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  • Integrated, state-of-the-art health information system goes live, fundamentally changing the way SickKids provides care by bringing all patient information and charting into one integrated electronic system.
  • Researchers bust commonly held myth about medulloblastoma, the most common type of malignant paediatric brain tumour.
  • Canada's first dedicated centre to care for fetuses requiring high-risk intervention is created.
  • In a remarkable new genetic discovery, researchers have found strong evidence that rare DNA variations can lead to Tetralogy of Fallot(ToF), a cardiac abnormality with four heart defects that occur together.
  • The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), one of the first ICU’s for children in North America to have full-time intensive care specialists and an internationally recognized leader in clinical care, teaching, innovation and research in paediatric critical care, celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • A research team led by SickKids has discovered potential new ways to diagnose and treat arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, a prime cause of sudden cardiac death.


  • Three of Ontario’s largest paediatric health-care providers launch a new partnership called Kids Health Alliance. Founded by SickKids, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, the partnership will strengthen our region’s paediatric health system.
  • SickKids integrates with The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre to deliver more seamless and coordinated mental health services for children and youth by combining specialized hospital and community-based mental health services.
  • Using the latest technologies, SickKids scientists have developed and are offering novel diagnostic tests that are beginning to change how kids’ cancers are treated.
  • A team of scientists from The Centre for Applied Genomics at SickKids sequenced the genome of Castor canadensis – the Canadian beaver.


  • A cancer surveillance system dubbed the “Toronto Protocol” is being touted as the next best thing to finding a cure to an inherited cancer disorder called Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
  • A study led by the Centre for Genetic Medicine at SickKids compared standard genetic testing to whole genome sequencing in 100 patient cases at SickKids and found that whole genome sequencing identified genetic variants that could help with diagnosis in more than one-third of the patients.
  • SickKids announces its participation in Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments to help make smart and effective choices that will ensure high-quality care.



  • Scientists explain baffling chemo resistance and possible therapy for childhood brain tumour.
  • International study identifies key gene in obesity.
  • New research may explain loss of early childhood memories.
  • North American first in children: SickKids doctors destroy bone tumour using incisionless surgery.
  • SickKids creates app for dosing pain medication in children.
  • Historic $130-million gift from the Rogers family establishes the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.





  • Canadian study  first to identify how challenges related to medication costs affect asthma control in children.
  • Changing diets of babies with high genetic risk for type 1 diabetes protected them from developing the autoimmunity that destroys insulin-producing cells.
  • SickKids inducted into the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame - prestigious mark of good management  shared by only a few North American hospitals.
  • Garron Family Cancer Centre established with gift of $30 million - the single largest private gift to paediatric cancer in North America.
  • Researchers find novel laser technique that could significantly reduce scarring after surgery.
  • Scientists discover  males who carry specific alterations of DNA on their sole X-chromosome are at high risk of developing Austism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Landmark international study led by SickKids scientists found that the most common malignant type of childhood brain tumour is actually four different diseases.
  • SickKids-led study reveals new method of identifying drugs to treat children suffering from fatal cancers.
  • North American study led by SickKids researchers reveals previously unrecognized ethnic diversity among CF patients across Canada and the United States.
  • SickKids and U of T researchers measure the impact of human papilloma virus (HPV) infection of the airway in children for the first time.
  • SickKids CEO Mary Jo Haddad named Officer of the Order of Canada.
  • Canadian and international scientists uncover key changes in DNA in individuals with autism in the largest study of its kind.
  • Congenital heart surgery trial identifies procedure that improves babies’ survival in first year.
  • Federal government invests $10 million for SickKids researchers to further develop the KidsArm robotic surgical system, the first paediatric technology of its kind in the world.
  • International research group coordinated by SickKids shows a standard blood pressure cuff and remote ischemic preconditioning can reduce  size of adult heart attacks by up to 50 per cent.
  • SickKids scientists discover a genetic clue for Type 1 diabetes, providing important insight into how genes may influence a patient’s ability to regulate blood glucose.
  • SickKids partners with Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar to advise on the creation of a brand new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in the Middle East.
  • SickKids scientists discover a powerful new tool to help predict the prognosis for patients with bone cancer and help doctors more accurately determine how to treat individual patients.







