About INCH

In 2013, Dr. Cairney created the Infant and Child Health (INCH) Research Lab. The INCH lab has gained recognition as a hub of excellence in child health research. It has also served as an effective knowledge translation/exchange centre, where partnerships with multiple stakeholders outside academia, from government to community agencies, have developed. Occupying nearly 2,000sq.ft. on the first floor of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre (DBHSC) in downtown Hamilton, the lab is a child-friendly space, where families have been bringing their children since Fall 2015 to participate in the INCH lab studies, including CATCH, the Developmental Surveillance Initiative, and FitKids, which has a special focus on children with autism. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art pediatric exercise, body composition, and motor testing equipment, including a pediatric treadmill and cycle ergometer, Polar heart rate monitors, bioelectrical impedance analysis device, accelerometers, and a range of motor skill assessment tools.



Although Dr. Cairney has now moved to the University of Toronto (UofT) full-time, he continues to be Director of INCH and oversees both the McMaster and UofT INCH sites. The INCH lab provides a novel and important collaboration that will increase training and research capacity at both UofT (Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education) and McMaster University (Department of Family Medicine). A satellite lab has now opened at the UofT St. George campus in a 960 sq.ft. space in the Warren Stevens Building. The new lab has the same general configuration as the existing Hamilton lab (comfortable waiting area for parents; private room for interviews; motor, exercise and body composition testing), with the same equipment listed above purchased to ensure complete compatibility across sites.


Families who participate in our studies come from the Niagara, greater Hamilton, Halton, and Peel regions and we are most appreciative of their time and dedication. With the introduction of a second INCH Lab location we hope we can continue to offer families the convenience and flexibility for continued participation, as well as use our new connection with the Toronto community to design and test novel questions at the UofT INCH lab.