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Child health research highlighted

UToday HomeOctober 18, 2011

By Carly Moran

First-year Chancellor’s Club scholars (from left to right) Paulina Podgorny (medicine), Blythe Sola (science) and Sandra Machula (engineering) attend the opening Chancellor’s Club event of the season. Photo by Jay ImFirst-year Chancellor’s Club scholars (from left to right) Paulina Podgorny (medicine), Blythe Sola (science) and Sandra Machula (engineering) attend the opening Chancellor’s Club event of the season. Photo by Jay ImSeveral of Canada’s top child health investigators were on hand to talk about leading child and maternal health research during a Chancellor’s Club event held Oct. 13 at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

The room was packed for the event, the first of three opportunities for members to learn more about important university partnerships with community, business and academic leaders in Calgary.

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health (ACHRI) is a partnership between the University of Calgary, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and Alberta Health Services dedicated to research and teaching excellence in the study of human development from embryo to adulthood. The partnership showcases the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the creation of knowledge and research networks.

Current themes in ACHRI health research were presented at this interactive event thanks to important work being done by host researchers and their teams in the areas of: respiratory illness, intestinal rehabilitation, genetics, brain health, conquering childhood cancer, injury prevention and human patient simulation.

The Chancellor’s Club—first initiated in the 1960s by Chancellor Emeritus McLaurin—is a unique program that brings current and former university presidents, chancellors, and academic leaders together with community leaders in an impactful and stimulating way. The club exemplifies the university’s foundational commitment to sharpen the focus on research and scholarship and fully integrate the university with the community.

In 1991, the year of the university’s 25th anniversary, Chancellor Emeritus Jim Palmer introduced the Chancellor’s Club Scholarship program. These scholarships attract exceptional students who raise the standard of excellence at the university and are among the premier university scholarships offered in Canada.

“The success of the Chancellor’s Club means the university attracts and retains more of the best and brightest scholars,” says Chancellor Jim Dinning. “While supporting our scholars, our members see firsthand the ‘Eureka moments’ our faculty, students and staff experience in their discovery work. Our evening at the Alberta Children's Hospital was one-of-a-kind; our members were 'wowed' by researchers excited about their work.”

Learn more about the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health.

Learn more about scholarships awarded through the Chancellor’s Club.