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Dr. Mark Walker graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Queens University in 1993 and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa in 1998. He further pursued a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2000 Dr. Walker went on to become a perinatologist at The Ottawa Hospital, and an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. In 2009 Dr. Walker was promoted to Full Professor, and in 2010 became Tier 1 Research Chair University of Ottawa in Perinatal Epidemiology. Dr. Walker is also a senior scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). In 2009 he became Scientific Director of the newly created Better Outcomes Registry Network (BORN) Ontario.
In 2012, Dr. Walker earned his Masters in Healthcare Management from Harvard University.
As a highly regarded perinatal health services researcher, he has published over 195 peer-reviewed articles in the hopes of using his research to increase the standard of health worldwide.
In 2001, Dr. Walker along with Dr. Shi Wu Wen began their endeavours in perinatal research and obtained a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, New Opportunities, to establish a research infrastructure in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ottawa Hospital. This grant served to create the internationally recognized group, Obstetrics and Maternal Newborn Investigations (OMNI).
As the co-founder of OMNI, Dr. Walker has been successful in obtaining funds from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Physicians' Services Incorporated (PSI) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF). He is a provincial co-chair for Provincial Maternal-Newborn Advisory Committee, as well as the Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN) Leader for the Maternal Newborn Task Force on Performance Measures in Ontario.
In 1984, Dr. Shi Wu Wen earned his Bachelor in Medicine and Public Health from Anhui Medical College. He continued his studies at the University of Washington where he received a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 1987 and then attended McGill University where he attained his Ph.D. in the same field in 1993.
Dr. Shi Wu Wen is currently a Professor in the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. In addition, he is a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa and a member of the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wen teaches research methodology and epidemiologic principles at the undergraduate, post-graduate and fellowship levels. He has been invited to give lectures in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Thomas Jefferson University, National University of Taiwan, McGill University, and several significant medical institutions in China.
Dr. Shi Wu Wen is also a senior scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). In 2001 he left a position at Health Canada to begin his work with Dr. Mark Walker to create an internationally recognized program of research in perinatal epidemiology, OMNI. The focus of OMNI is based on three pillars, fetal origins of adult disease, perinatal environmental epidemiology, and global perinatal health. Most recently, they were awarded a 6.5 million dollar grant to study the effects of folic acid supplementation in decreasing the risk of preeclampsia. He is responsible for helping Dr. Mark Walker, Director of the OMNI Research Group, manage the 20 members of this team. He is involved in setting the directions for research, human resources, and finances. In the past 6 years, he has served the Ottawa Hospital Research Ethics Board and various department committees. During his 11 years at OMNI, Dr. Wen has published over 175 peer-reviewed papers and authored one book to date.
As a founding member of OMNI, Ruth has an extensive background in obstetrical nursing of 30 years, business management and over 12 years of clinical research experience, which has been instrumental as the Research Manager for the OMNI group at the OHRI. She provides guidance and mentorship to the research team members and is instrumental in the development, implementation and progress of all protocols, and all fiscal aspects of the group. In the spring of 2009 Ruth expanded her role to take on leadership within the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital as the Clinical Research Program Manager to help facilitate and develop the research endeavors of the Department.
Dr. Jessica Dy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Honours Physiology from the University of British Columbia (1995) and her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario (1999). She then completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2004. She pursued further training in Quantitative Research and Epidemiology and obtained her Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard School of Public Health (2010).
Dr. Dy is a member of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology of The Ottawa Hospital. She has an active general obstetrics and gynecology practice at TOH – Civic Campus and at the Shirley Greenberg Women’s Health Centre. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa where she is actively involved in medical education and training both at the undergraduate and post-graduate level.
Dr. Dy's research interests are in labour management, Caesarean sections, patient safety and health services research in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is currently the medical director of Quality and Patient Safety of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital.
Josee Champagne has been involved in clinical research for 6 years and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). She has experience in both investigator lead and industry sponsored clinical research. Her expertise with investigational drug and device trials and Health Canada regulations is an asset to our team.
Since September 2010 Josee has taken on the role of International Research Coordinator and Regulatory Administration for our international RCT - Folic Acid Clinical Trial (FACT). In this capacity she oversees all aspects of the study, including participant recruitment, trial implementation, and close out.
Yanfang is currently a PhD Candidate in Epidemiology and Health Statistics at the School of Public Health of Central South University in Changsha, Hunan, China and since 2008 has been with the OMNI Research Group. Yanfang obtained her Master of Science in Epidemiology and Health Statistics at the School of Public Health of Central South University in Changsha, Hunan, China, in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine at the University of South China in Hengyang, Hunan, China, in 2001.
Yanfang is skilled in using statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, Stata and Epidata and is proficient in database management. Her past experience includes, research methodology in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Instructor in the Department of Public Health at the Huaihua Medical College in Hunan, China.
Graduated from the Ottawa Civic Hospital in 1978 Maureen has an extensive background in Obstetrics. Presently employed with Ottawa Hospital - General Campus on the Mother and Baby Unit, Maureen shares her time with the OMNI Research Group as a Clinical Research Nurse Assistant since 2005.
François has worked as a Research Assistant with OMNI Research Group since 2007. He received his M.D. Kinshasa (Congo-Zaire) certificate in 1972, MMed Paediatrics (Leuven, Belgium) in 1982, a Fellowship in Neonatology (Leuven, Belgium) in 1985 and his Ph.D. (Leuven, Belgium) in 1985. From 1989 to 1990, François was a Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University of Zambia in Lusaka. 1990 to 1998, François worked as a consultant in Paediatrics and Neonatology at the Natalspruit Hospital in Johannesburg (Gauteng Province, South Africa) and again from 1998 to 2003 at the Armed Forces Hospital, Khamis Mushayt in Saudi Arabia.
Leslie has been with the OHRI and TOH for 9 years, 6 in critical care research and administration and 3 with the OMNI Research Group. Leslie brings over 20 years of administrative experience to the group. A graduate of Carleton University (sociology/law) and Villanova University (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) her varied experiences allow her to assist in many, sometimes unique, administrative ways.
Ri-hua (Sunny) Xie is originally from Hunan, China, and is currently working as a Research Coordinator with the OMNI Research Group since October 2007. Sunny's expertise is in Maternal Health and Community Health Nursing. Sunny received her diploma in Maternity and Child Health Care from Huaihua Medical College, Huaihua, Hunan, China, and obtained a Master's Degree in Nursing Science and a Doctorate in Community Health Nursing and Psychological Nursing from the Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China.
In 2007, Sunny obtained the Ontario-University of Ottawa Vision 2010 Postdoctoral Fellowship, and a CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) Travel Award in 2009.
Sunny’s research focuses on women’s mental health, specifically on postpartum depression.
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