Funding announcement: Safer and more effective medication for children

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 9:00am

Today, the University of Manitoba announced $8.4 million in new research funding provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This grant is in partnership with several funders from across Canada; including local funding support from the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation through WCHRI. 

The grant will sponsor four clinical trials conducted in six pediatric emergency departments and will look at common conditions (breathing problems, stomach upset, and pain from injury or procedure). The infrastructure and resources developed through this grant will lay the groundwork for a national network called “KidsCAN” – a Canadian effort to provide safe medications for children.   

Ultimately, this research is intended to make clinical trials for children easier, less expensive and more informative. WCHRI contributions will be used locally for the data coordination centre and to run the trials in the emergency department.

WCHRI is proud to contribute to this important initiative to make trials for children better and more effective, as well as to provide physicians with a comprehensive database of information for prescribing medications for children.

Further information is available at You can also follow KidsCAN on Twitter @KidsCANtrials.