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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


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


May 26, 2015 - Focus on Brain: $10M for breakthrough technologies to address unmet needs in neurosciences. Click here for more details on the funded projects.
Focus on the brain: RI-MUHC researchers address unmet needs in neurosciences


February 4, 2015 - Brain cancer gets big boost in research funding from Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with Brain Canada and federal government

From left to right: Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain Canada; Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, The Hospital for Sick Children; Dr. Uri Tabori, researcher and recipient of a grant, The Hospital for Sick Children; Honourable Minister Rona Ambrose, Health Minister of Canada; Dr. Michael Taylor, researcher and recipient of a grant, The Hospital for Sick Children; Pamela Fralick President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society; Carl Cadogan, CEO, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

From left to right: Pamela Fralick President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society; Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain Canada; Carl Cadogan, CEO, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada; Chris Sullivan, Board Director, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.


January 26, 2015 - ALS Canada funds innovative ALS research in partnership with Brain Canada and the Government of Canada


January 9, 2015

Webinar Announcement
Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program in partnership with Brain Canada

This webinar will provide information on the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program in partnership with Brain Canada ( It will also give an opportunity for Canadian investigators from the three Centers for Collaborative Research in Fragile-X Syndrome funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to cooperate and develop further international contacts and collaboration.

Webinar Details:
When: January 14, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM EST

Audio Conference Details:
Audio Profile: Premiere NA
Conference Number(s): 1-866-519-2804
Participant Code: 410534

Follow up: To receive a copy of the webinar slideshow, or to connect with potential collaborators, please email us at Note that, to connect with potential collaborators, please include a short summary of your research work and your contact information, which will be shared with interested parties.


December 1, 2014 - ALS Canada Announces Funding for 2014 Discovery Grants in Partnership with Brain Canada

November 21, 2014 - A Beautiful Mind - British Columbia Alzheimer's Research Award Program announces awardees

From left to right: Dr. Alan Winter, President and CEO, Genome BC; Dr. Diane Finegood, President and CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; Dr. Lynn Beattie, President, Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation; and Dr. David Kaplan, Brain Canada Board Director.

VIDEO: Unlocking the Mysteries of Alzheimer's: BC Alzheimer's Research Award, a $7.5M partnership between Brain Canada, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Genome BC, and The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF).

Vancouver Sun - Alzheimer’s research projects receive new funding
UBC - Three UBC professors receive $4M for Alzheimer’s research
Lab Product News - $7M supports Alzheimer's research
CTV News Vancouver
CKNW AM980 - Millions for Alzheimer’s research


November 19, 2014 - 260,000 Canadians raise over $16 million through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - ALS Societies across Canada commit $10 million to ALS research and announce new partnership with Brain Canada for matching research funding

Celebrating the start of a transformative partnership! From left to right: Brian Parsons (person living with ALS); Dr. David Taylor, Director of Research, ALS Society of Canada; Tammy Moore, CEO, ALS Society of Canada; Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO, Brain Canada; Dr. Heather Durham, Chair of the Research Council, ALS Society of Canada; Patrick Merz, Director, ALS Society of Canada.

Sun News - Canada's Ice Bucket Challenge raises $16.2M
CBC News - Ice Bucket Challenge raised $16.2M for ALS in Canada
CTV News - 'Ice Bucket Challenge' in Canada raised $16M
Northern Life - Remember the ice bucket challenge? It raised $26M in Canada
The Province - Canada raises $16.2M through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Calgary Herald - ALS chief celebrates Ice Bucket Challenge
Vancouver Sun - Ice bucket challenge raised $16.2M for research and support, ALS Societies of Canada says
Montreal Gazette - Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $16.2 million in Canada
The Daily Courier - An unprecedented effort
London Free Press - Canada's Ice Bucket Challenge raises $16.2M
Edmonton Journal - Ice Bucket Challenge raises $16.2 million in Canada a Ice Bucket Challenge raises $16 million of ALS research, support in Canada - atching program means a whopping $20 million to go toward research
International Business Times - Canadian ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $16.2M For ALS Research
Kelowna Now - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Millions in Canada
Edson Leader - ALS Society makes exciting announcement regarding funds raised
mySteinbach - Manitoba raises over $350,000 from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
AM980 - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Raises $16.2 Million Dollars In Canada
Cold Lake Sun - Ice Bucket Challenge raises more than $16 million


October 7, 2014 – Brain Canada announces $7.4 million in funding for six projects in brain and mental health research.

From left to right: Dr. Jean Addington, researcher at Hotchkiss Brain Institute; Mr. Rupert Duchesne, Chair, Board of Directors of Brain Canada; Dr. Samuel Weiss, Director of Hotchkiss Brain Institute; and Dr. Edward McCauley, VP Research at the University of Calgary.