  • SickKids Research Institute celebrates 50th birthday
  • SickKids researchers confirm that cancer stem cells initiate and grow brain tumours
  • Research team discovers possible genetic mechanism behind congenital heart defects
  • SickKids researchers unmask the potential of stem cells found in adult skin
  • SickKids researchers explain why incompatible blood type heart transplants are possible in infants
  • Maternal occupational exposure to solvents associated with poorer neurocognitive function in offspring
  • Surprising discovery reveals gains or losses of large segments of DNA in healthy people
  • New study to explore risk factors for type 1 diabetes
  • Scientists uncover how the brain retrieves and stores older memories
  • Ontario study first population-wide look at childhood asthma in Canada 35% increase in the number of children with asthma
  • Scientists correct cystic fibrosis defect in mice with turmeric extract
  • SickKids researchers look at viral triggers for multiple sclerosis in children
  • Researchers identify a new form of disease gene associated with Rett syndrome
  • Researchers model embryo implantation and tumour metastasis in fruit flies
  • SickKids researcher awarded prestigious scientific prize for contributions to medical genomics
  • SickKids researchers find obesity not linked to asthma in children


  • SickKids team deciphers kids' terms for private body part and functions
  • SickKids launches an online teaching aid for clinicians
  • SickKids researchers link maternal folic acid intake to decrease in deadly childhood cancer
  • SickKids researchers identify cancer stem cell for brain tumours
  • SickKids scientists identify gene for most severe form of adolescent epilepsy
  • Researchers identify a new molecular player in chronic pain
  • SickKids uses new cardiac therapy to treat children with abnormal heart rhythms
  • SickKids researchers create novel mouse model for leukemia
  • SickKids researchers pinpoint link between diabetes and nervous system autoimmunity, resulting in new therapeutic and diagnostic targets
  • Researchers find chemotherapy is an effective alternative to bone marrow transplant in acute myeloid leukemia patients with good prognosis


  • SickKids researchers identify gene for Shwachman-Diamond syndrome
  • Researchers identify candidate vaccine for Sjögren syndrome
  • Researchers identify gene for most common paediatric malignant brain tumour
  • Exposure during pregnancy to the antidepressant drug paroxetine is associated with a high rate of neonatal complications
  • Scientists identify DNA flanking region as trigger for genetic instability in family of neurological disorders
  • Biochemical tests show relationship between environmental tobacco smoke and the risk of SIDS
  • Researchers uncover potential chemotherapy for common bone tumour
  • Researchers find gene involved in pain relief
  • Researchers at the University of Toronto, SickKids and the Amgen Institute have discovered a genetic mechanism involved in pain modulation that could lead to an entirely new approach to pain control.


  • Researchers at SickKids have found that pregnant women who use the drug Ecstasy have a clustering of risk factors that may compromise pregnancy with the unborn fetus.
  • Scientists at SickKids and the University of Toronto have identified a previously unknown genetic bias for Williams syndrome, a genetic condition which causes medical and developmental problems.
  • Researchers at SickKids have concluded that exposure during pregnancy to venlafaxine, a relatively new and increasingly popular antidepressant drug, does not increase the chances of major birth defects.
  • Researchers at SickKids, Harvard Medical School and the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal have created the first mouse model relevant to the study of congenital heart disease in humans.
  • Researchers at SickKids and the University of Toronto have linked exposure to organic solvents during pregnancy to an increased risk of visual defects in exposed offspring. Organic solvents are chemicals found in paints, adhesives, lacquers and cleaning agents, and are used in industries such as dry cleaning, printing, and plastics manufacturing.
  • Scientists at SickKids have identified an important mechanism that determines how white blood cells develop which provides important information on how the immune system develops, both in normal and disease states.
  • A team of Canadian researchers led by scientists at SickKids has completed the first large-scale, multi-centre study to determine the incidence and characteristics of sinovenous thrombosis, a type of stroke that occurs in children due to blood clots blocking the brain’s venous flow.
  • Scientists at SickKids have linked known cancer-causing genes to normal developmental processes as well as wound healing using a fruit fly model. Understanding the morphogenesis process is key to discovering what happens when development goes wrong, as in the case of congenital birth defect or diseases such as cancer.
  • Scientists at SickKids and the University of Toronto have discovered the function of the protein for a form of Fanconi Anemia which is an inherited disease characterized bone marrow failure, congenital malformations, and a high susceptibility to leukemia.
  • A team of researchers at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee has identified the genetic cause of Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL), a rare form of leukemia that strikes infants, as well as the corresponding diagnostic test.
  • Scientists at SickKids have uncovered a protein defect that underlies a milder form of cystic fibrosis. This discovery builds on years of cystic fibrosis research at SickKids.
  • Unique Centre for Image-Guided Therapy opens at SickKids, which offers a combined approach to diagnosis and treatment using minimally invasive procedures and state-of-the-art interventional radiology equipment.
  • A team of researchers led by SickKids senior scientist has determined that multiple sclerosis and type I (Juvenile) diabetes mellitus are far more closely linked than previously thought, including the role cow milk protein plays as a risk factor in the development of both diseases for people who are genetically susceptible.
  • Researchers at SickKids have discovered that infant heart transplants can be performed safely and successfully despite major blood type incompatibility between the donor and recipient.
  • Researchers in the Motherisk Program at SickKids have found that the benefits outweigh any potential risks for pregnant or breastfeeding women taking antidepressant or benzofiazepine medications for depression.
  • An international team of scientists which included a scientist from SickKids identified a gene that leads to inherited prostate cancer.