using Type III devices in the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing in adults and children

    10/07/2022

    This Technical Standard summarises data on Type III studies published since 2007 from multiple perspectives in both adult and paediatric sleep practice.

  3. European Respiratory Society Statement on pediatric long term non-invasive ventilator support

    03/06/2021

    This statement written by experts in the field of paediatric long-term CPAP/NIV aims to emphasise the most recent scientific input and should open up new perspectives and research areas.