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.
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. Katherine Birnie, Dr. Melanie Noel, Dr. Sheri Madigan, Dr. Serena Orr, Dr. Sheile MacDonald & 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