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and Infectious Disease Canada

l’Association pour la microbiologie
médicale et l’infectiologie Canada

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If you are interested in working with PICNIC or have any questions, please email us at picnic@ammi.ca

SUBMIT A PROJECT PROPOSAL

PICNIC welcomes project proposals from individual investigators and other research networks in Canada and internationally. If you would like to submit a proposal, please fill out the following REDCap form. The proposal will be reviewed by the PICNIC Executive Committee and the applicant will be contacted with feedback and next steps.

The Paediatric Investigator Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) was founded in 1989 by a group of Canadian physicians with a passion for improving the care of children with infections. As a research network, PICNIC aims to co-operatively facilitate investigator-initiated studies in the field of paediatric infectious diseases. PICNIC studies strive for clinical relevance, scientific validity, and feasibility. In 2017, PICNIC became the research arm of the AMMI Canada Paediatric Committee with the goal of expanding our work and continuing to produce data which positively impacts the health of children.

MISSION STATEMENT

PICNIC’s mission is to promote, facilitate, and engage in collaborative research that will advance understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, management, and prevention of infections that affect the fetus, newborn, infant, child, and adolescent. To achieve this mission, PICNIC has the following goals:

  1. To facilitate communication among members with similar research interests.
  2. To focus on research questions which can best be answered via a multi-center collaboration.
  3. To promote collaboration with other research networks within and outside Canada, as well as other relevant stakeholders.
  4. To encourage and assist our members who are junior investigators in establishing themselves as independent investigators.

