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. 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; :. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.150544. PubMed PMID:26783332 .
  2. 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. 2015; :. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.12.002. PubMed PMID:26705971 .
  3. 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 .
  4. Salcido, DD, Torres, C, Koller, AC, Orkin, AM, Schmicker, RH, Morrison, LJ et al.. Regional incidence and outcome of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest associated with overdose. Resuscitation. 2016;99 :13-9. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.11.010. PubMed PMID:26640233 .
  5. Nichol, G, Leroux, B, Wang, H, Callaway, CW, Sopko, G, Weisfeldt, M et al.. Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR. N. Engl. J. Med. 2015;373 (23):2203-14. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1509139. PubMed PMID:26550795 .
  6. Czarnecki, A, Morrison, LJ, Qiu, F, Cheskes, S, Koh, M, Wijeysundera, HC et al.. Association of prior β-blocker use and the outcomes of patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Am. Heart J. 2015;170 (5):1018-1024.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2015.06.027. PubMed PMID:26542512 .
  7. Brooks, SC, Simmons, G, Worthington, H, Bobrow, BJ, Morrison, LJ. The PulsePoint Respond mobile device application to crowdsource basic life support for patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: Challenges for optimal implementation. Resuscitation. 2016;98 :20-6. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.09.392. PubMed PMID:26475397 .
  8. Tijssen, JA, Prince, DK, Morrison, LJ, Atkins, DL, Austin, MA, Berg, R et al.. Time on the scene and interventions are associated with improved survival in pediatric out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2015;94 :1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2015.06.012. PubMed PMID:26095301 PubMed Central PMC4540668.
  9. Perry, JJ, Snider, CE, Artz, JD, Stiell, IG, Shaeri, S, McLeod, S et al.. CAEP 2014 Academic Symposium: "How to make research succeed in your emergency department: How to develop and train career researchers in emergency medicine". CJEM. 2015;17 (3):334-43. doi: 10.1017/cem.2015.63. PubMed PMID:26034921 .
  10. Buick, JE, Allan, KS, Ray, JG, Kiss, A, Dorian, P, Gozdyra, P et al.. Does location matter? A proposed methodology to evaluate neighbourhood effects on cardiac arrest survival and bystander CPR. CJEM. 2015;17 (3):286-94. doi: 10.1017/cem.2014.40. PubMed PMID:26034915 .
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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