Our Impact

It takes vision to change the future. With more than 320 scientists and clinicians, our institute is building healthier lives for children through discovery, innovation and partnership. Leading-edge studies have delivered transformational advancements spanning from injury and illness prevention to personalized treatments for disease. Our impact on children and families stretches beyond Calgary across the province and around the world.

Dr. Stephen Freedman

photo:Riley Brandt, UCalgary

Research guides better treatment for children

National Institutes of Health Award

Dr. Stephen Freedman, MD has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Trial Planning grant. The funds are to prepare for a multinational clinical trial that will evaluate a therapy for STEC infected children with the goal of preventing the need for dialysis and other adverse outcomes.The grant is titled "Volume Expansion in Children with Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Infection to Prevent or Mitigate Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: Planning a Multinational Randomized Clinical Trial." When identified in stool samples, STEC are considered to be pathogens that cause diarrhea, often bloody, and may lead to the development of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). While persons of any age can develop HUS, the greatest risk is in children.

Bella and her mom

Photo: Don Molyneaux

Bella's story

Seeing Isabella DeSouza-Cook today, chatting away like any other 17-year-old, you’d never guess she struggled at birth to stay alive. The teenager was born premature, weighing less than one-and-a-half pounds or 680 grams. About 350 infants are born annually in Canada at this weight. “The specialists told us she may not live and I was very worried,” says her mom Melanie DeSouza-Cook. Melanie was an older mom when she delivered Isabella. While in the neonatal intensive care unit at Foothills Medical Centre, Isabella was enrolled in a groundbreaking mom-infant study led by Dr. Suzanne Tough, PhD.

"Bella and preemies like her are able to become healthy children and healthy adults because of interventions and care driven by research."

Melanie DeSouza-Cook

2018 Highlights

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