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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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10
Jul

Former NeuroDevNet post-doctoral fellow Dr. Jill Zwicker was one of 32 health researchers in British Columbia to receive the 2014 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar new faculty award for her research program aimed at increasing awareness and improving outcomes for children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). “I am very honoured to receive a Scholar Award,” said Dr. Zwicker, now a professor with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC.

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