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Research

Making discoveries that matter

In the Department of Pediatrics, we’ve maintained a long history of innovative clinical and basic science research, thanks to our abundance of grant support and our exceptionally productive and dedicated researchers.

We emphasize the importance of research to all faculty and this focus on research is demonstrated by our high number of published papers and presentations.

Areas of strength

Within the department, you’ll find an unusual combination of basic science, clinical researchers and clinician scientists. Our largest research groups are:

The Atlantic Research Centre: The majority of the centre’s research focuses on the synthesis and degradation of membrane lipids like phospholipids and cholesterol. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between lipid metabolism and human disease, including cancer, neurodegenerative, heart and infectious disease.

The Autism Research Centre (ARC): Researchers at the ARC are working to advance our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), promote earlier detection of ASD, and develop better supports for individuals with ASD and their families. They are accomplishing this through developmental investigations, including longitudinal studies, and the implementation of system-, provider- and patient/family-level interventions.

The Canadian Center for Vaccinology (CCfV): An integrated, collaborative, interdisciplinary vaccine research team, CCfV is committed to developing, implementing and evaluating vaccine technologies and vaccines for infectious diseases that have a significant impact on Canadian and global health and training experts in these critical and evolving fields.

The Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit (PERU): With a team of leading researchers and access to one of the world’s longest running, most extensive perinatal databases and other comprehensive data sets, the unit provides insight into pressing issues in women’s and children’s health. These include the growing problems of obesity and exposures to environmental toxins.

Technoscience and Regulation Research Unit: 
Researchers apply a variety of interdisciplinary approaches including actor network theory to local and globally-situated case studies to track the relationships of human and non-human entities in the regulation of emerging therapeutic and food products, such as GMOs, pharmaceuticals, biologics and vaccines.

Zebrafish Core Research Facility: Dalhousie Medical School's Zebrafish Lab provides researchers with state-of-the-art facilities for developing and studying zebrafish models of disease, and for testing new treatments in these disease models. Apart from being transparent, and therefore easy to examine live under a microscope, zebrafish share many of the same genes with humans and generate large numbers of offspring—making them an efficient and effective model system for biomedical research.