SickKids Research Institute
Driving clinical impact with every
The SickKids Research Institute (RI) is Canada’s largest, hospital-based child health research institute conducting and translating groundbreaking research, training the next generation of researchers, and supporting global scientific communities with knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities.
We’re taking more discoveries from the lab bench to the bedside, making a bigger impact on children’s lives around the world, sooner.
1,387 research trainees
401 project & team investigators
1,236 research support staff
$298.6M research spend
#1 research intensive hospital in Canada
#2 paediatric hospital in the world
Bridging research and care
Explore the Institute
Discover world-class facilities
Enhance the scope and quality of your research. Conduct your studies in a world-class setting equipped with new technologies and infrastructure – check out our facilities and learn what our distinct research design services can offer you.
Work alongside renowned researchers
The Research Training Centre (RTC) offers trainees hands-on opportunities to contribute to some of the most important research projects in Canada and to work with top scientists.
Explore leading edge research
Across our seven research programs, clinician scientists and researchers are conducting ground-breaking research to improve child health outcomes, policy and clinical care.
Latest research news
February 9, 2024
On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, five women detail how their careers at SickKids contribute to advancing discovery.
January 23, 2024
SickKids scientists identify antibody responses to gut bacteria that are associated with time to onset and responses to immunotherapy of for type one diabetes.
January 16, 2024
Clinical users who observed an AI model were able to predict results and reduce invasive scans for children with hydronephrosis.
In the heart of Toronto’s Discovery District and affiliated with the University of Toronto, our scientists are steps away from Canada’s largest concentration of hospitals, research institutes, business incubators and venture capital organizations.
Our collaborative partnerships are key to uncovering the next breakthrough in child health research. With the support of Industry Partnerships & Commercialization (IP&C), our scientists help make Toronto one of the most innovative cities in the world.
Powered by diversity
At the SickKids Research Institute, you are part of a community that has come together from across the globe to advance innovative and impactful paediatric health research.
From esteemed child health researcher Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta (winner of the 2023 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research) to the 35 scientists currently holding Canada Research Chairs, we are leaders in child health research in Canada and around the world.
More from the Research Institute
Comprised of internationally-recognized leaders in research and innovation, the SickKids Scientific Advisory & Innovation Board (SAIB) supports and provides input on the overall strategic directions for the Research Institute.
Canada Research Chairs showcase the calibre and diversity of scientists and clinicians working at the SickKids Research Institute.
SickKids is home to 59 scientific and academic chairs. See who holds current chairs in Canada.
The SickKids Institutional Research Data Management (RDM) strategy outlines our commitment to fostering sound RDM practices and supporting researchers in following the FAIR principles to make data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.
Contact the Research Institute
For all inquiries about SickKids Research Institute, please email Francesca Pak, Manager, Communications (Research Institute & Strategic Initiatives), Communications & Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.