News & Publications

Dr. Judy Illes appointed to the Order of Canada

January 2, 2018

Kids Brain Health congratulates Dr. Judy Illes on becoming a member of the Order of Canada.

On December 29, 2017, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among them was Dr. Illes, lauded for her contributions to the field of neurology, including pioneering research that has highlighted the ethical, social and legal implications of advances in neuroscience.

"I am overwhelmed with joy,and deeply honoured personally and professionally," said Dr. Illes.

WCHRI characterizes Kids Brain Health as a "network of change"

November 20, 2017

In 2009, a group of researchers from different areas within the developmental disabilities and children’s brain health, met to discuss how they could combine their efforts to create positive change for children with brain-based disabilities. Their discussions evolved and formed a strong multidisciplinary national network of researchers, stakeholders and clinicians, called Kids Brain Health Network (formerly known as NeuroDevNet).

Eight years later, the network is creating early diagnostic tools, learning about new interventions and supporting children and families who are impacted by neurodevelopmental disabilities. They have has focused their attention on three main areas of research: fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy.

Brain-Child-Partners Conference: reflections on our theme of reciprocity

November 17, 2017
Brain-Child-Partners, our first annual conference held in partnership with the CHILD-BRIGHT Network, took place on November 6-8 in Toronto.

The three-day event, bracketed by single days dedicated to each network, also featured one day of joint sessions. From planning to presenting to commentary and evaluation, every aspect of the conference placed unprecedented focus on engaging families. 

It's time for Canada to measure up with current data on childhood disability

November 15, 2017

Most data on the prevalence of neurodisability in Canada is at least a decade old.

The absence of accurate information highlighted in an Op-Ed penned this week for the Toronto Star by KBHN Health Economics lead Jennifer Zwicker and colleague Stephanie Dunn, calls into question how decision makers can design effective policies and programs that improve the social, health, employment and economic outcomes for children with disability and their caregivers.