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January 14, 2021

New study reports on secondary impacts of COVID-19 measures on hospital care for paediatric patients and families

Measures to preserve hospital capacity and reduce spread during the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in broad social and clinical impacts on paediatric patients and families.

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January 8, 2021

International team of researchers define criteria for elusive goal of stem cell biology

A team of researchers have now established criteria to assess whether a mouse stem cell line shows true totipotency, a long-sought goal of stem cell biologists around the world.

Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning exterior

December 21, 2020

SickKids clinician-scientist awarded Canada Research Chair, appointed Vice-Dean at U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Robinson has been awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in vascular inflammation and kidney injury through the University of Toronto and was also appointed Vice-Dean, Strategy & Operations, at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, U of T.

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December 11, 2020

SickKids ranks No. 1 in researcher and hospital intensity among Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals

SickKids is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Research Hospitals for the tenth consecutive year. This year, SickKids holds the number one spot for both researcher intensity and hospital intensity.

December 7, 2020

Preliminary findings shared from COVID-19 child mental health research study

70 per cent of children and youth surveyed reported worse mental health during the initial spring lockdowns.

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November 17, 2020

SickKids researchers receive $1.5 million in CFI funding to launch unified COVID-19 biobank

The UT COVID-19 Biobank will provide safe, secure and standardized collection of biologic samples, such as blood and respiratory secretions, that are critical to answering a range of research questions about COVID-19 infection across the age span from children to the elderly.

Dr. Gregory Costain

November 12, 2020

SickKids researchers show whole genome sequencing should be standard diagnostic test for children with medical complexity

A new study from researchers and clinicians at SickKids shows whole genome sequencing could provide the diagnostic answers families are seeking and open up new avenues for treatment in a shorter period of time.

Dr. Jacob Vorstman

November 9, 2020

Going ‘outside the box’ to explain different symptoms in people with the same DNA deletion syndrome

Even when genetic conditions can be clearly traced to a root cause in the DNA, how those conditions present can vary. A team from the International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Brain Behavior Consortium (IBBC), led by SickKids, discovered they needed to look outside the genetic root cause of the disorder to find out why. Researchers say these findings could pave the way for targeted, individualized care.

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September 21, 2020

SickKids-led research team discovers mechanism that leads leukemia cells to trigger bone loss, identifies a potential therapy to prevent it in lab models

Researchers have discovered a process that may trigger bone loss in patients with childhood B-ALL, and identified an antibody that helped to prevent it in the lab.

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September 15, 2020

Dr. Upton Allen from SickKids leads team assessing COVID-19 prevalence, risk factors among Black Canadian communities

Medical researchers from SickKids are conducting largescale antibody testing and data collection to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Black Canadian communities.

September 14, 2020

Researchers and teachers provide initial observations from school simulation study

SickKids researchers and teachers involved in a COVID-19 safe schools simulation study have compiled preliminary observations and key learnings from their experience.

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September 4, 2020

Antibiotics affect breast milk microbiota in mothers of preterm infants, SickKids and U of T study shows

A team led by SickKids researchers and the University of Toronto has found that mothers of preterm babies have highly individual breast milk microbiomes, and that even short courses of antibiotics have prolonged effects on the diversity and abundance of microbes in their milk.

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