Who are we?


The CCPCRN is a comprehensive and unified structure that supports Canadian pediatric cardiology investigators in the planning, designing and coordination of efficient multi-site studies to ultimately implement meaningful and significant research projects in Canadian pediatric institutions. By establishing and maintaining a national data centre to improve data standardization and facilitate secondary use of research data, the CCPCRN serves as a national hub for data analysis, sharing and dissemination.

Mission and objectives

Our mission is to advance the health of children with heart disease through enhanced collaboration in planning, designing, and conducting multicenter studies and to facilitate sharing, dissemination and meaningful knowledge translation of study results.

Our main objectives are:

To build

A pan-Canadian multidisciplinary network of researchers with an interest in pediatric and congenital cardiology

To identify

National shared research interests

To develop

Strategies to facilitate inter‐institutional collaborations

To establish

Efficient and flexible methods for developing and implementing study protocols in Canadian pediatric institutions

To promote

A transparent and structured approach to determine data ownership acknowledge contributions

To maintain

A national data centre in order to improve data standardization, increase sample sizes and facilitate secondary use of collected data.


The CCPCRN is led by a steering committee comprised of members from across Canada with expertise in pediatric cardiology, methodology, and study coordination. The Scientific Director is Dr. Frédéric Dallaire. The CCPCRN is supported by a research coordinator.

The current steering committee members are:

Dr. Frédéric Dallaire

MD PhD, pediatric cardiologist, scientific director of the CCPCRN, Centre de recherche du CHUS of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS and Université de Sherbrooke.

Dr. Steven Greenway

MD MSc, pediatric cardiologist, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, University of Calgary.

Dr. Kevin Harris

MD PhD, pediatric cardiologist, Children’s Heart Centre, BC Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Andrew Mackie

MD SM, pediatric cardiologist, Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Émilie Jean-St-Michel

MD MSc, pediatric cardiologist, Hospital for Sick Children.

Marie-Claude Battista

PhD, Adjunct professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

The steering committee ensures that research projects within the CCPCRN are of high scientific value, are feasible, and designed to improve the lives of children with congenital heart disease and their families. The CCPCRN assists investigators at each step of the research process, i.e., enrollment of study sites, ethics review, data collection, data analysis, research communication and data banking.

Our aim is to facilitate meaningful and significant research projects to improve the lives of children with heart disease