Research studies currently recruiting

The Owerko Centre seeks participants for our child health researchers from time to time. Below we list studies who are currently looking for participants to assist with their work.

Neurodevelopmental Research Recruitment

You can help contribute to our understanding of developmental concerns by participating in research!

Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) are a group of conditions that describe developmental concerns in children. These include conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). However, there is still so much we don’t understand about them. For example, how children present with Autism and what services or treatments they need, vary from person to person. For this reason, there are many studies by different researchers throughout the University of Calgary looking at different aspects of NDD and related developmental concerns. Reaching children to take part in this research can be hard. It can also be hard for families interested in research to learn about studies that apply to them. This project will connect families with children affected by NDD with Researchers at the University of Calgary that have important NDD-related studies.​

Families can speak with a researcher to give them permission to store their name, contact information, and details. This will then be given to researchers that have a specific study that will contact the family. Families can also learn about research studies on the research studies page. Families will not be contacted more than once every three months and can withdraw their name at any time.

Goals of this project

  • Improve investigation of neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) research questions posed by researchers, clinicians and families by providing a streamlined way of recruiting interested participants.

  • Give families or community organizations opportunities to participate in research that has been determined to have a good likelihood of having impact on knowledge and treatment of NDD.



​​Your child can be included if:

1. They were diagnosed with or are being assessed for a neurodevelopmental disorder such as Autism, ADHD, or FASD by a clinician familiar with neurodevelopmental disorders.

2. They are age 1 to 17 years-old.

3. There is a legal decision-maker that is able to supply consent and contact information.

This study has been approved by the Calgary Conjoint Health Ethics Board (REB18-1194)


For more information or to be included in the project, please contact Dr. Kara Murias at the following email:

Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic Study

The Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic study seeks to understand how the mental and physical wellbeing of people who are pregnant and their babies are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. By studying the well-being of pregnant women and their babies, we will learn more about how to support moms and their developing babies during times of uncertainty, stress, or anxiety. This is important because it is possible to reduce or prevent the negative effects of stress and anxiety and doing so contributes to more positive outcomes.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires at several timepoints during pregnancy, after delivery, and in the first year of their baby’s life.

We are hoping that people who are pregnant from all walks of life across Canada become part of our study. Every person’s story and experiences are unique and provide new insight into the ways that COVID-19 affects pregnancy. We plan to enroll 5000 participants in Canada.