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 Summer Student Research Program, a collaboration between the University of British Columbia, BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre, fosters research awareness and interest for undergraduate and medical students.
Each year the program attracts students from local, national and international academic institutions, and provides an opportunity to participate in research projects related to child and family health under the supervision of researchers on the Oak Street Campus.
- Over the last 32 years, 1,382 students have participated in the Summer Student Research Program. This includes 494 medical students, 712 undergraduate students and 176 unspecified students
- Between 2000-2018, 990 applications for BCCHR Summer Studentships were received. 343 BCCHR Studentship were awarded (total value, approximately $1,300,000) and 118 Partnership Summer Studentships were awarded (total value, approximately $500,000)
- In 2018, the 103 program participants came from 19 universities world-wide. Program feedback highlighted the diverse curriculum, valuable learning opportunity and vocational guidance. 100% of respondents would recommend the program to others