Boy eatingThe thousands of molecules in diet, including proteins, vitamins, and other components like antioxidants, interact with each child’s genetics to affect long‐term health and susceptibility to disease. Premature infants, babies with heart failure or intestinal diseases, and children receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer all have special nutritional needs. Often, these children must be fed by i.v., feeding tubes, or with special diets.

Researchers with the Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program at BC Children's Hospital are studying ways to improve the nutrition of premature babies and children with complex health needs to best support their mental and physical development. 

MonkeyOur researchers are also researching the dietary needs of healthy pregnant women and children to optimize each child’s healthy growth and brain development while preventing chronic problems such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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hot-air-balloon-gum-study_0.jpgInterested in participating in nutrition research? Visit our participation page for more information. 


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About Us

The Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program is committed to improving the understanding of how dietary variables, alone or with genetic deterrents, influence and impact children in reaching their maximum potential for physiological and neurological development and health.

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Analytical Labs

Our laboratory has extensive experience with lipid analysis and can provide identification and quantification of individual lipids and fatty acids present in a variety of samples, including cells, tissues, fluids and foods.

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Contact Us

The Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program is located on the campus of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.

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As our key funding partner, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation provides essential funding support to the institute.

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