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Lauren Kelly 

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Current Positions 

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba; Clinical Trialist, George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation; Steering committee member, KidsCAN Trials; Systematic Reviewer with the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group.


Dr. Lauren Kelly completed her Bachelors of Medical Sciences and Doctorate of Philosophy in Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario. She also has a Masers of Science degree in Toxicology from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. Following her graduate studies, Lauren returned to her home town of Toronto, Ontario where she completed two post-doctoral fellowships in Clinical Epidemiology at the Hospital for Sick Children and at Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Kelly is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.

Research Focus 

My research focuses on neonatal and pediatric drug development and clinical trial methodology. I have been working in pediatric clinical research for the past decade with a focus on opioid exposure in pregnancy/early childhood and the development of research tools to design clinical trials that can inform evidence-based clinical care. Previously, I have been a guest expert at the European Medicines Agency where we co-developed a tool for the justification of comparator (control arm) selection in pediatric clinical trials. My current projects include leading an international consortium to develop a core outcome set for neonatal abstinences syndrome, establishing references ranges for very and extremely preterm infants, innovation in pediatric clinical trials (a SPOR funded, multi-centre trials initiative) and a collaboration with Clinical Trials Ontario & KidsCAN Trials to develop and disseminate training on innovative clinical trial design.