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July 9th, 2014

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David J. Azrieli
1922-2014
 
Everyone at Brain Canada is deeply saddened by the death of David J. Azrieli, entrepreneur and visionary philanthropist, founder of the Azrieli Foundation.  Mr. Azrieli set the example that each of us has the power to create our own narrative, and that a life filled with passion is very rich indeed.  We thank him for all that he gave the world, for the legacy he built with the Azrieli Foundation, and for the lessons he shared.  Through these, he will continue to influence and have impact.
 
http://www.azrielifoundation.org/2014/07/david-j-azrieli-zl/

May 25th, 2014

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Marcel Côté: 1942 - 2014

Everyone at Brain Canada is devastated by the sudden death of our beloved Director Marcel Côté. This is an immeasurable loss for Montreal, for Quebec and for Canada. He had the highest intelligence and integrity--but also the biggest heart. We will miss his great insights and humour--but especially his warm friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Marcel Côté saluted at crowded funeral

June 24, 2014 - Watch Brain Canada President and CEO's presentation on public-private partnerships at the Global Dementia Legacy Event in London, UK on June 19th, 2014 (Session 2, minute 23:30)

May 26, 2014 - Outside the box in neuroscience: CQDM and Brain Canada partner to fund breakthrough technologies to accelerate drug discovery

Click here to view the Request for Applications

From left to right: Diane Gosselin, President and CEO of CQDM; Remi Quiron, Quebec Chief Scientist; Sam David, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience; Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO of Brain Canada. 

May 16, 2014 - The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Announces the Weston Brain Institute
Established with $50 million fund aimed at neurodegenerative diseases of aging

Weston foundation creates $50M institute for brain disease research

Weston foundation creates $50M institute to fast-track brain disease research

May 1, 2014 - PM announces research projects for Autism and Alzheimer prevention - Projects Supported in Partnership with Brain Canada, the Azrieli Foundation and the Chagnon Family

From left to right: Mark Krembil, Lili de Grandpré, Vincent Castellucci, Max S. Cynader, The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Rupert Duchesne, Marcel Côté, Hon. W. David Angus, Inez Jabalpurwala.

 

From left to right: Mario Petraglia, Hugh Blakey, The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Haifa Staiti, Inez Jabalpurwala, Lisa Leung.

Azrieli Foundation Partners with Federal Government in $15 Million Investment in Fragile X and Autism Research in Canada

New Government of Canada funding supports brain health research at U of T Medicine

Largest-ever grant for Alzheimer’s prevention in Canada awarded to CAMH study

Prime Minister announces $3.7M funding for brain research

Feb 7, 2014

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Brain Canada - Canadian Cancer Society Partnership to support Brain and Nervous System Cancer Research.

Brain Canada has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society to support more CCSRI Impact Grants focused on brain and nervous system cancer research. The Impact Grant program is intended to contribute to the scientific idea ‘pipeline’ by supporting significant progression in cancer research, from individual investigators or multidisciplinary teams, that are anywhere in the continuum from basic high impact discovery to translational work of direct relevance to the clinic.  Brain Canada will match the Canadian Cancer Society’s contributions dollar for dollar with funds from the Canada Brain Research Fund, to support projects in brain and nervous system cancer research.

Brain Canada’s hope is that this unique partnership between two leading research funders will result in more investments in brain and nervous system cancer research and will encourage collaboration and cross cutting between scientists from the cancer and neuroscience fields.

Researchers in the neurosciences interested in cancer research are encouraged to apply.

Important dates for this competition are as follows:
Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent: March 25, 2014
Invitations to submit full application issued: June 2014
Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: September 1, 2014
Notification of Award: January 2015
Anticipated start date: February 1, 2015

Click here for further information and to apply:
http://www.cancer.ca/en/research/grants-and-awards/current-funding-opportunities/impact-grants/

January 31, 2014

While serving as Executive Director of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, Brain Canada President and CEO Inez Jabalpurwala was one of the drivers of and helped secure financing for a major, international study on the translation and payback from mental health and neuroscience research.  The study was undertaken by RAND Europe, and just published.  Brain Canada looks forward to incorporating the outcomes of this study into our efforts to accelerate the pace of research, and translating discoveries into outcomes that will benefit patients and their families.
 
To access the report, Mental Health Retrosight, click here.

January 7, 2014

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The CAN Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding research achievements by a young neuroscientist at the early stage of his or her career. This is a reminder that the call for nominations for the 2014 CAN Young Investigator Award is currently open.

