A main focus of my academic work involves the development and assessment of clinical programs for children with type 1 diabetes. This includes the development of a diabetes telehealth program to provide improved access to specialist care for children across the province. I am also currently involved in an assessment of the BC Children’s Hospital insulin pump program. I am engaged with Child Health BC in work around provincial planning for type 1 diabetes care, and I have a specific interest in the development and assessment of diabetes care for children in the school setting.
My current diabetes research interests include assessing the effectiveness of coaching for families of children with type 1 diabetes. We have also recently completed a study documenting the prevalence of acute kidney injury in children with diabetic ketoacidosis.
I am currently the site-investigator for several multicenter trials of long-acting growth hormone therapies.
Another recent research area of interest is childhood obesity, with a recently completed study of the autonomic nervous system and inflammation in normal weight and obese children. This research has added to our understanding of the physiologic changes that accompany obesity in children.
Hursh BE, Fazeli M, Wang S, Marchant E, Woo P, Elango R, Lavoie P, Chanoine JP, Collet JP. Cardiac Autonomic Function at Baseline and under Stress and Its Relationship to Circulatory Markers of Inflammation in Obese Compared to Nonobese Children: A Pilot Study. Horm Res Paediatr. 2016;85(5):339-46.
Harel S, Hursh BE, Chan ES, Avinashi V, Panagiotopoulos C. Adrenal Insufficiency Exists for both swallowed Budesonide and Fluticasone propionate in the Treatment of Eosinophilic Esophagitis. J Pediatr. 2016 Jul;174:281.
Woo P, Murthy G, Wong C, Hursh B, Chanoine, JP, Elango R. Assessing resting energy expenditure in overweight and obese adolescents in a clinical setting: validity of a handheld indirect calorimeter. Pediatr Res 2017 Jan;81(1-1):51-56.
Harel S, Hursh BE, Chan ES, Avinashi V, Panagiotopoulos C. Adrenal suppression in children treated with oral viscous budesonide for eosinophilic esophagitis: a pilot study. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 2015;61(2):190–193
Hursh BE, Dedhar A, Panagiotopoulos D. Edema in a Child with Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Paediatr Child Health. 2014 May;19(5):233-4.
Inman M, Hursh BE, Mokashi A, Pinto T, Metzger DL, Cummings EA. Occurrence of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis in Children Undergoing Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Agonist Therapy for the Treatment of Central Precocious Puberty. Horm Res Paediatr. 2013;80(1):64-8.
Fox DA, Matsell DG, Hursh BE, Mammen C. A Rare Cause of Hypertension in a Healthy 2-Year-Old Female: Questions and Answers. Pediatr Nephrol. 2012;27:2053-4 and 2055–7.