Our department includes two developmental pediatricians who work at the KidsInclusive Centre for Child and Youth Development (Drs. Dawa Samdup and Garth Smith), and a pediatric neurologist (Dr. Lucia Capano). They lead and collaborate with investigators from other departments and institutions to study risk factors for neurodevelopmental and neuromotor disorders, methods to better diagnose and treat these conditions, and rehabilitation therapies. Some of this research uses technologies developed at Queen’s University (e.g., the Kinarm and the Liberi exergames).
In addition to collaborating with other researchers, Dr. Samdup recently partnered with several parents to design and administer a survey to families living in southeastern/Ontario. It asked about accessibility to recreational activities for children with disabilities; this was ranked as a priority concern at a KidsInclusive retreat for families and care providers held in 2018.
Below is a selection of recently completed and ongoing neurodevelopmental/neuromotor research within our department.
Autism spectrum disorder
- Pilot study of exergaming to increase physical activity and fitness among children with autism spectrum disorder (led by D. Samdup and supported by a grant from the SEAMO Innovation Fund)
- Navigating systems and supports for autism spectrum disorder among military families
Randomized placebo-controlled trial of ARBaclofen in the treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
- Using the Kinarm to study motor coordination and position sense in children with cerebral palsy and their typically developing peers
Participating site in the Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (CP-Net)
Developmental coordination disorder
Investigating the Kinarm as a tool to identify children and youth with developmental coordination disorder
Participating site in the Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry
Acquired brain injury
Investigating whether biomarkers in serum, within 12 hours of mild traumatic brain injury, are associated with a protracted recovery from concussion in the pediatric population
- Gastrointestinal disorders among children with neurological impairment
- Identification of risk factors associated with feeding problems in children born prematurely
Developing patient-reported outcome measures of feeding performance and satisfaction with medical devices for children with complex care needs