NeuroDevNet - GRAND Workshop, When Virtual Meets Reality-Part 2

NeuroDevNet - GRAND Workshop
"When Virtual Meets Reality-Part 2"
May 14-15, 2011
Vancouver, BC
Keynote Address: Dr. Jocelyn Faubert, University of Montreal, Director of the Laboratory of Psychophysics and Visual Perception

Preamble: NeuroDevNet and GRAND are two newly created Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCEs) that began operations in 2010. Very early in the existence of both NCEs, a common research interest centering on the use of emerging computer and gaming technologies as novel therapeutics for neurodevelopmental disorders was identified. An initial workshop, When Virtual Meets Reality, held in Ottawa in June, 2010 brought together investigators and trainees from NeuroDevNet and GRAND to explore existing and potential new research collaborations that might be established between the two NCEs. As a direct consequence of that workshop, a number of research proposals were submitted to NeuroDevNet’s Opportunities Initiative in response to an open call for innovative and interdisciplinary projects that fit the mandate of NeuroDevNet.

This workshop will be attended by Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, Collaborators and key trainees (senior PhD student or post doc) who recently received joint funding from NeuroDevNet and GRAND through the Opportunities Initiative Program.

Goals of the Workshop: This workshop is designed to achieve two major goals: (1) Establish lines of communication between investigators and trainees involved in the individual projects and increase understanding of the common themes that link all of the projects; (2) Establish a mechanism, timelines and milestones to achieve a true integration of the research projects.

Funded projects:

1) Strength-Based Interventions for FASD---Chris Bertram (University of the Fraser Valley), James Reynolds (Queen's University), Kathy Keiver (University of the Fraser Valley), Alison Pritchard Orr (University of the Fraser Valley), Regan Mandryk (University of Saskatchewan), Bruce Gooch (University of Victoria), Sterling Clarren (University of British Columbia), Shane Dunne (Dunne & Associates Technology Consulting, Inc.)

2) Investigation of the Utility of Computerized Cognitive Training in Children with FASD---Kimberley Kerns (University of Victoria), Bruce Gooch (University of Victoria), Jacqueline Pei (University of Alberta), Carmen Rasmussen (University of Alberta), Christian Beaulieu (University of Alberta), Jonathan Down (Vancouver Island Health Authority)

3) Using cardiovascular exercise to elevate levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor and enhance cognition in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders---Brian Christie (University of Victoria), Bruce Gooch (University of Victoria), James Reynolds (Queen's University), Kimberly Kerns (University of Victoria), Catherine Gaul (University of Victoria)

4) CP Fit ‘n’ Fun Project: Health & Social Benefits of Virtual Exercise Games in Adolescents with CP---Darcy Fehlings (University of Toronto), Nicholas Graham (Queen's University), Virginia Wright (Holland Bloorview), Annette Majnemer (McGill University), Ryan Rhodes (University of Victoria), Darren Warburton (University of British Columbia), Regan Mandryk (University of Saskatchewan)

May 14th, 2011 3:00 PM   through   May 15th, 2011 12:00 PM
Vancouver, British Columbia