The Research Institute at The Montreal Children's Hospital was formally established in 1966
as a partnership between McGill University and the hospital in order to promote and facilitate
excellence in child health research. In 1996, the Institute joined other research centres at
McGill University to establish the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
Today, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre at The Montreal Children's
Hospital has major research strengths in the fields of genetics, public health and preventive
medicine, growth and development, oncology, psychosocial problems and cardio-respiratory health.
Other important research domains include endocrine and renal disease, infection and immunity,
musculoskeletal disorders and neuroscience. Research activity is conducted at The Montreal
Children's Hospital and two satellite facilities within a block of the Hospital.
The Montreal Children's Hospital has over 100 clinical and basic scientists, nearly 50 of whom
hold grants from peer-reviewed agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the
Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the U.S. National
Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and the International Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation. Other personnel include over 80 research assistants and over 100 graduate
students and research fellows.
During the 2011-12 academic year, 101 graduate students, 21 post-doctoral fellows
and 35 residents and clinical fellows were involved in child health research projects at the
Montreal Children's Hospital. Supervised by staff affiliated with McGill University and the
Montreal Children's Hospital, the majority of trainees are enrolled in various departments at
McGill University including biology; biomedical engineering; nutrition and dietetics; epidemiology,
biostatistics and occupational health; experimental medicine; experimental surgery; human genetics;
integrated neurosciences; pharmacology and therapeutics; psychiatry; psychology; and the schools of
nursing and social work. Prospective trainees must be enrolled in McGill's Faculty of Graduate Studies
prior to acceptance for research training at the hospital.