2022 Owerko Centre Conference

2022 Owerko Centre Conference - Tuesday, June 7


Tuesday, June 7, 2022 

9:00 am - 4:30 pm 

Theatre Four, HRC, Foothills Campus, UCalgary 

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Dr. Susan Graham, PhD, Director of the Owerko Centre

Autism Chronogeneity: What does it mean for Research, Policy, and Practice?


Dr. Stelios Georgiades, PhD - McMaster Children’s Hospital Chair in Autism and Neurodevelopment, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences



Evidence-informed Adapted Physical Activity Programs for Youth with Disabilities: Calgary Adapted Hub Research Opportunities


Dr. Carolyn Emery, PhD - Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Chair Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, Co-Lead Integrated Concussion Research Program, Canada Research Chair in Concussion, Professor, Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine

Dr. Brianne Redquest, PhD - Postdoctoral Associate, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary


Karen Orser, CEO, Luna Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Tanya McLeod, President, The Sinneave Family Foundation

Nicki Wilson, Associate E.D, Renfrew Educational Services 


Dr. Suzanne Tough, PhD 


Biomedical studies using model systems and neuroimaging research have their own unique advantages and challenges. This talk, by some of the Owerko Centre's post-doctoral fellows, will be a collegial dialogue between two seemingly distinct research streams to discuss advantages and disadvantages of each and their shared goal of understanding the developing brain. Studies that examine the effects of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure on neurodevelopment will be used to demonstrate these two research streams have potential to be even better together through translational collaborations.


Dr. Kathryn Manning, PhD
Human imaging researcher, University of Calgary

Dr. Deepika Dogra, PhD
Zebrafish/human organoid researcher, University of Calgary

Dr. Gillian England-Mason, PhD
Child neurodevelopmental researcher, University of Calgary

Dr. Jing Zheng, PhD
Mouse/human imaging researcher, University of Calgary

Kaylan Burns - Solving the mystery of a rare neurodevelopmental disorder

Dr. Parisa Moazen - Battle of the sexes for vasopressin development

Christiane Roth - Measure what matters -  identifying key indicators to align policy and service delivery with child health and well-being

Sarah Williams - Changes in student mental health and adaptive functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic: does age matter?

Dr. Elnaz Vaghef Mehrabani - The association between maternal pre-pregnancy obesity and child behavior: The role of inflammation

Rayyan Zuberi - Impact of cannabinoid use on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor efficacy and tolerability in adolescents 

Examining Social Determinants of Health and Optimizing Navigation in Neurodisability: Where Families are At and What Can be Done

We will focus on the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in childhood neurodisability and means to assist families access services. We will highlight approaches to ensure (1) navigators are trained, (2) intersectoral collaboration is established, and (3) families can pursue desired possibilities.


Dr. David Nicholas, RSW, PhD, Professor, Associate Dean, Research and Partnerships, University of Calgary

Dr. Lucyna Lach, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Arts; Associate Member, Departments of Paediatrics, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Dr. Susan Graham, PhD, Director of the Owerko Centre

Information for trainee presenters

Trainees will have an opportunity to present their research work in a 3-minute flash talk and/or poster format.
Abstracts can be submitted through the registration link.

Abstract deadline: Closed

Registration deadline: Monday, May 30 at 11:59pm MST

Powerpoint submission deadline: Monday, June 6 at 12:00pm MST

  • All flash talks to be followed by a 2 minute Q&A
  • The presentation should be geared towards a broad audience outside of your field of study who may know little about your research area