Scientists have developed a molecular “clock” that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders. The research, published this week in PNAS, describes how the addition of chemical tags to DNA over time can potentially be used to screen for developmental differences and health problems in children.
The Research & Technology Development Office (RTDO) provides expertise in strategic research planning and the development of successful research programs, major projects, and partnership activities. Focusing on the quality of science and health research, the RTDO facilitators assist and advise investigators in the articulation of research ideas, development of competitive funding proposals, and in knowledge exchange, technology transfer and protection of intellectual property.
The goal of the RTDO is to maximize the success of researchers at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Women’s Health Research Institute to obtain external research, salary, and infrastructure awards. Since establishment of the RTDO in 2003, the facilitators have developed and supported more than 2500 research proposals, helping to bring over $450 million to BC Children’s Hospital.
The RTDO provides expert support in the following areas:
- Research Development – strategic initiatives, mentorship, individual programs, teams and collaborations, knowledge translation/exchange
- Strategic Planning
- Proposal Development – peer and critical review, competitiveness, opportunities, coordination
- Technology Development – funding, IP, commercialization, partnerships
- Education – scholarships, fellowships and proposals; critical review; scientific communication; and visual thinking
Dawn McArthur, PhD – Strategic planning, institutional initiatives (CRC, CFI, NCE, etc), major projects, all proposals
Tamara English, PhD – Trainee awards, philanthropic funding, nominations, all proposals
Jennifer Lynett, PhD – Technology transfer and IP protection
Eric Lussier, MSc – All proposals and WHRI