Core Technologies & Services

Analytical Core for Metabolomics and Nutrition (ACMaN)

The Analytical Core for Metabolomics and Nutrition (ACMaN) is a part of the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s community of core facilities. ACMaN has advanced analytical capabilities using mass spectrometers, high performance liquid chromatographs, gas chromatographs, automated immunoanalyzers and basic lab equipment such as spectrophotometers and osmometers. [more...]

BioAnalyzer Core Facility

The CMMT and Research Institute Bioanalyzer Core Facility provides researchers at CMMT, Research Institute and within the Greater Vancouver community access to the state-of-the-art microfluidics-based functionality of the Bioanalyzer from Agilent Technologies (Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer System). [more...]

BCCH BioBank

The aim of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank is to provide researchers with high quality samples obtained from patients in an ethical manner. Patients give their consent for their samples to be used in research projects. [more...]

BC Children's Hospital MRI Research Facility

The MRI Research Facility features a GE Discovery MR750 3.0 Tesla MRI scanner for functional MRI, structural MRI and spectroscopy. Together with the child-friendly MRI simulator, the MRI Research Facility provides an excellent platform for performing research studies on babies and young children.  [more...]

Clinical Research and Evaluation Unit

The Clinical Research & Evaluation Unit is available to researchers affiliated with the Oak Street campus for clinical study appointments and monitoring visits. With eight exam rooms, a weight and assessment area, dry and wet storage and more, this unit is equipped to meet the needs of most clinical research studies. [more...]

DNA Sequencing Facility

The DNA Sequencing Core Facility provides DNA sequencing services to investigators at CMMT and the Research Institute, as well as off site researchers. It is equipped with the ABI Prism 3130xl Genetic Analyzer, a 16-capillary fluorescence-based DNA analysis system. [more...]

Flow Cytometry

The immunology core facilities provide cell analysis and sorting. Equipment includes the FACS (Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter) Aria, FACS Calibur, LSR, and Mac computer. [more...]

Histology and Imaging Facility

The Histology Core Lab is outfitted with state-of-the-art automated equipment providing fast turnaround times. The tissue processor can process up to 300 samples at once, with 15 reagent bottles designed for less evaporation. The Imaging Suite is designed to provide dark (light tight) workspaces for sensitive microscopy techniques. The Suite has bundled three powerful microscopes and one data analysis work station to provide Research Institute investigators with a centralized microscopy shop. [more...]


To meet the need for immediate access to common lab reagents, CMMT operates an on-site stockroom that carries common consumables from vendors such as ThermoFisher, VWR Scientific, Diamed Scientific, and Rainin, as well as a wide selection of reagents on consignment from Invitrogen, Qiagen, BioRad Laboratories, Pierce, Promega, Hyclone, and Roche. [more...]

Transgenic Facility

The Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics / Canadian Genetic Disease Network Transgenic Core Facility offers centralized services for pronuclear injection of DNA into fertilized oocytes, ES cell injections into blastocytes and embryo rederivation. [more...]

Tissue and Disease Modeling Core

The Tissue and Disease Modelling Core (TDMC) at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute (BCCHRI) offers: 1) rapid generation of induced pluripotent cells (iPSCs) from patient blood samples; and editing of the genome of these iPSCs. This facility also offers training to users on: 1) the proper culture of pluripotent cells and 2) their differentiation towards various lineages.  [more...]