Inhaled steroids don’t raise fracture risk in children with asthma

November 15, 2017

Daily use of inhaled corticosteroids does not increase the risk of bone fracture in children with asthma, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Read more at and

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OASIS: A made-in-Ontario asthma monitoring system with big aspirations

July 28, 2017

My team, based at The Hospital for Sick Children, pioneered a population-based asthma registry called OASIS (Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System). Established in 2003, OASIS follows over 2 million Ontarians with physician-diagnosed asthma and reports that 1 in 4 children are affected by asthma and 1 in 3 persons will develop asthma…read more.

Closing in on Week 38 – and “the Spike”

New Data Confirms Returning to School Causes Problems for Kids with Asthma

September 9, 2014

(Toronto) – New provincial health data confirm what emergency department (ED) personnel in hospitals across Ontario already know – thousands of school children will begin arriving at their doors over the next week or so with asthma flare-ups.

According to the new figures, compiled by the Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System (OASIS), the 38th week of the year continues to be the peak time for asthma attacks among young people. This phenomenon – known among health-care professionals as the “September Spike” – sends large numbers of school children and their family members to EDs and doctors’ offices in the weeks after the start of the new school year…read more.

OASIS marks a decade of success in asthma surveillance

July 25, 2014

The Ontario Asthma Surveillance Information System (OASIS) is marking its 10th anniversary. The innovative population-based surveillance system is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and led by Dr. Teresa To, Senior Scientist in the Research Institute’s program for Child Health Evaluative Sciences and Professor at the Dalla Lana Graduate School of Public Health…read more.

ICES, Sunnybrook & SickKids scientists part of Canadian Respiratory Research Network receiving a boost from Government of Canada

February 24, 2014

Scientists from the Institute For Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) are part of the Canadian Respiratory Research Network, which is receiving a boost from Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose today. Minister Ambrose announced the funding today as part of the launch of three pan-Canadian research networks.

Dr. Andrea Gershon, ICES scientist, and respirologist and scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Dr. Teresa To, senior scientist at SickKids and adjunct scientist at ICES, are both founding members of the newly launched respiratory network…read more.