2022-2023 PICNIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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PUBLICATIONS
  1. Baldassarre L, Quach-Thanh C, Mouajou Feujio V, Tadount F, Deyirmendjian C, Lefebvre MA, Thampi N, Schneider O, Fabri-Karam I, O’Donnell S, Okeny-Owere J, Audy N, Desmarais N. Incidence and risk factors for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection in pediatric at-risk groups in selected Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 13:1-6. doi: 10.1017/ice.2023.174. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37700539.
  2. Hawkes MT, McAlpine A, Barton M, Ranger A, Balamohan A, Davies HD, Skar G, Lefebvre MA, Almadani A, Freire D, Saux NL, Bowes J, Srigley JA, Passarelli P, Bradley J, Khan S, Purewal R, Viel-Thériault I, Robinson JL; Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Association of cerebrospinal fluid parameters with treatment and complications among children with cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections: a multicenter study. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2023 Oct 13:1-9. doi: 10.3171/2023.8.PEDS23348.
  3. Frankel C, Robinson J, Khan S, Alghounaim M, McDonald J, Lopez A, Fanella S, Gunawan J, Wong J, Comeau JL, Bowes J, Slinger R, Kalia A, Roberts A, Leifso K, Ulanova M, Barton M. A Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Children (PICNIC) multi-centre Canadian descriptive analysis of Haemophilus influenzae bacteremia in children: Emerging serotypes. Can Comm Dis Rep 2023;49(9):368−74. https://doi.org/10.14745/ccdr.v49i09a02
  4. Robinson J, Balamohan A, Barton M, et al. Comparison of pediatric ventriculo-peritoneal shunt infections arising in antibiotic-impregnated and standard catheters: a multicenter observational study. World Journal of Pediatric Surgery Jun 2023, 6 (3) e000566; DOI: 10.1136/wjps-2023-000566.
  5. Yea C, Barton M, Bitnun A, Morris SK, El Tal T, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Brenes-Chacon H, Yock-Corrales A, Ivankovich-Escoto G, Soriano-Fallas A, Hernandez-de Mezerville M, Gill P, Nateghian A, Aski BH, Manafi AA, Dwilow R, Bullard J, Papenburg J, Scuccimarri R, Lefebvre MA, Cooke S, Dewan T, Restivo L, Lopez A, Sadarangani M, Roberts A, Wong J, Saux NL, Bowes J, Purewal R, Lautermilch J, Foo C, Merckx J, Robinson J, Yeh EA. Neurological involvement in hospitalized children with SARS-CoV-2 infection: A multinational study; Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Can J Neurol Sci. 2023 Jan 4:1-10. doi: 10.1017/cjn.2022.347.
  6. Robinson J, Dewan T, Morris SK, Bitnun A, Gill P, Tal TE, Laxer RM, Yeh EA, Yea C, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Brenes-Chacon H, Yock-Corrales A, Ivankovich-Escoto G, Soriano-Fallas A, Mezerville MH, Papenburg J, Lefebvre MA, Nateghian A, Aski BH, Manafi A, Dwilow R, Bullard J, Cooke S, Restivo L, Lopez A, Sadarangani M, Roberts A, Le Saux N, Bowes J, Purewal R, Lautermilch J, Wong JK, Piche D, Top KA, Foo C, Panetta L, Merckx J, Barton M. SARS-CoV-2 infection in technology-dependent children: a multicenter case series. Infection. 2023 Jun;51(3):737-741. doi: 10.1007/s15010-022-01910-y.
  7. Schober T, Caya C, Barton M, Bayliss A, Bitnun A, Bowes J, Brenes-Chacon H, Bullard J, Cooke S, Dewan T, Dwilow R, El Tal T, Foo C, Gill P, Haghighi Aski B, Kakkar F, Lautermilch J, Lefebvre MA, Leifso K, Le Saux N, Lopez A, Manafi A, Merckx J, Morris SK, Nateghian A, Panetta L, Petel D, Piché D, Purewal R, Restivo L, Roberts A, Sadarangani M, Scuccimarri R, Soriano-Fallas A, Tehseen S, Top KA, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Viel-Theriault I, Wong J, Yea C, Yeh A, Yock-Corrales A, Robinson JL, Papenburg J. Risk factors for severe PCR-positive SARS-CoV-2 infection in hospitalised children. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2022 Aug;6(1):e001440. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2022-001440.
  8. Prendergast C, Robinson J, Caya C, Perez Trejo ME, Guan I, Hébert-Murakami V, Marianayagam J, Wong ZW, Walker C, Goldfarb DM, Barrowman N, Jetty R, Embree J, Papenburg J. Urgent air transfers for acute respiratory infections among children from Northern Canada, 2005-2014. PLoS One. 2022 Jul 28;17(7):e0272154. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272154.
  9. Robinson JL, McAlpine A, Barton M, Balamohan A, Davies HD, Skar G, Lefebvre MA, Almadani A, Freire D, Le Saux N, Bowes J, Srigley JA, Passarelli P, Bradley J, Khan S, Purewal R, Viel-Thériault I, Hawkes MT. Duration of Antibiotic Therapy and Timing of Shunt Reimplantation in Pediatric CSF Shunt Infections: A Retrospective Multicenter Case Series. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2022 Aug 30;11(8):357-360. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piac037.
  10. Tehseen S, Williams S, Robinson J, Morris SK, Bitnun A, Gill P, Tal TE, Yeh A, Yea C, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Brenes-Chacon H, Yock-Corrales A, Ivankovich-Escoto G, Soriano-Fallas A, Papenburg J, Lefebvre MA, Scuccimarri R, Nateghian A, Aski BH, Dwilow R, Bullard J, Cooke S, Restivo L, Lopez A, Sadarangani M, Roberts A, Forbes M, Saux NL, Bowes J, Purewal R, Lautermilch J, Bayliss A, Wong JK, Leifso K, Foo C, Panetta L, Kakkar F, Piche D, Viel-Theriault I, Merckx J, Lieberman L. Thrombosis and hemorrhage experienced by hospitalized children with SARS-CoV-2 infection or MIS-C: Results of the PICNIC registry. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2022 Sep;69(9):e29793. doi: 10.1002/pbc.29793. https://doi.org/10.1002/pbc.29793
