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Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020

This is ACHRI’s high-level road map for 2015-2020.

We formally launched the plan on June 1 at the Foothills Campus with the presence of leadership from the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and our generous community of donors.The Institute will strive for excellence, focus on our key priorities, create translational research pipelines with impact, secure transformative partnerships and educate the next generation of child health scholars.

Prebiotic fibre and weight management

A study co-authored by Raylene Reimer shows that rats fed a high fat and sugar diet in conjunction with a prebiotic fibre had less weight gain than those which did not eat the fibre.  The study is published in the April edition of the journal Obesity. The team of researchers from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Kinesiology say this study helps scientists better understand the mechanisms of weight control and energy balance Listen to interview   View Video

BPA and its substitute alter brain growth, linked to hyperactivity: study

Deborah Kurrasch, PhD, is the lead researcher in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) which has provided evidence that BPA and BPS impair the growth of neurons in zebrafish. The findings are so worrying the lead researcher and her colleagues are calling for “removal of all bisphenols from consumer merchandise". 

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Improving diagnosis and treatments of rare diseases

Rare Disease Day gives communities an opportunity to raise awareness about research and support the many families affected by these diseases. To find a diagnosis for his condition, Enzo was enrolled in a Canadian research study using rapid DNA sequencing and analysis at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI).

Child-friendly robots help kids cope with pain

Nine-year-old Aidan Sousa finds his hospital friend MEDi a reassuring presence during his frequent visits to the Alberta Children's Hospital. Tanya Beran, professor of Community Health Sciences, is studying how children experience as much as 50 per cent less pain when interacting with these aids.

Neurodevelopment and Child Mental Health Conference: PHOTO GALLERY

5th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies: Sept. 20 - 24, 2016 Conference Information>>

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