On January 13, the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, announced an additional $19.6 million in funding to NeuroDevNet, a national research network dedicated to understanding children’s brain development.
The investment is the result of the most recent competition in the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program. With this renewal for a second five-year term, the total funding award to NeuroDevNet is $39.2 million for 2009-2019.
NeuroDevNet is a network of researchers across Canada focused on early identification of neurodisabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. It is headquartered at the Child & Family Research Institute on the campus of BC Children’s Hospital, an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, and its academic host institution is the University of British Columbia.
NeuroDevNet’s research is the basis for new tools and insights employed by health care professionals, policy makers, caregivers and families to promote earlier diagnosis, better treatment, and optimal outcomes for children today and in the future.
“It is with a huge sense of gratitude and responsibility that we embrace the funding from the federal government’s innovative Network of Centres of Excellence Program,” said Dr. Goldowitz.
“Over the next five years, we will move new diagnostic tools into practice to help identify children with neurodisabilities as early as possible, and launch treatment initiatives focused on achieving the best trajectories for children with autism, cerebral palsy and FASD. Working with our champions and our partners, we will deliver on our promise to make a difference – to improve quality of life for children who live with neurodisabilities – and their families.”
- 1/6 children areimpacted by neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
- Network researchers published 168 peer reviewed scientific publications between 2010-2014.
- NeuroDevNet has 164 partners, including 80 not-for-profit organizations, 26 network members, 23 industry, 19 universities and research institutes, 9 provincial departments and agencies, 7 federal departments and agencies.
- 36 graduate students and postdoctoral/clinical fellows received support from the network in its first five years.
The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)
“Through our updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy, our government is making the necessary investments to push the boundaries of knowledge, create jobs and prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. The newest Networks of Centres of Excellence will undertake research into important aspects of biochemistry, cancer, arrhythmia, aging and brain development, leveraging nation-wide talent and resources to tackle social and economic challenges that are important to Canadians.”
The Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry:
“Our Government is committed to investing in world-class research networks, including NeuroDevNet, which will develop new tools and processes to detect and treat brain disorders in children. These investments will improve the quality of life of young Canadians and contribute to the creation of a stronger, more innovative economy and a more prosperous Canada.”
André Isabelle, Associate Vice-President, Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada:
“NeuroDevNet’s talented researchers have made major advances in understanding various childhood brain disorders. Renewal of the network’s funding is testimony both to its past achievements and the quality of its research plan for the coming five years. We look forward to seeing the ongoing impact of this work on improving diagnosis and treatment for kids with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and FASD.”
Professor Arvind Gupta, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor:
“The Networks of Centres of Excellence are working to enhance the social and economic well-being of Canadians. The vital work of NeuroDevNet in understanding the developing brain aligns with UBC's commitment to excellence in neuroscience research and is opening up opportunities to substantially improve the quality of life for children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders.”
Dr. Wyeth Wasserman, CFRI Executive Director:
“It is outstanding news that NeuroDevNet will continue to catalyze innovation in research and treatment of brain development disorders for five more years. This national program has made wonderful progress from increased genetic understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders in children to improving their everyday lives through new therapies and interventions. The progress of NeuroDevNet is an inspiration for researchers and clinicians at CFRI.”
Dr. Dan Goldowitz, Scientific Director, NeuroDevNet:
“It is with a huge sense of gratitude and responsibility that we embrace the funding from the federal government’s innovative Network of Centres of Excellence Program. Over the next five years, we will move new diagnostic tools into practice to help identify children with neurodisabilities as early as possible, and launch treatment initiatives focused on achieving the best trajectories for children with autism, cerebral palsy and FASD. Working with our champions and our partners, we will deliver on our promise to make a difference – to improve quality of life for children who live with neurodisabilities – and their families.”
• NeuroDevNet website
• Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada website