$19.5-million to Study Child Brain Development

January 12, 2010 at 1:41 am 1 comment

Adverse events in brain development during infancy can be caused by genes, the environment, or a combination of the two and while researchers are working around the clock for insight, the specific causes of many brain disorders are not currently known.

Researchers, parents, and caregivers alike will be heartened by the recent announcement of the creation of a Canada-wide research network aimed at finding treatments for children with developmental brain disorders.

The network, known as NeuroDevNet, will be led by Dr. Daniel Goldowitz, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) and the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI), and will be hosted by the University of British Columbia.

Investigators will study ways to reduce costs to the health-care system through early intervention and treatment of children with developmental brain disorders including autism spectrum disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. They will also explore how the brain develops, how to detect abnormalities and how to repair the damaged brain – knowledge that can help families unravel the mystery around their child’s condition.

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