Research in Action

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Neurocrtical care

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is home to specialists who are nationally- and internationally-recognized for helping to continuously improve the delivery of pediatric emergency care, through evidence-based research, translation of new knowledge into practice, and by developing tools and simulation programs that fine-tune the skills of health care professionals in emergency situations. Thanks in large part to community support, NCC is building on existing strengths in all areas of Life-Saving Care, including emergency medicine, trauma and resuscitation, intensive care, surgery, and neuro-critical care.

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Neurodevelopmental disorders

Developmental, behavioural and emotional problems are now collectively the leading cause of disability affecting children. The etiology of most of these conditions is unclear and there is an urgent need to devote resources to uncover the developmental origins of these disorders and to develop effective interventions for children and their families. The science encompasses the disciplines of embryology, developmental biology, neurophathology, psychology and psychiatry. Additionally there is an interaction between environmental and genetic factors that significantly impacts the life course.


Integrated Concussion Research

The Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP) is a university-wide initiative to study concussion, which has brought together experts from the Cumming School of Medicine, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Faculty of Arts, with support from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), including concussion, is a common occurrence. In Canada, approximately 250,000 concussions occur per year. Unfortunately, concussions can be difficult to detect and diagnose and can result in long-term problems. The ICRP was developed to address the growing concern about concussions, better the lives of those who have experienced these injuries, and prevent concussions for upcoming generations.