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Nicky brings more than 20 years’ experience in senior management and executive leadership roles in public health and health research administration. Returning to Canada after three years in Australia driving research and innovation projects at Murdoch University and leading research development at the renowned Telethon Kids Institute, Nicky is uniquely and ideally positioned to guide KBHN, having served four years as the inaugural executive director of the Network from its inception as NeuroDevNet. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance leading the development of a national breast cancer research framework. Her past positions have also included Director of Research for Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada and Assistant Director to CIHR’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. A graduate of Dalhousie University, she holds an MSc in the health field, and was predominately educated in the UK.
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Dr. James Reynolds is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.Sc., 1982, Ph.D, 1987). His thesis research investigated the neurochemical mechanisms underlying heavy metal toxicity. Subsequently, he completed postdoctoral training at the Addiction Research Foundation and the University of Toronto. Dr. Reynolds’ first faculty position was at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He returned to Queen’s in 1995, where his research program has grown to encompass both basic and clinical investigations. Dr. Reynolds is a Full Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University. His research interests over the past 20 years have centred around studies on the effects of alcohol on brain function. In particular, his current research program is focused on understanding the mechanisms of brain injury, and the resulting behavioural and cognitive deficits, that are induced by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The long term goal is to understand how prenatal exposure to alcohol alters brain neurochemistry and structure, and thus brain function, in offspring. Dr. Reynolds has been funded by CIHR for interdisciplinary basic and clinical investigations into the cellular mechanisms and neurobehavioural consequences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). He led a 7-member CIHR-funded New Emerging Team in FASD research, and is the Interim Chief Scientific Officer and Project Lead for the FASD Demonstration Project with Kids Brain Health Network. On March 8, 2019 Dr. Reynolds was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of Kids Brain Health Network.
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Doug Swanson has been a part of Kids Brain Health Network from its inception back in 2010 and took on the role of Research and Training Manager to help oversee the implementation and growth of the nation-wide Training Program. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Florida and continued his postdoctoral training at Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His work as a developmental neuroscientist has taken him from his early work in animal models of FASD to studies of the genetic underpinnings of normal and abnormal brain development. His work with KBHN now focuses on maximizing the efforts of Network researchers and trainees and developing innovative ways of training young researchers to become the “next generation” of leaders in neurodevelopmental disorder research.
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Alice Sze joined Kids Brain Health Network in 2016 and handles all accounting and finance functions of KBHN. Alice obtained her CPA, CGA designation in 2009. Prior to joining KBHN, Alice held senior finance positions, which included the titles of Assistant-Controller and Controller, for Canadian and US publicly traded companies in the mining industry.
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Sharon brings over 20 years of administrative experience to her position as Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator. She has worked with multinational, international, and non-profit organizations in Canada.