More information about the award, the eligibility criteria, and the nomination procedure can be found on the CAN Young Investigator Award webpage
 
The deadline for nominations is February 3rd, 2014.
 
Please do not miss this great opportunity to nominate a deserving young neuroscientist and to showcase excellence in neuroscience research.

December 17, 2013 - New $7.5 Million Fund To Advance BC’s Research Into Alzheimer’s Disease - BC teams seeking solutions to global health issue

December 11, 2013 - Canada Showing International Leadership at G8 Dementia Summit

November 12, 2013 - Brain Canada and partners jointly support five new research teams

November 5, 2013

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MULTI-INVESTIGATOR RESEARCH INITIATIVE

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its 2013 Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) Sponsored Opportunity. Supported in part by the Canada Brain Research Fund, the purpose of these MIRI grants is to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. The ultimate goal is to reduce the social and economic burden of neurological and mental health problems by prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

Important dates for this competition are as follows:

The deadline for the Letters of Intent has been extended to February 11, 2014.
Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent: 16.00 EST, February 11, 2014
Invitations to submit full application issued: April 18, 2014
Deadline for receipt of Full Applications: 16.00 EST, June 30, 2014
Notification of Award:  September 25, 2014
Funding begins:  Earliest date, January 1, 2015

Click here to view the full announcement
Click here to view the Request for Applications
Click here to apply

For further Information:

About the MIRI competition and application process, please contact Haifa Staiti, Manager Research Programs, at programs@braincanada.ca  or at 647-428-5279

About Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund: http://braincanada.ca

October 31, 2013

PLATFORM SUPPORT GRANTS

Brain Canada is pleased to announce its call for applications for the Platform Support Grants (PSGs) competition. Supported in part by the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), the purpose of this new grants program is to support major research platforms that provide national or regional technical capability to multiple neuroscience investigators. 

The PSG program is part of Brain Canada’s new Sponsored Opportunities stream which has been developed in response to feedback from the community. In this new funding stream, 50% of the grant amount recommended by the International Selection Committee will be provided by funding partners to Brain Canada, to be matched from the CBRF. The new Sponsored Opportunities are intended to assist research organizations, agencies, institutions, and individual donors who wish to build capacity and develop research excellence in neuroscience and in specific geographic areas.  Brain Canada will continue to offer Open Funding Opportunities and non-sponsored requests for applications will be announced in the future.

Important dates for this competition are as follows:

Deadline for receipt of Applications: April 11, 2014
Notification of Conditional Award sent: June 16, 2014
Funding begins: Earliest date, July 1, 2014

Click here to view the full announcement
Click here to view the Request for Applications
Click here to view the Expression of Interest Discussion Forum

For further information or questions:

About this PSG competition and application process, please contact Haifa Staiti, Manager Research Programs, at programs@braincanada.ca or at 647-428-5279

About Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund: go to http://braincanada.ca

 

August 7, 2013 - Winner of 2013 Dr. Hubert van Tol Travel Fellowship is Anastassia  Voronova. She is a postdoc in the Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Department, Hospital for Sick Children.  She will be attending the University of Toronto – Karolinska Institute Exchange course in Developmental and Perinatal Biology course August 18-24, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.

July 8, 2013 -  Bell award winners to probe deeper into the brain

May 22, 2013 - Queen’s University scientist wins top national award for spinal cord research

May 8th, 2013 - Bell and Brain Canada recognized the Ontario-based recipients of the Bell Mental Health Research Training Awards.

First row left to right: Jennie Pouget (CAMH), Nancy Butcher (University of Toronto)
Second row left to right: Mary Deacon (Bell), Andrea Tyrer (CAMH), Cornelia Walther (University of Western Ontario), Guang Yang (The Hospital for Sick Children), Inez Jabalpurwala (Brain Canada)

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

CTV News - Brain Canada: Millions granted for stunning new research

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, with members of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Brain Canada, and members from the recipient teams of the Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) grants.

(l-r)  Dr. Donald Mabbott, Rupert Duchesne, Dr. David Andrews, W. Galen Weston, Dr. Franco Vaccarino, The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, Minister Aglukkaq, Mark Krembil,  Inez Jabalpurwala, Dr. Michel Cayouette, Larry Tanenbaum, Dr. Freda Miller, Allan Taylor, Keith Murai, Artur Kania. 

