McMaster University researchers receive over $1 million in funding to promote children’s health in Hamilton


Published April 27, 2023 at 2:04 pm

Five researchers from McMaster’s University plan to join forces with local healthcare partners to better promote children’s health in Hamilton — with help from $1.175 million in funding from the Juravinski Research Institute (JRI).

Researchers Rohan D’Souza, Stelios Georgiades, Olaf Kraus de Camargo, Katherine Morrison and Gita Wahi are aiming to unite research centres and academic departments at Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH), McMaster University, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

It’s another step under their Towards a Brighter Path for Every Child in Hamilton plan.

“This funding is an exciting first step toward realizing a truly collaborative future for child health research across Hamilton where families, researchers, clinicians and community organizations work together to improve the health of children in our city,” said Katherine Morrison, a professor of the Department of Pediatrics, director of the Centre for Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research, and a pediatric endocrinologist at MCH.

The proposal for Brighter Path was submitted in 2022 in response to the JRI’s Child and Youth Health funding call.

The researchers say that until now, research has been siloed within groups and disciplines due to “traditional organizational and funding structures.”

They believe the funding is an opportunity to make a collective impact and improve care, services and health outcomes for Hamilton-area children, particularly those from different neighbourhoods and income levels.

“This funding will be a catalyst for an integrated approach to child health research that is strengths-based and aims to reduce the health inequities that currently exist in Hamilton, where a child’s neighbourhood and family income level can impact their health outcomes,” said co-PI Gita Wahi, associate professor of the Department of Pediatrics and member of both the Chanchlani Research Centre and MODR.

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