The aim of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank is to provide researchers with high quality samples obtained from patients in an ethical manner. Patients give their consent for their samples to be used in research projects.
We can provide species identification for members of the Burkholderia cepacia complex of bacteria. We also can provide strain typing information, as well as identifications for other species which grow on Burkholderia cepacia selective agar and for which the preliminary identification might be equivocal: such as B. gladioli, Ralstonia species, Pandoraea species and others. Most of our work is for cystic fibrosis clinics, however we are very happy to provide assistance to anyone else requiring identification of these bacteria.
The Institute for Global Health was established in 2004 with the support of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. The centre serves as a leadership and coordinating body for international initiatives for global child health.
Supporting women to plan and space their pregnancies provides a wide range of benefits to society, to children and to their families. In Canada, nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended, and 31% of women have at least one abortion in their lifetime.
We employ various approaches to determine how DNA methylation and chromatin protein modifications are regulated, how they interact with the underlying genetic sequence to affect which genes are expressed in which cells, and how changes to these epigenetic marks can affect human development and lifelong health trajectories. Together, the research in our lab bridges the molecular mechanisms of epigenetic regulation and the social and environmental determinants of human health to develop a comprehensive understanding of early life.
MOSAIC aims to engage children and families across British Columbia to facilitate the collection of biological samples and data that will lead to an integrative and comprehensive assessment of child development, health and well-being.
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.
Transplantation is a life-saving treatment for children with organ failure – but unfortunately it is not yet a cure. Research is critical in our effort to further improve the health and wellness of transplant recipients and their families.
Researchers made a key discovery about how childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) evolves and responds to targeted therapies suggesting that clinicians can start looking for precision treatments for a child’s cancer immediately after diagnosis, rather than waiting until the cancer has come back.
Dr. Paula Littlejohn is a postdoctoral research fellow co-supervised by Dr. Michael Kobor and Dr. Bruce Vallance at BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. Her research is aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), with the goal of developing new treatments.
Dr. Mariana Brussoni and PhD candidate and long-time outdoor teacher Megan Zeni have developed an online tool to help parents, caregivers and educators gain the skills and confidence to support outdoor play and learning in elementary schools from kindergarten through Grade 7.
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Achievement Awards and the Clinical & Translational Research Seed Grant. These programs, generously funded by the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, play a pivotal role in acknowledging and nurturing excellence within our research community.
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.