Scientists have developed a molecular “clock” that could reshape how pediatricians measure and monitor childhood growth and potentially allow for an earlier diagnosis of life-altering development disorders. The research, published this week in PNAS, describes how the addition of chemical tags to DNA over time can potentially be used to screen for developmental differences and health problems in children.
Graduate students have access to leading investigators and receive expert guidance in a training environment that produces skilled and confident researchers.
The research institute is home to more than 200 UBC faculty members who provide supervision and mentorship in a variety of research areas related to improving the health of children and families. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to search our Researchers and contact UBC's Faculty Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regarding admission requirements and the application process.
Seeking research credit to fulfill degree requirements for your home institution? Visiting graduate students may be eligible to obtain research credit at their home institution by engaging in research training opportunities at BC Children's Hospital. Contact UBC's Faculty Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for further information. Please note, visiting students engaged in research activities who are not taking courses may be required to pay a non-credit activity and student fees. Supervisors may cover these costs, however, this is at their discretion. For more information review the International Student Guide.
Once enrolled in a graduate degree program, BC Children's Hospital provides a number of research training awards. These awards are intended for graduate students actively engaged in research on the BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre campus who are supervised by our Researchers. They give promising trainees the start they need in their research careers and enable our researchers to recruit and support exceptional trainees. Training awards include:
- Graduate Studentships - For masters or doctoral students undertaking full time research in any health related research area that has direct relevance to improving the health of children and families. $20,000/year
- Trainee Travel Grants - To assist trainees to travel to prestigious national and international meetings and conferences to present their work, network and learn
- Research Methodology Training Grants - To help defray the costs of travel and living expenses for trainees who wish to participate in specialized training opportunities that are locally unavailable
- Sponsorship Requests - To support workshops, conferences or other academic events organized by research trainees at BC Children's Hospital