Sex and gender-based analysis plus, and Equity, diversity and inclusion

Through our SGBA+ and EDI Action Plan, Brain Canada will achieve improved brain health for all through strategic efforts to enhance how we operate, and who, what and how we fund, including:

  • Advancing research on sex, gender, and intersecting factors affecting brain health;
  • Fostering meaningful engagement of more women and diverse people in research; and
  • cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization and research community.

“Brain disorders and diseases are complex, and we must all play a role in encouraging researchers to look at them with an equity lens. In order to help everyone, we must include everyone. Research approaches that consistently account for differences drive innovation and reduce health inequities for previously overlooked groups.”

Viviane Poupon, Brain Canada President and CEO

Sex and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+) is the process of using a lens to examine the impact of sex, gender, and a range of intersectional factors on funding programs, research projects, and organizational policies. Integrating this process into Brain Canada covers a wide range of areas of both internal and external activities.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) policies and initiatives increase diversity and inclusion of a wide range of people and groups and to improve outcomes for federally designated underrepresented groups (women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, individuals from the 2SLGBTQ2+ community, and persons with disabilities) in recruitment, engagement, and impact.

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Celebrating Black Excellence


The Personnel Awards for Black Scholars

In partnership with Heart & Stroke and CIHR, the objective of the competition is to increase the number of highly qualified Black trainees across Canada committed to working in the fields of heart and brain research. By investing in Black researchers, we hope to strengthen representation in the Canadian research community.

Brain Canada-WBHI Expansion Grants: Considering Sex and Gender Program

The Brain Canada-WBHI Expansion Grants: Considering Sex and Gender Program provided additional funding to expand existing research projects through the inclusion of sex and/ or gender considerations in their study design. In doing so, we can contribute to overcoming existing barriers in research while creating a foundation for sex and gender considerations to become customary in scientific research.

The Personnel Awards for Indigenous Scholars

Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately affected by heart disease, stroke, and other brain conditions. However, they are underrepresented when it comes to addressing these conditions through research. In partnership with Heart & Stroke and CIHR, this program is increasing the number of highly qualified trainees working in heart and/or brain research from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) communities whose traditional and ancestral territories are in Canada.

Basics of Better Mental Health Program

This program funds basic research that provides insight into the causes and onset of mental health conditions, explores the neuropathological changes and information-processing deficits that may eventually lead to new directions for treatments and interventions, and explores the role of sex and gender in mental health.

The Brain Canada SGBA+ and EDI Action Plan identifies key activities to enhance the quality and relevance of brain research in Canada by addressing sex and gender brain science and integrating sex and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+) and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts into all of Brain Canada’s work.