Affiliated Research Units

Women and Children's Health Research Institute

The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute is dedicated to promoting innovative, collaborative research that serves the unique health needs of women and children. It was founded in 2006 as a shared vision of the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, with core funding from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

In order to be the best, the Department of Pediatrics has partnered with the best. Through these partnerships the department is able to answer complex child health questions.

Aboriginal Child Health Research Program

The Aboriginal Child Health Research Program supports, builds upon and contributes to the dissemination of knowledge that is generated through community based participatory research projects with Aboriginal communities in Alberta.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal people has identified community based participatory research (CBPR) as the standard for building meaningful research relationships that incorporate Aboriginal peoples’ voices and knowledge systems.

CBPR is a partnership approach to research that gives voice and power to community members, provides a critical understanding of the causes and consequences of the issues under investigation, and empowers communities to define their own problems and potential solutions. All partners contribute their expertise, participate in decisions made throughout the research process and share ownership of the research data and outcomes, increasing knowledge translation and participants’ understanding of the health issues within a particular context. These factors lead to more relevant and appropriate interventions, policy recommendations and social change aimed at improving the health of community members.

For more information about the Department of Pediatrics Aboriginal Child Health Research Program, please visit Community Health Research Network.

Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE)

The Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) is located within the Department of Pediatrics.

The mandate of ARCHE is to: 

  • Produce high-quality evidence syntheses aimed at priority issues in health
  • Educate health providers and assist them in producing evidence syntheses
  • Support and foster the development of evidence-based practice

ARCHE realizes its mandate through four distinct research activities:

  1. The University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center (UA EPC)
  2. Pediatric Emergency Research of Canada (PERC) 
  3. The Cochrane Child Health Field 
  4. Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal 

Results of research conducted by ARCHE are consistently published in some of the world’s most highly cited medical journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, JAMA, Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, and PLoS Medicine.

For more information, please visit ARCHE.

Cardiovascular Research Centre

The Cardiovascular Research Centre aims to lessen the burden of cardiovascular diseases on society through the generation of new knowledge as to the underlying causes of these disorders.

Children's Environmental Health Clinic

Children's Environmental Health Clinic (ChECHC) is a unique program addressing the impacts on children’s health from environmental exposures (chemical, biological, physical and social). The program considers all environmental factors to assess exposures, by integrating clinical, research and educational components.

ChEHC has local and international affiliations and serves communities within Alberta and across Canada. ChEHC helps interface science, policy and practice.