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CanNRT Research Forum

Time & Location

5 June 2024, 16:00 – 17:00 EDT

de Grandpré Communication Centre, The Neuro

3801 Rue University, Montréal, QC H3A 1A1, Canada

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About the event

Speaker: Kim Cornish, AM, Distinguished Professor, Director, Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024 

Time: 4 - 5 p.m. EDT

Format: In-person

Location: de Grandpré Communications Centre, The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) 3801 Rue University, Montréal, QC H3A 2B4

Developing digital technologies to revolutionize early cognitive interventions in childhood


Join us for a presentation by Professor Cornish on the impact of interactive digital devices on children's cognitive development. Despite mixed evidence, Professor Cornish supports the creation of new, personalized programs to aid children with neurodevelopmental conditions in various settings, including classrooms, homes, and communities. She will discuss the importance of embracing advancements in AI and other technologies to develop research-led interventions that are both scalable and tailored to each child's unique needs. 


  • A light snack will be provided after the event.

  • A recording of this forum will be made available at a later date.

Professor Kim Cornish, AM, is a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor and Director of the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. She previously worked at McGill University (Montreal; 2002-2009) as the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroscience and education (Tier 1). Originally from Manchester in the UK, she has spent 30 years of her career to date tracing the developmental pathways of young children with vulnerable brains including children with autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndromes as well children who are neurotypical. 


Most recently, she has focused on the translation of this new knowledge into community-based digital programs, co-designed with educators and families, to help strengthen cognitive functioning early in life. She has held senior research positions in three continents (UK, Canada, and Australia) and been instrumental in disseminating key research outcomes to media, scientific meetings and to parent support groups across the globe.  In 2023, she published ‘The Post-Pandemic Child’, as part of the In the National Interest series aimed at provoking debate to make change for the good.  Professor Cornish is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and in 2024 was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


CanNRT Research Forums

CanNRT Research Forums showcase the diverse work of CanNRT members and foster opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange within and beyond the neurodevelopmental research community.


The Distinguished Speakers Series features presentations and open discussions with esteemed international experts, further enriching the dialogue and promoting inclusivity.


All are welcome to take part in these engaging events, with registration required for attendance.

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