First ResearchSnapshot Produced for NeuroDevNet / Premiers FlashRecherche en provenance de NeuroDevNet

This week’s blog post is a guest post from NeuroDevNet Knowledge Translation Core manager, Anneliese Poetz.

Ce billet d’invité nous parvient d’Anneliese Poetz, directrice du transfert des connaissances pour NeuroDevNet. FlashRecherche de NeuroDevNet sont également disponibles en français.

NeuroDevNet is a Network of Centres of Excellence funded by the Federal government of Canada. There are three Discovery Projects (DPs) focused on the early diagnosis and treatment of: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy. Three Cores serve the researchers in these DPs as well as the other Cores: Neuroethics, Neuroinformatics, and Knowledge Translation (KT).

The KT Core is hosted by York University’s award winning Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit and provides six services to over 80 researchers within the Network:

1) Knowledge Brokering

2) Support for KT Events

3) Support for KT Products

4) Evaluating KT

5) Support KT Planning

6) Capacity Building

The production of ResearchSnapshots for NeuroDevNet involves a multi-stage process: obtain titles of peer-reviewed papers the researchers would like to have drafted into clear language summaries, draft the summary, review among peer writers in the KMb unit. The KT Coordinator sends the initial draft to the researcher to proof and send back edits, which are then sent back to the writers to revise. Confirming the accuracy of information with the researcher is a critical step since the writers are trained in clear language writing, but they are not subject matter experts. The collaboration between researchers and writers ensures an accessible research summary that is true to the research. Once approved by the researcher, the summary is formatted to the ResearchSnapshot template including logos from NeuroDevNet and the researcher’s institutional affiliation. These ResearchSnapshots are translated into French and then formatted in an accessible format that can be easily read by a screen reader.Stem cell lab

This blog post is a celebration of NeuroDevNet’s first ResearchSnapshot, Can Stem Cells Be Used to Help Treat Cerebral Palsy? by Dr. Michael Fehlings. This ResearchSnapshot, along with others, is posted on the NeuroDevNet website.  The original article upon which the summary is based, The Potential for Stem Cell Therapies to Have an Impact on Cerebral Palsy: Opportunities and Limitations is available online at  Each ResearchSnapshot contains a link that directs readers toward the original research paper if more information is desired.

NeuroDevNet’s KT Core shares a team of clear language summary writers with York’s KMb Unit who are working towards producing 50-60 summaries this year.

Anneliese Poetz, KT Core, NeuroDevNet

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