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Research activities

Research activities are coordinated through the SickKids Research Institute under various research programs, which range from basic science at the sub-molecular level to organ systems,  to population health. These internationally competitive and highly integrated programs approach child health from all angles, disciplines and spectrums -  from wellness and normal development through to causes of disease, diagnostics, treatments and therapies.

Approximately a third of the research conducted at SickKids Research Institute is clinical research. Clinical research is patient-oriented research, and includes mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, the development of new technologies as well as epidemiologic and behavioral research, outcomes research and health services research.

Research is fundamental to improving the health of children. In contrast to many other centres, the physicians at SickKids are usually the leaders of their research program.

Physicians are developing innovative approaches to surgical disease, such as:

    • Robotics and image-guided therapy
    • Basic mechanisms of diseases, such as genetics and developmental biology
    • Translational approaches to curing disease using stem cells and regenerative medicine
    • Clinical research to test therapeutic interventions, including multi-centre randomized clinical trials
    • Population studies including global health, such as injury control in Africa
    • Improved methods of teaching, such as competency-based curriculum and simulation

Funding allows us to perform basic research, clinical research and even research on ways to improve teaching and collaboration.

For examples of the great research activities conducted by each Department, please view the links below: