Pediatric Emergency Research Canada: Origins and Evolution

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ObjectiveThe objective of the study was to describe the origins, growth, and progress of a national research network in pediatric emergency medicine.MethodsThe success of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) is described in terms of advancing the pediatric emergency medicine agenda, grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, mentoring new investigators, and global collaborations.ResultsSince 1995, clinicians and investigators within PERC have grown the network to 15 active tertiary pediatric emergency medicine sites across Canada. Investigators have advanced the research agenda in numerous areas, including gastroenteritis, bronchiolitis, croup, head injury, asthma, and injury management. Since the first PERC Annual Scientific meeting in 2004, the attendance has increased by approximately 400% to 152 attendees, 65 presentations, and 13 project/investigator meetings. More than $33 million in grant funding has been awarded to the network, and has published 76 peer-reviewed articles. In 2011, PERC's success was recognized with a Top Achievement Award in Health Research from Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Medical Association Journal.ConclusionsMoving forward, PERC will continue to focus on the creation of new knowledge, the mentorship of new investigators and fellows in developing research projects, and promoting a pediatric emergency medicine–focused research agenda guided by the pooling of expertise from individuals across the nation. Through collaborations with networks across the globe, PERC will continue to strive for the conduct of high-quality, impactful research that improves outcomes in children with acute illness and injury.

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