New grant to fuel international collaboration and optimize data sharing for the research community

Brain Canada is pleased to announce the awarding of a $1,844,900 2019 Platform Support Grant (PSG) to Dr. Alan Evans and team at the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro). This funding will support the EEGNet platforman open repository for electroencephalogram (EEG) data, to better investigate neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and neurodegenerative brain disorders. 

“We are grateful for this support, and excited about what the funding will mean for advancements in neuroimaging and the broader brain research community,” notes Dr. Evans. “Platform support grants like these contribute to building open neuroscience – and they provide us with the foundation for transformative discoveries, ultimately improving our understanding of the brain and its disorders.” 

Brain Canada’s Platform Support Grants are awarded to teams that are creating and/or enhancing centralized shared resources to increase access to equipment, expertise, data, and protocols across research networks. Brain Canada will announce additional Platform Support Grants in the coming weeks, as part of a more than $25 million investment in brain research. 

By working with scientists and laboratories from across Canada and around the world, EEGNet aims to standardize data formats and analysis tools to establish an optimal network for collaboration and data-sharingThe improved data analysis tools could lead to earlier detection in EEG abnormalities that are present early on, such as child developmental disorders, psychiatric or behavioural disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and in different states of consciousness (sleep, coma, anaesthesia, wakefulness) 

With several of its researchers belonging to the Global Brain Consortium (GBC), as well as the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP), EEGNet advances the field of neuroscience at both the national and international level. The platform aims to position Canada as a leader in sharing EEG data by creating a substantial network that will advance the study of brain disorders 

The brain is the most critical organ in the body, but the least understood,” says Brain Canada President and CEO, Dr. Viviane Poupon. To better understand the mysteries of the brainwe must eliminate barriers and knowledge silos by supporting open access to equipment, services, results and databases for all researchers.”  

This Project has been made possible with the financial support of Health Canada, through the Canada Brain Research Fund, an innovative partnership between the Government of Canada (through Health Canada) and Brain Canada, and Brock University, Université Laval – CERVO Brain research centre, and McGill University. 

Learn more about this project in Brain Canada’s directory of funded researchers.