  11. McAlpine A, Robinson JL, Barton M, Balamohan A, Davies HD, Skar G, Lefebvre MA, Almadani A, Freire D, Le Saux N, Bowes J, Srigley JA, Passarelli P, Bradley J, Khan S, Purewal R, Viel-Thériault I, Ranger A, Hawkes MT; Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunt Infections: A Multicenter Pediatric Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2022 Apr 4. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003513.
  12. Merckx J, Cooke S, El Tal T, Bitnun A, Morris SK, Yeh EA, Yea C, Gill P, Papenburg J, Lefebvre MA, Scuccimarri R, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Brenes-Chacon H, Yock-Corrales A, Ivankovich-Escoto G, Soriano-Fallas A, Mezerville MH, Dewan T, Restivo L, Nateghian A, Aski BH, Manafi A, Dwilow R, Bullard J, Lopez A, Sadarangani M, Roberts A, Barton M, Petel D, Le Saux N, Bowes J, Purewal R, Lautermilch J, Tehseen S, Bayliss A, Wong JK, Leifso K, Foo C, Robinson J; Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Multicenter cohort study of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Can Med Assoc J  2022;194(14):E513-E523. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.210873.
  13. Merckx J, Morris SK, Bitnun A, Gill P, El Tal T, Laxer RM, Yeh A, Yea C, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Brenes-Chacon H, Yock-Corrales A, Ivankovich-Escoto G, Soriano-Fallas A, Hernandez-de Mezerville M, Papenburg J, Lefebvre MA, Nateghian A, Haghighi Aski B, Manafi A, Dwilow R, Bullard J, Cooke S, Dewan T, Restivo L, Lopez A, Sadarangani M, Roberts A, Barton M, Petel D, Le Saux N, Bowes J, Purewal R, Lautermilch J, Tehseen S, Bayliss A, Wong JK, Viel-Thériault I, Piche D, Top KA, Leifso K, Foo C, Panetta L, Robinson J. Infants hospitalized for acute COVID-19: disease severity in a multicenter cohort study. Eur J Pediatr. 2022 Jun;181(6):2535-2539. doi: 10.1007/s00431-022-04422-x.
  14. Ting JY, Roberts A, Khan S, Bitnun A, Hawkes M, Barton M, Bowes J, Brophy J, Ouchenir L, Renaud C, Boisvert AA, McDonald J, Robinson JL.  Predictive value of repeated cerebrospinal fluid parameters in the outcomes of bacterial meningitis in infants <90 days of age. PLoS One. 2020 Aug 28;15(8):e0238056. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238056
  15. Robinson JL, Fanella S, Lopez A, Frankel C, McDonald J, Alghounaim M, Slinger R, Bowes J, Khan S, Comeau JL, Leifso K, Gunawan J, Barton M.  Paediatric Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of the current landscape of invasive meningococcal disease in children. Canad Comm Dis Rep Volume 46–10, October 1, 2020.
  16. Petel D, Barton M, Renaud C, Ouchenir L, Brophy J, Bowes J, Khan S, Bitnun A, McDonald J, Boisvert AA, Ting J, Roberts A, Robinson JL. Enteroviral and Herpes Simplex Virus Central Nervous System Infections in Infants <90 Days Old: A Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) Study. BMC Pediatr. 2020 May 26;20(1):252. doi: 10.1186/s12887-020-02151-4.
  17. Tam J, Papenburg J, Fanella S, Asner S, Barton M, Bergeron C, Desai S, Hui C, Foo C, Langley JM, Leifso K, Ma ML, Pernica J, Robinson J, Singh R, Tapiero B, Allen U. Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada Study of Respiratory Syncytial Virus-associated Deaths in Pediatric Patients in Canada, 2003-2013. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 ;68(1):113-119. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy413.
  18. Ouchenir L, Renaud C, Khan S, Bitnun A, Boisvert AA, McDonald J, Bowes J, Brophy J, Barton M, Ting J, Roberts A, Hawkes M, Robinson JL The Epidemiology, Management, and Outcomes of Bacterial Meningitis in Infants. Pediatrics. 2017 Jul;140(1). pii: e20170476. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0476. Epub 2017 Jun 9.
  19. Lefebvre M-A, Robinson JL, Winters N, Allen UD, Buteau C, Embree J, Gagneur A, Hamilton N, Hui C, Langley JM, Vanderkooi OG, Quach C. Validation of RSV infections in paediatric transplant recipients reported to a national surveillance program: A PICNIC study. JAMMI 2017; 2.1.003 doi:10.3138/jammi.2.1.003
  20. Barton M, Shen A, O’Brien K, Robinson JL, Davies HD, Simpson K, Asztalos E, Langley J, Le Saux N, Sauve R, Synnes A, Tan B, de Repentigny L, Rubin E, Hui C, Kovacs L, Yau YC, Richardson SE; Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Early-Onset Invasive Candidiasis in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants: Perinatal Acquisition Predicts Poor Outcome.Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Apr 1;64(7):921-927. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix001.
  21. Barton M, O’Brien K., Robinson JL, Davies DH, Simpson K, Asztalos E, Langley JM, LeSaux N, Sauve R, Synnes A, Tan B, de Repentigny L, Rubin E, Hui C, Kovacs L, Richardson SE.  Invasive candidiasis in low birth weight preterm infants: risk factors, clinical course and outcome in a prospective multicenter study of cases and their matched controls. BMC Infectious Diseases 2014; 14:327.
  22. Asner S, Stephens D, Pedulla P, Richardson SE, Robinson J, Allen U. Risk factors for RSV-related infections and their outcomes in immunocompromised children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013;32:1073-6.
