E-bulletin April 2016

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NeuroDevNet e-bulletin April 2016 - News on the brain!

In this issue

A. Presentation Skills Webinar

B. 2016 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award

C. TEDxYorkUSalon to Focus on Concerns Relevant to Transition-Age Youth, Adults with ASD

D. Call for Participants: Mindfulness Intervention Therapy Study for Young Adults with ASD

E. Fostering Research Innovation: Jill Zwicker, CIHR Foundation Grant Recipient


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CADDRA (Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance) will host its 12th Annual Conference on October 15-16, 2016. Preceding the meeting, on Friday October 14, 2016 will be the 3rd Annual ADHD Research Day and ADHD Institute Workshops. Conference delegates will hear about the latest research, practice innovations and treatment and assessment developments from Canadian and international leaders in the field. 

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7th Annual Brain Development Conference: Sept. 28-30, 2016


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A. Register for New Webinar: Great Presentations - What They Don't Teach You in Graduate School

Giving presentations is a common requirement for researchers and trainees, not just for conferences but for stakeholder engagement and other related activities. Power Point is a popular presentation aid but is often misused, which can diminish the potential for uptake and implementation of research findings. Backed by popular demand, this session will provide information and examples of how to maximize the effectiveness of Power Point slides for any presentation through principles of design. 

NeuroDevNet researchers and trainees are invited to join the KT Core on May 18, 2016 at 1pm EST for this one hour webinar on how to create memorable and effective presentations. With a 20 minute interactive component following the two speakers, the session is designed to maximize viewer learning potential. 

For more information and to register, click here

B. 2016 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award

NeuroDevNet trainee Dr. Angelina Paolozza was named the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award on April 8. The honour is presented each year to an individual whose completed study has made a substantial contribution to understanding the human dimensions of FASD. Dr. Paolozza received the award at the 7th National Biennial Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD in Vancouver, and also presented the results of her doctoral research.

NeuroDevNet's FASD Research Group was just launching a new, multi-site Canadian investigation of eye movement control, neurobehavioural phenotyping, neuroimaging and genetic analysis when Paolozza began her PhD work. Characterized as a true leader by her mentor, Dr. James Reynolds, Paolozza recruited and administered psychometric tests to more than 200 children aged 5-18 in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Cold Lake and Kingston. She performed a series of novel eye movement control experiments and learned to operate neuroimaging scanners so she could run her own study participants. With no background in imaging prior to this work, she also mastered manual and automated tractography to quantify the integrity of white matter tracts in the brains of children.

Congratulations Dr. Paolozza! 

Read more here.

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C. TEDxYorkUSalon to Focus on Concerns Relevant to Transition-Age Youth, Adults with ASD

York University will host the first TEDxYorkUSalon Spectrum, hosted by NeuroDevNet affiliate Dr. Jonathan Weiss, a professor in York U's Department of Psychology and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Chair of Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment and Care Research. 

Tickets are now available for the May 28th, 2016 event which aims to provide a forum where Canadian autism community stakeholders can discuss concerns related to transition-age youth and adults with ASD.

For more information on the event and the four guest speakers, click here.

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D. Call for Participants: Mindfulness Intervention Therapy Study for Young Adults with ASD

Are you feeling stressed out and looking for support? A new study regarding mindfulness mediation and cognitive therapy techniques is being offered free of charge for adolescents and young adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD)/Asperger Syndrome and their parents at the Geneva Centre for Autism in Ontario.

These interventions will be implemented in a series of sessions from January to March of 2017 in an effort to help youth and their families to relate to each other in a new way. The aim is to increase control over negative feelings and to improve the quality of relationships within families. 

For more information on the study and how to apply, click here.

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E. Fostering Research Innovation: Jill Zwicker, CIHR Foundation Grant Recipient

Dr. Jill Zwicker, a NeuroDevNet researcher and assistant professor in the School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC, was a recipient of the highly competitive Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 2014 Foundation Grant competition. She received funding for her research focusing on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an estimated 400,000 Canadian Children.

Dr. Zwicker's recently published research on pain management and impaired brain development in premature infants was also recognized by the NCE's Networks and Centres in the April 2016 News bulletin on Research and Impacts.

Read more on Dr. Zwicker's CIHR Research Grant here.

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