Fighting for Ordinary Lives

Thank You for Championing Prevention

Rachael, age 12. London, Ontario.

Rachael, age 12. London, Ontario.

Cancer, diabetes, congenital heart disease, injuries from collisions – Children’s Health Research Institute scientists are taking on serious health issues so kids in the future don’t have to. They are fighting for ordinary, with your support.

When a child’s organs are failing, or their vitals are crashing. When cancer has taken hold of a young patient’s body. Our medical professionals put their everything into saving them. 

Often, they’re successful (as demonstrated by our victory stories). But other times, sadly, they are not. The reality is they’re doing their best in a difficult situation, trying to fix what’s already broken. 

What they do is essential. However, we want there to be a day when prevention reigns and critical care is needed less – saving many young lives. To get there we need to prioritize research. 

We are fortunate in London to have a large yet tight-knit community of brilliant minds who are working to advance medical science. With more than 100 scientists and associate scientists, Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI) is an important part of this community and a champion in advancing children’s health. 

This year, dedicated and forward-thinking donors to Children’s Health Foundation generously contributed more than $2 million to fund exciting research at CHRI. 

We are thrilled to highlight some of the projects that have great potential to protect our kids in the future, ensuring they can enjoy ordinary lives free from sickness, pain and suffering:


Halt Childhood Obesity Before it Starts

Researchers at CHRI, together with their colleagues from Western University, have launched a major effort to determine how life in the womb can lead to childhood obesity and other concerning health issues, such as diabetes. Their research will open opportunity for early prevention. 

Dr. Thomas Drysdale and his team are working to demystify the cellular mechanisms that drive the generation of the heart’s shape. In doing so, they expect to gain a greater understanding of where in the process errors can occur and how these may cause the congenital heart defects we see in children, helping find ways to protect them. Nearly one in every 100 children is born with a congenital heart defect.

Defending Young Hearts from Defects

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of severe injury and death for all ages world-wide. Knowing the devastation they cause, Dr. Douglas Fraser and a team of researchers are investigating real-world crashes occurring across Ontario. Their goal is to find factors that render our little ones vulnerable during collisions and ignite change.

Safer Back Seats to Prevent Crash Injuries

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In 2017, CHRI celebrated its 30th birthday!

$23,960,000 total funds received by CHRI

157 research projects in progress during 2017

148 publications produced by CHRI in 2017