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Childhood Cancer Research Chair

Dr. Jennifer Chan is the new holder of the Kids Cancer Care Chair in Pediatric Oncology. This research chair was established 10 years ago by the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (ACHF), Kids Cancer Care (KCC) and other generous donors. The ACHF also announced a $1.25 million gift from KCC in support of the Childhood Cancer Research Program. This gift will support researchers at the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute in their quest to find new cures and gentler treatments for children and youth fighting cancer in our community and around the world. Read more

Canada Research Chair in early childhood development

ACHRI member Sheri Madigan’s early childhood development project is one of eight supported by $7.6 million in Canada Research Chair awards.

Study identifies sport with highest risk of concussion

A recent study co-led by Brent Hagel, PhD, a member of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, revealed which sports pose the highest risk for youth, determining the likeliness those under 18 will get a concussion in certain sports.

Reducing pain for children in emergency

A new initiative is underway to reduce anxiety and pain for children visiting the emergency department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Last fall, the Commitment to Comfort program was launched. It aims to improve a child’s comfort and reduce their pain as they receive care. The program was developed by Alberta Health Services and Cumming School of Medicine team of doctors, nurses and child life specialists.

Family-integrated care study in Alberta's nurseries

Two university researchers, Dr. Abhay Lodha and Karen Benzies, PhD, RN, are launching a province-wide study to investigate how to improve the health of preterm babies and reduce family stress. The research project, funded jointly by Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS), will investigate the benefits of family-integrated care in neonatal intensive care nurseries.

Program helps teens retrain their brains to stop chronic pain

A team of doctors, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists is helping teens re-train their brains to stop feeling severe chronic pain.  Patients at the Vi Riddell Children’s Pain and Rehabilitation Centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital get six weeks of intensive physiotherapy and counseling.

Novel platform to better identify intestinal infections

Dr. Stephen Freedman, a pediatric emergency physician at Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, is the lead of a provincial-wide study testing a research platform to improve identification of enteric infections in children. The study was enabled by a grant from Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions. The team consists of a multi-disciplinary group of microbiologists, clinicians, lab experts and policymakers.

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