News & Publications

Board Member Donna Thomson in the Canadian Medical Association Journal: "On becoming a full partner in care"

July 17, 2017

Kids Brain Health Network Board Member, Donna Thomson, is the mother of two adult children, one of whom is Nicholas, who is living with severe cerebral palsy.

In a new article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Thomson discusses the challenges faced by families in navigating the treatment, therapy, and support options available in caring for children with neurodevelopmental conditions.

National Core for Neuroethics and KBHN hold successful community event about kid's brains

June 30, 2017

No topic was considered taboo at Tuesday night’s “Talking about your kids and their brains” event, where a room full of experts and inquisitive adults discussed issues such as depression, dyslexia, and stress in children.

The event—which was organized by the National Core for Neuroethics and Kids Brain Health Network—was designed to tackle a variety of issues pertaining to brain health in an environment that promoted open conversation.

Life with a neurodisability goes beyond the brain

June 16, 2017

Emily Travis was 16 when she began to faint regularly.

Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a 12 lb., year-old infant, her health trajectory had been atypical from the start. But when Travis told her doctor she suspected the fainting was linked to her FASD, she was met with a dismissive response.

Ontario FASD funding announcement generates hope and concern

May 16, 2017

An announcement from the Ontario government earlier this month committing $26 million in the province’s budget to support youth and families affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is being met with a mixed response.

The strategy lists six initiatives, which include providing one-stop access to information, funding for 56 FASD workers and parent support networks, increasing access to FASD initiatives developed by Indigenous partners, establishing consultation groups, and creating a research fund.