Kids Brain Health Brain Canada Fellowship Program

Kids Brain Health Network and Brain Canada have partnered together to create an innovative fellowship competition for training awards in developmental neurosciences. In our first competition in 2015, awards were made to outstanding pre- and postdoctoral fellows undertaking a program of training incorporating original research into the origins, early detection and effective treatment of disorders of brain development.

For the first competition, 28 academic and research institutions participated in the Brain Canada-KBHN fellowship program by submitting nominations for trainees. From a pool of more than 60 applicants, 17 were awarded the two year fellowship. Partner institutions support half the cost of studentships valued at up to $30,000 per year for a maximum funding term of two years, and postdoctoral fellowships valued at up to $50,000 per year for a maximum funding term of two years. All awards include an additional $5,000 per year career development supplement.

The training and educational arm of this fellowship program, hosted by the Kids Brain Health Training Program, is aimed at providing value-added career and training opportunities for all successful awardees. In their first year as Brain Canada fellows, many awardees stepped up to leadership roles and opportunities in our trainee advisory committee and trainee policy and advocacy committee.

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The Winter Institute is a trainee-focused conference consisting of four days of education, interaction and recreation in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The conference brings together prominent international researchers and graduate-level students from across Canada with a shared interest in neurodisabilities.

Kids Brain Health Network and the Autism Research Training (ART) Program collaboratively launched the first Winter Institute from March 2 – 6, 2011 in Banff, Alberta. Sessions explored commonalities in the study of neurodisabilities, as well as co-morbidities shared by many disorders, making the program attractive to young researchers interested in autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

The second Winter Institute March 6 – 9, 2013, was hosted by KBHN and the Autism Research Training Program, as well as the Sinneave Family Foundation. An international faculty of 24 presenters addressed a range of conditions, including FASD and ADHD, as well as cross-cutting issues that present in a range of neurodevelopmental conditions.

The most recent Winter Institute March 30 – April 2, 2016, was attended by 88 faculty and trainees. In addition to plenary and interactive panel discussions, the program explored standards of care, as well as clinical and discovery research. Two half-day sessions exposed trainees to areas not found in traditional academic training, including professional/career development sessions and a stakeholder engagement session.


NeuroDevNet (NDN) 101


NeuroDevNet 101 explored the translation of genetic findings in complex neurodevelopmental disorders. This web-based, interactive course ran over a 14-week period with 22 sessions in the Spring of 2012. Unique for its trans-Canadian scope, the course drew 27 participants and featured lectures from 15 Kids Brain Health (NeuroDevNet at the time) faculty. The course enabled real-time interaction between presenters and students on topics ranging from the basic biology of brain development and experimental approaches and analysis, to explorations of clinical understanding of developmental brain disorders.

NeuroDevNet (NDN) 102

Based on the success of NDN 101, NDN 102 was launched in 2016 to explore perspectives on research in neurodevelopmental conditions. This 20-week course aimed to broaden trainees’ understanding of the collaboration, knowledge creation and sharing among many stakeholders needed to translate research into practice. Thirty-two of Canada’s top graduate students and post-doctoral fellows participated.


The Kids Brain Health Network Research and Training Program hosts periodic training webinars featuring career skill-building strategies and knowledge translation forums. These 90-minute, web-based interactive presentations engage Kids Brain Health trainees in active participation in their career development as researchers, knowledge translators, and leaders.

“Identifying Unique Neurobehavioural Profiles of FASD in an Animal Model”
Dr. Joanne Weinberg, Dr. Wendy Comeau, and Research Team (University of British Columbia)
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“Using phenomics and genomics resources to identify candidate genes for neurodevelopmental disorders.”
Dr. Elodie Portales-Casamar, Dr. Paul Pavlidis, Dr. Sanja Rogic
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“Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Therapeutic Applications in the Developing Brain.”
Dr. Adam Kirton and Research Team (University of Calgary)
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“Hypothermia in Prevention of Perinatal Brain Injury: From Animal Models to Clinical Practice.”
Dr. Jerome Yager (University of Alberta)
Dr. Pia Wintermark (McGill University)
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“Brain Structure and Behavioral Outcome Studies in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.”
Dr. Christian Beaulieu (University of Alberta) and
Ms. Angelina Paolozza (Queen’s University)
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“Neuroscience Information Framework.”
Dr. Anita Bandrowski (UC San Diego)
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