Overview

Our investigators make significant contributions to improving the health of children and families in British Columbia and around the world. Our aim is to be one of the top research institutes in North America dedicated to child and family research.

In 2015, we introduced a new research structure. We also welcomed the BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute (BCMHARI) to BC Children's Hospital Research Institute.

Our Research Themes:


We have four research Themes. Within each theme there are a small number of research groups. For more information on each theme, click on the links below.

Childhood Diseases

Childhood Diseases includes groups that are focused on studying childhood diseases and disorders. There is a specific focus on understanding mechanisms of health versus disease, as well as identifying and testing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. 

Theme Lead: Dr. Megan Levings.

Research Groups:

Theme Administrative Manager: Jeffrey Helm, jhelm@bcchr.ca | 604-875-2000 ext. 7954  


Brain, Behaviour & Development

Brain, Behaviour & Development (BB&D) is an exciting new area of strategic focus that brings together our research strengths in areas such as autism, clinical neurosciences, mental health, brain and behaviour research. It leverages our leadership in areas such as the NeuroDevNet and the BCCHR Facility 3T MRI, and it anticipates the move of Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children onto the Oak Street campus in 2019. 

Theme Lead: Dr. Evelyn Stewart

Research groups:

Theme Administrative Manager: Rhonda Ellwyn, rellwyn@bcchr.ca | 604-875-2000 ext. 4730  


Healthy Starts

Healthy Starts is aimed at keeping children and families healthy and out of hospital, preventing lifelong health disparities that are rooted in early childhood, and promoting healthy life trajectories. Research in this Theme includes work in the areas of the developmental origins of health and disease, healthy pregnancy, social and environmental determinants of child health, and biological mechanisms underpinning child development.

Theme Lead: Dr. Michael Kobor.

Research Groups:

Theme Administrative Manager: Dr. Phoebe Lu, plu@bcchr.ca | 604-875-2000 ext. 5480


Evidence to Innovation

Evidence to Innovation encompasses research in the data, clinical and community environments, along with population and community research. This theme will leverage opportunities that are underway with the electronic health records project, the development of an integrated data infrastructure environment, the potential for clinical informatics to empower clinical research, and our clinician researchers who are driving innovations in technology and transforming outcomes for children and their families. Activities in this theme will leverage the knowledge translation work that affects policy, practice, societal awareness and behaviour. 

Co-Leads: Dr. Kishore Mulpuri & Dr. Ian Pike.

Research Groups:

Theme Research Manager: Dawn Mount, dmount@bcchr.ca | 604-875-3687

Updated October 5, 2016.