Mark Ansermino

Dr. Mark Ansermino’s research focus is on the use of new technology to reduce patient risk in anesthesia and intensive care. A large amount of physiological data is recorded and stored in modern clinical monitoring systems but, is currently under-utilized. Together with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and clinicians, he has developed methods to extract important features from frequently redundant information to provide decision-making support to clinicians and to monitor the quality of healthcare delivery. This research was recognized through the 2010 NSERC Brockhouse Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. More recently, he is building on success in bench-to-bedside research in anesthesia monitoring and decision support to a much wider application of mobile technology for global healthcare projects supported by Grand Challenges Canada, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Canadian International Development Agency. His overall research philosophy is to integrate knowledge translation in his research projects by involving end-users at all stages of development and evaluation.

Recent Publications

Chandler JR, Myers D, Mehta D, Whyte E, Groberman MK, Montgomery CJ, Ansermino JM. Emergence delirium in children: a randomized trial to compare total intravenous anesthesia with propofol and remifentanil to inhalational sevoflurane anesthesia. Paediatr Anaesth. 2013 Apr;23(4):309-15. doi: 10.1111/pan.12090. (PubMed abstract)

von Dadelszen P, Payne B, Li J, Ansermino JM, Broughton Pipkin F, Côté AM, Douglas MJ, Gruslin A, Hutcheon JA, Joseph KS, Kyle PM, Lee T, Loughna P, Menzies JM, Merialdi M, Millman AL, Moore MP, Moutquin JM, Ouellet AB, Smith GN, Walker JJ, Walley KR, Walters BN, Widmer M, Lee SK, Russell JA, Magee LA; PIERS Study Group. Prediction of adverse maternal outcomes in pre-eclampsia: development and validation of the fullPIERS model. Lancet. 2011 Jan 15;377(9761):219-27. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61351-7. Epub 2010 Dec 23. (PubMed abstract)

Brouse CJ, Karlen W, Dumont GA, Myers D, Cooke E, Stinson J, Lim J, Ansermino JM. Real-time cardiorespiratory coherence detects antinociception during general anesthesia. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:3813-6. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6346798. (PubMed abstract)

Hudson J, Nguku SM, Sleiman J, Karlen W, Dumont GA, Petersen CL, Warriner CB, Ansermino JM. Usability testing of a prototype Phone Oximeter with healthcare providers in high- and low-medical resource environments. Anaesthesia. 2012 Sep;67(9):957-67. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.2012.07196.x. (PubMed abstract)

Dosani M, Hunc K, Dumont GA, Dunsmuir D, Barralon P, Schwarz SK, Lim J, Ansermino JM. A vibro-tactile display for clinical monitoring: real-time evaluation. Anesth Analg. 2012 Sep;115(3):588-94. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0b013e31825d638c. Epub 2012 Jun 13. (PubMed abstract)