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On behalf of the CHILD-BRIGHT and Kids Brain Health networks, welcome to the 2017 Brain-Child-Partners Conference website!  

Whether you are a researcher, youth, family member, health professional, educator, policymaker or someone interested in partnering to advance research in brain-based disabilities, this conference is for you!

Neurological conditions affect an estimated 3.6 million Canadians. Of these, as many as 850,000 are children who face life-long challenges with mobility, language, learning, socialization, and/or self-care that will impact their quality of life and create special challenges for the families of these children. 

Our conference gathers all stakeholders touched by childhood neurological disabilities and, under the theme of ‘Reciprocity’, we will listen, collaborate, exchange, and positively impact each other’s work. We share a common goal: improving health outcomes for Canadian children at risk or impacted by brain-based disorders. Together, we can promote a better health care system, better health outcomes, and also promote the transformative impact of brain and child health research in Canada.  

 
We share a common goal: improving health outcomes for Canadian children at risk or impacted by brain-based disorders. Together, we can promote a better health care system, better health outcomes, and also promote the transformative impact of brain and child health research in Canada.
 

For the CHILD-BRIGHT Network team, this is an inaugural meeting, our first opportunity to meet many of our pan-Canadian supporters in person. We will feature our 12 new research projects, research themes, training initiatives, and engagement strategies. As a newly funded network under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, we also look forward to gathering our team of researchers and patients from across the country under one roof and actively engaging with all network members and supporters about our priorities. We have big plans for our five-year mandate, and can’t wait to tell you more about them!   

For the Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) team, formerly NeuroDevNet, we will be meeting for the 8th consecutive year, each time with a novel focus that highlights our growth as a Network. This year's meeting will showcase cutting-edge insights into the origins and treatment of brain-based disabilities and effective strategies for family support, reflecting the priorities identified by families and other stakeholders that now shape the questions we explore as a community. Our trainees will share their latest research findings along with the programs, projects and cores that form KBHN.  Join us as Kids Brain Health charts its path forwards for the next two years – and beyond. 

We’ve designed our event programming to encourage an open and reciprocal exchange of ideas. We believe that all experts, including patients and families who are the foremost experts on the health issues that touch them, need to work together to successfully translate scientific evidence into better care and create meaningful change in the lives of patients and families.  

We wish to sincerely thank our event sponsors for making this national collaborative event possible. Diversity of input is crucial and sponsors help bring us together.  

We look forward to welcoming you at the 2017 Brain-Child-Partners Conference, and please help us share awareness about this event by using our event hashtag #BCP2017
The more voices, the better!

Annette Majnemer OT, PhD Director, CHILD-BRIGHT Network, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Vice Dean – Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Annette Majnemer OT, PhD
Director, CHILD-BRIGHT Network,
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre
Vice Dean – Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Dan Goldowitz, PhD Scientific Director, Kids Brain Health Network Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics BC Children's Research Institute Dept Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Dan Goldowitz, PhD
Scientific Director, Kids Brain Health Network
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics
BC Children's Research Institute
Dept Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia