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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Vancouver

Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Tamber, Mandeep Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) epilepsy surgery; Craniofacial disorders; Craniofacial abnormalities; Craniofacial surgery; Hydrocephalus; Management of complex hydrocephalus; Endoscopic management of hydrocephalus
Tang, Tricia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes; Behavioral and Psychosocial Issues associated with Diabetes Self-management.
Taubert, Stefan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Health counselling; Aging; beta cells; C. elegans; Diabetes; Gene Regulation and Expression; Gene regulation; Genetics of Aging; genomics; Hypoxia; Metabolism; Molecular Genetics; Mouse; stress; Stress and Cancer; Stress responses; Toxin and Toxicant Metabolism; Transcription
Tomek, Jennifer Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Perinatal epidemiology ; Perinatal research methods; Fetal growth restriction; Severe maternal morbidity; Improving the reference charts used to assess fetal growth and maternal weight gain in pregnancy; Evaluating the impact of obstetrical health care policies on maternal and infant health; Developing clinical prediction models for the identification of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes
Turvey, Stuart Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Immunology; Microbiology; Asthma; Immune System; Immunodeficiencies; Microbiome cohort studies; Precision Medicine; Primary Immune Deficiencies
Vallance, Bruce Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Enteric bacterial pathogens, innate immunity, instestinal inflammation, host defense, inflammatory bowel disease, immunity in health and disease
Vanderwal, Tamara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Functional Neuroimaging; child psychiatric disorders
Vedam, Saraswathi Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gestation / Parturition; Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights; Right and Access to Information; Home Care Services; Law and Health; Social Contract and Social Justice; Community Health / Public Health; Breast Feeding and Infant Nutrition; Family and Child Services; Home Birth; Place of Birth; Provider Attitudes; Respectful Maternity Care; Midwifery; Interprofessional relationships; Person-Centered Care; Patient Autonomy; Institutional Racism in Maternity Care; Maternal and Newborn Outcomes; Maternity care for diverse populations; Transdisciplinary engagement in health care; Mistreatment
Verchere, Bruce Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Diabetes research, pediatrics, Beta cell survival and function
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain stimulation Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Theta-bust stimulation (TBS) Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) Depression Psychosis Schizophrenia
Virji-Babul, Naznin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities (Down’s syndrome), Developmental neuroscience (mirror neurons, perception-action coupling)
Wasserman, Wyeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; Medical and biomedical engineering; Creation of computational methods for the analysis of genome sequences (bioinformatics); Study of cis-regulatory elements controlling gene transcription; Applied analyses of genome sequences (genomics); Indigenous genomics
Webber, Eric Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Pediatric surgery, Surgical education, post-graduate medical education, pediatric gastric surgery, delivery of healthcare services, hepatology
Weber, Alexander Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurocognitive patterns and neural networks; Central nervous system; Brain Diseases; Cerebral Palsy; Childhood Brain Tumors; Concussion; Diagnostic Imaging; Epilepsy; MRI Scans; Seizures; Traumatic Brain Injury
Weinberger, Kate Rebecca Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Environmental and occupational health and safety; Public and population health; Aeroallergens; climate change; Community Health / Public Health; environmental health; environmental epidemiology; Epidemiology; Extreme weather events; Heat waves
Wellington, Cheryl Lea Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Alzheimer's Disease; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Trauma / Injuries; Lipid/Lipoprotein analysis; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Traumatic Brain Injury; Tissue Engineering; Biomarkers; drug discovery; Apolipoprotein E; Cerebrovascular function
Wernicke-Heinrichs, Meike Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Specialized studies in education; Intercultural Education; Language Planning and Policy; Multi-/Plurilingualism; Second Language Education (French); teacher education
Wiedeman, Alejandra Postdoctoral Fellow Nutrition; Metabolism; Metabolic Disorders
Wilson, David Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) orthopaedics, arthritis, mechanics, joints, hip, imaging, MRI, activity, Hip, knee, spine mechanics, causes and treatments of osteoarthritis, medical imaging and image processing, orthopedic sports medicine
Woodward, Melissa Postdoctoral Fellow Psychiatry (including psychotherapy); Substance Use; homelessness; Psychosis; cerebral small vessel disease; Neuroimaging; retinal imaging; exercise
Woodward, Todd Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognitive neuropsychiatry and functional neuroimaging
Zomar, Bryn Postdoctoral Fellow Pediatrics
Zwicker, Jill Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Occupational therapy; Rehabilitation medicine; Brain development; developmental coordination disorder; Infant / Child Development; Learning Disorders in Children; Motor System; neuroplasticity; Prematurity; rehabilitation

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