Characterizing brain and infant development during the first years of life

We are conducting different studies that aim to characterize brain and overall development in infants born with a complex condition such as congenital heart defects or preterm birth. We hope that the results from these studies will help us to better identify children who are more likely to present with developmental difficulties and guide the development of targeted early interventions to optimize infants' development. 

Understanding functioning in youth

An important age group is the transitioning young adults. This study documents how adolescents and young adults born with a complex condition such as a congenital heart defect or a preterm birth function in their everyday lives. Specifically, this study investigates if there is a relationship between how their brain has developed and some of the abilities or difficulties that they may have. We hope that our findings will help provide adequate support to adolescents as they transition into adulthood.

Identifying development coordination disorder in preschoolers

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a life-long condition that affects motor coordination of about 5% of school-aged children. However, it remains largely under-recognized by healthcare professionals. To fill this gap, this study aims to implement an early systematic screening process for DCD in populations who are at higher risk for the condition. Our results will lead to recommendations for best practice to referring physicians as well as to waitlist administrators in our community.

Become a study participant​

Our success is a reflection of the valuable contribution of all the participants and their families.

We are currently recruiting participants for a number of studies. Find out more to see if you are eligible to participate in one of our projects.