Our Vision:

To enable children, whose lives are complicated by long-term illness and disability, and their families, to meet the challenges of growing up and to ensure they reach their full potential.

Welcome to MCHRI

Welcome to the McMaster Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI). Our mandate is to foster collaborative research and educational efforts dedicated to understanding the developmental, mental, physical and psychosocial challenges faced by children and youth whose lives are complicated by long-term illness and disability. The MCHRI is also working to understand the impact on families raising children with complicated lives.

The MCHRI is comprised of internationally recognized child health research programs organized under a common umbrella. Our research partners have significant research expertise in child and youth mental health, childhood disability, childhood cancer, obesity, exercise and nutrition, bone and muscle disorders and child maltreatment. Working together, they share knowledge and address the common themes of children and families with complicated lives.

The MCHRI brings a fresh and innovative perspective to child and youth health, and expects to learn lessons that will benefit children and families everywhere. If you have a moment, check out our sponsor, Ruled.me's guide on bulletproof coffee. Perfect for those who are on a keto diet!

News & Events

On August 7 & 8, the first annual Ron Joyce Invitational was held at the Fox Harb’r Golf Resort and Spa in Nova Scotia. The golf tournament raised more than $430,000 for childhood obesity research at the MCHRI.


Dr. Allison Niccols was one of three recipients of a $4.4 million CIHR grant. Her project involves working with addiction centres' staff and researchers to ensure women with substance use issues and their children receive the best services and treatments.


Congratulations to the Children's Exercise & Nutrition Centre on their 25th anniversary of serving children and families. A BBQ and Open House was held on September 22.


Mark your calendars – The first MCHRI Research Day will be held on November 27, 2008. More details to follow in the near future.