About the
About the Institute

The MCHRI fosters collaborative research and educational efforts dedicated to understanding the developmental, mental, physical and psychosocial challenges faced by children and youth with complicated lives. The MCHRI also wishes to understand the impact of these forces on families raising such children.

The MCHRI brings together a group of internationally recognized child health research programs under a common umbrella, to share experiences and address the common themes of children and families with complicated lives. These groups bring significant research expertise in child and youth mental health, childhood disability, childhood cancer, obesity, exercise and nutrition, bone and muscle disorders, child maltreatment.

With our partners we want to look at the common threads that link these many children – and their families. What do these ‘children with complicated lives and their families' have in common? Among many issues, they all face growing up with problems of health or development that easily colour all their life experiences, because their conditions cannot be ‘fixed'. They may have limited opportunities to ‘participate' in life – to engage in the social and recreational activities that are so formative to all young people. They face an uncertain ‘transition to adulthood' when they leave the relative support of the child health community and move into the ‘adult' world that doesn't yet understand adults with ‘children's disorders'. Their families' lives are also ‘complicated' by the realities of their children's lives.

Together, the MCHRI and its partners ask new questions, explore new issues and shed new light on challenges that have, until now, either not been recognized at all, or have been neglected. 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.

The MCHRI supports its members in their respective programs of research and provides access to the following:

  • Training and mentorship
  • Knowledge Translation (KT)
  • Engagement and Partnership
  • Research Support
  • Scholarship