Did you know one in twelve Quebecers suffers from a genetic disorder that has a major impact on development?

The CHU Sainte-Justine has state-of-the-art expertise in child development and the most clinicians working in the field of neurodevelopment and mental health in Quebec. Today, 70% of children from throughout Eastern Canada suffering from the most severe neurodevelopmental disorders—including autism, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, language disorders, dyslexia, Tourette syndrome and attention deficit disorder—are diagnosed and treated at Sainte-Justine.

Children can now be seen by all the specialists in the same place. Thanks to quicker diagnosis, early treatments are more effective, which reduces the impact on the children’s education, social inclusion and general well-being, and improves their chances of healing.

Dr. Lionel Carmant

CHU Sainte-Justine

Because one in five young Quebecers suffers from a brain disease or neurodevelopmental disorder and right now, half of them are not diagnosed early enough, the CHU Sainte-Justine has recently established CIRENE, the Integrated Centre for Child Neurodevelopment, a unique, revolutionary project in North America. Its objective: to make sure every child in Quebec receives early screening and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental pathologies and, if necessary, personalized therapies.

By taking a genomic approach, our team of experts is now able to make a quick and accurate diagnosis of 40% of children with severe neurodevelopmental disorders, which traditional methods could not explain.