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Students and Academic Trainees


The Research Institute at SickKids conducts research activities coordinated under seven major research programs that undertake internationally competitive research and training in areas of research relevant to child health in its broadest sense. Institute scientists are also key leaders and players in Hospital-wide interdisciplinary centres that focus on specific key problems in childhood health and disease.

  • Cell Biology
  • Child Health Evaluative Sciences
  • Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
  • Genetics & Genome Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neurosciences & Mental Health
  • Translational Medicine

Research Training Centre

The Research Training Centre (RTC) was established in 1996 in response to a need for a more coordinated and integrated approach to research training at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The RTC aims to understand the various challenges of those training at SickKids and works with existing trainees to support and improve their research training experiences.

Summer Research Students

SickKids provides learning opportunities for university students to conduct research during their summer break in laboratories and clinical settings under the supervision of Research Institute scientists.

The 12-week program runs from May to July. Specific start dates are arranged directly with the hiring scientists. The program includes weekly seminars presented by Hospital and Research Institute staff. The final event of the program is the Annual Summer Student Symposium. At this event, summer students are provided with an opportunity to present the results of their projects in poster format. Outstanding students are invited to give oral presentations. Awards are presented to select students with exceptional research projects.

Learn more about the program and explore the opportunity of learning alongside us this summer.

Education Research

Education research bridges the Learning Institute and the Research Institute. Click here to learn more about Education Research.