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. Morrison, LJ, de Caen, A, Bhanji, F, Bigham, BL, Blanchard, IE, Brooks, SC et al.. What is new in the 2015 American Heart Association guidelines, what is recycled from 2010, and what is relevant for emergency medicine in Canada. CJEM. 2016;18 (3):223-9. doi: 10.1017/cem.2016.26. PubMed PMID:27138217 .
  2. Scales, DC, Golan, E, Pinto, R, Brooks, SC, Chapman, M, Dale, CM et al.. Improving Appropriate Neurological Prognostication After Cardiac Arrest: A Stepped Wedge Cluster RCT. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2016; :. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201602-0397OC. PubMed PMID:27115286 .
  3. Dale, CM, Sinuff, T, Morrison, LJ, Golan, E, Scales, DC. Understanding Early Decisions to Withdraw Life-sustaining Therapy in Cardiac Arrest Survivors: A Qualitative Investigation. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016; :. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201511-751OC. PubMed PMID:27073975 .
  4. Kudenchuk, PJ, Brown, SP, Daya, M, Rea, T, Nichol, G, Morrison, LJ et al.. Amiodarone, Lidocaine, or Placebo in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. N. Engl. J. Med. 2016;374 (18):1711-22. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1514204. PubMed PMID:27043165 .
  5. Buick, JE, Ray, JG, Kiss, A, Morrison, LJ. The association between neighborhood effects and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes. Resuscitation. 2016;103 :14-9. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.03.008. PubMed PMID:26995667 .
  6. Lee, JS, Verbeek, PR, Schull, MJ, Calder, L, Stiell, IG, Trickett, J et al.. Paramedics assessing Elders at Risk for Independence Loss (PERIL): Derivation, Reliability and Comparative Effectiveness of a Clinical Prediction Rule. CJEM. 2016;18 (2):121-32. doi: 10.1017/cem.2016.14. PubMed PMID:26988720 .
  7. Newgard, CD, Sanchez, BJ, Bulger, EM, Brasel, KJ, Byers, A, Buick, JE et al.. A Geospatial Analysis of Severe Firearm Injuries Compared to Other Injury Mechanisms: Event Characteristics, Location, Timing, and Outcomes. Acad Emerg Med. 2016;23 (5):554-65. doi: 10.1111/acem.12930. PubMed PMID:26836571 .
  8. Drennan, IR, Strum, RP, Byers, A, Buick, JE, Lin, S, Cheskes, S et al.. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in high-rise buildings: delays to patient care and effect on survival. CMAJ. 2016;188 (6):413-9. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.150544. PubMed PMID:26783332 PubMed Central PMC4818130.
  9. Morrison, LJ, Schmicker, RH, Weisfeldt, ML, Bigham, BL, Berg, RA, Topjian, AA et al.. Effect of gender on outcome of out of hospital cardiac arrest in the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. Resuscitation. 2016;100 :76-81. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.12.002. PubMed PMID:26705971 PubMed Central PMC4761304.
  10. Cheskes, L, Morrison, LJ, Beaton, D, Parsons, J, Dainty, KN. Are Canadians more willing to provide chest-compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?-a nation-wide public survey. CJEM. 2015; :1-11. doi: 10.1017/cem.2015.113. PubMed PMID:26653895 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • 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