Supporting Excellence in Child Health Research
At the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, we understand that pediatric research is an essential and specialized field of health research that presents unique opportunities and challenges for clinical and scientific investigators.
Children are not little adults. Medications and treatments that have been tested in adults cannot simply be applied to children without first conducting research. Some conditions are only seen in infants and children, making it necessary for research studies to involve children as participants. Furthermore, it is increasingly recognized that the earliest causes of adult disease may be present in childhood. By understanding and addressing the earliest signs of these conditions in children, pediatric researchers work so that future generations can live healthier than ever before.
It is our goal to provide our researchers and their teams with the valuable resources necessary to foster the growth and advancement of their pediatric research endeavors. At the Institute we do this by offering our researchers:
- Financial support opportunities through our grants competitions; which provide funding for operating grants, all levels of trainees, and travel support. We also provide funds for the recruitment of new scientists and the establishment of new areas of expertise.
- Access to core infrastructure services which includes the expertise of our Clinical Research Unit in facilitating investigator-initiated, grant funded studies; national multi-site protocols; and industry sponsored clinical trials. The Unit also offers their professional skills to coordinate families and children participating in research, and provide research assistance to residents, fellows, and students.
- Onsite biostatistical expertise for researchers and their trainees that includes data analysis and statistical consulting support.
Our facilities provide our researchers with access to core infrastructure, shared equipment and space, creating a collaborative, inclusive environment among pediatric researchers from multiple disciplines. By providing these important resources to our researchers, we help them concentrate their efforts on what they do best – their research.
In the big picture, our hope is that this will lead to increased efficiency and knowledge transfer in pediatric research, and will heighten the speed at which discoveries and advancements are made that affect children’s health.
For parents and children waiting for a diagnosis, a more effective treatment, or a cure… these discoveries and advancements can’t come fast enough. Just as every second that a parent has with their child is precious, so are the efforts of our researchers. At the Institute, our commitment to our researchers ensures that they make the most of their time and efforts.
We invite you to explore this section to find additional information on how we support our member pediatric researchers. For details on Manitoba Institute of Child Health Membership, please click here.