CBRS Vision: Innovative and collaborative brain research that drives policy, social, health and economic advancements for Canada and the world.

CBRS Mission: The mission of CBRS is to build on Canada’s strengths and current investments in cutting-edge collaborative neuroscience to transform neurological and mental health for Canadians. The Strategy is a grass-roots initiative launched by leading Canadian neuroscientists, in partnership with representatives of the Neurological Health Charities of Canada (NHCC) to respond to a growing need for concerted efforts to understand the brain.

The CBRS is not seeking to become a parallel funding stream, but rather to inspire decision makers and funders to further invest in programs that foster collaborative, transdisciplinary and open approaches to move Canada toward a big-science model for brain research.

CBRS Leadership

Yves De Koninck
(CERVO Brain Research Centre, Université Laval and Sentinelle North CFREF)

Judy Illes 
(Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia)

Executive Director:
Jennie Z. Young


Chris Anderson (Neuroscience Program, University of Manitoba)

*Shernaz Bamji (Canadian Association for Neuroscience)

*Yoshua Bengio (MILA – Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, IVADO CFREF, Université de Montréal, CIFAR Program on Learning in Machines and Brains)

Julie Carrier (Université de Montréal)

Francisco Cayabyab (Neuroscience Research Cluster, University of Saskatchewan)

Douglas Crawford (York University and VISTA CFREF)

*Alan Evans (McGill University and Healthy Brain for Healthy Lives CFREF)

Michiru Hirasawa (Neuroscience Program, Memorial University)

*André Longtin (Centre for Neural Dynamics & Brain and Mind Research Institute, University of Ottawa)

Brian MacVicar (Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia)

Keith Murai (Centre for Research in Neuroscience, Montreal General Hospital)

Doug Munoz (Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Queen’s University)

Ravi Menon (Robarts Research Institute, Western)

Freda Miller (University of Toronto Medicine by Design CREF)

David Park (Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary)

*Victor Rafuse (Brain Repair Centre, Dalhousie University)

Guy Rouleau (The Neuro, McGill University)

*Lisa Saksida (BrainsCAN CFREF, Western and CIFAR Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness)

*Allison Sekuler (Baycrest Health Sciences, University of Toronto)

Michael Salter (SickKids Research Institute, University of Toronto)

Robert Sutherland (Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge)

*Peter Szatmari (Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative, CAMH and SickKids, University of Toronto)

Gustavo Turecki (Douglas Research Centre, McGill University)

John Vincent (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto)

Donald Weaver (Krembil Brain Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto)

Douglas Zochodne (Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, University of Alberta)

*Deanna Groetzinger (Neurological Health Charities of Canada)


*Members of the CBRS Steering Committee are marked with an asterisk.

Meeting of leading Canadian Neuroscientists
Members of the leadership group or their representatives present at the Halifax meeting, September 2018 (learn more)




University of Ottawa - Brain and Mind Research Institute

University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute