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DAN Women & Babies

The DAN Women & Babies research program at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) covers the broad spectrum of research related to pregnancy, infancy and female reproductive health.

Strong clinical programs in DAN Women & Babies provide us with an ideal environment to do our research.

Our investigators specialize in coordinating and participating in large international multi-centre randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in the following areas:

  • Obstetrics
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrical anesthesia; and
  • Women’s reproductive health

These RCTs answer important pragmatic questions about the care of women and infants. Many of our RCTs are funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

DAN Women & Babies researchers include a network of clinicians and methodologists from the University of Toronto, across Canada and internationally. They are all critical to running successful RCTs:


  • Obstetricians
  • Neonatologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Gynecologists
  • Internists
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Occupational therapists and physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Nutritionists
  • Social workers


  • Biostatisticians
  • Health services researchers
  • Health economists
  • Trial coordinators
  • Data managers/analysts

Our involvement with the University of Toronto's Centre for Mother, Infant, and Child Research (CMICR) and the Canadian and Vermont Oxford Neonatal Networks are examples of partnerships that have strengthened our research. Our experience with large RCTs and our collaborative research relationships offer an exciting opportunity to train future clinical trialists and researchers in DAN Women & Babies.