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October 27th, 2021

October 27th, 2021
4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Our Research Forums feature new results, ideas, and projects from our members’ labs. This edition will feature the TACC trainees, as they present their research projects to the TACC community.

Our next TACC Research Forum will feature seven TACC student members:

Amber Young

Department of Social Work, University of Calgary

Amber Young is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Amber’s current research seeks to understand the lived experience of autistic young adults, specifically the experience of beat making. Her research interests include qualitative and community-based research; multisensory methods; critical disability studies.

Title: Cultivating space for autistic reimaginings: Collaborations in community beat making


Gabriel Blanco Gomez

Integrative Program in Neuroscience, McGill University

Gabriel Blanco Gomez is a master’s student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill University. Originally from Venezuela, he has spent his academic career studying language in the brain focusing mostly on development and individual differences.

Title: Lateralization during development associated as a predictor of language impairments in Autism


Grant Bruno

Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

Grant Bruno is a father to four children, two of which are on the autism spectrum. He is a 2nd year PhD in Medical Sciences – Pediatrics Student at the University of Alberta. His research will be exploring autism from a nehiyaw (Plains Cree) lens, it will also be community-led and take place in his home community of Maskwacis located in central Alberta.

Title: Lived Experience of Autism in a First Nations Community: A Qualitative Study


Kyle Reid

Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

Kyle is in his second year of a master’s degree in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics, working under Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum at Edmonton’s Autism Research Centre. He earned an honours undergraduate degree in Immunology and Infection at the University of Alberta. A proud recipient of the QART fellowship, Kyle’s current research investigates the use of machine learning as a tool to support early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders in infants and young children who are at increased likelihood for diagnosis.

Title: The Lack of Relationship Between Body Mass Index and 36-Month Outcomes in Infants at Increased Familial Likelihood of Autism


Michèle Barrière-Dion

Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal

Michèle is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology at université de Montréal, and practices occupational therapy with persons with autism and/or intellectual disability and challenging behaviors more recently. She is actively engaged, through her interdisciplinary path in social sciences and practice as an OT, in understanding autism as personal and embodied relations to the world, and as a social phenomenon that spans across all social life. She is now focusing her research on the circulation of different disciplinary and other expert knowledge on autism, their impact on the organization of care and services and the classification of people, and how this translate in the day-to-day, face-to face interactions between autistic persons and the people caring for them in an institutional setting.

Title: Knowledge, autistic adults and institutions: an ethnography


Sehrish Javed

Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University

Sehrish Javed is a doctoral candidate in the integrated program of Neuroscience at McGill University. She completed her bachelor’s in applied Biosciences from NUST, Pakistan and her masters in biological sciences from the KAIST, South Korea. Her research interests lie in using mouse models to study the neurobiology of syndromic autism spectrum disorders with the hope to find adequate treatments.

Title: Temporal dissection of Rai1 function reveals brain-derived neurotrophic factor as a potential therapeutic target for Smith-Magenis syndrome

Zoe Schmilovich

Department of Human Genetics, McGill University

Zoe Schmilovich is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University. Her research, co-supervised by Dr. Patrick Dion and Dr. Guy Rouleau, leverages large-scale genetic and clinical data to gain insight into the complex genetic architecture of autism spectrum disorder.

Title: Modelling the combined effects of genetic variants with opposite effects on cognition on autism spectrum disorder risk