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Message from Scientific Director

Dr. Naweed Syed

The ACHRI Research and Education Council (AREC) is chaired by the Scientific Director. The council’s role is to review, prioritize and approve ACHRI  based
funding proposals as per allocations provided to all themes.  The council will
also assist in the prioritization and strategic planning of ACHRI’s research goals and in its education, clinical, genomics, imaging and informatics platforms. The council also reviews the scientific content and merit of research related LOI’s submitted by the Foundation Child Health Grants Program, making recommendations for sponsorship to the Executive Director.

AREC Terms of Reference




Healthy Outcomes Research

Full Members

The Healthy Outcomes theme is dedicated to conducting high-impact, person -centered research that promotes the health of children, mothers and families through the use of innovative research methodologies that value prevention, intervention and knowledge translation.  We strive to link innovations that will support future generations of individuals and communities across the continuum of health and illness from conception to adulthood. By focusing on excellence in research, person-centred outcomes, and translating knowledge into practice, we will improve the health of every child.  Theme lead  Dr. Stephen Freedman


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Genes Development and Health

Full Members

The Genes Development and Health theme is an interdisciplinary research group that exploits advanced genomic technologies to decipher the molecular and cellular basis of both normal development and pediatric genetic disorders. Clinical specialists in molecular genetics seek to understand the genomic basis of childhood health, identifying novel genes that cause rare childhood diseases and developing improved diagnostic techniques. Stem cell and developmental biologists study the biological basis of development and disease in simple experimental model organisms, identifying the genetic networks that control early development, and determining the causative molecular mechanisms underlying childhood disease. Finally, computational biologists specializing in bioinformatics develop tools for the improved analysis of genomic data. Collaboration between these groups will result in mechanism-centered, fundamental and translational research that will enhance patient diagnosis, develop novel disease therapies and improve child health outcomes. Theme lead Benedikt Hallgrimsson, PhD

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Behaviour & Developing Brain Research

Full Members

The Pediatric Imaging Research team studies the structure, function and chemistry of the brain in typically developing children and those with depression, autism, ADHD and developmental coordination disorders. Our researchers are also leaders in maternal and child population studies, understanding the external factors contributing to mental health outcomes. The Pediatric Brain Injury Research Program  investigates the mechanisms and causes of pediatric stroke and acquired brain injury, enabling translational research in central nervous system trauma, inflammation and creating preventative strategies and therapies. The lab is also investigating factors affecting selective cellular vulnerability to injury and outcomes including premorbid genetic susceptibility and fetal neurodevelopmental programming. The Basic Epilepsy Research team elucidates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the clinical anticonvulsant effects of the ketogenic diet, a non-pharmacological treatment for refractory epilepsy, and aims at demonstrating its broad neuro-protective effects.
Theme lead  Keith Yeates, PhD

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