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 next Research Open House is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2020 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute.
2019 Agenda (2020 agenda to be confirmed closer to the date):
- 8:45 am - Student registration at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
- 9:30 am - Research presentations.
Moderated by Kamaldeep K. Gill, OT, BKin, MScOT; PhD Candidate, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Health Includes Mental Health! Understanding the connection between what we feel (in our body) and how we feel (our emotions)
Presented by Dr. Katelynn Boerner RPsych, UBC Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry, Dhariwal Research Team
For a long time, people have thought of physical health and mental health as being two separate things. The more we research this complex relationship, the more it seems that the mind and body are connected in lots of ways. This is important for understanding how we treat disease and encourage healthy living. This presentation will talk about research being done on the relationship between physical symptoms and mental health in children and families. We will focus on some of the interesting work being done on understanding the individual (e.g., age, sex, gender) and social (e.g., parent-child relationship) factors that influence this relationship, and how research is helping to improve treatments.
Brain imaging technologies for improving mental health outcomes for children, youth, and families.
Presented by Dr. Christine Tipper, Investigator, BC Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC; Director, BC Children’s Hospital Neurotherapeutics Discovery Lab; Scientific Director, UBC Brain Dynamics Lab.
Brain imaging technologies are consistently evolving, and new tools and analysis techniques are becoming available that may help improve mental health diagnosis, monitoring, and outcomes for children, youth, and families. This presentation will outline some of the tools and experimental approaches we are using to address complex mental health conditions such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and chronic pain. We will go over a brief introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), electroencephalography (EEG), and neuromodulation, including what the technologies are, how they work, and what information they provide us.
- 10:15 am - Students will be assigned to smaller groups and have the opportunity to visit and interact with three different research teams on the Oak Street Campus. Due to the large number of participants, students will NOT have the opportunity to select activities. Activities will be randomly assigned.
The 2019 activities included:
- Using blood to understand immune responses in premature babies
- Using fruit flies to understand how our body deals with environmental stress
- Wheat DNA extraction experiment
- Determining protein concentration using colorimetric assay
- An exploration of clinical research in pediatric orthopaedic surgery
- Biomedical signal analysis
- Using next-generation sequencing to diagnosis rare disease
- DNA jigsaws: genomic research using your laptop
- The proof is in your DNA: Paternity testing using gel electrophoresis
- Growth factor regulation of metastatic properties of high-risk endometrial cancers
- Natural killer cells in pregnancy: friends or foes?
- Blood components
- Participating in vaccine research – the research process for a visit from start to finish
- Determining energy requirements in humans
- Tools for determining body composition
- 12:00 pm - Student reception **Boxed lunches will be provided. Students with any food allergies or dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own lunch**