Faculty Member

Diego G. Bassani M.Sc., Ph.D. (Epidemiology)

Email Address(es)
Diego.bassani@sickkids.ca, Diego.bassani@utoronto.ca
Office Phone
416-813-7654 ext 203033
Office Address
Global Child Health Program, Hospital for Sick Children 555 University Avenue Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
SickKids Hospital - Staff Profile - Diego Bassani
Epidemiology Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Child Health and Development
  • Global Health
  • Large-scale Epidemiological Studies
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Health Policy Research

Education & Training History

Dr. Bassani is an epidemiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children and an assistant professor with the Department of Paediatrics and with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He received M.Sc and PhD in Epidemiology from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil and has conducted research on the causes and distribution of child deaths in India, identification of risk factors for child mortality and impact of policy changes on child health, survival and development. Dr. Bassani currently works in international projects in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology with projects in India, Uganda, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kenya, Brazil and Malawi. Since 2007 he has been a core member of the Child Health and Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG), responsible for the Global estimates of the causes of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Deaths.

Other Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, Division of Paediatric Medicine

Visiting Professor, Centre for Epidemiological Research, UFPel, Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil)

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Research Practicum Supervision – M.H.Sc.

Professional Summary & Appointments

Current Appointments

Technical advisor for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – Measuring Results Working Group

Visiting Professor – Centre for Epidemiological Research, UFPel – Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil)

Scientist – Global Child Health Program/Child Health and Evaluative Sciences – The Hospital for Sick Children

Current Research Projects

The 2015 Pelotas Birth Cohort – Granting Agency – Welcome Trust (UK)

(PI) Pedro Hallal (UFPel), Diego Bassani

A toolkit to save newborn lives in rural Pakistan. Granting Agency – Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health.

(PI) Shaun Morris, Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Diego G. Bassani (Co-Investigator)

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) – Coalition Knowledge Management Initiative: 2012-2015 – Granting Agency – CIDA

(PI) Stanley Zlotkin, Melanie Barwick, Co-Investigators: Diego Bassani, Daniel Roth, Shaun Morris, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Kyla Hayford, Janice Stein, Wayne Arnold, Joseph Wong

Operating Grant – PVE – Programa Ciencias Sem Fronteiras – The 2015 Pelotas Birth Cohort – Sub-study: Effects of maternal nutrition on child health – Granting Agency – CNPq/CAPES (Brazil)

(PI) Diego Bassani, Collaborators: Pedro Hallal, Cesar G. Victora, Jonathan Wells, Ulf Ekelund

Grand Challenges Canada – Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development – Prenatal calcium to prevent pre-eclampsia and preterm birth in resource-poor rural settings – Granting Agency: GCC, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

(PI) Roth D, Zlotkin S, Bassani DG, Aimone A, Al-Mahmud A, Baqui A, Abrams S

Saving Lives At Birth: ACT for Birth, Uganda (A=audit, C=cell phones, T=technology and training) – Granting Agency: USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

(PI) Sengendo, Hanifah Naamala; Lawn, Joy; Byaruranga, Romano Nkumbwa; (Co-PI) Kerber, Kate; Wyatt, John; Woods, David; Bonnici Francois, Bassani, Diego G. (Collaborator)

Canadian Rising Stars In Global Health (Phase I): The Fetal Heart Monitor Project – Human Energy To Save Lives – Granting Agency: Grand Challenges Canada

(PI) Bassani, Diego G.

Building an Enabling Environment for Pneumonia and Diarrhea Vaccines in India (EEVI) – Granting Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

(PI) Mathuram Santosham; (Sub-grant PI) Bassani, Diego G.

Representative Publications

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