IWK researchers constantly strive to refine and improve treatments. This involves ongoing evaluation of medications, procedures and protocols, as well as testing new treatments and comparing them to current gold standards. These researchers are also interested in evaluating the impact of patient, family and caregiver education programs on treatment outcomes.
Centre for Research in Family Health
The Centre coordinates and evaluates such initiations as Family Help. This innovative program uses technology and trained coaches to deliver psychosocial health services to children and families.
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Children's Heart Centre
The children's cardiac group is engaged in a wide range of studies to improve the understanding and treatment of congenital heart diseases.
Dental and Oral Maxillofacial Care for Children
This group focuses on such critical issues as the causes, prevention and treatment of early childhood cavities, pre-natal diagnosis and early treatment of cleft lip and palate, and reconstructive surgery.
IWK nephrology researchers are known globally for their progress in revealing the causes of such conditions as Reye's Syndrome and polycystic kidney disease.
The gastroenterology research team is working to improve quality of life for children and youth with inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as those who have received liver transplants.
Pediatric General Surgery
IWK surgeons are involved in a broad spectrum of studies aimed at improving techniques and outcomes of surgery.
These researchers are involved in clinical studies to understand the triggers, characteristics and natural history of inflammatory conditions as juvenile arthritis, dermatomyositis and vasculitis, while testing new therapies.