Presented by the BB&D Advisory Group and Administration, the Brain, Behaviour & Development (BB&D) Annual Research Day is held annually in the Fall. The annual event highlights accomplishments and advances from BB&D researchers and provides a forum to learn about various ongoing or developing projects and collaborations. The event also includes a keynote presentation given by an internationally renowned guest speaker.
We focus on clinical research to improve the lives of children, youth, and their families who have mental health difficulties. We are dedicated to the understanding of the unique strengths and challenges, and the beliefs, attitudes, and actions of this population, in order to develop and evaluate innovative and evidence-based practices for patients, professionals, and public community.
BC Children’s Hospital houses the only Sleep Laboratory in the province of BC, where a multidisciplinary team provides diagnostic assessment and treatment for children and youth across BC, and conducts research to advance sleep medicine.
A new study led by researchers from the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit found girls in rural B.C. communities with poor access to local mental health services are at the highest risk of intentionally poisoning themselves. The most common substance used was non-opioid painkillers and the second most common substance used was medication for anxiety and depression.
Dr. Pascal Lavoie and his team compared the immune responses of babies to those of COVID-19-negative adults from Metro Vancouver. The antibody reactivity to SARS-CoV-2 in almost all of these adults was up to 100-fold higher compared to the infants at second blood sera collection. The researchers estimate that between 90-99 per cent of adults have positive antibody reactivity to SARS-CoV-2 antigens.
We believe there’s nothing we can’t do with your support. It can take years to turn scientific breakthrough into new interventions and treatments. Funding helps speed the pace of change. When given the resources, we can bring transformative therapies – and hope – out of the laboratory and into the clinic to save and improve children’s lives.