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Introducing our Research Program

The CHILD-BRIGHT Network is composed of clinicians, patients, families, and scientists who are committed to improving outcomes for children born with brain-based developmental disabilities through research. Together, under the leadership of Dr. Steven Miller, Head of Neurology at SickKids and CHILD-BRIGHT Co-Director, our pan-Canadian research network will study new diagnostic tests, therapies, service models, and technologies to optimize the physical and mental health of Canadian children born with brain-based disorders as well as the well-being of their caregivers and families. CHILD-BRIGHT’s 12 research projects fall under three themes:

BRIGHT Beginnings

Early intervention is key in minimizing developmental problems that children may face. Over the past decade, experimental studies have identified fetal, neonatal, and early childhood rehabilitation practices that optimize brain and developmental outcomes. CHILD-BRIGHT’s five research projects under the BRIGHT Beginnings theme will focus on bringing these experimental advances to human clinical studies to minimize brain injury and restore brain function. Knowing how these therapies influence brain development will allow our team to implement best practices that will promote resilience, and directly improve the child’s physical and mental health, and overall well-being. CHILD-BRIGHT’s five research projects under the BRIGHT Beginnings theme are:

BRIGHT Supports

The BRIGHT Supports theme will transform outcomes by integrating mental health support into the care of children and youth with brain-based developmental disabilities who experience behavioural difficulties. Novel information technologies as well as medical interventions will be evaluated in children with a wide range of developmental disabilities. Health promotion strategies that foster fitness and social participation will also be developed. The four BRIGHT Supports projects will also fill a critical gap by offering family-centred ‘help-giving’ practices to support parents in their role as caregiver. CHILD-BRIGHT’s four research projects under the BRIGHT Supports theme are:

BRIGHT Futures

Under the BRIGHT Futures theme, we will redesign key parts of the healthcare system to be more responsive to the needs of families as the child develops. We will focus on key transition periods: discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit, the transition from preschool to school, and the transition into the adult healthcare system. Our intent is to produce policy-relevant, cost-effective innovations that will transform real-world service delivery to patients and families throughout their growth trajectories. This transformation will both improve children's physical and mental health, and empower their families. CHILD-BRIGHT’s three research projects under the BRIGHT Futures theme are:
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The CHILD-BRIGHT Network is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Initiative.

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