McMaster University

McMaster University

Research Team

Pediatric Research

Message from Dr. Anthony Chan

Professor and Associate Chair (Research), Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Anthony Chan Pediatrics ResearchClinicians and basic scientists within Pediatrics work collaboratively in research projects that have immediate application to improving child health.

Leading edge research is conducted in areas such as longitudinal, prospective investigations into the early origins of major chronic diseases such as obesity, arteriosclerosis, asthma and allergy and osteoporosis; childhood disability and mental health; prematurity; quality of life in many childhood diseases; and neurometabolic problems or epilepsy.

Excellent research facilities include laboratories for lab bench science and research in animal models, clinical assessment rooms, body composition laboratories and highly trained research staff. The environment of university and hospital within one building fosters opportunities for training in research for undergraduate science and medical students, pediatric residents, clinical and research post-doctoral fellows, and students enrolled in masters and doctoral graduate programs. Furthermore, the proximity of the academic/hospital environment provides unique multi-disciplinary research collaboration with colleagues in epidemiology, anthropology, kinesiology, nursing, rehabilitation and radiation sciences and other medical sub-specialties.

Click on the specific research theme sections outlined in this section to learn more about our research programs and academic researchers in child health.

What's New?

2015 Child Health Research Day a great success!

On May 27,2015, research in the Department was showcased with 27 posters presented by trainees and research staff; 5 trainee oral presentations; and one featured oral presentation by New Investigator Dr. Constantine Samaan.

See event photos

Research Roundtable

We are excited to announce this new Royal College accredited series in the Department of Pediatrics! This hybrid of former Work-in-Progress and Research Seminars is an informal, interactive forum for researchers, trainees, allied health staff and research staff to share knowledge and exchange ideas. Get more information about Research Roundtable and upcoming sessions.

McMaster Represented at CCHCSP Symposium

McMaster was well represented at the annual symposium of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) held in Vancouver June 6-8, 2014. The program included a half day workshop on Knowledge Translation and a two day symposium on topics including establishing clinical research programs, research funding, ethics in child health research and work/life balance, plus many opportunities for networking with peers and mentors from across Canada. (Read More and See Event Photo...)

McMaster Child Health Research Day a Success!

On May 7, 2014 research in the Department of Pediatrics was showcased in 18 posters presented by trainees and research staff, 5 trainee oral presentation, and on featured oral presentation by new investigator Dr. Jeff Pernica. (See event photos and find out who won...)


Looking for a project, thesis or volunteer student?

The Department of Pediatrics maintains a database of trainees interested in child health research opportunities and have many requests for placement. If you would like to connect with a trainee interested in your field of research, contact Martha Cousins.

Neonatal Research Program Online

Learn more about the research activities, student opportunities, and recent accomplishments in the Division of Neonatology by visiting the Neonatal Research Program's new webpage.

5th Annual Child Health Trainee Research Day

Annual Child Health Trainee Research Day

The 5th Annual Child Health Research Day held on June 26th was a great success and attracted some local media attention!  The breadth of research in the Department of Pediatrics was showcased in 41 posters presented by trainees, research staff, and new investigators, 6 trainee oral presentations, and one featured oral presentation by new investigator Dr. Melissa Parker. [Read complete story]

Staff Portal Access

The portal features research resources exclusively for Pediatrics' faculty, trainees, and staff. A password is required to access the site. Contact Martha Cousins ( for details.

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