  23. Pham-Huy A, Robinson JL, Tapiero B, Bernard C, Daniel S, Dobson S, Dery P, Le Saux N, Embree J, Valiquette L, Quach C. Current trends in nontuberculous mycobacteria infections in Canadian children: A Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study. Paediatr Child Health 2010;15:276-82.
  24. Robinson JL, Davies HD, Barton M, O’Brien K, Simpson K, Asztalos E, Synnes A, Rubin E, Le Saux N, Hui C, Langley JM, Sauve R, de Repentigny L, Kovacs L, Tan B, Richardson SE. Characteristics and outcome of infants with candiduria in neonatal intensive care – a Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study. BMC Infect Dis 2009; 9:183.
  25. Langley JM, Kellner JD, Solomon N, Robinson JL, Le Saux N, McDonald J, Ulloa-Gutierrez R, Tan B, Allen U, Dobson S, Joudrey H. Empyema associated with community-acquired pneumonia: A Pediatric Investigator’s Collaborative Study on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study. BMC Infect Dis. 2008;8:129.
  26. Lee BE, Chawla R, Langley JM, Forgie S, Al-Hosni M, Baerg K, Husain E, Strong J, Robinson JL, Allen U, Law B, Dobson S, Davies HD. Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of aseptic meningitis. BMC Infectious Diseases 2006;6:68.
  27. Law BJ, Langley JM, Allen U, Paes B, Lee DS, Mitchell I, Sampalis J, Walti H, Robinson J, O’Brien K, Majaesic C, Caouette G, Frenette L, Le Saux N, Simmons B, Moisiuk S, Sankaran K, Ojah C, Singh AJ, Lebel MH, Bacheyie GS, Onyett H, Michaliszyn A, Manzi P, Parison D. The Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada study of predictors of hospitalization for respiratory syncytial virus infection for infants born at 33 through 35 completed weeks of gestation. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2004; 23: 806-14.
  28. Davies HD, LeBlanc J, Bortolussi, R, McGeer A. The Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of neonatal group B streptococcal infections in Canada. Pediatr Child Health, 1999; 4(4):257-263.
  29. Arnold S.R, Wang EE, Law BJ, Boucher FD, Stephens D, Robinson JL, Dobson S., Langley JM, McDonald J, MacDonald NE, Mitchell I.  Variable morbidity of respiratory syncytial virus infection in patients with underlying lung disease: a review of the PICNIC RSV database. Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada. Pediatr Infect Dis J 1999 Oct., 18(10):866-9.
  30. Law BJ, MacDonald N, Langley J, Mitchell I, Stephens D, Wang E, Robinson J, Boucher F, McDonald J, Dobson S. Severe respiratory syncytial virus infection among otherwise healthy prematurely born infants:  What are we trying to prevent? Pediatr Child Health 1998; 6:402-404.
  31. Langley JM, LeBlanc JC, Wang EE, Law BJ, MacDonald NE, Mitchell I, Stephens D, McDonald J, Boucher FD, Dobson S. Nosocomial respiratory syncytial virus infection in Canadian pediatric hospitals: a Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada Study. Pediatrics. 1997 Dec;100(6):943-6. doi: 10.1542/peds.100.6.943.
  32. Langley JM, Wang EE., Law BJ, Stephens D, Boucher FD, Dobson S, McDonald J, MacDonald NE, Mitchell I, Robinson JL. Economic evaluation of respiratory syncytial virus infection in Canadian children: a Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) Study. J Pediatrics,1997; 131:113-117.
  33. Wang EL, Law BJ, Robinson JL, Dobson S, al Jumaah S, Stephens, D., Boucher FD et al. PICNIC (Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada) study of the role of age and respiratory syncytial virus microneutralizing antibody on RSV illness in patients with underlying heart or lung disease.  Pediatrics 1997; 99/3/e9.
  34. Law BJ, Wang EL., MacDonald N. McDonald J, Dobson S, Boucher F, Langley J, Robinson JL, Mitchell I, Stephens D.  Does ribavirin impact on the hospital course of children with respiratory syncytial virus infection?  Pediatric, 1997; 99/3/e7.
  35. Wang EL, Law BJ, Boucher F, Stephens D. Robinson JL, Dobson S, Langley J,  McDonald J., MacDonald N, Mitchell I. Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of admission and management variation in patients hospitalized with respiratory syncytial viral lower respiratory infection. J Pediatr, 1996; 129:390-5.
  36. Wang EL, Law BJ, Stephens D, Langley J, MacDonald N, Robinson JL, Dobson S, McDonald J, Boucher F, de Carvalho V.  Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of interobserver reliability in clinical assessment of RSV lower respiratory illness. Pediatr Pulmonol, 1996; 22:23-27.
  37. Opavsky MA, Stephens D, Wang EE. Testing models predicting severity of respiratory syncytial virus infection on the PICNIC RSV database. Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995 Nov;149(11):1217-20. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170240035005. PMID: 7581752.
  38. Law BJ, De Carvalho V. Respiratory syncytial virus infections in hospitalized Canadian children: regional differences in patient populations and management practices. The Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1993 Aug;12(8):659-63. PMID: 8414779.
  39. Wang EL, Mitchell I, Dobson S, Boucher FD, MacDonald N, Robinson J. Hospital management of respiratory virus infection. Can J Infect Dis 1993;Vol 4:6:307-308.
  40. Navas L, Wang E, de Carvalho V, Robinson J. Improved outcome of respiratory syncytial virus infection in a high-risk hospitalized population of Canadian children. Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada. J Pediatr. 1992 Sep;121(3):348-54. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(05)90000-0. PMID: 1517907.

