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.

Recent Publications

  1. Landry, CH, Allan, KS, Connelly, KA, Cunningham, K, Morrison, LJ, Dorian, P et al.. Sudden Cardiac Arrest during Participation in Competitive Sports. N. Engl. J. Med. 2017;377 (20):1943-1953. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1615710. PubMed PMID:29141175 .
  2. Geri, G, Gilgan, J, Ziegler, C, Isaranuwatchai, W, Morrison, LJ. Costs related to cardiac arrest management: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev. 2017;6 (1):205. doi: 10.1186/s13643-017-0599-z. PubMed PMID:29041982 PubMed Central PMC5646160.
  3. Kudenchuk, PJ, Leroux, BG, Daya, M, Rea, T, Vaillancourt, C, Morrison, LJ et al.. Antiarrhythmic Drugs for Non-Shockable-Turned-Shockable Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: The Amiodarone, Lidocaine or Placebo Study (ALPS). Circulation. 2017; :. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.028624. PubMed PMID:28904070 .
  4. Ho, EC, Cheskes, S, Angaran, P, Morrison, LJ, Aves, T, Zhan, C et al.. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation Rates After Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest: Are the Rates Guideline-Concordant?. Can J Cardiol. 2017;33 (10):1266-1273. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2017.05.013. PubMed PMID:28867265 .
  5. Lee, M, Demirtas, D, Buick, JE, Feldman, MJ, Cheskes, S, Morrison, LJ et al.. Increased cardiac arrest survival and bystander intervention in enclosed pedestrian walkway systems. Resuscitation. 2017;118 :1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.013. PubMed PMID:28655622 PubMed Central PMC5559323.
  6. Brooks, SC, Schmicker, RH, Cheskes, S, Christenson, J, Craig, A, Daya, M et al.. Variability in the initiation of resuscitation attempts by emergency medical services personnel during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;117 :102-108. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.009. PubMed PMID:28624594 .
  7. Allan, KS, Morrison, LJ, Pinter, A, Tu, JV, Dorian, P, Rescu Epistry Investigators et al.. "Presumed cardiac" arrest in children and young adults: A misnomer?. Resuscitation. 2017;117 :73-79. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.06.003. PubMed PMID:28602695 .
  8. Blewer, AL, Ibrahim, SA, Leary, M, Dutwin, D, McNally, B, Anderson, ML et al.. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Disparities in the United States. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017;6 (5):. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006124. PubMed PMID:28515114 PubMed Central PMC5524119.
  9. Cheskes, S, Byers, A, Zhan, C, Verbeek, PR, Ko, D, Drennan, IR et al.. Reply to: Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation during ambulance transport: Safety and efficacy. Resuscitation. 2017;116 :e17. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.04.034. PubMed PMID:28476477 .
  10. Cheskes, S, Schmicker, RH, Rea, T, Morrison, LJ, Grunau, B, Drennan, IR et al.. The association between AHA CPR quality guideline compliance and clinical outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2017;116 :39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.05.003. PubMed PMID:28476474 .
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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, St. Michael’s Hospital