News & Events

Board Vice Chair Colin Deacon Appointed to Senate

Kids Brain Health Network is delighted to share that the Hon. Colin Deacon was appointed an independent Senator on June 18. Senator Deacon, who fills a vacant Senate seat in Nova Scotia, has led a distinguished career as an entrepreneur and business leader. His leadership in promoting technology start-ups and businesses has helped create new jobs [...]

2018-07-19T23:38:34-08:00June 15th, 2018|News|

Upcoming CBC Town Hall to Focus on Disabilities and Transition: the impact of aging out

For families raising children with disabilities, the transition between childhood and adulthood can be so abrupt and dramatic, it’s often called ‘falling off the cliff’. As teens lose access to pediatric services, parents are left scrambling to make up for the loss. Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, a KBHN investigator, Director of CanChild Research Centre at [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:04-08:00June 11th, 2018|Event|

Mental Health Across Generations: the role of antidepressants in maternal and child wellbeing

Existing evidence on the impact of antidepressant use during pregnancy on child development is often too mixed to offer women concrete answers about the implications for their children. This difficult, but urgent area of research has been a long-term research interest for Network Investigator Dr. Tim Oberlander, and the focus of a Brain Canada-KBHN postdoctoral [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:04-08:00June 11th, 2018|News|

No Child Left Behind: a rights based approach to childhood disabilities

Kids Brain Health Network, CHILD-BRIGHT and Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Canada Chair in Childhood Disability, are co-sponsoring a small delegation of disability rights advocates to attend a meeting of the UN Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York City.  As part of the June 13, 2018 Convention gathering, Dr. Shikako-Thomas will [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:05-08:00June 8th, 2018|Event|

Beyond the Numbers: Why Canadian Neurodisability Prevalence Rates Matter

Rob More remembers sitting in on a meeting where two parents were telling the school principal that their children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) needed more support. The school psychologist chimed in to inform them that FASD was not a recognized disability. For More, a special needs educator and parent advocate, the story encapsulates [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:05-08:00May 28th, 2018|News|

Supporting Mental Health in Families Raising Children with Neurodisabilities

Between 40 to 70 percent of children with neurodisabilities struggle with emotional and behavioural problems during their childhood.   Research shows that family mental health is highly interconnected. “The family is a system in which each member affects the others - for good and for bad,” says Dr. Jean-Paul Collet, a Kids Brain Health investigator [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:05-08:00May 7th, 2018|News|

Opinion: How Canada is harming its most vulnerable citizens

An Op-Ed in the Toronto Star penned by KBHN Health Economics Lead Jennifer Zwicker and her colleague Stephanie Dunn asserts the importance of the Disabilities Tax Credit and a coherent approach to disability policy. "Tangled web of disability governance and policy in Canada bodes poorly for Canadians with severe disabilities." At a recent Senate committee [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:05-08:00May 4th, 2018|News|

Study Shows Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can Improve Emotion Regulation in Children with Autism

New research shows cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help children with autism manage not only anxiety but other emotional challenges, such as sadness and anger. Led by Kids Brain Health researcher Dr. Jonathan Weiss, an associate professor in York University's Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and CIHR Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and [...]

2018-04-26T18:48:08-08:00April 25th, 2018|News|

KBHN Goes Live with Amber Mac in an Interview about FASD

On April 11, Amber Mac, a prominent television and social media journalist, dedicated a Facebook Live broadcast to the subject of FASD. Interviewees included parent Amanda Taillefer, who is raising two children with FASD in the Toronto area, Deputy Scientific Director James Reynolds, co-lead of the Network's FASD Research Program, Nancy Lockwood, Program Manager for [...]

2018-04-16T15:41:43-08:00April 13th, 2018|Event, News|

Announcement of Results: KBHN Research Funding 2018-2020

Kids Brain Health Network is delighted to announce recipients of funding for 2018-2020.  This two-year period represents the final stage of KBHN's second five-year cycle as a Network of Centres of Excellence. Successful applications are close to implementation, show likelihood of providing benefits to Canada and Canadians, and demonstrate potential to make significant improvements in [...]

2019-07-08T13:13:05-08:00April 13th, 2018|Event, News|