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BestBits.ca Journal Club

Editors

Contributors

Short History of Our Projects

 

BestBits.ca Journal Club

BestBits.ca Journal Review is a synopsis of current literature in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology.  BestBits Pediatric Hematology Oncology Virtual Journal Club discusses featured articles from each of the Journal Review issues. The aim is to create an open access online interactive learning resource of relevant current literature for Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology health professionals and facilitate practice of journal screening, reading, summarizing and critical appraisal.

 

Editors

From left to right: Dr. Jack BrzezinskiDr. Natasha Alexander and Dr. Nicolas Waespe. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
Dr. Natasha Alexander is a pediatric oncologist with clinical and research interests in neuroblastoma, novel therapies and medical education.  She graduated from University College London Medical School, UK (1997-2003). She did pediatric residency in London (2005-2011) achieving Membership of Royal College Pediatrics and Child Health UK (2007), Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (RCP/UCL) and Masters in Advanced Pediatrics (2011). She moved to Toronto in 2011 and completed Royal College accredited General Pediatrics residency (2012) and Pediatric Hematology & Oncology (PHO) fellowship (2013-2016) at Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto. She was the Inaugural Local 46 Childhood Cancer GFCC Fellow in New Agents and Innovative therapies (NAIT) and Neuroblastoma, in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (2016-2017). She is a co-founder and Editor-in-chief of BestBits.ca. 
 

Dr. Jack Brzezinski is a pediatric oncologist with a clinical and research interest in renal tumours. He is currently pursuing a PhD in molecular genetics with a focus on molecular risk stratification of Wilms tumours. He has published in several high impact journals and presented at international conferences. He co-founded the Best Bits journal club after realizing that despite a voracious appetite for oncology literature, he was unable to find or read all of the studies he needed to be a well rounded clinician and researcher. After realizing that his colleagues were in the same boat he decided that pooling their resources would help them to solve a shared problem. He is looking forward to all the knowledge he will be able to gain with this expanded online rollout.

 

Dr. Nicolas Waespe is a Research Collaborator with The Hospital for Sick Children since February 2017 and is pursuing a PhD at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Nicolas focuses on clinical and translational research in inherited and acquired diseases leading to bone marrow insufficiency/ dysfunction, cancer genetics and cancer predisposition syndromes. Nicolas studied medicine in Switzerland and France and worked in Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at the largest Swiss Pediatric Hospital, the University Children’s Hospital Zurich, for three years. He continued as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Hematology/ Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from July 2014 to February 2017. Nicolas is a co-founder and editor of BestBits.

 

Reviewers

Lesleigh Abbott
Natasha Alexander
Jalila Alkendi
Sami Al Thubaiti
Valerie Arsenault 
Julie Bennett
Rae Brager
Jack Brzezinski
Hallie Coltin 
Sarah Curry
Daniel Morgenstern

Ehud Even-Or
Ashely Geerlinks 
Ashley Globa 
Ana Guerreiro-Stucklin
Gail Halliday
Fyeza Hasan
Arnold Jacob
Grace Lam
Karin Langenberg
Marie-Claude Pelland-Marcotte
Samuele Renzi
Raoul Santiago 
MacGregor Steele
Jason Stoffman
Soumitra Tole
Nicolas Waespe
Danielle Weidman 
Laura Wheaton
Marta Wilejto
Antonella Zanette
Michal Zapotocky

 

Short History of Our Projects

The “Best Bits of the Literature” project started in 2015 when we, three senior fellows from the Hospital for Sick Children, realized the struggles of pediatric Hematologists/ Oncologists with keeping themselves up to date in a busy clinical and research environment alike. The wide array of research efforts worldwide and thus increasing volume of the literature in a multitude of different journals render it difficult to screen them on a regular basis. On top of that, there is a dispersion of articles covering information relevant to pediatric patients in a multitude of journals covering adult and pediatric literature alike. We couldn’t find a good compilation of the relevant articles anywhere to facilitate screening the current literature to keep us up to date. Therefore, we decided to start a magazine with summaries of pertinent literature on a bi-monthly basis with the help of fellows from SickKids.

We included roughly 20 journals covering Hematology/ Oncology and asked the fellows to write short summaries of the articles relevant to pediatric topics including a conclusion putting the novel findings in the context of current knowledge. After successful compilation of five issues we realized that this project gathered a lot of attention and was well received. We therefore applied to the Garron Family Cancer Centre Fund for Innovative Projects and used the money granted to build this website with the intent of dispersing the initiative to a wider audience.  We look forward to expanding this educational resource to encourage journal reading, critical appraisal and discussion of the latest literature, as well as networking within the Pediatric Hematology Oncology literature. 

We thank all the contributors for their efforts and invite anyone interested in participating to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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