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BrainsCAN earns Fed backing

January 23, 2017

An unprecedented federal research funding push will position Western to radically transform humankind’s understanding of brain disorders. In September, Western’s BrainsCAN: Brain Health For Life initiative received a $66-million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) – the largest research grant in the university’s history. The funding was part of a $900-million investment in 13 postsecondary institutions, announced by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science.

Already ranked among the best in the world in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging, Western excels in the breadth of cognitive, computational, clinical, technological and translational approaches required for understanding and intervening in brain function.

BrainsCAN will bring together researchers from across campus under one unifying initiative.

The Brain and Mind Institute and Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping involve researchers from seven faculties across campus including, Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences, Ivey Business School, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Science and Social Science. Most researchers are jointly appointed in at least two departments in different faculties.

As part of the initiative, Western will partner with researchers at McGill University – who received $88 million for its Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative – to leverage both institutions’ complementary expertise to better understand disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia.

Adrian Owen, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging, and Schulich professor Lisa Saksida will serve as Co-Scientific Directors of BrainsCAN.

This article appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of Alumni Gazette
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