What is Neurodevelopment?

Neurodevelopment is a broad term used to describe the formation of the neurological connections and pathways in the brain. These pathways control performance and functions such as memory, attention, social skills, focus and more. Influences on these neurological pathways can impact the way a person’s brain develops. Examples of conditions resulting from impacts to neurodevelopment include but aren’t limited to: Autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and vision or hearing impairments.

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Research Impact

Dr Deb Kurrasch

UCalgary researchers discover prenatal stress can alter brain development

Neuroimmune cells show response to prenatal stress that adversely affect males more than females.

dr.signe bray

Government of Alberta announces over $22M in funding for UCalgary researchers

Dr. Signe Bray, PhD is exploring the use of MRIs in early detection and targeted treatment of mental illness.

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The story behind the launch of the Azrieli Accelerator

A national research vision, motivated by philanthropy from the heart, intersects with UCalgary's research strengths, in particular in neurodevelopment.

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Neurodevelopment has Lifelong Impacts

The circuitry involved in the brain’s development is interconnected and the timing, pace, and placement of development can speed up, delay, or sidetrack integral steps in the brain’s developmental process.


Neurodevelopment Conditions are Broad

People often think of neurodevelopmental conditions as autism or ADHD, but the range of conditions is wide, and also includes things like cerebral palsy, impaired hearing or vision, and decreased memory function.


Neurodevelopment is Complex

Neurodevelopment is complex and multiple factors contribute to the success or challenges of a given individual. Most conditions are a result of a combination of genetic, biological, psychosocial and environmental risk factors.

Research Highlights