Marie Brossard-Racine OT, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Brain and Child Development
Principal Investigator / Lab Director
Marie Brossard-Racine is a neuroscientist at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre. She founded the ABCD Research Lab in 2015 as she took on her position as an Associate Professor at McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. She is also an Associate Member of the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Dr. Brossard-Racine worked for many years as a pediatric Occupational Therapist here in Quebec. In parallel to her clinical practice, she completed her PhD in rehabilitation sciences at McGill University. She then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in diagnostic imaging and radiology at the Children’s National Health System in Washington DC, where she trained with advanced quantitative magnetic resonance imaging techniques applied to the fetal and newborn brains. Using her interdisciplinary expertise, she is now building new knowledge to better understand the underlying mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders and delineating critical time periods of brain plasticity.
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Amanda Pedriks, MSc
Clinical Research Coordinator
Amanda works as a research coordinator in the ABCD Research Lab. She handles the day-to-day operations of the lab and coordinates the many study visits. She completed her MSc.(A) in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University and has a clinical and research background in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. In terms of fun, she enjoys music and concerts, mogul skiing, and all things outdoors.
Mariane Doucet, BSc
Mariane joined the ABCD Research Lab in May 2019 to further expend on her interests in neuropediatrics and imaging techniques. She supports the lab with different baby and adolescent study visits. She is currently doing her master’s in psychology at Université de Montréal and focuses her research on mild traumatic brain injuries in athletes. Besides research, she enjoys travelling, thriller novels and different sports, such as cross-country skiing.
Francine joined the ABCD Research team in 2017 as a Magnetic Resonance Technologist. She has acquired a rich expertise with different modalities imaging such as echocardiography, magnetic resonance, CT-scan as well as hemodynamics. In recent years, she has worked mainly in the basic research area by performing heart echograms on small animals. For fun, Francine enjoys tennis, golf, reading, and walking in nature. She also sings in a choir.
Antonys has been working in the ABCD Research Lab since March 2017. During study visits, he is responsible for preparing participants for their MRI and setting up the study environment. He is responsible for running the MRI exam, as well as recording, archiving, and sending the data to researchers. He earned his first diploma in radiography at Technical Health Institute in Cairo, Egypt in 2002. He earned his second diploma in Applied Science focusing on Radiologic Science at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, USA. Outside of work, he likes biking, reading Charles Dickens, and mechanics.
Sarah Palmis, PhD
Sarah joined the ABCD research laboratory as a Postdoctoral Fellow in February 2021. She completed a PhD in Neurosciences at Université de Aix-Marseille. During her PhD she developed an expertise in functional MRI technique as a proxy to study neural and motor development. During her postdoctoral training, Sarah is interested in using a variety of quantitative structural MRI techniques to characterize brain growth in a variety of clinical populations. In her free time, she enjoys doing sport in particular basketball, reading, listening to music, and cooking.
Eliane Dionne OT, MSc
Eliane is a doctoral student at the ABCD Research Lab. She completed an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics, followed by a professional Master's in Occupational Therapy, both at the University of Ottawa. She currently works part-time as a pediatric Occupational Therapist with children who have motor and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on children with developmental coordination disorders and learning disabilities. In her free time, Eliane enjoys playing piano and swimming.
Kaitlyn Easson, BSc
Kaitlyn joined the ABCD Research Lab in September 2017 as a Master's student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University, and fast-tracking to the PhD program in September 2019. She is interested in using neuroimaging techniques to study typical and atypical human neurodevelopment. For her current research project, she is using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate white matter microstructure and its relationship with neurocognitive outcomes in adolescents and young adults born preterm or with congenital heart disease. She holds an Honour’s Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience from Queen’s University. Outside of the lab, her interests include music, reading, baking, and yoga.
Marie-Eve Bolduc OT, MSc
Marie-Eve joined the ABCD Research Lab as a Doctoral student in September 2016. She completed an undergraduate degree in Occupation Therapy and a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University. Her interests are directed towards pediatric outcome research.
Elly Htite, BSc
Elly joined the ABCD Research Lab as a Master’s student in the Integrated Program of Neuroscience at McGill University. She obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (Option in Neuroscience) at the University of Ottawa. In her current project, she is using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to characterize hippocampal growth in preterm infants. In her free time, Elly enjoys watching movies and drinking good coffee.
Assil Abda - M2 Student (2016)
Wren Boehlen - U3 Neurosciences (2018-2019)
Athena Buckthought - Research Associate (2018-2019)
François Courtin - MSc in Bioinformatics (2019)
Kimberly Fontes - MSc in Neuroscience (2016-2019); Research Assistant (2019)
Sylviya Ganeshamoorthy - U3 Neurosciences (2016-2017)
Alyson Jiang - U3 Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2018-2019)
Lotfi Kesraoui - Research Assistant (2016-2017)
Olivia Leones - U3 Cognitive Sciences (2016)
Sossy Sahakian - Research Assistant (2016)
Monica Salas - U3 Biomedical Engineering (2019)
Emma Somer - U3 Neuroscience (2018-2019)
Dylan Vatcher - M2 Student (2016)