Recent Publications

Our Division members’ research is frequently accepted for inclusion in the most prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals. Below you will find the most recent publications. Abstracts are updated daily.

Diabetes is by far, the most common cause of neuropathy, inducing neurodegeneration of terminal sensory nerve fibers associated with loss of sensation, paresthesia, and persistent pain. Foretinib prevents die-back degeneration in cultured sensory and sympathetic neurons by rescuing mitochondrial activity and has been proven safe in prospective clinical trials. Here we aimed at investigating a potential neuroprotective effect of Foretinib in experimental diabetic neuropathy. A mouse model of...
Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem in hospitals worldwide, however the prevalence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in our region is low. Burn patients are vulnerable to infection because of the loss of the protective skin barrier, thus burn centres prioritize infection prevention and control (IP&C). This report describes a CPE outbreak in a regional burn centre. In a period of 2.5 months, four nosocomial cases of CPE were identified, three containing the...
The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the significant inequities in the delivery of healthcare, vaccine inequity, and differential access to life-saving treatments, which have disproportionately impacted marginalized and racialized populations. In this article, we acknowledge and recognize the centuries-old legacies perpetuating inequity, injustice, and oppression, we discuss the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and we call our Canadian plastic surgery colleagues...
CONCLUSIONS: The authors' results highlight the unique nature of each operation and the great ingenuity required in managing the particular considerations of each case and also adhering to a systematic approach of evaluation and planning. A number of novel strategies were used at the authors' center and have now become commonplace. The lessons learned from such procedures may improve care for future generations of patients.
In this observational prospective multicenter study conducted between October 2016 and October 2018, we tested the hypothesis that the use of prehospital non-invasive ventilation (phNIV) to treat patients with acute respiratory insufficiency (ARI) caused by severe acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) and acute cardiopulmonary oedema (ACPE) is effective, time-efficient and safe. The data were collected at four different physician response units and three admitting...
CONCLUSION: Hybrid simulation-based educational comprehensive cleft care workshops are overall well received by participants and have a positive perceived impact on their clinical practices. In-person attendance is associated with significantly higher satisfaction and perceived impact on practice. Considering that financial and health constraints may limit live meeting attendance, future efforts will focus on making in-person and virtual attendance more comparable.
The optimal treatment sequence of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)-based therapy in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. Therefore, sequential systemic therapy after first-line therapy with sorafenib or lenvatinib was compared in a retrospective real-world cohort. In total, 164 patients with HCC were included. Child B cirrhosis was present in 26 patients (16.5%), whereas 132 patients (83.5%) had preserved liver function. In total, 72 patients (44%) discontinued systemic...