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Kumanan Wilson, MD, MSc, FRCPC
613-798-5555 x13056

Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus
1053 Carling Avenue, Box 209
Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1741-7705


Using big data to help the smallest babies
January 27, 2023 - New research led by Drs. Steven Hawken and Kumanan Wilson shows that a mathematical model that reads the “metabolic fingerprint” of newborn blood samples could help.
Ottawa researchers contribute to three important studies shaping COVID-19 care
April 28, 2022 - Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital continue to play a key role in influential COVID-19 research, with three studies recently published in top-tier journals.
App provides patients with their personalized risks after surgery
February 17, 2021 - Patients who used a made-in-Ottawa app to calculate their risk of complications, hospitalization and death after surgery understood these risks better than patients who received standard care, according to a study published in the Canadian ...
App could provide new way to track vaccine safety
November 17, 2020 - Vaccines are one of society’s greatest success stories, but like any treatment, there can be rare adverse events and they must be tested carefully. With a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign on the horizon, Canadian researchers have launched a ...
TOHAMO awards $1.2M for COVID-19 research projects
June 12, 2020 - Could artificial intelligence help predict which COVID-19 patients will become gravely ill? Could a home-based spit test diagnose COVID-19? Could virtual care after surgery reduce patient returns to hospital?
Mobile reporting of adverse events from a pandemic COVID-19 vaccine
June 8, 2020 - Dr. Kumanan Wilson and his colleagues will harness their electronic vaccine-tracking platform CANImmunize to let Canadians report potential adverse events from a COVID-19 vaccine through their mobile device.
COVID-19 research moving at ‘lightning speed’, thanks to generous community support
May 8, 2020 - Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are working around the clock to advance more than 50 potentially life-saving research projects to support the world-wide effort to find better ways to treat and prevent COVID-19. Now, nine of these projects have ...
Taking CANImmunize to the next level
October 1, 2019 - CANImmunize, an award-winning vaccine-tracking platform developed by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital, is transitioning into a startup company. The popular app-based platform will continue to digitally transform the delivery of immunization ...
Ottawa researchers working with World Health Organization to improve response to public health emergencies
April 4, 2019 - In response to the SARS outbreak, the threat of influenza pandemics, and the changing nature of public health emergencies, the World Health Organization released the revised International Health Regulations (IHR(2005)). These regulations are the ...
Simple blood test could determine preterm birth rate in low resource countries
March 19, 2019 - Preterm birth is a leading cause of death among children under the age of five, with low resource countries facing the greatest challenge. But before solutions c­­an be tested­­, researchers first need to be able to accurately ...
Immunization tracking brought into the digital age
November 30, 2018 - Building on successful public health reporting pilot projects in Ottawa and Kingston, Ontarians will soon be able to use CANImmunize to immediately see and download their own, and their families’ official immunization records held by the ...
Standardizing digital vaccination records in Canada: team behind CANImmunize launches Canadian Vaccine Catalogue
July 12, 2018 - As provinces and territories across Canada work to digitize vaccination records, a team of Canadian physicians, researchers and policy-makers has released the first version of the Canadian Vaccine Catalogue (CVC). This comprehensive, ...
The Ottawa Hospital opens digital health lab at Algonquin College
April 18, 2018 - April 18, 2018 (OTTAWA) — Algonquin College and The Ottawa Hospital are expanding their collaboration on health research, innovation and training with the opening of “The Ottawa Hospital at Algonquin College”. The newly renovated space – located wi
Using big data to help the smallest babies – Canadian researchers use newborn blood tests to identify preterm children in low-resource countries
March 23, 2018 - Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the University of Ottawa have received nearly US $1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to find out how often babies are born preterm in low-resource co
Newborn sepsis: Could routinely collected blood spots help with early detection?
January 19, 2018 - Sepsis is a major cause of death and illness in newborns worldwide. It occurs when an infection spreads throughout the body and enters the bloodstream. A study led by Drs. Deshayne Fell, Steven Hawken, and Kumanan Wilson found that blood spots rout
CANImmunize: Partnering with local public health to improve vaccination data
December 8, 2017 - Reporting your children’s vaccination records to public health authorities can be a pain! Katherine Atkinson, Dr. Kumanan Wilson and their colleagues have made this easier by allowing parents of children aged 15 and under to report immunizations di
Need a CT scan for a head injury? Ottawa rule now included in app
November 22, 2017 - The Ottawa Rules app now includes the Canadian CT Head Rule developed by Dr. Ian Stiell and colleagues. This rule helps emergency department clinicians determine if a patient with a head injury requires a CT scan. Previous research showed that it h
Ottawa man tests new technology for stroke recovery
March 1, 2017 - Norbert Franke (centre) was part of a pilot project led by Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi (left) and speech-language pathologist Karen Mallet (right) that tested whether hospitalized stroke patients would use a mobile tablet for speech and language therapy in
Could a simple blood test improve care for preterm infants in low income countries?
February 23, 2017 - Preterm birth is one of the leading causes of death and illness in newborns around the world. Specialized care can improve the health of preterm infants, but in countries without access to prenatal ultrasounds, it can be difficult to know if a chil
New digital comic book, Invasion of the Alien Zombies, aims to educate kids about the immune system
January 24, 2017 - Alien invaders descend on a world while defensive forces mobilize to battle the intruders... is this the plot from an upcoming blockbuster movie or a creative approach to science education? These scenes are from a new online comic, Immunity Warriors:
Innovative computer tablet could help stroke patients recover
January 5, 2017 - Stroke patients often spend days or weeks recovering in hospital, and while some rehabilitation services are available during this crucial time, many spend hours each day alone and inactive. But now, some stroke patients at The Ottawa Hospital ar
Could a "metabolic fingerprint" identify premature babies in developing countries?
September 2, 2016 - Canadian-led team awarded US $1.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate What if a blood spot from a newborn could identify vulnerable children at birth? One of the biggest vulnerabilities is being born premature. Cana
Unhealthy habits cost Canadians 6 years of life
August 16, 2016 - Study looks at impact of smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and alcohol Unhealthy habits are costing Canadians an estimated six years of life, according to a study published today in PLOS Medicine. Researchers found that smoking, poor di
Does this ankle need an X-ray? There’s an app for that
May 9, 2016 - An app based on internationally-known Ottawa Rules will save patients from unnecessary scans The Ottawa Rules, a set of rules used around the world to help health professionals decide when to order x-rays and CT scans, are now available as a
$3.5M to make mobile immunization app available to everyone, everywhere
April 22, 2016 - ImmunizeCA, the popular mobile immunization app developed by Dr. Kumanan Wilson and his mHealth Research Team, will soon be even better thanks to a $3.5M investment from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Honourable Dr. Jane Philpott, ...
Creators of ImmunizeCA mobile app win national award for community impact
June 3, 2015 - The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the Canadian Public Health Association and Immunize Canada, creators of the ImmunizeCA app, received the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association’s (CWTA) “Connected to the Community” award on May 27t
New pilot project in Ottawa offers mobile solution for immunization reporting
April 30, 2015 - Ottawa residents can send their children’s immunization information to public health authorities via their iPhones and iPads OTTAWA – If you forgot to report your child’s immunization information to Ottawa Public Health (OPH), a new smartphone too
Flu shots decrease overall risk of acquiring Guillain-Barré Syndrome
January 19, 2015 - Drs. Kumanan Wilson and Steven Hawken published a paper this week that examines whether the flu shot increases or decreases the risk of getting Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare but serious autoimmune condition. Recent studies have associated