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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.

This is a picture of a researcher in the lab.

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.

Photo of Dr. Upton Allen

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.

Photo of a baby's milk bottle on a high chair.

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.

Boy in a classroom with a backpack

August 13, 2020

SickKids launching simulation study to assess impact of school-reopening health and safety measures

SickKids is leading a research study that will look at the effects of physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene and other health and safety measures for students and teachers returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ryan Yeun

July 27, 2020

SickKids scientists discover novel genetic contributors to autism

Breakthrough SickKids study of thousands of repetitive DNA “wrinkles” identifies previously hidden genetic alterations for the first time.

Photo Dr. Livia Loureiro

July 21, 2020

Government of Canada announces more than $16.5 million funding increase for SickKids-supported research facilities

Researchers at SickKids and several collaborating institutions are receiving a renewed investment, representing a combined increase of over $16.5 million, from the Major Science Initiatives (MSI) fund through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Illustration of a protein structure showing RRSP in blue and DTB in gold

July 10, 2020

SickKids researchers re-engineer toxin to attack previously “undruggable” cancer target

Researchers have developed a novel anti-cancer drug protein, which could lead to the development of future therapies for what was previously considered an “undruggable” target.

COVID-19 coronavirus molecule

June 2, 2020

SickKids Centre for Brain & Mental Health funds research into COVID-19-related child and youth mental health and brain health

The SickKids Centre for Brain & Mental Health is funding new approaches to the understanding of and interventions for mental health and brain health among Canadian children and youth related to COVID-19.

Photo of Dr. Daphne Korczak

June 1, 2020

Four leading child mental health research teams join forces to understand impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Researchers bring together child mental health research experts to uncover how public health emergency measures have affected the mental health of children and families.

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