TomTec Analysis Platform
At the Montreal Children's Hospital - McGill Neonatal Hemodynamics Research, we are using advanced analysis techniques in order to better understand cardiac performance. Among these techniques, we use the TomTec platform for: deformation analysis in 2D, 3D RV volumes and 3D LV volumes and rotational analysis. The TomTec Arena system was purchased thanks to a generous donation from the Just For Kids Foundation.
Philips - Epiq7c
The Philips machine was bought thanks to a generous donation of the Just For Kids Foundation.
The machine is used solely by the research lab (NeoCardio Lab) run by Dr. Gabriel Altit. It has a full array of probes, including neonatal, pediatric and adult cardiac probes, as well as 3D pediatric and adult capacity. A vascular probe is also available with the station. Transcranial Doppler is programmed within individual probes to allow transcranial vascular evaluations.
The local database at the Montreal Children's Hospital includes data on all newborns admitted to our institution. This large bank of data allows for epidemiological and outcomes studies. This database regroups thousands of data points and can be used in conjunction with our imaging research. Students in my laboratory will be expected to work using registries derived from our local CNN databases. Furthermore, participating in the CNN allows us to work together within the network and ask pan-Canadian epidemiological research questions.
The CNN is a prospective registry, founded in 1995 and includes members from 29 hospitals and 17 universities across Canada. The Network maintains a standardized neonatal intensive care unit database. The CNN includes the Canadian Neonatal Follow-up Network and the CNTFUN
During my training in epidemiology and biostatistics, I became familiar with the R and RStudio environment. The R Project for Statistical Computing " is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS." Students in my laboratory will be expected to use this opensource platform in order to run data analysis for research.
I currently have an appointment as an Assistant Professor at McGill University, in the Department of Pediatrics. Specifically, I work as a Neonatologist (and I am part of the Neonatology Division at the Montreal Children's Hospital). Students working / training under my supervision and affiliated at McGill University will have access to all the libraries and resources of the University.
I have been trained at Stanford University and McGill University on how to use RedCAP. "REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data, it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations. In my research laboratory, students and collaborators will be expected to use REDCap and comply with good clinical practices in research in order to store safely information about participants in the different studies. Students, under my supervision, will be trained on how to configure REDCap database.