Child Development Research
A hub for research and education in child development and neurodevelopmental disorders in Calgary.
Many dedicated clinicians and researchers at the University of Calgary have an interest in promoting child development and child development research in Calgary. We endeavour to bring together resources to help patients, families, and colleagues learn about Child Development Research at the University of Calgary.
Owerko Neurodevelopmental Research Rounds
Please join us on the first Wednesday of each month for the Owerko Neurodevelopmental Research Rounds!
The next rounds are 12:00, October 7th. Jennifer Zwicker will be presenting on "Basic income or basic services? Addressing the systemic disparity of access to services and supports for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities" Presentation will be via Zoom. Link to be announced.
Owerko Neurodevelopmental Disorder Recruitment Database
Sign up today!
If you have a child with developmental concerns (such as Autism, ADHD, or FASD), and are interested in participating in research at the University of Calgary, sign up for the Owerko Neurodevelopmental Disorder Recruitment Database Project.
See Parent + Community resource page for new information and resources regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Updated April 6th
For updates on the Covid pandemic go to
Alberta information: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx#toc-9
Alberta Health Services information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
Sickkids Covid learning hub: https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/COVID-19
University of Calgary information: https://ucalgary.ca/risk/emergency-management/plans-procedures/covid-19-response
WHO information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Clinical guide for supporting patients with intellectual disability or Autism during the pandemic: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0031_Specialty-guide_LD-and-coronavirus-v1_-24-March.pdf
Complex Attention Clinic at Child Development Centre Calgary
Clinic for children with complex medical, neurological, or neurodevelopmental disorders and attention difficuiltes.
A new clinic for children with complex medical needs and difficulties with attention, impulsivity, and bevioural control is in place within Child Development Services at the Child Development Centre. This clinic will see children with neurologic illness or injury, chronic multi-system disease, or other neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD and FASD) that require consultation for specific diagnostic assessment, and/or management of attention difficulties, behavioural dysregulation, and/or impulsivity. The CDS consultant (and multidisciplinary team when appropriate) will join the “home medical team” or primary community pediatric clinic to coordinate diagnosis, formulate management plan, and attempt to stabilize on treatment with ongoing care returning to the medical home.
Referral form is available at
For more information see Inclusion/Exclusion criteria here.
Research Institutes at the University of Calgary
Multiple research institutes at the University of Calgary are working to improve children's health and development.
Our institute is devoted to child health research in a wide spectrum of disciplines that will help us provide improved health care for children and youth and lay a solid foundation for their lifelong health and success.
The Owerko Centre at the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) is dedicated to studying neurodevelopmental disorders and child mental health. Launched in the fall of 2015, the Centre draws its support from a critical mass of multidisciplinary researchers across the University of Calgary with expertise encompassing a broad range of neurodevelopmental and pediatric mental health research in basic, clinical, health services and population health.
Understanding how the brain controls behaviour remains one the biggest fundamental challenges of neuroscience.
Launched in November 2017, the Neurodevelopment team is led by Dr. Deborah Kurrasch. The team initially plans on focusing on the role of mitochondrial health in neurodevelopmental disorders, maternal influence of neurodevelopment, and neural stem cells in neurodevelopment.
The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is a grassroots initiative, under the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Department of Psychiatry umbrellas, that promotes research and education on early identification, treatment and prevention of mental disorders.
The pediatric sub-specialty of Developmental Pediatrics is the clinical arm of the diagnosis and management of developmental concerns, neurodevelopmental disorders, and related medical issues. In Canada, Developmental pediatricians complete a formal fellowship training in addition to residency training in general pediatrics. Other sub-specialties that may be involved in the care of children with developmental concerns include pediatric neurology, pediatric physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation), pediatric psychiatry, as well as allied health professionals including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Behavioural Specialists, and others.