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University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Chief of staff, Women’s College Hospital
With one in six children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), there is an enormous need to improve diagnostic capabilities, develop new interventions, introduce new clinical practices, and better support affected children and their families. Already known globally for its excellence in neuroscience and brain-related research, Canada’s next step was to create a national network to enable researchers, neurological institutes and children’s hospitals across the country to collaborate on new ways to treat, cure or prevent brain dysfunction in unborn children, and help children and their families overcome the challenges of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) researchers from multiple scientific disciplines collaborate with community, industry, government and non-profit partners to understand the genetic and environmental causes of cerebral palsy, autism and FASD. The network supports high-impact, transformative research and its translation into tangible benefits, and provides innovative training opportunities to seed a new generation of highly skilled Canadian researchers. This collaborative effort is providing health care professionals, policy makers, caregivers and families with tools and information to promote earlier diagnosis, better treatment and optimal outcomes for children today and in the future.
* (formerly known as NeuroDevNet)