Kids Brain Health Network is dedicated to improving the lives of children with neurodisabilities. The research we fund helps make earlier diagnosis possible, identifies more effective treatments, and informs programs that provide meaningful support to children, their families and caregivers.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism is a neurological condition rooted in very early brain development that causes difficulty with communication, social interaction, learning and behaviour. In North America, one in 68 children is affected by ASD; around the world, the number of children with autism is rising dramatically. ASD is life-long.

Our Focus in ASD

  • Genomic and Epigenetic influences on development and symptoms of ASD
  • Early Detection Research
  • Social Communication and Resiliency
  • Youth Perspectives

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Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Cerebral Palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children, affecting one in 400 children. Strokes before or soon after birth, oxygen deprivation and prenatal infection are seen as the primary causes of CP. Recent findings discovered by Network researchers now point to a strong role for genetics in cerebral palsy. All children with CP have impaired muscle control; up to 50 per cent also experience other issues.

Our Focus in CP

  • Prevention and Regeneration in CP
  • Epigenetics of CP in Preterm Infants
  • Improving Fitness and Social Opportunities for Teens with CP
  • What Makes Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy Work
  • Neurorecovery
  • National CP Registry
  • CP Genetics
  • Robot-assisted physical therapy

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder describes a broad range of behavioural and cognitive defects that are caused by exposure to alcohol before birth. An estimated one in 100 children in Canada is affected by FASD.

Our Focus in FASD

  • Epigenetic role in vulnerability to fetal alcohol exposure
  • Multi-Site Imaging Study
  • Eye Tracking as a screening tool for FASD
  • Developmental planning for children in care
  • Strongest Families FASD
  • Strength-based programming for youth with FASD
  • Navigation and Support for Families raising children with FASD