September 18, 2014
David Knoppert is a Clinical Leader in Paediatrics, Pharmacy Services at London Health Sciences Centre, and a Scientist in the Children’s Health and Therapeutics Program, Children’s Health Research Institute, both in London, Ontario. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at Western University.
Mr. Knoppert received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 1980, completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy at University Hospital in London in 1981 and began as a staff pharmacist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1983. In 1986, he completed a M.Sc.Phm. from the University of Toronto (theophylline metabolism in cystic fibrosis) with Dr. Michael Spino and Dr. Stuart MacLeod. In 1986 he joined St. Joseph’s Hospital in London. In 2004 he completed a M.Sc. (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Knoppert’s research interests are in the areas of neonatal therapeutics (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics) and the effects of drugs in pregnancy on the newborn and in breastfeeding. Past research in newborns has included subcutaneous administration of Vitamin A, prophylactic use of metoclopramide and retrospective studies of enoxaparin and indomethacin. Ongoing and future research includes the dose response study of domperidone use to enhance breast milk production, the effects of in utero SSRI exposure on the newborn, and the recognition, assessment and treatment of pain in the newborn.
Mr. Knoppert has received the Jack Burghardt Award of Excellence from the London Branch of the Salvation Army for 20 years of fundraising