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Murias Lab Projects

To see our other studies of neurodevelopment, please visit our Research Studies page. 


A Prospective Natural History Study of Angelman Syndrome for Therapeutic Development

This study is being done to better understand Angelman Syndrome (AS) over long periods of time. If we understand the different pattern of symptoms that appear in individuals with AS over their lifetime, doctors can help patients with AS better. This information can also help create better tools for assessing the abilities of individuals with AS. This information may also help in the development of future therapeutic trials for AS.
Researchers will look at participants' medical and laboratory records, interview you, and evaluate you in person to collect clinical and historical data. They will then contact you once a year to arrange for a follow-up visit.
This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB19-0324).


Murias Lab Team

Located at the Child Development Centre


Kara Murias

Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics and Clinical Neuroscience
University of Calgary

Clinical Interests

Dr. Murias' clinical focus is assessing and diagnosing children with developmental or cognitive concerns, including:

  • Autism

  • Attention and executive function deficits

  • Global developmental delay

Research Interests

Dr. Murias' research program focuses on the different trajectories of cognitive development in children with developmental and neurologic conditions, what biologic processes underlie differences in outcomes, and whether we can predict or alter that trajectory.

The ultimate goal of this research program is to contribute new information on the neural mechanisms of atypical development, while advancing knowledge of the risk factors, treatment effects and clinical outcomes of children with neurodevelopmental concerns.


Fiza Hasan

Research Assistant

Fiza joined the Murias Lab in July 2022 after graduating with a BSc (Honours) in Psychology. Currently, Fiza works as a research assistant, helping on multiple projects with a primary focus on assisting with examining mind wandering and executive function in children with ADHD. In her spare time Fiza enjoys reading (almost every genre) and writing poetry and novels, especially mysteries and fantasies.

Past Trainees

Christian Tsang BSc

Judy Fan BSc, BEd

Ciara Hanly BKin, MD Candidate

Ishita Moghe MSc

Oswald Chen BSc, MD candidate

Elana Sarabin BSc

Fanar Ghanim BSc Honours

Harshil Shah BSc Honours

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Positions Available

Student Positions

Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for your interest in the Murias Lab. We are looking for graduate students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Please enquire by emailing Dr. Kara Murias at with research interests, CV and most recent transcripts. Please visit this link to view other potential supervisors at the University of Calgary.

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