Child Health and Wellness

Child Health and Wellness

For better health and wellbeing of children, families and communities around the world.

Focus on Children and Families

Research in child health and wellbeing has the power to transform the future for children, families and communities. When we effectively treat illnesses and prevent stressors in babies and children, the benefits to children and their families are monumental.

Research Highlights

Gina Dimitropoulos

Initiative supports youth with eating disorders as they transition to adult care

New UCalgary research by Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos looks to make this transition to adult care programs much easier

Carly McMorris

Collaboration and community support needed to address mental health challenges

Dr. Carly McMorris leads the way to better support the mental health needs of kids with co-occurring medical conditions

Abhay Lodha

Dr. Abhay Lodha honoured as Immigrant of Distinction in STEM

2022 Immigrant of Distinction recipients include several with ties to UCalgary

Latest news


Now Innovating: How research and entrepreneurial paths aligned to create a digital innovation that translates pharmacogenomics data for better prescribing practices

A conversation with Dr. Chad Bousman, PhD, associate professor, Cumming School of Medicine<br />...


Mental health awareness critical for children on Bell Let’s Talk Day, and every day, says UCalgary researcher

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UCalgary announces inaugural Chair of Mental Health Initiative for Stress and Trauma

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Dr. Julia Jacobs-LeVan appointed Assistant Dean, Postdoctoral Research

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kids in classroom


The Child Health and Wellness research strategy is led by the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) in partnership with Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and our visionary community to create a better future for children through research. This collaborative community includes investigators from: ArtsCumming School of MedicineKinesiologyNursingOwerko CentreSchulich School of EngineeringScienceSocial WorkVeterinary Medicine and Werklund School of Education.

Collaborations with Cumming School of Medicine Research InstitutesInfections, Inflammation and Chronic DiseasesHuman Dynamics in a Changing WorldEngineering Solutions for HealthBrain and Mental HealthUCalgary Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; the Azrieli Accelorator as well as ii' taa'poh'to'p are critical to accelerating outcomes.

Child health has long been the focus of this diverse group of researchers at the University. Four decades of generous support from the community has fueled research excellence. Today, this group includes over 350 investigators and more than 700 trainees and research staff.

Child Health and Wellness researchers from across campus engaged with child and youth-facing agencies, community members and leaders to develop this strategy. This dynamic journey, involving 640 participants from 40 organizations, illuminated the intersection between the University of Calgary’s research strengths, strategic opportunities and the needs of the community.

kids in circle


Partners who contribute resources to the Child Health and Wellness research strategy include: