Our Network

The POND network consists of a team of clinicians, scientists, engineers and other stakeholders from the public and private sector located across Ontario.

POND Network Co-Directors:

  • Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Jason Lerch, Ph.D., The Hospital for Sick Children

POND Network Executive Committee:

  • Stephen Scherer, Ph.D., The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Elizabeth Kelley, Ph.D., Queen’s University
  • Jessica Jones, Ph.D., Queen’s University
  • Jennifer Crosbie, Ph.D., The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Russell Schachar, MD, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Robert Nicolson, MD, Western University
  • Stelios Georgiades, BA, MA, PH.D., McMaster Univesity
  • Karun K Singh, Ph.D., Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
  • Paul Arnold, MD, Ph.D., The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, University of Calgary

POND Contributing Clinicians:

There are over 20 participating clinicians across all the sites.

Participating Institutions:

  • Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children
  • Hamilton, Ontario: McMaster University, McMaster  Children’s Hospital
  • London, Ontario: Western University, Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Kingston, Ontario: Queen’s University, Ongwanada Resource Center, Hotel Dieu Hospital

Community Partner Organizations:

Autism Speaks, Autism Ontario, Circle 21, Community Living Toronto, Ontario Rett Syndrome Association, Totally ADD, and Sick Kids Down Syndrome Clinic. These groups have representatives on our Patient Advisory Committee, which also has individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, family members and caregivers. Learn more about this committee and how they partner with us in our research below.

Patient Advisory Committee

POND’s Patient Advisory Committee is a group of people with lived experience related to neurodevelopmental disorders. They provide input and perspectives that are participant-centred and maintain focus on participants and their families, ensuring the POND initiatives and outcomes are participant-driven. The committee is also an important POND partner in public and community engagement, as well as ensuring our research and activities are communicated effectively to individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, their families, and other individuals who can apply this knowledge to improve care and long-term outcomes.

Patient Advisory Committee Members

Current Members: 

  • Margret Spoelstra, Autism Ontario
  • Connie Putterman, ASD activist/parent
  • Julia Biondi, ADHD activist/parent
  • Claudine Evangelista, ASD Parent
  • Anthony Evangelista, ASD Parent
  • Karen Congram, Ontario Rett Syndrome Association
  • Jessica Bethel, Autism Ontario
  • Cathy Gaboury, Project Consultant
  • Mike Barnett, OCD Parent
  • Jessica B, Autism Ontario
  • Allison Chang, POND Parent
  • Voula Athanasopoulos, ASD Parent
  • Tara Vandertoorn, Teacher at Calgary Board of Education
  • Kira Vimalakanthan, SAAC
  • Shivajan Sivapalan, SAAC
  • Kathi Cosgrove, Autism Speaks
  • Alfredo Arias, POND Parent

Past Members:

Contact Information

To learn more about the POND Network please contact Alana Iaboni (aiaboni@hollandbloorview.ca). To learn more about the Patient Advisory Committee or to inquire about how you might get involved, please contact Melanie Yang (myang@hollandbloorview.ca)