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

We are dedicated to discovering how the body responds to health versus illness, and to developing and testing new ways to diagnose and treat a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders.  

Theme Lead: Dr. Megan Levings.

Research Groups:

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


Brain, Behaviour & Development

We bring together neuroscience, mental health and child development researchers through basic, clinical, population and public health research. We care for children with complex medical, physical, developmental and mental health needs, and lead national initiatives such as Networks of Centres of Excellence. 

Theme Lead: Dr. Evelyn Stewart

Research groups:

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


Healthy Starts

Our overarching goal is to keep children and families healthy and out of the hospital by preventing lifelong health challenges and chronic diseases that are rooted in early childhood. We are passionate about furthering research into how a child’s family life and environment impacts their health, shedding light on healthy childhood development before and after birth, and improving child health worldwide through innovation, advocacy, education and capacity building.

Theme Lead: Dr. Michael Kobor.

Research Groups:

Theme Administrative Manager: Litsa Blanislitsa.blanis@bcchr.ca | 604-875-2000 ext. 5480


Evidence to Innovation

We are health care innovators. Our team of clinicians and scientists are developing new health care technologies, improving patient care, advancing the safe and effective use of drugs, developing new methods of health data analytics, and shifting health system attitudes and behaviours to improve the health care and well-being of children and families. Together with the patients we serve, we are leading initiatives to inform health care policy and practice.  

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

Research Groups:

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

Updated April 6, 2018.