Comité consultatif scientifique

Advisory Council

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In 2013, the Science Advisory Council (SAC) was created to provide key input to Brain Canada’s Board Research Policy Committee in the form of intelligence about developments in the field, in Canada and internationally, and a broad assessment of Brain Canada’s research program. The SAC, a combined Canadian and international committee, replaces the Science Advisory Council and International Science Advisory Council that were dissolved in 2013. The SAC is composed of 23 members, half from Canada, half international, but all members having international stature. The SAC include broad representation across the neurosciences, and may include members outside of this field. SAC members will serve as ambassadors, helping to raise the profile of Brain Canada and its research program, and to make links and connections with the scientific community and receive their feedback.


Sheena Josselyn, PhD
Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health Program,
Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute;
Canada Research Chair in Molecular and Cellular Cognition;
Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Institute of Medical Science
University of Toronto
Area of expertise: Cognition and Behaviour

Canadian Members

Yves De Koninck, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Laval University;
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, McGill University;
Director, Division of Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec;
Scientific Director, Quebec Pain Research Network
Area of expertise: Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms

Jacques Drouin, D. Sc., MRSC
Directeur, unité de recherche en génétique moléculaire, IRCM;
Professeur-chercheur titulaire, Département de biochimie, Université de Montréal;
Professeur associé, Département d’anatomie et de biologie cellulaire et Département de biochimie, Université McGill
Area of expertise: Integrative Systems: Neuroendocrinology, Neuroimmunology and Homeostatic Challenge

Alan C. Evans, PhD
Professor, departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics, McGill University
Area of expertise: Disorders of the Nervous System

Lesley K. Fellows, MD, DPhil
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery Montreal Neurological Institute
Area of expertise: Neurologist


International Members

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Stanford University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Area of expertise: Psychiatry/Behavior/Leader in optogenetics

Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD
Director, Eli and Edy, the Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Department of Neurology, UCSF School of Medicine
Area of expertise: Development/photonics, Neural Stem Cells and Embryonic Cortical Development

Lorne Mendell, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University
Area of expertise: Pain, neuroplasticity of the mammalian spinal cord

Klaus-Armin Nave, PhD
Head Max-Planck Gottingen, Glial biology and neurodegeneration, Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen
Area of expertise: Glial biology and neurodegeneration

Bill Newsome, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
University of British Columbia
Area of expertise: Model organisms and systems 

Angela Roberts, PhD
Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge, UK
Area of expertise: Prefrontal cortex/behavior/psychiatric diseases



Kurt Haas, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences
University of British Columbia
Area of expertise: Model organisms and systems

 James L. Kennedy, MSc, MD, FRCP(C), FRSC
Director of the Neuroscience Research Department
and Head of the Psychiatric Neurogenetics Section,
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Area of expertise: Genetics

Bryan E. Kolb, PhD
Professor, Department of Neuroscience,
University of Lethbridge
Area of expertise: Cognition and behaviour

Stan Kutcher, MD, FRCPC, FCAHS
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health;
Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
Dalhousie University
Area of expertise: Cognition and behaviour

Brian MacVicar, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry,
University of British Columbia
Area of expertise: Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia, Cellular Mechanisms

Doug P. Munoz, PhD
Professor of Physiology,  Psychology  and Medicine
Queen’s University;
Director, Queen’s Centre for Neuroscience Studies;
Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience
Area of expertise: Sensory and Motor Systems

Rachel F. Tyndale, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
University of Toronto;
Endowed Chair in Addictions, Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto;
Head Pharmacogenetics, Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health (CAMH)
Area of expertise: Addiction


Bruce Rosen, MD, PhD
Professor of Radiology at the Harvard Medical School;
Professor of Health Science and Technology at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Area of expertise: World leading expert in functional neuroimaging

Rosalind Segal, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard
Area of expertise: Cellular and molecular neuroscience/oncology

D James Surmeier, PhD
Chair, Department of Physiology, Nathan Smith Davis;
Professor of Physiology, Northwestern
Area of expertise: Basal ganglia/cell metabolics and neurodegenerative disease; Molecular Biology; Movement Disorders; Neuroscience; Parkinson’s disease; Physiology; Schizophrenia

Li-Huei Tsai, PhD
Director, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Picower;
Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Area of expertise: Neurodegeneration