BC Children's Hospital Research Institute

Our more than 1,000 researchers are driven by a tireless commitment to help children and their families receive the best possible care and live the healthiest possible lives.

Together with our generous and visionary partners, funders and donors, and the families who participate in our research, we are at the forefront of child health. We continuously pursue new discoveries and innovations that benefit not only the 1 million kids in BC and Yukon who depend on us, but also kids around the world.

We are part of BC Children’s Hospital, the only hospital in BC devoted exclusively to pediatric patients. In the lab, clinic and community, our clinicians and scientists are:

  • Improving treatments and finding cures
  • Developing breakthrough technologies
  • Advancing knowledge of child health and development
  • Informing policy and practice

We do this through a wide and varied research portfolio organized into four themes: Childhood Diseases; Brain, Behaviour & Development; Healthy Starts; and Evidence to Innovation.

We are supported by BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, are part of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and work in close partnership with the University of British Columbia.

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Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Lange, Dirk Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ureteral stents; antifouling coatings; antimicrobial coatings; device complications
Lange, Philipp Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Genomics; Pathology (except oral pathology); Cell Signaling and Cancer; mass spectrometry; pediatric cancer; personalized medicine; post translational protein modification; Proteomics
Langlois, Sylvie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Studies of genotype/phenotype correlations in single gene disorders; Validations of genomic tools for the study of mental retardation and prenatal screening for aneuploidy; Outcome studies related to prenatal genetic screening
Lavoie, Pascal Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neonatal Immunity, Infection/Inflammation, Inheritance/Genetics of Neonatal Morbidities, Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease
Leavitt, Blair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Alzheimer's disease; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Ataxia; Dementia; Experimental Therapeutics; Frontotemporal Dementia; Gene regulation; Gene Silencing and Gene Editing; Gene Therapy; Huntington disease; Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells; Medical Genetics; Mouse models of disease; Neurodegenerative diseases; Neurogenetics
Lehman, Anna Michelle Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Adams-Oliver syndrome; Hereditary spastic paraplegia; Ischiospinal dysostosis; Jeune syndrome; Genetic causes of nonsyndromic intellectual disability; Novel multiple congenital anomaly syndromes; Neurodegenerative disorders; Genes and Gene Therapy; Childhood Diseases
Leung, Peter C Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Reproductive and molecular endocrinology
Levings, Megan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immune homeostasis
Lisonkova, Sarka Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) preeclampsia
Loock, Christine Ann Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain, Behaviour & Development; Social Pediatrics; Health Inequities; Child-health medical-home: children/families, integration / patient care / community services; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders; Pediatric Sleep Disorders
Loucks, Catrina Postdoctoral Fellow Genetics and Heredity; Pharmacogenomics
Luciani, Dan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; Cell Signaling; Apoptosis; Imaging; Pancreatic beta-cell function and failure; Mitochondrial physiology; Lysosomal physiology; Cell calcium signalling; Cell stress signalling; Mechanisms of cell death; autophagy; fluorescence microscopy
Lynn, Francis Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; ß-cell development; ß-cell biology; Human pluripotent stem cells; CRISPR/Cas; transcriptional regulation
Lyons, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pediatric Ophthalmology; Oculoplastics
MacDonald, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Systematic review, Diagnostic radiology, particularly of the Hong Kong Chinese
MacNeily, Andrew Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evidence to Innovation; Care of children with urological conditions
Masse, Louise Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Health care administration; Health sciences; Public and population health; Childhood obesity with specific interests in prevention and treatment using lifestyle modification; Films, Membranes and Multiphase Polymers; Health Promotion; Nutrition; Obesity; Physical Activity
Matsell, Doug Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Childhood kidney disease, Congenital urinary tract obstruction
Mawson, John Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Quality improvement/quality assurance issues; Pediatric medical imaging services; Anatomy; Congenital Heart Defects
Maxwell, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cancer; Hereditary Cancer; Cell division; Cell migration; Differentiation; Cell polarity
McDonald, Patrick Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) clinical pediatric neurosurgery, surgical ethics, pediatric hydrocephalus, concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, bioethics, neuroethics
Meckler, Garth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Evidence to Innovation; Pediatric Simulation; Continuing Medical Education; Pediatric Headache
Mikami, Amori Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) peer relationships; friendships; peer rejection; bullying; social skills training; social networking; Facebook; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; ADHD; children; adolescents, Ways in which a supportive classroom or home environment can help children to make friends, Designing and evaluating interventions that train teachers or parents in strategies to assist children with peer problems
