Department of Pediatrics – Research Profile
The Department has a long history of innovative clinical and basic science research. Overall the Department's grant support and research productivity, as measured by published papers and presentations, is arguably the highest of the clinical departments at Dalhousie Medical School. Departmental grants pay the salaries of more than 100 Nova Scotians.
Research is an expected and important thrust for all faculty and is outlined in each Division's profile on this website.
The Department has a special mix of basic science and clinical researchers, with clinician scientists who tie the two together. The four largest research groups are the Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, the Atlantic Research Centre, the Clinical Trials Centre and the Immunology Group. The Perinatal Epidemiology Unit is a joint research unit sponsored by the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics. The Atlee Database documents perinatal features of all children born in Nova Scotia and is linked with many other Provincial databases.
The Clinical Trials Centre focuses on vaccine development with both clinical trials and basic science research, especially regarding pertussis and RSV.
The Immunology group holds a CIHR group grant and studies cell adhesion, mast cell function and children with immune deficiency.
The Atlantic Research Centre has a CIHR group grant to study cholesterol regulation in cell biochemistry and cell signaling.