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.
20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
More than 90% of funding goes directly to research.
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.