Other Ongoing Studies

The IRNPQEO is open to accepting research projects that correspond with our themes and that do not inhibit the progress of existing projects. A researcher or research group can submit an application to the IRNPQEO in order to propose a project of an ancillary study.

The paternal contribution to neuroendocrine and neurodevelopmental trajectories of the offspring

Sites: McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Ste-Justine (CHU Ste-Justine)

Principal Investigator: Tuong-Vi Nguyen (McGill University Health Centre)

To fully understand children’s development, we must take into account the roles of both mothers and fathers. Indeed, there is growing evidence suggesting that fathers play an even greater role in child development than previously thought, even before pregnancy.

We have received funding to examine the role of prenatal characteristics of fathers in the 3D Study, particularly on the development of certain hormones and of the brain of 6-year-old children. The results may eventually help families in their family planning. Previous research suggests that a positive change in certain paternal habits even 3 months before pregnancy can have a beneficial effect on child development.


Oral language development in young allophones

Site: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Ste-Justine (CHU Ste-Justine)

Principal Investigator: Andrea A.N. MacLeod, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal)

Mastery of two languages is important to allow children in bilingual contexts to speak with those around them. We want to understand the factors that support these children in learning their mother tongue and the language used in school. For some families, the transition to school is more complex in a bilingual context. Some children may not understand the language of the school and other children may have difficulty learning language. So, we want to understand these two situations to allow the best possible support for children in a bilingual context and their families.