Francois P. Bernier

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Recent Research Projects

Advancing Concussion Assessment and Treatment in Children and Youth

2015/16-2020/21 • $3,341,337 • PI,Other
Each year, millions of children sustain concussions/mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI), and 15-25% suffer persistent symptoms and declines in quality of life. Clinicians caring for these children face three critical, unanswered questions: how to diagnose concussion, how to predict which...

A Multidisciplinary Approach To Target Chronic Inflammation Of The Gut, Liver And Joint.

2014/15-2019/20 • $2,443,500 • PI,CO
The liver and gut forms an important partnership to digest, absorb and process harmless food particles (antigens). To perform this function successfully both organs need to be able to be tolerant of food antigens whilst retaining the ability to mount vigorous immune responses to ingested harmful...

Let's Start Counting (and make it count)! A scoping review of the socioeconomic burden of rare genetic diseases

2019/20 • $99,545 • PI,CO,Other
There are more than 5600 single-gene disorders (diseases primary caused by one gene), and while they are individually rare, when considered as a group these diseases contribute significantly to illness, death, quality of life and healthcare costs. Rare genetic diseases affect both children and...

CIHR Training Program in Genetics, Child Development and Health

2010/11-2014/15 • $1,660,042 • PI,CO
Our understanding of human development - from embryo to adult -is being unravelled at a rapid pace. Specifically, the sequencing of the human genome and advances in modern genetics and experimental biology in model organism systems, are allowing for an understanding of how specific genes...

Developmental Motor Disorders: From Genes to Behaviour

2010/11-2012/13 • $676,906 • PI,CO
Movement is something that most of us take for granted. Our first movements take place in utero and over the course of our life we produce millions of movements. Movement allows us to meet our basic needs, to communicate and to learn. For most individuals, movement develops into an automatic...

Finding of Rare Disease Genes in Canada (FORGE CANADA)

2010/11-2011/12 • $1,725,000 • PI,CO
Genetic disorders of children are individually rare but collectively frequent, affecting the lives of approximately 500,000 children in Canada. These disorders cause a variety of medical problems including birth defects, intellectual disability, difficulty with growth and organ failure. Most...

National epidemiologic database for the study of autism in Canada (NEDSAC) Phase II: Refining approaches for prevalence and incidence determinations

2010/11 • $124,533 • PI,CO
In 2001, we created the National Epidemiologic Database for the Study of Autism in Canada (NEDSAC). NEDSAC monitors the occurrence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) among children under the age of 15 who live in BC, Calgary, Manitoba, Southeastern Ontario, PEI and Newfoundland & Labrador....