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People and Collaborators

Professor Kim Cornish PhD

Moving across three continents (UK to Canada to Australia) over a 20 year career I have been privileged to have collaborated with an international network of world renowned neuroscientists and clinicians from diverse backgrounds (genetics, bioinformatics, imaging, cognitive development, paediatrics and psychiatry) but with the one goal to understand gene-brain-cognitive interactions in atypical populations. 

Most recently, I held one of Canada’s most prestigious research chairs- the Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroscience & Education (Tier 1 – (2002-2009) at McGill University in Montreal. In this role I established McGill’s first cognitive development lab devoted to research across differing neurodevelopmental disorders as well as typically developing children. To establish this research platform I also received two rounds of funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation as well as significant funding from a wide spectrum of Canadian government agencies (e.g. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program, Social Science and Humanities Research Council), international grants e.g. National Institutes of Health, USA (in collaboration with Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, University of London; Dr May Tassabehji, Genetics, University of Manchester and others) and the Wellcome Trust, UK (with Dr Gaia Scerif, Department of Experimental Psychology, ABCD Study, University of Oxford and Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith).

Other international collaborators include Dr John Wilding (University of London, UK), Dr Cary Kogan (University of Ottawa, Canada), Dr Armando Bertone (McGill University, Canada), Dr Reut Gruber (McGill University),  Professor Avi Chaudhuri (McGill University) and Professor Randi Hagerman (MIND Institute, UC Davis, USA).

Collaborators in Australia

  • With Associate Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis and Emeritus Professor John Bradshaw (School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University) on characterising early cognitive and motor signatures in neurodegenerative disorders
  • With Professors Paul Fitzgerald, Julie Stout and Associate Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis (Monash University and Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Melbourne) in a new initiative focusing on Neuroscience Applications and Brain Disorders
  • With Associate Professor Shantha Rajaratnam and Doctor Russell Conduit (Monash University) on the NAPS study in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and typical development
  • With Doctor Melanie Porter, Doctor Jasmine Menant and the team at NeuRa in Sydney on projects involved with gait and motor functioning in individuals with Williams syndrome, Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome

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