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.
Life-changing scientific discoveries for child health.
At BC Children’s, we are uniquely positioned to make discoveries that save and transform children’s lives in our province and around the world. The campus, which unites an outstanding acute care centre, research institute and mental health facility, will be further strengthened in 2020 with the relocation of the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children to our site.
Our aim is to be one of the top research institutes in North America dedicated to child and family research. With more than 1,000 researchers, many of whom are health care professionals who care for kids at BC Children’s Hospital, we are inching closer to that goal every day.
Our research portfolio includes basic, clinical, population and public health research. Thousands of patients and families are enrolled in hundreds of our clinical studies to help develop new treatments. Our investigators are focused on preventing, treating, and finding cures for complex physical and mental health conditions, developmental disorders, and chronic diseases that have their origins in childhood.
We have four research themes:
We support individual researchers and teams by providing infrastructure and core services to facilitate research on site and ensure it complies with all policies and procedures.