With funding support from key partner BHP, in 2017 the Telethon Kids Institute established the THINK BIG scheme to drive the development of new long-term research programs that would:
- be innovative, multi-disciplinary, and highly-collaborative
- address key issues affecting child and youth health and wellbeing
- deliver high-impact, transformative benefits
Researchers from three Telethon Kids teams working on different neurodevelopmental conditions (Disability, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism) came together to envisage a trans-diagnostic program that could enable the approach to children at high-risk of neurodevelopmental conditions to shift from “wait and see” to “identify and act”.
Their proposal entitled “Precision pathways for young children at risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Early identification and adaptive intervention starting from the prenatal period” was awarded seed funding and project management support under the THINK BIG scheme to enable development of this research program, which is now being driven through ASCEND.
Read the ASCEND Program Overview here.