Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI)

PMNCH constituency

Academic, Research & Training Institutes

Focal point

Dr Peter von Dadelszen


Associate Professor (Obstetrics & Gynecology), University of British Columbia (UBC)
Senior Clinician Scientist and Co-Director, Reproduction & Healthy Pregnancy Cluster, Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI)
Consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre

Health focus

  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Maternal/Reproductive Health
  • Newborn Health
  • Child Health

Priority action area(s)

  • MNCH Core Package of Interventions
  • Strengthening Human Resources
  • Advocacy

Mission statement

Investigators at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) engage in various projects - from molecular and cell biology to health services and policy research - that involve collaborations with maternity, newborn, and child health partners in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and regions in the South Pacific.

CFRI’s main areas of research are reproductive health, innovations in health care and technology, child immunology, childhood cancer and blood, children’s nutrition, childhood diabetes, developmental neuroscience, and genetics. Projects range from developing community interventions for women with pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, management of pediatric infectious diseases in the Cape Flats, vaccinology, and cell phone-based technologies to support community-level case findings and interventions.


Organization e-mail:

Full address:

950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 4H4




+1 604-875-3054

Number of staff:

Over 200 investigators and over 250 trainees

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