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Septic shock

Septic shock is a life-threatening condition that can occur when an infection spreads throughout the body. Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are leading cutting-edge studies to improve our understanding of septic shock and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our septic shock research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News

Sepsis costs Ontario healthcare system $1 billion per year
February 22, 2021 - A study published in Critical Care Medicine led by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa, and ICES shows that severe sepsis is linked with higher mortality, increased hospital readmission and higher healthcare costs. In Ontario
The Ottawa Hospital awarded six CIHR grants worth $2.6 million
September 7, 2020 - Could a common diabetes drug help prevent ovarian cancer? Can a tailored screening program help prevent eye disease in immigrants? Is sepsis different in females versus males, and if so, can this help us develop better treatments? These are just a fe
$950,000 to help develop stem cell treatments for septic shock, lung injury and muscle degeneration
May 17, 2019 - Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital, CHEO and the University of Ottawa are bringing discoveries made in the lab closer to human trials and therapies, thanks to four new peer-reviewed research grants from the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medici
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Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
English, Shane
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, Septic shock, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Traumatic brain injury Clinical research, Critical care, Patient engagement
Fergusson, Dean
Program Director and
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Kidney disease, Septic shock, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Clinical trials, Health services research, Health technology, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Surveys, Translational research, Biostatistics, Clinical research, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Health research methods, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
McIntyre, Lauralyn
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Septic shock Cell therapy, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Critical care, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Stem cells, Transfusions, Translational research
Mei, Shirley
PhD, MSc
(Regenerative Medicine)
COVID-19, Septic shock Basic research, Biomarkers, Cell therapy, Critical care, Disease models, Epigenetics, Gene therapy, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells
Ramsay, Timothy
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anxiety, Ataxia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Colorectal cancer, Concussion, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Depression, Dystonia, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Influenza, Kidney disease, Lung cancer, Macular degeneration, Men's health, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Obesity, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson's, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Spinal cord injury Behaviour, Biomaterials, Biostatistics, Cell therapy, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Drug development, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Prevention, Psychology, Psychometrics, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Regenerative medicine, Rehabilitation, Risk assessment, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews, Transfusions, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Stewart, Duncan
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
COVID-19, Heart disease, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Stem cells, Cell therapy, Clinical trials, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Translational research
Thavorn, Kednapa
BPharm, MPharm, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal disease, Glaucoma, Global health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Population health, Septic shock, Stroke, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Vision Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Pharmacy, Public health, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews