Owerko Centre Research Catalyst Grants

The Owerko Centre Research Catalyst Grants were created to develop new collaborative partnerships between researchers studying neurodevelopment and child mental health. 

The goals of the Owerko Centre Reserch Catalyst Grants are to catalyze new research and bring together principal investigators to create new collaborations. Thus, ideally grants are comprised of researchers who have never worked together before, although the competition is open to existing teams with sufficient justification as to why the project is outside previous collaboration. Please note that all principal investigators applying for a Catalyst Grant must be an ACHRI member. 

Check this webpage in early 2022 for information about the 2022 Catalyst Grant Competitions.


The successful research teams from the 2020 and 2021 competitions are noted below.


2020 Catalyst Grant Award Winners

Dr. Deborah Dewey & Dr. Nils Forkert 

Using Machine Learning to Predict the Effects of Maternal and Early Childhood Exposure to Neurotoxic Chemical Elements and Essential Nutrients on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Dr. Davide Martino & Dr. Laura Sycuro

Cross-disorder approach to the study of gut microbiome in neurodevelopmental disorders


Dr. Ray Turner & Dr. David Schriemer

Restoring Protein Translation in Fragile X Syndrome

Dr. Deborah Kurrasch, Dr. Myriam Hemberger & Dr. Sarah McFarlane

The Effects of Maternal Infection on Placenta and Developing Brains

Dr. Gerald Giesbrecht, Dr. Melanie Noel & Dr. Alfred Yeung

Fibre for Thought: Reducing Pain and Anxiety by Gut-Brain Axis Modulation

2021 Catalyst Grant Award Winners

Dr. Kathryn Birnie, Dr. Melanie Noel, Dr. Sheri Madigan, Dr. Serena Orr, Dr. Sheila McDonald & Dr. Suzanne Tough

Identifying Early Developmental Risk and Protective Factors to Prevent Chronic Pain in Children

Dr. Signe Bray & Dr. Emma Towlson

Heterogeneity in brain networks in children born preterm and the relation to risk of
behavioral and mental disorder