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Jul

NeuroDevNet FASD researchers are seeking families facing behavioural challenges in their children aged 4-12 who have an diagnosis of FASD.

Families living in Canada are eligible to enroll in the study, a joint undertaking of the IWK Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

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24
Jul

Dr. Nina Di Pietro was one of 15 young scientists chosen in July as a finalist in the NextGen Voices competition for her response to the following question: What is the most challenging ethical question facing young investigators in your field? How should it be addressed?

A post-doctoral fellow based at UBC with National Neuroethics Core, and a colleague of NeuroDevNet Neuroethics lead Dr. Judy Illes, Dr. Di Pietro has co-authored a number of studies and commentaries, recently publishing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the increasing use of anti-psychotic medications to treat children and youth. Her NextGen Voices comment on challenges inherent in large-scale, multi-centre trials appeared online July 4 on the Science website.

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24
Jul

Rare genetic variants have a strong role in autism (ASD), but recent findings also point to more common mutations in the development of the disorder.

In a study published online July 20, a US NIMH-funded team announced findings based on Swedish data indicating that common variations are responsible for most of the risk of developing autism. Two months earlier, a team led by Dr. Stephen Scherer, co-PI of NeuroDevNet’s Autism Research Group, published findings in Nature Genetics focusing on rare variations and deletions in what has been described as a genetic code for ASD that will help aid early diagnosis of ASD.

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