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Behaviour and the Developing Brain

Recording brain cell activity

A new technology known as a bionic hybrid neuro chip is able to record activity in animal brain cells for weeks at a very high resolution, says senior author Naweed Syed of Cumming School of Medicine. The technological advancement was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Primitive, deep brain opens new insights into autism spectrum disorder

Signe Bray, the scientific director of the Child and Adolescent Imaging Research Program at the Alberta Children's Hospital, and her graduate student Manu Schuetze, a PhD candidate, are studying autism and its relationship with the sub-cortical structures deep in the brain. Approximately 350 young adults with autism from around the globe submitted to magnetic resonance imaging in the study.

Robotic device aids research for children

Dr. Adam Kirton and a team of researchers in Calgary have laid the groundwork for developing new therapies for children by using a robotic device to measure their proprioception, or position sense. Kirton is the senior researcher in the study and an associate professor at the Cumming School of Medicine in the departments of pediatrics and clinical neurosciences and a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Researcher at Owerko Centre studies healthy sleep routines for infants

Gerald Giesbrecht, a researcher at the Owerko Centre, is tracking parental response to infant crying and fussing at bedtime over a three-year period. The study with 300 Calgary moms is aimed at providing information on child development to help parents make decisions about bedtime training.

Doctors now have a way to predict the duration of a child’s concussion symptoms

University researchers Keith Yeates and Stephen Freedman part of new Canada-wide concussion study  “Families can now be provided with more accurate information about the likely outcomes of their child’s concussion and this should be reassuring to them,” says Keith Yeates, PhD and study co-author, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Clinical trials to study new therapy for youth depression

Assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry, Frank MacMaster, begins clinical trials at Alberta Children's Hospital to study Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment for depression in teenagers. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, as many as 20 per cent of youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder. MacMaster hopes that when the trials are complete, he'll get the FDA indication required to seek approval and bring the treatment to patients.

Clinical research: Advancing the study of vasculitis

Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute is part of an international network of researchers who are pooling their knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases in children. After seeing the results of an MRI scan, Dr. Susanne Benseler, an Alberta Health Services pediatric rheumatologist and member of ACHRI, knew her patient, 4-year-old Ben, had an extremely rare form of pediatric vasculitis called Takayasu’s arteritis.

Help is just a call away for mothers with depression

A new study, published today in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, reveals that telephone-based peer support may help reduce postpartum depression in new mothers. Findings also indicate that social support from peers may be effective for maternal depression up to two years after delivery and may help overcome the stigma associated with the condition.