QART Annual Summer School

The QART Annual Summer School is a week-long series of conferences and workshops at the end of every August. The unique, immersive learning experience brings together all QART fellows, connecting them with 35+ mentors from diverse sectors & disciplines.

The summer school offers QART fellows a comprehensive overview and understanding of autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions, while supporting them in their career development.

Full Summer School Schedule


Open Sessions for TACC Student Members

Each year, the Annual Summer School makes certain sessions accessible to all of the Network’s student members. To learn more and register for this year’s open sessions, click on the links below. Spaces are limited.

Deadline to register: Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 12 pm

Cognition: Topics in Language and Social Communication on the Autism Spectrum with Aparna Nadig, PhD

August 23, 2022 from 3:30-4:10 pm (EDT)

Open Science: Bringing Open Science to Life at the Neuro with Dr. Guy Rouleau, OC, OQ, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), FRSC

August 23, 2022 from 4:15-5 pm (EDT)

Policy & Public Health: The Epidemiology of Autism with Dr. Eric Fombonne, MD, FRCP

August 24, 2022 from 1-2 pm (EDT)

Genomics & Cellular Models: Introduction to Cellular & Animal Models  with Dr. Carl Ernst, PhD

August 24, 2022 from 3:30-4:10 pm (EDT)

Clinical Science: Clinical Evaluation & Diagnosis with Dr. Baudoin Forgeot-d’Arc, MD, PhD

August 25, 2022 from 1-2 pm (EDT)

Policy & Public Health: Introduction to Environmental Epidemiology with Dr. Eric Fombonne, MD, FRCP

August 25, 2022 from 3:30-4:10 pm (EDT)

Cognition: Developmental Interactions: Modeling Risk, Protection & Resilience with Dr. Rachael Bedford, PhD

August 25, 2022 from 1-1:50 pm (EDT)

Summer School Speakers 2022

Dr. Annette Majnemer
Scientific Director

Rachael Bedford
Associate Professor
University of Bath, UK

Mayada Elsabbagh
Associate Professor, McGill University
TACC Director

Julie Scorah

Assistant Professor (Professional) in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University

Associate Director of the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) Clinic

Dr. Majnemer is a Professor and Vice Dean Education, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University. She is the Scientific Director of CHILD-BRIGHT, a CIHR SPOR Network focused on children with brain-based developmental disabilities and their families.

I am interested in characterising trajectories of typical and atypical development.

Dr. Mayada Elsabbagh is Associate Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery at The Neuro of McGill University. Her research focuses on understanding the root causes of autism and tracing its developmental pathways.

Dr Scorah is a licensed neuropsychologist specializing in neurodevelopmental conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She received her Master’s degree and PhD in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. She has 16+ years of experience working in clinics specializing in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions in various tertiary centres including the McMaster Children’s Hospital, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). She also has experience leading multi-disciplinary teams in home, school, and centre-based intervention for autism.

Knowledge Transfer in Autism Research

“For me knowledge means having tools to navigate life. My job as a parent is to get the tools I need to raise my child, and that’s where knowledge transfer is crucial.”

Geneviève Côté Leblanc
Knowledge Transfer Expert and Summer School Speaker

Exploring Alternative Careers in Science

“From my perspective, its never been enough to stay in the lab. What is more important is to make sure that the families can access the results, that services are put in place for them.”

Andy Shih, Senior Vice-President
Public Health and Inclusion Autism Speaks