Disorders, diseases and injuries to the brain can affect anyone, irrespective of age, socioeconomic background or gender. One in three Canadians, over 11 million people, will face a psychiatric disease, a neurological disorder or a brain or spinal cord injury at some point in their lives, and while treatments exist, there are currently no cures. From autism to Multiple Sclerosis to Alzheimer’s to concussions, brain disorders pose the greatest health challenge of the 21st Century.
Brain Canada is at the forefront of Canada’s response to this challenge.
Brain Canada is a national non-profit organization that develops and supports collaborative, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research across the neurosciences. Through partnering with the public, private and voluntary sectors, Brain Canada connects the knowledge and resources available in this area to accelerate neuroscience research and funding and maximize the output of Canada’s world-class scientists and researchers.
Brain Canada was created to address the twin challenges of increasing the scale of brain research funding in Canada and widening its scope to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration to produce insights for treating multiple disorders.
Brain Canada is built on the successes and model of NeuroScience Canada (NSC). Established in 1999, NSC raised more than $11.5 million, leveraged over $20 million with partnered funding, and funded 100 individual and teams of researchers in Canada.
Brain Canada is the new vision for Canadian brain research—the voice for the brain and the grouping of brain disorders, raising awareness about their prevalence and impact on individuals, families, the economy and society. But most important, through the research we are funding, we are giving hope to the millions of Canadians who are directly or indirectly touched by diseases, disorders, and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.