Research Training Committee

The Research Training Committee (RTC) is an advisory and decision-making body that ensures Kids Brain Health Network’s Training Program serves the needs of network trainees and investigators and fulfills the NCE goal of building capacity in the next generation of academic and citizen scientist leaders.

RTC members backgrounds include basic and clinical academic research, clinical and front-line care, as well as key positions in social & community organizations. This dedicated group develops and selects training events/workshops, internships and practicum placements, and confers trainee awards.

Dr. Osborne received her PhD from The University of London, England (1993) and completed post-doctoral training in human genetics with Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. She was appointed at the University of Toronto in 1999 and is currently a Professor in the departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics. The major focus of Dr. Osborne’s research is chromosome rearrangements of human chromosome 7q11.23, with the aim of understanding the molecular basis of the resulting neurodevelopmental disorders. Her lab is at the forefront of research into the deletion disorder Williams syndrome, as well as it’s reciprocal duplication disorder, and has helped elucidate the range of complex chromosomal rearrangements associated with this part of chromosome 7. Her team are currently using both human participants and animal models to probe the molecular and cellular bases of cognitive and behavioural aspects of these syndromes with the long term goal of developing targeted therapeutic options. Dr. Osborne is currently chair of the Kids Brain Health Network Research Training Committee.
Dr. Christian Beaulieu is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Scientific Director of the Peter S Allen MRI Research Centre at the University of Alberta, and an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Scientist. His research expertise lie in the development of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods, specifically for the study of white matter tracts, and their application to better detect differences of the human brain with typical neurodevelopment and in individuals with neurological disorders. His role in Kids Brain Health Network is to coordinate the MRI acquisition of children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders over a number of sites across Canada.
Dr. Eisenstat’s research involves understanding the regulation of cell growth and differentiation during development. Biological response modifiers have been used to treat several types of malignancy by harnessing normal developmental programs specific to these relatively undifferentiated cancer cell populations. The aim is to facilitate understanding of the processes of cell differentiation through improved understanding of two important regulatory molecules: (i) hypoxia-inducible cell death protein, BNIP3 (ii) the DLX homeodomain proteins. Ultimately, they hope to develop novel therapeutic approaches by modifying neuronal differentiation programs in paediatric malignancies.
Dr. Jill Zwicker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and an Associate Member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. In addition, Jill is a Scientist (Level 1) at the Child and Family Research Institute, a Clinician Scientist at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, an Affiliate Investigator with Kids Brain Health Network, and a Research Associate with CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. Dr. Zwicker has received multiple awards including a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award, and a Career Enhancement Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.
Dr. Lucyna Lach is an associate professor in the School of Social Work and an associate member of the Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Her research focuses on the quality of life of children with neurodisabilities and their caregivers, including caregiver health and parenting. Dr. Lach’s current research projects address social determinants of health of children with neurodisabilities. She is co-leading the team of researchers and trainees whose projects have been funded by Kids Brain Health (KBHN) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to document determinants such as income, service use, educational outcomes, and uptake of income supports such as the Disability Tax Credit using population-based, administrative, and clinical databases. Dr. Lach is a peer reviewer for numerous journals as well as organizations who provide funding in this area of research.