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  • Meet our new investigator: Q&A with Dr. Sara Mostafavi

    March 18, 2016
    Dr. Sara Mostafavi is a new investigator at CMMT and BC Children's Hospital and an assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia. The analytical tools she creates are opening up new research lines at BC Children's Hospital and helping scientists uncover the root causes of genetic diseases and developmental disorders.
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  • Research gives families long-awaited answers about juvenile arthritis flares

    March 11, 2016
    Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and their families have better information that will help them and their doctors decide when to stop treatment, thanks to new research by BC Children's Hospital Investigator and UBC Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Jaime Guzman. Dr. Guzman is the lead author of a study in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases that shows JIA symptoms often return after the disease has become inactive, but these flares are usually mild.
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  • Meet CFRI’s new investigator: Q&A with Dr. Philipp Lange

    March 09, 2016
    Dr. Lange is opening up new areas of research at CFRI by building capacity for leading-edge technology that allows scientists to study disease at a molecular level. His research program is dedicated to developing new and better treatments for children with cancer.
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  • New guidelines to help diagnose and treat developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants

    March 02, 2016
    CFRI investigator Dr. Kishore Mulpuri chaired the working group that developed the new American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons guidelines for diagnosing and treating developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in infants up to six months of age.
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  • Congratulations to CFRI's new and renewed Canada Research Chairs

    February 26, 2016
    Congratulations to the CFRI investigators who were recently appointed or renewed as Canada Research Chairs. The Canada Research Chair program helps attract and retain top researchers across the country. Eleven CFRI investigators now hold these prestigious appointments.
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  • Study shows genetic counselling helps psychiatric patients

    February 24, 2016
    A new study from CFRI Investigator Dr. Jehannine Austin shows that genetic counselling helps patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and similar conditions understand and cope with their illness.
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  • Immune system discovery may lead to new treatments for type 1 diabetes

    February 15, 2016
    Researchers at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia have found that special proteins called chemokines help keep our bodies’ defenses in check by preventing the immune system from mistakenly harming healthy tissue.
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  • In Memory of Dr. Sheila Innis

    February 11, 2016
    We are deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Sheila Innis’ death on February 10, 2016. Dr. Innis was a highly respected Professor in the UBC Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program at CFRI.
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  • “It’s life changing news”: CFRI researchers and clinicians at TIDE-BC diagnose a teenager’s rare disease

    February 05, 2016
    After years of searching for a diagnosis that would explain their 16-year-old son’s developmental delays and self-injury, a BC family finally has answers thanks to state-of-the-art genomic sequencing provided by the Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavour in British Columbia (TIDE-BC), a 5-year program at CFRI and BC Children’s Hospital, funded by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
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  • Fewer injections effectively prevent a dangerous virus in at-risk infants

    January 04, 2016
    Researchers have found three to four doses of the preventative drug palivizumab protect at-risk infants from a serious respiratory virus as effectively as five doses. The Canadian Pediatric Society recently revised their national guidelines for the administration of palivizumab in response to the collaborative research conducted at CFRI and BC Children’s Hospital.
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  • Meet our new investigators: Q&A with Dr. Alexander Rauscher

    October 23, 2015
    Dr. Alexander Rauscher joined BC Children's Hospital as an Investigator in early 2015. Dr. Rauscher is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC and a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Developmental Neuroimaging.
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  • The CAUSES research clinic: For children and families with undiagnosed disorders

    October 01, 2015
    The CAUSES research clinic at BC Children’s Hospital provides genome-wide sequencing for children and their parents who have complex, undiagnosed disorders and are unable to obtain a diagnosis by standard testing.
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  • Four gut bacteria decrease asthma risk in infants

    September 30, 2015
    New research finds that infants need four types of gut bacteria before they are three-months-old to protect them from asthma. This discovery opens the door to developing treatments for infants that prevent asthma.
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  • Researchers find gene responsible for heart damage caused by chemotherapy

    September 24, 2015
    Researchers at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC have found a genetic variation that brings a five times higher risk of heart damage for cancer patients treated with a type of chemotherapy drug called anthracyclines.
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  • New software tool makes anesthesia safer

    August 26, 2015
    CTV National recently spoke to CFRI investigators Dr. Guy Dumont and Dr. Mark Ansermino about a new software tool that makes anesthesia safer for children.
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  • New study: Injuries cost BC $3.7 billion a year

    August 24, 2015
    Injuries cost British Columbia $3.7 billion in one year – that’s over $400,000 an hour, shows a new report called The Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia released today by the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit at BC Children’s Hospital.
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  • Meet CFRI's new investigators: Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen

    August 11, 2015
    Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen recently joined CFRI as a clinician scientist. He brings cutting-edge research into the clinic to improve the care of children living with kidney transplants and chronic kidney disease.
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  • A newly discovered syndrome may illuminate the causes of certain cancers

    August 04, 2015
    A CFRI researcher and his colleagues have discovered a new genetic disorder in two young men who have suffered from a range of debilitating symptoms since birth. In addition to finally providing conclusive answers for these patients and their families, this research may ultimately help scientists better understand the root causes of certain forms of cancer.
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  • Helping children get the protein they need

    July 10, 2015
    A recently published report will help scientists develop better recommendations for meeting the nutritional needs of sick children, pregnant and nursing mothers, and other groups with high protein requirements.
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  • Newly discovered genetic mutation ends a young girl’s diagnostic odyssey

    June 16, 2015
    CFRI researchers and their collaborators have discovered a new genetic mutation in a six-year-old-girl. Their finding solved a medical mystery for the young girl and her family. She was being treated at BC Children’s Hospital for developmental delays and other serious health problems that doctors were unable to explain. The medical team’s recently published findings may provide answers and eventually lead to improved therapies for other children who have similar symptoms and don’t respond to current treatments.
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