Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Why study neurodevelopmental disorders?

More than 300,000 children and youth in Ontario are living with autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 

The symptoms of these disorders – anxiety, depression, compulsive activity, social isolation, to name just a few – place a huge emotional cost on children and their families. The costs to society include lost productivity and potential, plus life-time bills to the medical system. There are few medications to treat these disorders, and those that exist are only partially effective.

Why study different neurodevelopmental disorders together?

Neurodevelopmental disorders are not clear-cut, easy to-segregate conditions. There is often considerable variability in how these disorders are expressed and sometimes individuals can have more than one neurodevelopmental disorder.

POND Network: Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network

  • The POND Network aims to understand the unique and common biology across neurodevelopmental disorders, including: autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, Tourette syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and intellectual disability. This network has created a clinical trials network that specializes in childhood neurodevelopmental disorders – a first in Canada – to speed up the development of new and more effective medications and psychosocial interventions.

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  • POND Network – Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network

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