April 24, 2024

WCHRI welcomes Lonnie Zwaigenbaum as associate director

Internationally recognized autism researcher steps into the associate director role

(photo: William Au)

The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum as Associate Director. His term will commence May 1, 2024, for a 2.5-year term.

In this role, Lonnie will work closely with Executive Director Sandra Davidge, the WCHRI leadership team, and WCHRI partners to drive forward strategic initiatives and projects.

Lonnie is a developmental pediatrician at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, where he directs the Autism Research Centre. He completed his clinical training in Toronto and research training at McMaster University where he worked before moving to Edmonton in 2006.

He is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Autism and a Stollery Science Lab Distinguished Researcher. In addition, he also serves as the Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head for Child Health, Alberta Health Services.

Lonnie’s current research focuses on improving early detection and timely diagnosis and health care for autistic children and youth, and he leads capacity building in autism diagnosis in partnership with community pediatricians and parent leaders.

His research is funded by CIHR, Kids Brain Health Network, National Institutes of Mental Health, Autism Science Foundation, Autism Care Network, One Child Every Child and WCHRI through the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. He chaired the oversight panel of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Assessment on Autism, which is guiding the development of a national strategy.

He has been recognized for research leadership by fellowships from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the International Society for Autism Research. He also received the 2022 Autism Edmonton Opening Doors Award and a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for career contributions.

Lonnie has made significant contributions to WCHRI over the last decade, from his roles on the Program Advisory Committee to his extensive involvement with our annual research day and stewardship initiatives.