September 12th, 2014

Brain Canada partners with Health Canada to announce $51.4 million in national funding of 32 ground-breaking neuroscience research projects

May 26th, 2014

Outside the box in neuroscience: CQDM and Brain Canada partner to fund breakthrough technologies to accelerate drug discovery

May 1st, 2014

PM announces research projects for Autism and Alzheimer prevention - Projects Supported in Partnership with Brain Canada, the Azrieli Foundation and the Chagnon Family

December 17th, 2013

New $7.5 Million Fund To Advance BC’s Research Into Alzheimer’s Disease - BC teams seeking solutions to global health issue

November 12th, 2013

Brain Canada and partners jointly support five new research teams

April 29th, 2013

Brain Canada and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation collaborate with the Government of Canada to accelerate paradigm-changing research on the brain - First recipients of Multi-Investigator Research Initiative grants announced 

February 8th, 2013

Bell and Brain Canada announce $1 million research training fund

December 21st, 2012

Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) The Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program in partnership with Brain Canada 

Chagnon Family - Brain Canada Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) Interventions for Prevention of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders

Harper Government Applauds One of the Largest Ever Public Private Investments in Health Research The Chagnon Family and the Azrieli Foundation commit $46 million to Support Canadian Brain Research

May 3rd, 2012

Harper Government Announces Funding to Support Brain Research

Factsheet: Brain Canada's Brain Research Fund

CAN welcomes the launch of the Canada Brain Research Fund

Government of Canada Makes History With Unprecedented Investment in Public/Private Partnership for Brain Research


June 6, 2011

Brain Canada applauds budget commitment for research and treatment of brain disorders. Federal commitment of $100 million will match private funds to address diseases affecting 1 in 3 canadians.


March 31, 2011

$100 million Federal commitment to brain research remains crucial to addressing Canada’s largest disease burden


March 22, 2011

Federal Government commitment of $100 million in matched funding to Brain Canada.


November 16, 2008
NeuroScience Canada researchers discover novel therapy for chronic pain

October 30, 2008
Dr. Kenneth Rose is awarded the 2008 Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research.

October 10th, 2008
Prime Minister Harper promises funding for a major study on neurological diseases.

September 18, 2008
Sunday, September 21st is World Alzheimer's Day.

March 5th, 2008
Media advisory about Canadian initiatives during Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2008.

October 30th, 2007
NeuroScience Canada awards $3 million to two new Brain Repair Program teams.

June 30th, 2007
Release of Impact study on Neurological disease, disorders and injuries in Canada.

March 29th, 2007
Lawrence M. Tanenbaum, Mark R. Bruneau and the Honorable Michael J. L. Kirby appointed Directors of NeuroScience Canada's Board ofDirectors.

March 6th, 2007
Media advisory about Canadian initiatives during Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2007.

December 1st, 2006
Dr. Pierre Drapeau receives the Barbara Turnbull Award for his contribution to spinal cord research. His research using zebrafish embryos could help pave the way for spinal cord repair.

March 2nd, 2006
Barbara Turnbull Award honours Dr. Joseph Culotti.

March 1st, 2006
NeuroScience Canada releases a report titled The Case for Canada’s Increased Investment in Neuroscience Research.
Click here to read the news release
Click here to download the executive summary

February 21st, 2006
Media advisory about Canadian initiatives during Brain Awareness Week, March 13-19, 2006

February 8th, 2006
NeuroScience Canada wins Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart 2006 National Awards in Governance award for the not-for-profit sector

May 2nd, 2005
NeuroScience Canada's 2005 Annual General Meeting in Toronto featured reports from the three Brain Repair Program teams and a keynote presentation from Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams from the Canadian Space Agency.

May 2nd, 2005
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, Chair of NeuroScience Canada, was honoured at the Public Policy Forum 18th Annual Testimonial Dinner and Awards. These awards pay tribute to Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of public policy and public management in our country.

November 25th, 2004
NeuroScience Canada awards $4.5 Million to three Canadian Brain Repair Teams. Largest grants of their kind to allow researchers to study the brain’s ability to repair itself.

November 25th, 2004
Descriptions of the three winning Brain Repair Teams. Projects cover the range of neurological and psychiatric diseases and disorders, chronic pain and spinal cord injuries.

November 22nd, 2003
The Hon. Michael H. Wilson's speaking notes at the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction's Annual General Meeting.

November 20th, 2003
The Hon. Michael H. Wilson announces NeuroScience Canada's $8-million program for brain repair research.

About breakthroughs from our Brain Repair Program researchers

September 5, 2007
Dr. Freda Miller's team used skin-derived stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries in rats.

November 1st, 2006
Three Brain Repair Team Leaders Named International Research Scholars by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

February 23rd, 2006
UBC researchers find potential new target for autism, retardation therapies

December 15th, 2005
Canadian research team discovers key mechanism behind neuropathic pain

December 8th, 2005
Researchers discover a protein responsible for shaping the nervous system

November 25th, 2005
UBC scientists create protein to block addiction cravings. Research shows for the first time how to “block” memory.