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paradigm-changing brain research across Canada

October 21, 2016 - We are pleased to share the abstract of a recent publication by one of our Bell Mental Health Trainees. Dr. Steven Connor received a Bell Mental Health Research Training Award in 2012 to support his work in understanding the cellular basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). He finished the three-year project earlier this year and generated some exciting insights into how regions of the brain communicate, particularly in animal models of ASD.  This work was published in the prestigious scientific journal Neuron. Please click here to read the scientific abstract.  

October 13, 2016 - Huntington Society of Canada and Brain Canada Announce Recipient of the
HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks Grant Competition


October 3, 2016 - October 2-8, 2016 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. To follow and learn more: @MIAWCanada #MIAW2016

September 13, 2016 - Brain Canada's President and CEO will be speaking at the Coordinating Global Brain Projects conference in New York City on September 19th, 2016.

Watch Inez Jabalpurwala, Brain Canada's President and CEO, speak at the Coordinating Global Brain Projects at Rockefeller University on September 19, 2016 (minute 3:21:18).

September 12, 2016

Brain Canada and Alzheimer Society Research Program 2017 New Investigator/Career Change Grant
Request for Applications

Brain Canada (with the financial support of Health Canada) and the Alzheimer Society Research Program will co-fund one New Investigator/Career Change grant in the amount of $60,000/year for a maximum of 3 years for the Quality of Life stream, and $75,000/year for a maximum of 3 years for the Biomedical stream. The purpose of this program is to support investigators pursuing or interested in pursuing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.

Competition opens: September 12, 2016
Application deadline: 11:59pm EST, November 7, 2016

Click here to view the Request for Application and here to apply.

July 26, 2016 - Brain Canada and the Alzheimer's Association partner to fund Alzheimer's and dementia research in Canada

May 4, 2016

Dr. Hubert van Tol Travel Fellowship 2016

The Dr. Hubert van Tol travel fellowship has been created in memory of neuroscientist Dr. Hubert van Tol. The fellowship is open to all PhD students and postdoctoral fellows performing research as part of a Brain Canada MIRI or PSG team. The student or fellow will be selected on a competitive basis by an expert committee established by Brain Canada. The committee will award the fellowship based upon the criteria outlined below.

Purpose: To allow PhDs and postdoctoral fellows to attend a major international conference/symposium or training course outside of Canada.

Amount of award: $5,000

Number of awards: One per year

Application deadline: May 31st, 2016.

Eligibility: Open to all PhD students and postdoctoral fellows performing research as part of a Brain Canada MIRI or PSG team.

For more information, please click here

March 23, 2016 - Additional $20M to Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund

U15 - Budget 2016: A Strong Commitment to Scientific Research
Science - Canadian scientists smile as Liberals deliver a déjà vu budget

March 17, 2016

ALS Canada and Brain Canada – 2016 Research Funding Opportunities

ALS Canada and Brain Canada wish to announce the 2016 funding opportunities resulting from their landmark $20 million partnership. The objective of this joint funding program is to support research that is relevant to ALS and related neurological disorders, including primary lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, and ALS/FTLD (ALS/frontotemporal lobar dementia). The ultimate goal of the ALS Society of Canada and Brain Canada (the Partners) is to prevent or cure these disorders, to slow their progression, and to improve the quality of life for those affected and their families.

Find out more information on the partnership here:

This year’s programs include:
• ALS Canada-Brain Canada Hudson Translational Team Grants
• ALS Canada-Brain Canada Discovery Grants
• ALS Canada-Brain Canada Career Transition Award

Please visit for details.

March 17, 2016 - Canadian Scientists Contributing To Global Effort To Understand The Brain: A foreword by Brain Canada Foundation President and CEO for the National Post Neurological Conditions campaign – Click here for the full National Post Neurological Conditions campaign.

March 14, 2016 - Message from the Minister of Health - Brain Awareness Week

February 19, 2016 - Groundbreaking research at MUHC sheds new light on 'flexible' brain cells

November 20, 2015

Brain Canada-Huntington Society of Canada
Creating HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks
Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI)

Brain Canada and Huntington Society of Canada are pleased to announce launch of the “Creating HD Clinician-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Networks” multi-investigator research initiative (MIRI). This joint initiative will support three-year MIRI research projects which connect clinicians with scientists, and scientists with the HD (Huntington Disease) community, in a manner that can be demonstrated to create a collaborative HD Clinician-to-Scientist-to-Patient Virtual Network. The multi-disciplinary and multi-investigator approach emphasized in this initiative is expected to maximize the opportunity for discovery and translational research that will expedite the discovery-to-effective-treatment cycle, while expanding the overall understanding of HD therapy in humans.

Call for Proposals: November 20, 2015
Workshop/ Teleconference Q&A Session: December 15, 2015
Full Proposal Deadline: March 4, 2016, 1600 EST

Click here for the Request for Application
Click here to read a summary of the Teleconference Information Session

November 19, 2015 - ALS research in Canada receives historic $15 million dollar investment : Investments in ground-breaking research will support vision of making ALS treatable by 2024.

Montreal Gazette - Major investment in ALS research thanks to Ice Bucket Challenge
The Globe and Mail - Canadian universities to share funding from Ice Bucket Challenge - U of M researchers benefit from Ice Bucket Challenge
CTV News - Universities across Canada to get research funding from Ice Bucket Challenge
The Neuro - News - Scientists and Clinicians at The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital receive funding for ALS research

November 13, 2015 - Star reporter Barbara Turnbull honoured at first spinal cord injury symposium since her death - $50,000 research award in her name goes to Montreal-based Dr. Samuel David to study the effects of iron on spinal cord injuries.

McGill University scientist wins top award for spinal cord injury research.


September 22, 2015 - Bell invests another $100M in 'Let's Talk' program

September 15, 2015

Focus on Brain Program 2015

Brain Canada and CQDM are pleased to announce the 2015 edition of their joint initiative, Focus on Brain, which focuses on the translation of platform technologies into products and services that will enable drug discovery in the area of neurosciences and mental health.

Call for Proposals: September 15, 2015
LOI Deadline: December 15, 2015

Click here to view Request for Applications
Click here to view answers to FAQs

Please be advised that the online application will be available on or before Friday Sept 25, 2015

September 2, 2015

Watch a video on the Canadian Cancer Society Brain Impact grants.

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Every dollar raised will be matched by the Government of Canada.

Annual report 2015