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January 13, 2015
Since its creation in 1989, the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program has successfully brought together the best minds from many disciplines and sectors in efforts to solve major social, economic or health issues for Canadians.
The program supports large-scale, collaborative research networks that harness the creativity and inventiveness of Canadian health, natural and social scientists as well as engineers. Funded networks integrate expertise from academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations in a shared effort to generate and implement solutions to problems. In 2013–14, partner organizations of the networks added $63.4 million of financial and in-kind support to the funding from the NCE.
International acclaim has led other countries, including Australia, South Africa and some in the European Union, to incorporate the NCE model into their programs.
The NCE program currently supports 14 research networks.
NeuroDevNet ($19.6 million), headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia
As one in six children is affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy, autism or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), there is an enormous need to improve diagnostic capabilities, develop new interventions, introduce new clinical practices, and better support affected children and their families. NeuroDevNet researchers from multiple scientific disciplines collaborate with community, industry, government and not-for-profit partners to understand the genetic and environmental causes of these disorders. The network supports high-impact and transformative research, and the translation of this research into tangible benefits, and provides innovative training opportunities to seed a new generation of highly skilled Canadian researchers. This collaborative effort is providing health care professionals, policy-makers, caregivers and families with tools and information to promote earlier diagnosis, better treatment and optimal outcomes for children today and in the future.
NeuroDevNet collaborates with the following partners:
Ambulatory Monitoring, Inc.
Avertus Epilepsy Technologies Inc.
SR Research Ltd.
Pfizer Canada Inc.
Alberta Children's Hospital
Alberta Innovates—Health Solutions
The Ability Hub
Autism Speaks Canada
Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres
Canada FASD Research Network
Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre of CHU Sainte-Justine
The Centre for Mindfulness Studies
Child & Family Research Institute
Children's Sleep Network
Club Aviva Gymnastics
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
Health Sciences Centre Foundation
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
ISAND (Integrated Services for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders)
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
National Institutes of Health
Ontario Brain Institute
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Sinneave Family Foundation
Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
THREE TO BE
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
University of Southern California
Women & Children's Health Research Institute
International academic organizations
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
INCF (International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility)
National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences
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