Keenan Research Centre

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Anna Banerji

Member, Order of Ontario; MD, University of Toronto; MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Affiliations

Adjunct Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital

Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatrics, St. Michael's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Associate, Centre for International Health, University of Toronto

Pediatric Infectious Disease, Infectious Disease, Hospital for Sick Children (cross appointment)

Clinical Specialty

Pediatrics, pediatric infectious tropical diseases, public health

Research Interests

Indigenous child health, Inuit child health, immigrant and refugee health, international health, tropical diseases and parasites

Research Activities

My research focus has been on vulnerable children, especially Indigenous and refugees. I have been studying lower respiratory tract infections in Inuit children for almost two decades and the results of my work has led to increased awareness of the public health risks for LRTI and has resulted in changes to the CPS guidelines for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus in the Inuit. I was the P.I. for a prospective surveillance of LRTI across the Canadian Arctic based out of nine hospitals. Various aspects of the study have been presented at Pediatric Academic Sciences in Boston, International Circumpolar Conference in Fairbanks Alaska, Bilabo Spain, Quebec City and Vancouver.

We have also completed a health needs assessment for Aboriginal Children living in Toronto, and a study on the nutritional of newcomers to Toronto. In the future, I am planning on doing more internationally–based research.

Selected Research

Link to Pub Med

Other Activities

  1. Course Director and Chair for North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC). I created the Canadian Refugee Conference in 2009, and now it has expanded to the NARHC where I chair the Canadian site.
  2. First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health Committee Member, Canadian Pediatric Society. I am one of five pediatricians in this committee whose goal is to promote the health and advocate for aboriginal children in Canada, and the development of policy. I have written the Prevention of Unintentional Injury in Indigenous Children and Youth in Canada, Paediatrics and Child Health, Sept. 2012, and will write the statements on food security for Indigenous Children and scabies. 2012-present
  3. ILC foundation, Improving the Life of Children in chronic pain, Board of Directors 2011-present
  4. University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP), Advisory Committee, 2011-present
  5. Aboriginal Task Force, St. Michael’s Hospital, The mission is develop a strategy towards improving Aboriginal Health access, equity and research at St. Michael’s Hospital, 2010-2012
  6. Infection Control Committee, St Michael’s Hospital representing the Dept. of Pediatrics, 2009-present
  7. Advisory panel member, Children and Youth New to Canada for new version of book published by the Canadian Pediatric Society, 2009 – 2011
  8. International Child Health, Canadian Paediatric Society, Section, Member Executive, Member at Large
  9. Chair of the North American Refugee Conference (Canadian site)
  10. Course Co-ordinator, Medical student elective in Refugee Health for the University of Toronto, MedSIS elective no 26-235-6258

Educational Activities

I am not accepting students at this time.

Contact

E-mail: anna.banerji@utoronto.ca
Phone: 416-864-6060 x8236
Fax: 416-867-3736