Laurie Morrison


Director, Rescu


Rescu is dedicated to the advancement of the science of emergency health care delivery in the out-of-hospital setting. Out-of-hospital emergency care delivery is a conjoint municipally and provincially funded system providing care to millions of patients a year, requiring multiple emergency medical services (EMS) systems and thousands of providers throughout the province of Ontario. This research program conducts emergency medical services systems research and has the ability and capacity to conduct large clinical trials.  I conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses in topics pertaining to acute coronary syndrome and resuscitation, and have established a collaborative network to conduct and publish randomized controlled trials and outcome validation studies in prehospital resuscitation research. I am a National Institute of Health, Canadian Institute of Health Research and Heart and Stroke Canada funded investigator within the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium.

Please note: Dr. Morrison is not taking any summer students in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Parry, M, Danielson, K, Brennenstuhl, S, Drennan, IR, Morrison, LJ. The association between diabetes status and survival following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A retrospective cohort study. Resuscitation. 2017;113 :21-26. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.01.011. PubMed PMID:28126364 .
  2. Shuvy, M, Morrison, LJ, Koh, M, Qiu, F, Buick, JE, Dorian, P et al.. Long-term clinical outcomes and predictors for survivors of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;112 :59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.12.026. PubMed PMID:28104428 .
  3. Morrison, LJ, Devlin, SM, Kontos, MC, Cheskes, S, Aufderheide, TP, Christenson, J et al.. The association of maximum Troponin values post out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with electrocardiographic findings, cardiac reperfusion procedures and survival to discharge: A sub-study of ROC PRIMED. Resuscitation. 2017;111 :82-89. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.12.004. PubMed PMID:27988273 .
  4. Drennan, IR, Case, E, Verbeek, PR, Reynolds, JC, Goldberger, ZD, Jasti, J et al.. A comparison of the universal TOR Guideline to the absence of prehospital ROSC and duration of resuscitation in predicting futility from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;111 :96-102. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.11.021. PubMed PMID:27923115 PubMed Central PMC5272920.
  5. Scales, DC, Golan, E, Pinto, R, Brooks, SC, Chapman, M, Dale, CM et al.. Improving Appropriate Neurologic Prognostication after Cardiac Arrest. A Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2016;194 (9):1083-1091. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201602-0397OC. PubMed PMID:27115286 .
  6. Brooks, SC, Scales, DC, Pinto, R, Dainty, KN, Racz, EM, Gaudio, M et al.. The Postcardiac Arrest Consult Team: Impact on Hospital Care Processes for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients. Crit. Care Med. 2016;44 (11):2037-2044. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000001863. PubMed PMID:27509389 .
  7. Worthington, H, Pickett, W, Morrison, LJ, Scales, DC, Zhan, C, Lin, S et al.. The impact of hospital experience with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients on post cardiac arrest care. Resuscitation. 2017;110 :169-175. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.08.032. PubMed PMID:27658654 .
  8. Rizoli, S, Petersen, A, Bulger, E, Coimbra, R, Kerby, JD, Minei, J et al.. Early prediction of outcome after severe traumatic brain injury: a simple and practical model. BMC Emerg Med. 2016;16 (1):32. doi: 10.1186/s12873-016-0098-x. PubMed PMID:27553436 PubMed Central PMC4995825.
  9. Sun, CL, Demirtas, D, Brooks, SC, Morrison, LJ, Chan, TC. Overcoming Spatial and Temporal Barriers to Public Access Defibrillators Via Optimization. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2016;68 (8):836-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.03.609. PubMed PMID:27539176 PubMed Central PMC4992180.
  10. Dainty, KN, Racz, E, Morrison, LJ, Brooks, SC. Implementation of a post-arrest care team: understanding the nuances of a team-based intervention. Implement Sci. 2016;11 (1):112. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0463-x. PubMed PMID:27491427 PubMed Central PMC4973549.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Clinician Scientist, Emergency Medicine, LKSKI, University of Toronto
  • Director, Collaborative Program in Resuscitation Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Full member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
  • Robert and Dorothy Pitts Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine