Program Overview

Dr. Constantin Polychronakos


Associate Leader(s)
Dr. Hugh Clarke
Dr. Bethany Foster

Dr. Noha Gerges
514-934-1934 ext. 76360

The Child Health and Human Development Program (CHHD) was created after collective reflection in several key areas. Since early life events and factors have the potential to dictate lifelong human health, it is essential to increase our understanding of these factors in order to develop novel detection methods and therapies.

Besides needing to learn more about genetics and developmental processes, we are now starting to see that early environmental factors may modulate epigenetic changes that can affect health changes decades later. Chronic childhood disease also plays a role in cognitive and identity development, underlining the need to amalgamate the strengths of researchers in many disciplines into a single, unified program.

The CHHD Program therefore builds on four main themes that study different aspects of child health and human development: 

  • Human reproduction and development 
  • Molecular and cellular determinants of child health 
  • Neuropsychological and vision health
  • Health outcomes in childhood disease.