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Septic shock

Septic shock is a life-threatening condition that can occur when an infection spreads throughout the body. Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital are leading cutting-edge studies to improve our understanding of septic shock and develop better treatments. This page includes selected news stories about our septic shock research, links to researchers working in this area and related resources. Learn more below.

Research News

Moving the needle forward on sepsis research with a world-first clinical trial
March 16, 2023 - The search for the silver bullet for sepsis has been decades in the making. However, The Ottawa Hospital is taking a big step forward in the next phase of a world-first clinical trial using stem cells in patients with septic shock.
Meet Dr. Manoj Lalu, the clinician-scientist bringing lab discoveries to patients every day
March 16, 2023 - From looking at how we can use stem cells to treat diseases like sepsis to dealing with patients directly in the ICU and OR, Dr. Lalu is making an impact behind the scenes and beyond.
Meet Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre — sepsis researcher and clinician extraordinaire
March 16, 2023 - Dr. Lauralyn McIntyre’s path to The Ottawa Hospital wasn’t necessarily a direct one — it took her all over Ontario and out west to the mountains — but she couldn’t do her groundbreaking sepsis research anywhere else, or with any other team.
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Name Scientific appointment Diseases, conditions and populations of interest Research and clinical approaches
Clark, Edward
Associate Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Kidney disease, Septic shock Clinical research, Clinical trials, Epidemiology
English, Shane
(Clinical Epidemiology)
COVID-19, Septic shock, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Traumatic brain injury Clinical research, Critical care, Patient engagement
Fergusson, Dean
Program Director and
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Kidney disease, Septic shock, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Clinical trials, Health services research, Health technology, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Surveys, Translational research, Biostatistics, Clinical research, Cluster randomized trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Health research methods, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews, Transfusions
McIntyre, Lauralyn
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Septic shock Cell therapy, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Critical care, Patient engagement, Pragmatic trials, Stem cells, Transfusions, Translational research
Mei, Shirley
PhD, MSc
(Regenerative Medicine)
COVID-19, Septic shock Basic research, Biomarkers, Cell therapy, Critical care, Disease models, Epigenetics, Gene therapy, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Stem cells
Ramsay, Timothy
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Addiction, Alzheimer's, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Anxiety, Ataxia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Autism, Bipolar, Brain and neuromuscular disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Colorectal cancer, Concussion, Cystic fibrosis, Dementia, Depression, Dystonia, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Influenza, Kidney disease, Lung cancer, Macular degeneration, Men's health, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia gravis, Obesity, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson's, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Spinal cord injury Artificial intelligence and data science, Behaviour, Biomaterials, Biostatistics, Cell therapy, Clinical decision rules, Clinical research, Clinical trials, Cohort studies, Critical care, Drug development, Emergency medicine, Epidemiology, Health professional behaviour change, Health promotion, Health research methods, Health services research, Health technology, Immunization, Immunotherapy, Palliative care, Patient decision aids, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Prevention, Psychology, Psychometrics, Public health, Qualitative methods, Quality Improvement, Regenerative medicine, Rehabilitation, Risk assessment, Shared decision making, Surgery, Surveys, Systematic reviews, Transfusions, Translational research, Transplantation, Viral therapy
Stewart, Duncan
Senior Scientist
(Regenerative Medicine)
COVID-19, Heart disease, Pulmonary hypertension, Septic shock, Vascular, heart and metabolic disease Extracellular vesicles / exosomes, Stem cells, Cell therapy, Clinical trials, Molecular and cellular biology, Regenerative medicine, Translational research
Thavorn, Kednapa
BPharm, MPharm, PhD
Senior Scientist
(Clinical Epidemiology)
Cancer, COVID-19, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal disease, Glaucoma, Global health, Health in disadvantaged peoples, Health in older peoples, HIV, Immigrant and refugee health, Population health, Septic shock, Stroke, Thrombosis / thromboembolism, Vision Clinical research, Cohort studies, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health research methods, Health services research, Knowledge translation and implementation research, Patient engagement, Pharmacy, Public health, Quality Improvement, Systematic reviews