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Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families have faced unprecedented challenges in accessing supports from a home base.
Navigating this new normal has called for new ways of delivering services and supports. To fast-track solutions, Mitacs and Kids Brain Health Network (KBHN) have partnered to support community-based research to mitigate the challenges frontline organizations face in the provision of services and supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are delighted to announce that Mitacs and KBHN, in collaboration with community partners, have awarded seven projects and their investigators the necessary funding to pursue such research. Across these seven projects, nine internships have been awarded for a total of $140,000 for critically important research. Recipients of the Mitacs-KBHN awards are:
Each project receives a $20,000 stipend allotment provided by Mitacs, KBHN, and community partners.
This funding will support four- to six-month internships. Each will offer graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to gain experience in working with community-based organizations, businesses, and frontline service-delivery agencies on COVID-19-related research, with an emphasis on services and supports for children with a neurodevelopmental disability and their families.
Please join us in congratulating the awardees on successful applications. To learn more about each project, click here to read their abstracts.
Nicky Lewis, CEO, KBHN and Dr. James Reynolds, KBHN Chief Scientific Officer
“Kids Brain Health Network remains committed to mobilizing the knowledge generated through research into practice — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic where families and organizations continue to face increased barriers to access and delivery. This collaboration with Mitacs encourages solution-focused thinking that will ultimately improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families.”
John Hepburn, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs
“Mitacs is proud to partner with Kids Brain Health Network to accelerate the development of research-based solutions for children affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Important innovations depend upon mobilizing researchers to work with community-based organizations and businesses. Thanks to the funding support of the Governments of Canada and the provinces, together we will develop the necessary solutions that will help children and their families.”
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