Executive Director, ACHRI; Professor, Department of Paediatrics;
Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Research;
Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal Health
Cumming School of Medicine
3330 Hospital Drive, NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
Dr. Brent Scott, FRCPC, director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI)
Dr. Scott has led the Institute since 2009, during which time he has worked with ACHRI’s partners and members to increase the range, quantity and quality of child health research in Alberta.
Under his tenure, the institute restructured its organization and operations and identified and developed three priority areas of research focus: behaviour and the developing brain, healthy outcomes and the molecular and genetic basis of health. To build the strength of the institute, Dr. Scott recruited new faculty in all three of its theme areas, established core platforms in clinical and basic research, and developed its strategic plan.
ACHRI is a partnership of the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Its members are drawn from a diverse community of child health researchers from the faculties of Arts, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Science, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine and the Werklund School of Education.
Dr. Scott also worked collaboratively in Alberta, developing a strong relationship with colleagues in the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) at the University of Alberta.
Nationally, Dr. Scott is a founding member of MICRYN, a network of 19 maternal infant child and youth research organizations in Canada, to which ACHRI belongs. Dr. Scott is also the recipient of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Paediatric Research and the inaugural holder of the Husky Energy Chair in Child and Maternal Health.
Dr. Scott came to the Faculty of medicine in 1982 as a practicing academic gastroenterologist with a research program studying the control of intestinal motor functions. Over the ensuing period, he has provided leadership to the faculty of medicine in myriad ways: he is past vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine and former Regional Head of the Department of Pediatrics with the former Calgary Health Region. Dr. Scott served as co-chair of the Child Health Advisory Council for the former Calgary Health Region and was an executive member of the Calgary Health Region Medical Advisory Board. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Dr. Alan Ross Award for the top paediatrician in Canada.
Dr. Scott currently sits on the board of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, which has raised and directed significant funding toward child health care and research over the last forty years.