Mulpuri, Kishore Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Surgery; bone diseases; Cerebral Palsy; Connective Tissue Diseases; Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip; Joints (Articulations); Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease; Locomotor Activity / Movement Disorders; Methodological Research; Muscle; Muscular Diseases; Musculoskeletal Deformation; Musculoskeletal Lesions and Repair; Neuromuscular Diseases; Orthopaedic Engineering; Patient Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance; Pediatric Hip Conditions; Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma; Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis; Trauma / Injuries
Munro, Sarah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Human reproduction and development sciences; Participatory research; Health Care Technologies; Community Health / Public Health; Health Promotion; Health Policies; Health Care Organization; social determinants of health; Family planning; Perinatal Period; Birth Control; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Caesarean section; Implementation Science; Knowledge translation; Reproductive and maternal health; Shared decision making
Norman, Wendy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Health equity; Health care effectiveness and outcomes; Fertility and maternal health; Knowledge translation and implementation science in health; Population health interventions; Health services and systems, n.e.c.; Family planning; Health services and policy research; Contraception; Abortion; Population health equity research; Applied public health and population health intervention research; Health professional scope of practice research
Oberlander, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity
Ogilvie, Gina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sexually transmitted infections, human papillomavirus, HIV in women and care for marginalized populations
Panenka, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain, Behaviour & Development
Parker, Seth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Metabolomics; Cell metabolism; Pediatric cancer; mass spectrometry; Childhood disease; Cancer; Solute carriers; Metabolism; Mitochondria; Stable-isotope tracing; Functional assay development
Pike, Ian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Health promotion and disease prevention; Child and Youth Injury Prevention; Safety-oriented culture; Indigenous child and youth injury prevention; Social Marketing; Child Passenger Safety; Risky play
Pringle, Wendy Postdoctoral Fellow Other studies in human society; General communication studies; Knowledge translation; social determinants of health; health communication; vaccine confidence; pandemic response policy
Ranger, Manon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurodevelopment; Clinical nursing, secondary (acute care); neurodevelopment; Early-adversity; Biomarkers of early stress exposure; Brain development; pain; Prematurity
Rauscher, Alexander Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Physical sciences; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; magnetic resonance imaging; physics; quantitative susceptibility mapping; myelin water imaging; brain; maschine learning
Reid, Gregor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Vaccine and Cancer; Immunotherapy; Immune System; paediatric cancer
Reilly, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Paediatric spine, Paediatric sports injuries, Paediatric trauma, Medical education
Robillard, Julie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) New Technology and Social Impacts; Social Aspects of Aging; Health Care Technologies; Mental Health and Society; Patient experience/patient engagement; eHealth; Assistive technology; Neuroethics; Brain health technology; Artificial Intelligence; Dementia; mental health
Robinson, Wendy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Other basic medicine and life sciences; Medical Genetics; Human Development; Epigenetics; miRNA; Preterm Birth; Placenta; Mosaicism; Fetal Growth; DNA methylation; Sex differences
Ross, Colin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Genomics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (except clinical aspects); Biomedical Technologies; Drug Metabolism; Gene Therapy; Gene-based therapeutics; Pharmacogenomics; Precision Medicine; Transgenic Model
Sadarangani, Manish Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immunology; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacterial Vaccines; Childhood infections; Epidemiology; Immune System; Vaccine Development; Vaccine immunity
Sanatani, Shubhayan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Arrhythmia; Sudden death, ion channelopathies, supraventricular tachycardia, autonomic nervous system
Schultz, Kirk Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pediatric Cancer Blood and Marrow Transplantation Transplantation immunology Graft-versus-Host Disease Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Aplastic Anemia Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Oncology, immune system, childhood leukemia, blood and marrow transplatation, tumour immunology
Simpson, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Aniridia; CRISPR; Congenital Anomalies; Congenital blindness; Eye and Visual System Diseases; Gene therapy for brain and eye diseases; In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9); MiniPromoters for restricted expression; Rare diseases
Skarsgard, Erik Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Fetal surgery, Chest wall disorders in children, birth defects, neonatal surgical outcomes, perinatal networks, prenatal diagnosis and intrauerine surgery
Sly, Laura Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Childhood Diseases; Macrophages; Inflammatory bowel diseases; Inflammation; Innate immune responses
Soma, Kiran Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Zoology; Behavior; Biological Behavior; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrine Diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; stress
Sorensen, Poul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Childhood cancer cells, genomic science
Spittal, Patricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Indigenous/Aboriginal Health, HIV work in Uganda,
Stewart, Evelyn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic, phenotypic, and developmental aspects of childhood neuropsychiatric disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder
Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sylvia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes, Nutrition & Metabolism (Nutrition & Metabolism), pathophysiology and treatment of neurometabolic disorders, ceberal creatine deficiency syndromes, cerebral glucose dificiency syndromes, epilepsy, mental retardation

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