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Research activities

Several of our surgeons lead innovative and leading research programs within SickKids' internationally acclaimed Research Institute, in the areas of cell and molecular biology and epigenetics, tissue engineering and development, epidemiology and population health science. These crucial efforts are funded by peer-reviewed agencies in Canada and abroad, as well as by generous support from our patient and family communities. Research interests are focused on areas such as bladder muscle biology, cell matrix biology, stem cells, tissue engineering and biofeedback, as well as "translational research", taking basic research from the lab to the clinical arena.

From paper to practice, our renowned physicians and research scientists provide the foundation for excellence in the field of Paediatric Urology.  


Basic research:

  • Bladder muscle biology, development
  • Bladder disease
  • Cell matrix biology
  • Stem cells
  • Tissue engineering
  • Bioreactor
  • Biomimetic scaffolds
  • Suitable cells
  • Bioreactor and biomechanical stimulation

Clinical research:

  • Clinical research and outcome analysis
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Research activities on hypospadias and varicoceles in children
  • Management of Wilms Tumour
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Hypospadias repair
  • Use of botulinum toxin in bladder dysfunction
  • Quality and Patient Safety

Read more about the current research being performed in the Bägli Lab.