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SickKids Research Institute celebrates advancements in child health research
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SickKids Research Institute celebrates advancements in child health research


Ten years after opening its doors, the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning continues to lead the way in child health research.

An exterior photo of the windows on the PGCRL.

Ten years later, the collaborative, light-filled spaces and state-of-the-art laboratories continue to inspire ground-breaking research and partnerships across the seven research programs at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

On September 17, 2013, the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) opened its doors to bring together 2,000 of the top researchers, clinicians and trainees from around the world.

Spanning 21 floors, the PGCRL is the largest child health research tower in the world and Canada’s largest paediatric centre. Now home to more than 3,300 staff, including world-renowned researchers whose work has had a global impact in the field of paedatric health care, the SickKids Research Institute remains a beacon of hope for patients and families.

“Over the past decade, researchers working in the PGCRL have contributed to innovative and often life-changing advancements in child health care,” said Dr. Stephen Scherer, Chief of Research at SickKids. “There have been numerous breakthroughs that have come out of the work done at the PGCRL, which are a testament to the dedication of the SickKids research community. I am excited to see what the next 10 years will bring.”

Scientists come together in support of paediatric research

Kristina Zhang presents her poster at the Research Institute Retreat
Kristina Zhang, a PhD student in the Neurosciences & Mental Health program.

This fall, SickKids Research Institute built on these ten years of success at a retreat held at Roy Thomson Hall. The retreat welcomed over 900 staff from across the Research Institute to share ideas and breakthroughs, and to celebrate the incredible talent and research happening at SickKids.

The themes for the day were “Infection Immunity,” “Imaging of Cells & Organs,” and “Computational Approaches to Understanding Disease,” where attendees heard talks from 13 scientific speakers and were able to view the 180 posters on display from SickKids research teams. Central to the entire day was opportunities to mingle and collaborate with trainees and scientists working in a variety of areas with the goal of sparking novel research pathways.

The event also welcomed Aser Rothstein keynote speaker Dr. Tuuli Lappalainen, a professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Senior Associate Faculty Member at the New York Genome Centre and Director of the National Genomics Infrastructure and Genomics platform of SciLifeLab, whose research has led the integration of large-scale genome and transcription sequencing data.

“The most transformative breakthroughs often emerge at the intersection of diverse perspectives. This retreat serves as a testament to our collective pursuit of groundbreaking discoveries.”
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