CMMT’s innovative scientific research makes a difference.

At CMMT we advance knowledge to understand and treat major diseases impacting children and adults. Researchers at CMMT explore the genetic basis of disease and translate this knowledge into new prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies.

True to our founding vision, we give outstanding investigators and young researchers broad freedom to pursue new ideas, and encourage novel collaborations across disciplinary boundaries. Collaborations that CMMT fosters with researchers from all areas of the research community; academics, clinicians, and industry, accelerates discovery through the sharing of expertise and knowledge.

Among the unique advantages of CMMT are flexibility; the ability to develop, evaluate and incorporate ideas; and to move rapidly into promising areas. We promote research excellence and innovation, provide flexible funding to researchers, and foster a collaborative environment that enhances the ability to reach goals in a time effective manner.

We are part of University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine and are located at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI).

return to topOur Foundation

CMMT Foundations


  • To provide an intellectual environment for mentorship and training to produce the next generation of high quality academic researchers and industrial partners; and

  • To form strategic alliances with other researchers in universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to pursue common goals.


  • To conduct discovery research and translate that research into effective clinical and therapeutic strategies to promote health; and

  • To develop appropriate models to test potential hypothesis on the pathogenesis of diseases and to test potential treatment of such diseases.


  • To interact with the general public regarding the concepts of genetics and exchange ideas on the benefits and expectations of scientific research; and

  • To integrate knowledge translation activities throughout our research.

return to topFacts at a glance

Founding year 1996
People 190 research scientists (including 8 faculty members)
14 administrative team members
Key areas of activity computational biology; epigenetics; experimental therapeutics in models of human disease; genetics of abnormal brain development and human mental illness; genetics of neuronal development, immunology, and genomic stability; signal transduction and transgenics; intracellular trafficking of proteins and lipids; lipid biology; and pharmacogenomics
Infrastructure 46,000 square feet of building space

return to topCMMT In Depth

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