National Post - ‘Fast and faster’ breakthroughs expected in brain research as project seeks eye test to detect Alzheimers 

April 19th, 2013 - CIBC and Brain Canada join forces to fight brain cancer

From left to right: Inez Jabalpurwala, Brain Canada; Dr. Philip Barker, Montreal Neurological Institute; Lili de Grandpré, Brain Canada; Dr. Guy Rouleau, Montreal Neurological Institute, Sylvain Vinet, CIBC ; Ian Gerald, CIBC – Brain Canada Fellow; Dr. Vincent Castellucci, Brain Canada;  Dr. Louis Collins, Montreal Neurological Institute.

Recipients of the Brain Canada-CIBC Brain Cancer Research Training Awards

April 3rd, 2013 - Brain mapping project aims to help treat brain disorders

Canadian neuroscientists believe they are in a good position to assist with the goal outlined by U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday to unlock the mysteries of the human brain.

March 11th, 2013

Naomi Azrieli - Living As Pioneers
Dr. Naomi Azrieli is Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation. Together with federal funds provided through the Canada Brain Research Fund (a collaboration between the Government of Canada and Brain Canada) the Foundation recently donated $8.5 million over five years to launch the Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program.

 

February 18th, 2013

Hon. Yonah Martin: Mental Health - Debates of the Senate (Hansard) 1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 137 

February 18th, 2013

Brain Canada is pleased to share a Request For Proposals from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, on Transformational Neurodegenerative Diseases in Aging. Please click here for more detail. This initiative is well aligned with Brain Canada's Multi-Investigator Research Initiative model and we encourage all interested researchers to apply

 

February 8th, 2013

Bell and Brain Canada announce $1 million research training fund

From left to right: Inez Jabalpurwala, President, Brain Canada; Dr. Max S. Cynader, Director, Brain Research Centre, University of British Columbia & Brain Canada Director;  Cory Baimel, Award recipient; Dr. Steven Connor, Award recipient; Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Mental Health Initiative; Clara Hughes, national spokesperson, Bell Let's Talk; The Honourable Yonah Martin, Senator.

 

Brain Canada is proud to support the Bell Let’s Talk Day on February 12, 2013.

 

 

January 12th, 2013

A big brainstorm is on the horizon in neuroscience

 

December 21st, 2012

The Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research 2012 Newsletter

 

December 21st, 2012

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

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the Chagnon Family - Brain Canada, Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) on Interventions for Prevention of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders.

The purpose of these MIRI grants is to accelerate novel and transformative intervention research that will improve the prevention of Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD).  This initiative will reward “outside the box” ideas by supporting research that is truly innovative and may challenge standard paradigms.

Over the next five years, $25 million will be provided by the Chagnon Family and Brain Canada, through the Canada Brain Research Fund.  This will be the largest investment in interventions for prevention of ADRD ever made in this country and sets forth a challenge to fast-track a quantum leap in the field.

Key dates:  deadline for letters of intent, February 22, 2013; and for full applications, July 12, 2013; funding to begin on or after October 14, 2013.

View the full announcement

Request for Applications:  ADRD_MIRI_RFA_EN.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

Selection Committee Evaluation Information: Selection_Committee_Evaluation_Information.pdf

For further Information:

About Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund: http://braincanada.ca

About this competition: ADRD_query@braincanada.ca

 

Brain Canada is pleased to announce The Azrieli Neurodevelopmental Research Program, Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI).

The Azrieli Foundation in partnership with Brain Canada will support excellent systems or translational research in the area of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a special focus on ASD and Fragile X syndrome. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to develop new diagnostics, treatment and prevention strategies for neurodevelopmental disorders, to reduce their economic and social burden on Canadians, and to improve the quality of life for those affected by neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.

Over the next five years, $7.5 million will be provided by The Azrieli Foundation and Brain Canada, through the Canada Brain Research Fund.

Key dates:  deadline for letters of intent, April 5, 2013; and for full applications, August 16, 2013; funding to begin on or after November 18, 2013.

View the full announcement

Request for ApplicationsNEURODEV_MIRI_RFA_EN.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions:  FAQs, including important information about an opportunity for collaboration with NIH-funded teams working on Fragile X

 

For further Information:
About Brain Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund: http://braincanada.ca/
About this competition: Neurodev@braincanada.ca.

 

May 3rd, 2012

On May 3rd, 2012, Brain Canada’s Board of Directors and staff joined the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, for the Government of Canada announcement of the Canada Brain Research Fund.

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.

 

 

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


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