The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), in partnership with the University of Calgary, seeks to find innovation, discovery and learning at every opportunity. We encourage a relentless pursuit of quality in our research and teaching programs and we are guided by a mission to contribute to the well-being of the people of Alberta.
In keeping with these principles, the institute offers grants to trainees and summer students giving them exposure to research on various levels mentored by institute members. The research falls into three categories:
Learn more about the trainee opportunities and grants and how to apply for other internal and external grants.
Translational research is the essence of our vision at The Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). With each research project and program, and with our resources and critical support staff, we are improving the health and well-being of children in southern Alberta. and leading the way in Canada in pediatric research.
We accomplish this through translational research, an innovative way of thinking about and performing research, with the aim of quickly and efficiently bringing the results of our discoveries to patients’ bedsides. The discoveries from our laboratory and clinical research programs find their way to patients’ bedsides in the form of new drugs, techniques and therapeutic approaches.
Those treatments and approaches in turn generate new research questions and observations that our investigators bring back to their programs, in the hopes of advancing the health of children even further. Research is therefore intrinsic to the advancement of healthcare. Without it, there are no new treatments or cures to safely bring to patients.
At ACHRI, our research is focused on the developing brain, healthy living and genetics. Our researchers are working to bring advancements to the treatment of epilepsy, concussion and depression. They're exploring oncolytic virus therapy to improve cancer treatments in children. Our researchers are leading the way in liver cell transplants for infants. And they are using the newest technology in genetic sequencing as a tool to identify and treat childhood diseases.
The stories of their research represent only a few of the dozens of ongoing programs supported at ACHRI, which continues its dedication to translating such innovative research findings to outstanding patient care.