Brain Canada

Science Advisory Council

Provides key input to Brain Canada in the form of intelligence about developments in the field, in Canada and internationally, and a broad assessment of Brain Canada’s research program.

Chair

  • Sheena Josselyn, Ph.D.
    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, Ph.D.
    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
    Director, Molecular Genetics research unit, IRCM;
    Full Researcher Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Université de Montréal;
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Department of Biochemistry, McGill University ;

    Area of expertise:

    Integrative Systems: Neuroendocrinology, Neuroimmunology and Homeostatic Challenge

  • Alan C. Evans, Ph.D.
    Professor, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Physics, McGill University

    Area of expertise:

    Disorders of the Nervous System

  • Lesley K. Fellows, M.D., DPhil
    Associate Professor, Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute

    Area of expertise:

    Neurologist

  • Kurt Haas, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia

    Area of expertise:

    Model organisms and systems

  • James L. Kennedy, MSc, M.D., 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, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge

    Area of expertise:

    Cognition and behaviour

  • Brian MacVicar, Ph.D.
    Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

    Area of expertise:

    Neural Excitability, Synapses and Glia, Cellular Mechanisms

  • Doug P. Munoz, Ph.D.
    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, Ph.D.
    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

International Members

  • Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D
    D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (CA, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    Psychiatry/Behavior/Leader in optogenetics

  • Arnold Kriegstein, M.D., Ph.D.
    Director, Eli and Edy, the Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, Department of Neurology, UCSF School of Medicine (CA, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    Development/photonics, Neural Stem Cells and Embryonic Cortical Development

  • Lorne Mendell, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor, Stony Brook University (NY, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    Pain, neuroplasticity of the mammalian spinal cord

  • Klaus-Armin Nave, Ph.D.
    Head Max-Planck Gottingen, Glial biology and neurodegeneration, Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen (GER)

    Area of expertise:

    Glial biology and neurodegeneration

  • Bill Newsome, Ph.D.
    Arman Family Provostial Professor and Professor of Neurobiology and, by courtesy, of Psychology, Stanford School of Medicine (CA, USA)

    Area of expertise: 

    Visual perception and visually-based cognition, neural mechanisms of decision making  

  • Angela Roberts, Ph.D.
    Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge (UK)

    Area of expertise:

    Prefrontal cortex/behavior/ psychiatric diseases

  • Bruce Rosen, M.D., Ph.D.
    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 (MA, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    World leading expert in functional neuroimaging

  • Rosalind Segal, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor of Neurobiology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard (MA, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    Cellular and molecular neuroscience/oncology

  • D James Surmeier, Ph.D.
    Chair, Department of Physiology, Nathan Smith Davis, Professor of Physiology, Northwestern (IL, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    Basal ganglia/cell metabolics and neurodegenerative disease; Molecular Biology; Movement Disorders; Neuroscience; Parkinson’s disease; Physiology; Schizophrenia

  • Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.
    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 (MA, USA)

    Area of expertise:

    Neurodegeneration