Associate Professor — Status Only

Christopher Tomlinson

Department of Nutritional Sciences


Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1X8
Research Interests
growth of term and preterm neonates requiring intensive care, amino acid metabolism, protein metabolism, nutrition across the lifespan
Appointment Status
Pending the availability of funding


  • PhD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto (2005-2010)
  • Research Fellow, Acute Care Transport Services, Neonatology, The Hospital for Sick Children (2004-2007)
  • Specialist Registrar, Paediatric Medicine, West of Scotland Deanery, Royal Hospital for Sick Children (2000-2004)
  • Clinical Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Programme (1998-2000)
  • MB (Bachelor of Medicine), ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow (1987-1994)
  • BSc (Hons), Immunology, University of Glasgow (1987-1991)

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Other Academic and Clinical Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto (2020 - present)

Project Investigator, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children (2008 - present)

Staff Neonatologist, Department of Paediatrics, Division of Neonatology, The Hospital for Sick Children (2007 - present)

At a Glance

  • The main research focus of Dr. Tomlinson's research group (headed by Dr. Glenda Courtney-Martin) is investigating protein and amino acid metabolism across the lifespan using stable isotope methodology. Dr. Tomlinson is especially interested in the growth of term and preterm neonates requiring intensive care combining research and clinical interests.

About Dr. Christopher Tomlinson

Dr. Chris Tomlinson trained in Neonatology in Scotland and Toronto, joining the Division of Neonatology at SickKids in 2007. He completed his PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and has a cross appointment to this department. His research and academic interests are in growth and nutrition with an interest in the medical management of surgical patients within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This includes collaborations with Dr. Glenda Courtney-Martin and Dr. Agostino Pierro, examining amino acid requirements and novel NEC treatments.

National and International Committee Memberships (Current)

Member, Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society (2015 - present)

Recent Publications

  1. Asbury MR, Shama S, Sa JY, Bando N, Butcher J, Comelli EM, Copeland JK, Forte V, Kiss A, Sherman PM, Stintzi A, Taibi A, Tomlinson C, Unger S, Wang PW, O'Connor DL; OptiMoM Feeding Group. Human milk nutrient fortifiers alter the developing gastrointestinal microbiota of very-low-birth-weight infants. Cell Host Microbe. 2022 Aug 12:S1931-3128(22)00357-2. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2022.07.011. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35987195.
  2. Rafii M, Pencharz PB, Boileau K, Ball RO, Tomlinson C, Elango R, Courtney-Martin G. Metabolic Availability of Methionine Assessed Using Indicator Amino Acid Oxidation Method is Greater when Cooked Lentils and Steamed Rice Are Combined in Healthy Young Men. J Nutr. 2022 Feb 26:nxac049. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxac049. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35218191.
  3. Yeung T, Chung E, Chen J, Erdman LK, Smiljkovic M, Wong W, Rolnitsky A, Morris SK, El Shahed A, Banihani R, Bitnun A, Tomlinson C. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Moxifloxacin to Guide Treatment of Mycoplasma hominis Meningitis in an Extremely Preterm Infant. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2021;26(8):857-862. doi: 10.5863/1551-6776-26.8.857. Epub 2021 Nov 10. PMID: 34790077; PMCID: PMC8592008.
  4. Gurdasani D, Bhatt S, Costello A, Denaxas S, Flaxman S, Greenhalgh T, Griffin S, Hyde Z, Katzourakis A, McKee M, Michie S, Ratmann O, Reicher S, Scally G, Tomlinson C, Yates C, Ziauddeen H, Pagel C. Vaccinating adolescents against SARS-CoV-2 in England: a risk-benefit analysis. J R Soc Med. 2021 Nov;114(11):513-524. doi: 10.1177/01410768211052589. Epub 2021 Nov 1. PMID: 34723680.
  5. White N, Oostendorp LJ, Vickerstaff V, Gerlach C, Engels Y, Maessen M, Tomlinson C, Wens J, Leysen B, Biasco G, Zambrano S, Eychmüller S, Avgerinou C, Chattat R, Ottoboni G, Veldhoven C, Stone P. An online international comparison of palliative care identification in primary care using the Surprise Question. Palliat Med. 2021 Oct 1:2692163211048340. doi: 10.1177/02692163211048340. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34596445.
  6. Mayneris-Perxachs J, Cardellini M, Hoyles L, Latorre J, Davato F, Moreno-Navarrete JM, Arnoriaga-Rodríguez M, Serino M, Abbott J, Barton RH, Puig J, Fernández-Real X, Ricart W, Tomlinson C, Woodbridge M, Gentileschi P, Butcher SA, Holmes E, Nicholson JK, Pérez-Brocal V, Moya A, Clain DM, Burcelin R, Dumas ME, Federici M, Fernández-Real JM. Iron status influences non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in obesity through the gut microbiome. Microbiome. 2021 May 7;9(1):104. doi: 10.1186/s40168-021-01052-7. PMID: 33962692; PMCID: PMC8106161.
  7. Chavhan GB, Kamath BM, Siddiqui I, Tomlinson C. Magnetic resonance imaging of neonatal hemochromatosis. Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Mar 12. doi: 10.1007/s00247-021-05008-9. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33710405.
  8. Dinesh OC, Kankayaliyan T, Rademacher M, Tomlinson C, Bertolo RF, Brunton JA. Neonatal Piglets Can Synthesize Adequate Creatine, but Only with Sufficient Dietary Arginine and Methionine, or with Guanidinoacetate and Excess Methionine. J Nutr. 2021 Mar 11;151(3):531-539. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa369. PMID: 33437999.
  9. Bischoff AR, Grass B, Fan CS, Tomlinson C, Lee KS. Risk factors for postoperative hyperglycemia in neonates. J Neonatal Perinatal Med. 2021;14(2):183-191. doi: 10.3233/NPM-200535. PMID: 32925115.
  10. James AL, Chakraborty P, Tomlinson C, Harrison RV. Does riboflavin depletion cause auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder in at risk neonates? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Oct;137:110238. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110238. Epub 2020 Jul 2. PMID: 32896351.

Current Lab Members (within the Department of Nutritional Sciences)

Yuxuan (Susan) Li - MSc student (co-supervised)

Teaching Appointments

Professor, NFS1220H - Clinical Nutrition, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2011 - present)