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Network researchers find mapping brain injury location in preemies may predict later disability

January 20, 2017

Scanning a premature infant’s brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of small areas of injury to white matter may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later, according to a new study co-funded by Kids Brain Health.

Drawing from research conducted at the Neonatal ICU at British Columbia’s Women’s Hospital by Network Investigators Steven P. Miller, Ruth Grunau, Anne Synnes and colleagues, "Quantitative assessment of white matter injury in preterm neonates: association with outcomes" was published in the January 18, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Private members bill aims to modify Canadian corrections stance vis a vis defendants with FASD

December 6, 2016

Kids Brain Health has engaged with parliamentarians and submitted a letter in support of Bill C-235 an Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act - fetal alcohol disorder that was debated Dec. 6 and will be subject to a free vote scheduled for Dec. 13.

In the meantime, MPs are reflecting on the legal and charter implications of Bill C-235. A previous effort by former Yukon MP Ryan Leef to enshrine consideration of the impairments in judgement and impulsivity that can affect people with prenatal exposure to alcohol was tabled and failed to proceed. Leef's successor, the Hon. Larry Bagnell (L-Yukon), has picked up the cause and rallied national support for a new version of the bill, with similar objectives.

Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou appointed inaugural chair in autism

December 5, 2016

In recognition of her extraordinary contributions towards improving quality of life for children with autism and their families through research and teaching, Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, has been appointed as the inaugural Dr. Stuart D. Sims Chair in Autism.

Dr. Anagnostou is a senior clinician scientist and co-lead of the Autism Research Centre at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a founding member of Kids Brain Health's autism research group.

NEWS RELEASE - Helping doctors find better ways to share their diagnoses & predictions about infant brain injury

December 4, 2016

Between Blunt Trauma and Soft Peddled Hope - Kids Brain Health Researchers, Parents and Physicians Develop a Framework

[Montreal - December 4, 2016] - Instead of relishing the bleary hours after delivering her firstborn son, Donna Thomson was in a state of shock.

Twenty-eight years later, she vividly remembers why. The doctor told her “your son has a serious brain injury. He has cerebral palsy, mental retardation, or both. He will never be normal.”