BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

The BC Children's Hospital Research Institute conducts discovery, translational and clinical research to benefit the health of children and their families. BCCHR investigators make significant contributions to improving the health of children and families in British Columbia and around the world.

There are four research themes at the institute:

  • Brain, behaviour and development: An exciting new area of strategic focus that brings together BCCHR research strengths in areas such as autism, clinical neurosciences, mental health, brain and behaviour research.
  • Childhood diseases: Includes groups that are focused on studying childhood diseases and disorders. There is a specific focus on understanding mechanisms of health versus disease, as well as identifying and testing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.
  • Evidence to innovation: Encompasses research in the data, clinical and community environments, along with population and community research. Activities in this theme will leverage the knowledge translation work that affects policy, practice, societal awareness and behaviour.  
  • Healthy starts: Aimed at keeping children and families healthy and out of hospital, preventing lifelong health disparities that are rooted in early childhood, and promoting healthy life trajectories. Research in this theme includes work in the areas of the developmental origins of health and disease, healthy pregnancy, social and environmental determinants of child health, and biological mechanisms underpinning child development.

BCCHR is supported by BC Children's Hospital Foundation and works in close partnership with the Provincial Health Services Authority, its agencies, and the University of British Columbia.