- At a symposium held in January, 2014 in Toronto, world experts in the biology of child and brain development gathered with their peers specialized in the health and success of entire societies. The conference underscored the importance of public commitment to children's health for the general prosperity of populations.
- There is scientific evidence that environmental influences, especially during the period when some crucial genes are involved, can affect children's brain development, with implications not only for their schooling and career, but for their whole life. “If you wait for children to fail, you’ve lost so much capacity by that point that it’s hard to catch up,” said Neal Halfon, director of UCLA’s Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities.
Famous Canadian epidemiologist Clyde Hertzman, who died last year.