Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Summary:

My research focuses on early development in autism. With the goals of identifying early behavioural and neurobiological markers of autism, my research group is following a high-risk cohort; namely, infant siblings of children with autism. This is helping us identify specific risk markers to aid in earlier diagnosis and study basic processes (e.g., attention, emotion, executive control) that may underlie later symptoms. I am also evaluating the potential clinical utility of an infant screen for early signs of autism as well as intervention trials for infant and toddlers showing early signs. I am also collaborating on a US-based longitudinal MRI study of these high-risk infants to help determine the relationship between abnormalities in brain growth and connectivity, and the onset and progression of behavioural manifestations of autism. Other research includes genetic studies of autism, a national longitudinal study of developmental trajectories and outcomes in newly diagnosed preschool children with autism, and qualitative studies of the lived experience of autistic youth and parents/caregivers, including a new study with a PhD student focused on Indigenous communities.

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April 24, 2024

WCHRI welcomes Lonnie Zwaigenbaum as associate director

Internationally recognized autism researcher steps into the associate director role

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February 8, 2024

Building strengths through culture

A WCHRI trainee is redefining autism from a nehiyaw lens

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December 13, 2023

5 inspiring stories of 2023

As the year comes to a close, we want to reflect on our progress at the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI). 

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March 30, 2023

Research and new assessment tools can improve timely diagnosis of autism

April is World Autism Awareness Month

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March 6, 2023

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum appointed as the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Autism

Zwaigenbaum is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, the Director of the Autism Research Centre. Dr. Zwaigenbaum’s research focuses on identifying early behavioural and neurobiological markers of autism, and improving diagnosis and health care related to autism.

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October 26, 2022

Research, services lacking for autistic Indigenous people, say researchers

National study identifies need for Indigenous-led approaches to reduce inequities in data and diagnosis.

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January 5, 2021

Researchers detect early signs of autism in at-risk infants

New research shows early signs of autism can be seen in at-risk infants which could lead to earlier detection.

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