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Site Watch Leader: Children’s Hospital of Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) a Leader in Pediatric Research

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Kahlla Shea of Global News of Canada reports on how CHRIM has been at the forefront studying how social determinants of health (environment, social conditions, etc.) materially impact children’s health. See Kahla Shea’s video interview of Dr. Terry Klassen on the importance of the three-day 14th Annual Child Health Research Days event in Canada.

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CHRIM has a long history of discovery and translational research in Manitoba Canada. CHIRIM started back in 1959 as the Children’s Hospital Research Fund.  This fund led to the establishment of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba in 1971. Thereafter, the fund has continuously raised and distributed millions of dollars annually to advance knowledge and care in child health research.

Pediatric research has a long and well-respected history in Manitoba, dating back to at least 1925. Manitoba’s pediatric researchers have received international acclaim and made important contributions to many areas of research including respirology, allergy and clinical immunology, genetics, neonatology, and Rh disease among many others.

A dependable source of funding for pediatric research did not exist in Manitoba until 1959 when the Children’s Hospital Research Fund was created. That fund led to the establishment of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba in 1971. Since then, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba has continued to successfully raise and distribute millions of dollars each year for the advancement of knowledge and care in child health research.

State-of-the-art facilities dedicated to pediatric research became a reality in Manitoba through a combined initiative between The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, and the University of Manitoba. Over $26 million was raised towards the construction of the John Buhler Research Centre on the University of Manitoba Bannatyne Campus. In 1999, the 5th floor of the John Buhler Research Centre was completed and researchers from a variety of pediatric disciplines have been hard at work there, and at a wide variety of collaborating institutions ever since.

In 2001, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba officially created the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, which changed its name to the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba in 2015. As the research division of the Foundation, the Institute took over the administration of all Foundation research support programs and oversaw the development and strategic expansion of operations of the 5th floor of the John Buhler Research Centre facility.

This new institute structure was a major step forward in the overall growth and development of pediatric research in Manitoba. It was associated with an unparalleled increase in the amount of child health research efforts and record local levels of external funding for pediatric research, bringing together researchers from diverse child health research specialties as Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba members.

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