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Canadian Neuroscientists and Computer Scientists Join Forces to Treat Children with Brain Disorders

This link will take you to another Web site NeuroDevNet and This link will take you to another Web site GRAND have committed $500,000 over two years to fund brain research for children in Canada. Researchers from the two centres, which are part of the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, will explore how video game technologies can diagnose and treat children with brain disorders such as cerebral palsy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

NeuroDevNet and GRAND are enthusiastic about this new joint partnership, which has enormous potential for collaboration between the neuroscience and computer science sectors. Working in multidisciplinary teams, researchers will focus on areas that can lead to significant improvements in diagnostics and therapeutics for children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

The funds will support a set of projects that use gaming platforms to support children with developmental disorders. Researchers will also explore how exercise video games increase fitness and social interaction for teens with cerebral palsy.

“We are enthusiastic about applying video games to neuroscience research,” said Daniel Goldowitz, Scientific Director, NeuroDevNet. “We will not only expand our understanding of brain development, but also give children tools to improve their own learning, memory, attention, and well-being.”

The unique collaboration is a great example of two NCE centres working together toward a common goal.

NeuroDevNet and GRAND are centres funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.

This link will take you to another Web site NeuroDevNet is the first trans-Canada initiative dedicated to studying children’s brain development from both basic and clinical perspectives. The vision of NeuroDevNet researchers — whose expertise ranges from child development to brain imaging, genetics and developmental biology — is to accelerate the pace of understanding the causes of neurological deficits, with an initial focus on autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy.

This link will take you to another Web site GRAND is a research network and commercialization engine whose goal is to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centred solutions. GRAND explores the use and application of digital media in a variety of settings including entertainment, healthcare, education, environmental sustainability and public policy.

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