MEMBER-IN-TRAINING POSITION

POSITION OVERVIEW

The goal of the Member-in-Training position is to build the capacity of the next generation of Paediatric Infectious Disease and Microbiology research leaders through mentorship and participation in executive committee meetings, strategy, and decisions. The Member-in-Training position will be a full voting position for submitted research proposals. There will be 1 to 2 Members-in-Training on the executive committee at any point in time. The term will be for two years, and efforts will be made to stagger start dates such that each year a new Member-in-Training begins. In cases in which the Member-in-Training’s term extends into their post training period, their position on the PICNIC executive committee can continue until the end of the two-year term. The role and responsibility of the Member-in-Training may include but is not restricted to:

  • Be a member of AMMI Canada
  • Participate in research projects
  • Attend the AMMI Canada conference to attend the PICNIC meeting
  • Attend in-person and virtual meetings of the Executive Committee
  • Promote PICNIC visibility among trainees
  • Coordinate content and updates for social media accounts (eg. X/Twitter) and the PICNIC webpage on the AMMI Canada website with the AMMI Canada secretariat.

Trainees interested in this position will be asked to apply with a short statement outlining their interest and goals at least one month prior to the AMMI Canada-CACMID Annual Conference. They should include their CV and a Letter of Support from a PICNIC member. The PICNIC executive will review applicants at the AMMI Canada – CACMID Annual Conference and select the successful candidate(s) who will be notified within one week of the conference.

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