Mentoring the next generation of autism researchers

The Neuro’s Azrieli Centre for Autism Research is pleased to announce that it will be mentoring five new QART trainees

Each year, The Neuro’s Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) supports the Québec Autism Research Training (QART) Program by mentoring the next generation of autism researchers.

The competitive program, led by the Transforming Autism Care Consortium provincial network, offers outstanding graduate students and post-doctoral fellows training opportunities in the latest research techniques and technologies, career skills development, and meaningful engagement with autistic people, their allies and the community.

This year, ACAR is pleased to announce that it will be mentoring five new QART trainees:

Gabriel Blanco

Gabriel T. Blanco Gomez
MSc student, McGill University

Predicting language trajectories in ASD from lateralization and functional connectivity

Supervised by: Mayada Elsabbagh,
Associate Director, Clinical Research, ACAR, The Neuro

Céline Larivière-Loiselle

Céline Larivière-Loiselle
PhD student, McGill University

Development of magnetic resonance neuroimaging techniques to minimize the impact of the movement of subjects on the image quality

Supervised by: Christine Tardif,
Tardif Lab, McConnell Brain Imaging Centre, The Neuro

Zoe Schmilovich

Zoe Schmilovich
PhD student, McGill University, The Neuro

An IQ-matched genetic comparison between cases with ASD and typically-developing controls

Supervised by: Guy Rouleau, Director, The Neuro and ACAR
Co-supervised by: Patrick Dion, Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, The Neuro

Samantha Wunderlich

Samantha Wunderlich
MSc student, McGill University

Increasing empowerment through psychoeducation within caregivers of individuals with autism: a study in the feasibility of a onetime tele-health session

Supervised by: Mayada Elsabbagh,
Associate Director, Clinical Research, ACAR, The Neuro

Justine Ziolkowski

Justine Ziolkowski
MSc student, McGill University – Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Multivariate Characterization of Cortical Morphometry Measures in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Supervised by: Mallar Chakravarty,
ACAR member and Director, Brain Imaging Centre, Douglas Research Institute

Transforming Autism Care Consortium 2021 QART Trainees

Congratulations to all 15 exceptional QART fellows.

From studying autism in First Nations communities to predicting language trajectories in autism, learn more about all the 2021 research projects.

About ACAR
The Neuro’s Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR) transforms research, training and care to improve the quality of life of autistic people and their families. Established in 2017 thanks to the Azrieli Foundation, ACAR operates in the spirit of Open Science, inclusion and community collaboration. The state-of-the-art research centre is committed to advancing understanding of the mechanisms underlying autism and related conditions, developing new diagnostic tools and effective interventions through translational research and integrated care, and training the next generation of fundamental and clinical autism researchers.

About TACC
The Transforming Autism Care Consortium (TACC) is a provincial research network that connects and mobilizes Quebec’s strengths in autism research to improve quality of life for people with autism and their families. We accomplish this by accelerating scientific discovery, capacity building, and integrating evidence in practice and policy.



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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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