NeuroScience Canada, the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN), the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation (CNSF), the Canadian Brain and Nerve Health Coalition (CBANHC), and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation partnered with the Public Policy Forum to hold a series of roundtable sessions across Canada in 2007.

The purpose was to bring together key stakeholders in neuroscience, as well as policy-decision-makers and elected officials, and to engage these participants in thoughtful dialogue on how best to create the public policy framework needed to support research into neurological and psychiatric diseases and their impact. Roundtable sessions have taken place in March in Ottawa, and in May in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.

The Public Policy Forum prepared a report of the discussions, highlighting the key messages that emerged, and recommendations about how the coalition would be most effective in disseminating our common messages to governments and the general public. The roundtable report was prepared with funding from the Max Bell Foundation.