Christian Vaillancourt

VaillancourtChristianSmall grants are essential. They can lead to great things!

A lot of work goes into becoming a successful researcher. Large, multicenter randomized trials are often essential to provide definitive answers to research questions, and usually represent the culmination of a carefully crafted research program. Such expansive trials will never receive the required funding from national grant agencies without extensive foundational work. This includes the completion of systematic reviews, surveys, observational work, and pilot implementation studies. Systematic reviews of the literature are essential to researchers for them to become experts in their field, and to identify knowledge gaps and the best solutions to address them.

In 2002, I received my very first peer-reviewed grant from CAEP. It wasn’t much at the time, only $1,235, but this support really helped launch my research career. I received these funds to help complete a systematic review titled: “Understanding and Improving Low Bystander CPR Rates”. CAEP’s funding helped me acquire manuscripts that were not readily available in Canadian libraries. This systematic review (“Understanding and improving low bystander CPR rates: a systematic review of the literature”) was later published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine (CJEM), and has been quoted in more than a hundred scientific publications, thus far. It helped me become an expert in the field of prehospital cardiac arrest, and helped define the objectives of my research programs.

CAEP’s financial support, although modest in size, has played a large role in my success as a researcher. It helped me leverage several much larger grants in support of my research programs. Small grants and small research projects are essential…they can lead to great things! Thank you for supporting the CAEP Grants Program.


Christian Vaillancourt MD, MSc, FRCPC, CSPQ
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Research Chair in Emergency Cardiac Resuscitation, University of Ottawa
Associate Medical Director, Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario

Biography of Christian Vaillancourt

Dr. Vaillancourt obtained his MD from University of Montreal in 1994, completed his Royal College training in Emergency Medicine at McGill in 1999, and completed a Masters degree in Epidemiology at University of Ottawa in 2003. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa, and of Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is cross-appointed with the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine, and is a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. He was awarded a Research Chair in Emergency Cardiac Resuscitation by the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Medical Director for the Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario.

His research program focuses on prehospital care, specifically improving the care and survival for cardiac arrest and trauma victims. His research contribution includes the publication of the first national statistics on cardiac arrest and EMS services in Canada, the completion of a national survey on barriers and facilitators of CPR training and performance in a population most likely to witness a cardiac arrest, and published work leading to improvement in cardiac arrest recognition and dispatch-assisted CPR instructions by 9-1-1 communication officers. He is currently leading innovative initiatives allowing AED use by nurses and allied health professionals during in-hospital cardiac arrest, and allowing paramedics to safely and selectively transport cervical-spine injured patients more comfortably and without immobilization.

Dr. Vaillancourt has led and co-authored many high-impact papers as part of the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), and is a co-investigator in the newly formed Canadian ROC and Canadian Arrhythmia Networks. He has participated in the last three iterations of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) consensus on science with treatment recommendations (CoSTR) review process, and has received a National Advocacy Award from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians for leading and disseminating its national position statement on bystander CPR.

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