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(L-R) Dr. Justin Lam, Dr. Liana Figuero, Dr. Dilan Dissanayake, Dr. Erin Wennberg

Research in the Department of Paediatrics

Striving for excellence in fundamental, translational and clinical research is a core mission of the Department of Paediatrics.  Under the leadership and direction of Dr. Annie Huang, Associate Chair of Research, our Vision is to make disruptive/innovative science an integral part of training and clinical care for children across all paediatric disciplines at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)/Temerty Medicine.  Our Mission is to leverage our unique strengths to develop new science/collaborations, and train, recruit and retain scholars with skills for transformative, impactful paediatric care.

Strategic Objectives and Initiatives

Promote innovative/disruptive clinical care across all divisions and disciplines
Create/enhance opportunities for dialogue, education, skills acquisition
Maintain/grow training, recruitment, retention capacity across all disciplines
Develop versatile models of physician-scientist training/recruitment with divisions, University of Toronto (CIP, MD, PhD, Translational Medicine) and national (CCHCSP) partners
Increase local, regional and international impact/profile of the Department of Paediatrics
Strategic promotion of Department of Paediatrics’ Faculty and trainees.  Identify opportunities for alignment with UofT, TASHN and other paediatric academic partners

Research Advisory Council (RAC)

Research activities in the SickKids' Department of Paediatrics are led by the Associate Chair of Paediatrics (Research) and the Research Advisory Council (RAC). Research by Departmental members is performed within one of 12 disciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs within the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children. 

All Department members who conduct research are cross-appointed to the Research Institute as either a Senior Scientist, Scientist, Senior Associate Scientist, Associate Scientist or Project Investigator.

Read more about the SickKids Research Institute.

Current members:

Meet our Research Education Directors

Dr. Annie Huang

Dr. Annie Huang, Associate Chair Research

Dr. Huang serves as the Associate Chair Research for the Department of Paediatrics, overseeing the overall research activities, goals and initiatives of the Department.

photo of Dr. Mark Friedberg

Dr. Mark Friedberg, Director of the Clinical/Education Track

Dr. Friedberg oversees the research and scholarship activities at the resident level, and directs the clinical and education track in the clinician-scientist training pathway.

Dr. Jim Dowling

Dr. Jim Dowling, Director of the Basic/Translation Track

Dr. Dowling directs the MD/PhD residency stream, and oversees the basic and translation track in the clinician-scientist training pathway.

Clinician-Scientist Training Pathway

Research Highlights

Transition Clinician-Scientist Program

Get in touch with us!

For Faculty, staff and learners, please contact us at the Office of the Associate Chair of Research.