The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the most respected children’s hospitals in the world and a leader in child health research, learning and care. The Hospital stands apart from its peers because of its commitment to excellence through collaboration across disciplines, professions and borders. SickKids is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. The research and discoveries coming out of SickKids continue to have international impact and although located in Toronto, SickKids is considered a national treasure.
In 1930, research at SickKids led to the development of a new quick-to-prepare, low cost cereal that later becomes the world-famous Pablum.
In 1989, SickKids researchers discovered the gene responsible for the development of cystic fibrosis. The Hospital currently follows 300 patients with cystic fibrosis.
In 2008, SickKids was first in the paediatric world to use Novalung (an artificial lung device) until new donor lungs were available.
In 2009, SickKids was the first hospital in Canada to successfully perform a heart surgery on a baby in utero.