Jennifer Beck

PhD, MSc



Dr. Jennifer Beck is a Physiologist who graduated with both a Masters of Science and PhD from McGill University at the Meakins Christie Laboratories.

She trained as a postdoctoral fellow for two years at McGill University and at the University of Montreal. She became an independent researcher at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2003. In 2008, Dr. Beck took a position as a Staff Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science (KRCBS) and Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI) of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Toronto and a Member of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBEST) at Ryerson University and St.Michael’s Hospital.

With her colleagues, Dr. Beck developed a method to accurately measure the electrical activity of the diaphragm, which is the most important muscle of respiration. This technology is now used in the critical care setting to monitor patients and to control mechanical ventilation. She is co-inventor of the “NAVA technology”, and has published numerous papers on the topic of control of breathing and patient-ventilator interaction. Her current work is focused on new ventilation methods for preterm newborns.

Recent Publications

  1. Takahashi, D, Liu, L, Sinderby, C, Beck, J. Feasibility of neurally synchronized and proportional negative pressure ventilation in a small animal model. Physiol Rep. 2020;8 (13):e14499. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14499. PubMed PMID:32633080 PubMed Central PMC7379043.
  2. Rochon, ME, Lodygensky, G, Tabone, L, Essouri, S, Morneau, S, Sinderby, C et al.. Continuous neurally adjusted ventilation: a feasibility study in preterm infants. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2020;105 (6):640-645. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2019-318660. PubMed PMID:32269148 .
  3. Matlock, DN, Bai, S, Weisner, MD, Comtois, N, Beck, J, Sinderby, C et al.. Work of Breathing in Premature Neonates: Noninvasive Neurally-Adjusted Ventilatory Assist versus Noninvasive Ventilation. Respir Care. 2020;65 (7):946-953. doi: 10.4187/respcare.07257. PubMed PMID:32071130 .
  4. Bertoni, M, Telias, I, Urner, M, Long, M, Del Sorbo, L, Fan, E et al.. A novel non-invasive method to detect excessively high respiratory effort and dynamic transpulmonary driving pressure during mechanical ventilation. Crit Care. 2019;23 (1):346. doi: 10.1186/s13054-019-2617-0. PubMed PMID:31694692 PubMed Central PMC6836358.
  5. Essouri, S, Baudin, F, Mortamet, G, Beck, J, Jouvet, P, Emeriaud, G et al.. Relationship Between Diaphragmatic Electrical Activity and Esophageal Pressure Monitoring in Children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019;20 (7):e319-e325. doi: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000001981. PubMed PMID:31107378 .
  6. Karagiannidis, C, Strassmann, S, Schwarz, S, Merten, M, Fan, E, Beck, J et al.. Control of respiratory drive by extracorporeal CO2 removal in acute exacerbation of COPD breathing on non-invasive NAVA. Crit Care. 2019;23 (1):135. doi: 10.1186/s13054-019-2404-y. PubMed PMID:31014366 PubMed Central PMC6480839.
  7. Baudin, F, Emeriaud, G, Essouri, S, Beck, J, Javouhey, E, Guerin, C et al.. Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist decreases work of breathing during non-invasive ventilation in infants with severe bronchiolitis. Crit Care. 2019;23 (1):120. doi: 10.1186/s13054-019-2379-8. PubMed PMID:30992076 PubMed Central PMC6469082.
  8. Mukerji, A, Wahab, MGA, Mitra, S, Mondal, T, Paterson, D, Beck, J et al.. High continuous positive airway pressure in neonates: A physiological study. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2019;54 (7):1039-1044. doi: 10.1002/ppul.24312. PubMed PMID:30859756 .
  9. Matlock, DN, Bai, S, Weisner, MD, Comtois, N, Beck, J, Sinderby, C et al.. Tidal volume transmission during non-synchronized nasal intermittent positive pressure ventilation via RAM® cannula. J Perinatol. 2019;39 (5):723-729. doi: 10.1038/s41372-019-0333-x. PubMed PMID:30755718 .
  10. Baudin, F, Emeriaud, G, Essouri, S, Beck, J, Portefaix, A, Javouhey, E et al.. Physiological Effect of Prone Position in Children with Severe Bronchiolitis: A Randomized Cross-Over Study (BRONCHIO-DV). J Pediatr. 2019;205 :112-119.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.09.066. PubMed PMID:30448014 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Member, Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBEST), St.Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada