Associate Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health
Dr. Elysa Widjaja is a paediatric neuroradiologist and clinical researcher with expertise in paediatric epilepsy. She leads the pediatric epilepsy neuroimaging for the evaluation of epilepsy surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research is centred around evaluation of outcomes of epilepsy and its treatments, and improving outcomes of epilepsy surgery.
Widjaja's research focuses on evaluating outcomes of epilepsy and its treatment, including clinical and health-related quality of life outcomes. As well, Widjaja is interested in assessing the health-care costs of epilepsy and evaluating the cost-effectiveness of new epilepsy treatments relative to standard of care treatments. Another area of Widjaja's research is utilizing advanced imaging and image processing to improve outcomes of epilepsy surgery, and to assess brain injury related to recurrent epilepsy.
- 2020–Present: Professor, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Canada
- 2014–Present: Associate Scientist, Research Institute – Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
- 2020–Present: Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Canada
- 2015–Present: Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, University Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada
- 2010–Present: Cross appointment to Division of Neurology – The Hospital for Sick Children, Canada
- 2007–Present: Staff Paediatric Neuroradiologist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
- Widjaja E, Jain P, Demoe L, Guttmann A, Tomlinson G, Sander B. Seizure outcome of pediatric epilepsy surgery: systematic review and meta-analyses. Neurology 2020;94(7):311-321.
- Widjaja E, Papastavros T, Sander B, Snead C, Pechlivanoglou P. Early economic evaluation of MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) and epilepsy surgery for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. PLoS One 2019;14(11):e0224571
- Jain P, Smith ML, Speechley K, Ferro M, Connolly M, Ramachandrannair R, Almubarak S, Andrade A, Widjaja E; PEPSQOL study team. Seizure freedom improves health-related quality of life after epilepsy surgery in children. Dev Med Child Neurol 2019:62(5):600-608
- Jain P, Tomlinson G, Snead C, Sander B, Widjaja E. Systematic review and network meta-analysis of resective surgery for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. J Neurol Neurosug Psychiatry 2018 Nov;89(11):1138-1144
- Kulaseharan S, Aminpour A, Ebrahimi M, Widjaja E. Identifying lesions in paediatric epilepsy using morphometric and textural analysis of magnetic resonance images. Neuroimage Clin 2019;21:101663.