Research excellence is an essential component of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. The section of Basic Science plays a key role in the Department of Paediatrics' mission "to strive for excellence in child health care, teaching and research to promote child health while providing optimal care for sick children and their families". Our section consists of scientists who have their academic home in the Department of Paediatrics. We are a diverse group of scientists drawn together by our common focus on hypothesis-driven research focusing on child health and disease. At present our scientists span the academic disciplines of developmental biology, fetal and neonatal health, molecular genetics and epidemiology. We hold individually funded operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Science and Engineering Research Council.
As well as our academic home in Paediatrics, each of the scientists is cross-appointed to a Basic Science Department at Western University through which our graduate students pursue their graduate research. Further affiliations include our roles as scientists within the Children's Health Research Institute. Together, the scientists contribute to the critical mass of research expertise focused on child health at the Victoria campus of the London Health Sciences Centre.
In addition to our individual research programs, the scientists have a significant role in research education in the Department of Paediatrics, as research mentors for medical students and residents and by collaborating with clinical colleagues. We are proud of our involvement in establishing vital dialogue with our clinical colleagues and trainees in the form of Research Rounds, Paediatric Research Day and more generally by contributing to the research culture in our Department.