Catherine Birken MD, M.Sc., FRCPC
Associate Professor — Status Only
The Hospital for Sick Children
Departments of Paediatrics, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Nutritional Sciences

Contact Info

T: (416) 813-4930
F: (416) 813-5979


Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, ON


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Research Synopsis

  • TARGet Kids! Longitudinal cohort design and pragmatic randomized controlled trials, obesity prevention and treatment, physical activity and screen time
  • Injury prevention
  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Health promotion in preschool children through office practice settings
  • Complex morbid obesity treatment


  • 2014-2019 Co-Principal Investigator, Fit for School, Fit for Life: Child Health and School Readiness
  • 2015-2019 Co-Principal Investigator, Team to Address Bariatric Case in Canadian Children (Team ABC3)
  • 2016-2018 Principal Investigator, Addressing Obesity in Toddlers at Risk: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Usual Care to Group-Based Parenting and Home Visits in Primary Care

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