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The Honourable Michael H. Wilson


It was with much sadness that we learned of the passing of The Hon. Michael H. Wilson. Michael was a founder and past Chair of Brain Canada, and remained an inspiration and a passionate champion of this organization through the years. 

Canada has lost one of our greatest citizens; he will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to public life, and to serving this country with the highest standards of ethics and integrity. He worked tirelessly to raise the profile of mental health, and created the space for the public conversation about the impact of mental illness on millions of people and their families, the workplace, the economy and society.

Michael inspired our tagline “One brain. One community.,” believing in the power of people coming together to address our greatest challenges. He always sought ways to create links, and to find common ground. 

All of us at Brain Canada will miss his wisdom, his energy, his grace and his humour.

We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.‎

Why fund brain research?

The brain is the most critical organ in the body but the least understood. As researchers continue their exploration of the brain and delve deeper into our understanding of brain disorders, the complexity of the challenge increases, and so too does our need to join different disciplines and to pursue new thinking and new approaches.

A brain damaged from injury and disease can lead to devastating consequences. By funding brain research you are helping transform innovative and outstanding ideas into outcomes that benefit society.

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The Canada Brain Research Fund

The Canada Brain Research Fund is an innovative partnership between the Government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada, designed to encourage Canadians to increase their support of brain research, and maximize the impact and efficiency of those investments. Brain Canada has raised $115 million from private donors and non-federal partners—now numbering more than 100—which Health Canada has matched with $120 million. By supporting our very best researchers and ideas, and nurturing the next generation in the field, we are keeping Canada at the forefront of the global quest to understand brain function and brain diseases.

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