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2016 Highlights

  • On their royal tour of BC, Prince William and Duchess Kate visited BC Children's Hospital/Kelty Mental Health to discuss child and youth mental health issues.
  • BC Children's Hospital, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Northern Health were awarded the Premier's Partnership Award for their collaborative work on the Telehealth Outreach Psychiatry Service (TOPS). TOPS provides psychiatric consults to 16 communities in northern BC by connecting a psychiatrist located in Vancouver to a remote child and youth mental health team, via telehealth (videoconferencing) technology.
  • Researchers at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC found that special proteins called chemokines help keep our bodies’ defenses in check by preventing the immune system from mistakenly harming healthy tissue. This discovery may lead to new treatments for type 1 diabetes.
  • Dr. Edmund Chan, director of the Allergy Clinic at BC Children's Hospital, was the only Canadian on an international panel that revised new guidelines for peanut consumption and peanut allergy risk in infants in 2016.
  • Scientists at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC engineered immune cells to protect organs from transplant rejection. These cells could be given as a living drug to prevent attack to transplanted cells and organs.
  • BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project celebrated its Topping Off milestone, which signified that the Teck Acute Care Centre’s structure was complete from foundation to roof.
  • BC Children's Hospital's Emergency Department became an official site for take-home naloxone kits, to help combat the overdose crisis in BC.
  • BC Children’s Hospital researchers in the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia discovered an early warning sign of transplant rejection. A new study published in the journal Blood identified a protein that could diagnose chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD), a serious, long-term complication that affects some patients after a blood and bone marrow transplant.
  • New research from the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at BC Children’s Hospital provided insight into how infections early in life may reduce the risk of leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer.
  • The BC Early Hearing Program partnered with Dr. Soren Gantt of BC Children’s Hospital/Child and Family Research Institute and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre to pilot a program that screens high-risk newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. CMV screening in newborns has never been done in BC before. The collaboration between the program, Dr. Gantt and his research team, and BC Women’s is the first of its kind in Canada.
  • Diane Hart of BC Children’s Hospital won the Distinguished Service Award of the Child Life Council. This is the highest award presented by the Child Life Council Board of Directors, recognizing exceptional members for outstanding contributions to the field of child life.
  • Dr. Michael Klein, BC Children’s Hospital and the Child and Family Research Institute, was invested as a member of the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours.
  • Dr. Michael Hayden, an investigator at BC Children's Hospital, was inducted to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to health sciences.

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