Adam Kirton

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Recent Research Projects

CHILD-BRIGHT: Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disability- Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories

2015/16-2020/21 • $12,760,751 • PI,Other
The CHILD-BRIGHT network will achieve brighter futures for children with brain-based developmental disabilities (BDD) and their families by creating novel interventions to optimize development, promote healthy outcomes, and deliver responsive and supportive services across the life-course. Our...

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...

The Alberta Perinatal Stroke Program: Neuromodulation to Optimize Outcomes

2015/16-2020/21 • $2,538,064 • PI
THE ALBERTA PERINATAL STROKE PROGRAM (APSP)NEUROMODULATION TO OPTIMIZE OUTCOMESSCOPECerebral palsy (CP) causes most lifelong disability, affecting over 50000 Canadian children1. Perinatal stroke is a leading cause of CP and, as a focal injury of defined timing, represents the ideal human model...

Genetic Insights to the Causes of Cerebral Palsy

2017/18-2020/21 • $600,524 • PI,CO
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical handicap in children. CP describes a group of diseases that affect the brain in early life. We are now starting to understand that our genetic code plays an important role in causing CP. Genetic testing is not done routinely for all...

RESTORE: Robot Enhanced Stroke Therapy Optimizes Rehabilitation

2018/19-2020/21 • $591,323 • PI,CO
Treatment after stroke often involves rehabilitation. Rehabilitation involves learning to move and feel again through intensive practice. It may require tens of thousands of repetitions of a particular movement to relearn it after stroke. Robots can help increase intensity as many therapists...

TICS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Intervening in Children with Tourette's Syndrome

2018/19-2020/21 • $435,377 • PI,CO
Tourette syndrome (TS) is common. TS affects over 80,000 Canadian youth. Tics are the core symptom of TS. These are repetitive, sudden, semi-voluntary movements or sounds. In some children, these tics can be especially bad and require treatment. However, options are limited. Medications for TS...

Early intensive leg exercise to improve walking in children with spastic diplegia from encephalopathy of prematurity

2018/19-2020/21 • $403,713 • PI,CO
Children born prematurely are at risk of brain injury that can result in cerebral palsy, most often affecting the both legs. Current treatment is largely passive, including leg braces, repeated injection of a paralyzing agent (botulinum toxin) in muscles that are abnormally active, and surgery...

Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and High Definition-tDCS (HD-tDCS) on motor learning in children: Robotic Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) motor maps, current modelling, and resting state functional connectivity

2019/20-2020/21 • $100,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Many of the 50000 Canadians had brain injuries near the time of birth, such as perinatal stroke. Perinatal stroke is the leading cause of cerebral palsy, a lifelong movement disability affecting the quality of life for both the individual and the family. Though treatment options are limited, we...

Perinatal stroke connectomics: Non-invasive neuromodulation target discovery in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy

2019/20-2020/21 • $100,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
When you think of a stroke patient, how old are they? A stroke is a brain injury due to interruption of blood supply. Strokes often lead to impairments in physical function. While most strokes occur in adults, a very high period of risk is the first week of life. Such perinatal stroke affects...

Personalizing Pediatric Brain-Computer Interfaces: Establishing and Optimizing Performance for Children with Severe Neurological Disabilities

2020/21 • $50,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Imagine being trapped inside your body: you are completely aware of your environment, but you cannot move or speak. Unfortunately, this is the case for many children with severe neurological disabilities such as quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) represent a promising...

TSMS Optimization of Developmental Trajectories in Preschoolers with Stroke (TOTS): Parent-directed, home-based, non-invasive neurostimulation for infants and toddlers with perinatal stroke and hemiparetic cerebral palsy

2020/21 • $17,500 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Stroke in the newborn affects 10,000 Canadian children and is the primary cause of lifelong weakness on one side, a form of cerebral palsy. Evidence-based physical interventions for children with newborn stroke are limited and are often initiated after two years of age. This time period falls...