CBRS is a pan-Canadian community-led initiative uniting over 30 neuroscience and mental health institutes across the country to advance Canada as a world leader in collaborative, transdisciplinary, open, and ethical brain research.

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

Mission: To build on Canada’s strengths and current investments in cutting-edge collaborative neuroscience to transform neurological and mental health for Canadians.

Objective: 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.

The CBRS is committed to respecting the diverse views and values of all Canadians and our partners and collaborators worldwide.
Participants are expected to uphold their commitment to these principles through professional excellence and integrity in all activities associated with the Strategy.

CBRS Leadership

The Conference of Neuroscience Leaders is comprised of the heads of neuroscience and mental health institutes and programs across the country and large pan-Canadian initiatives. It covers expertise across the four research themes of CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, and includes leaders of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, initiatives funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, CIFAR, provincial networks, and Canada Research Chairs. Neuroscience Leaders oversee the delivery of information to their respective constituents and keep them fully apprised to ensure diverse representation in all CBRS activities. As such, they bring input and commitment from large constituents of the Canadian neuroscience community.

From its outset, CBRS leaders have recognized nation-wide consultation as a vital element to the development of a robust strategy for Canadian brain research. Our consultation activities have engaged multi-sectoral stakeholders and provided a conduit to understand their needs, interests, and expectations. In particular, incorporating the voices of early career researchers, Indigenous Peoples and of patients and people with lived experience have been key areas of priority. This process has been critical in producing an emerging research strategy that is inclusive, broadly supported, and meets Canada’s current and future needs in the neurosciences and mental health research communities.

Yves De Koninck
(Sentinel North CFREF, University of Laval)

Judy Illes 
(Neuroethics Canada, University of British Columbia)

Early Career Researcher Leader:
Caroline Ménard
(University of Laval)

Executive Director:
Jennie Z. Young

Conference of Neuroscience Leaders

Alan Evans (Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives CFREF, McGill University)
Allison Sekuler (Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation)
André Longtin (University of Ottawa)
Aristotle Voineskos (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)
Arlette Kolta (University of Montreal)
Chris Anderson (University of Manitoba, Manitoba Neuroscience  Network)
David Park (University of Calgary)
Donald Weaver (Krembil Brain Institute, University Health Network)
Doug Crawford (Vision: Science to Applications CFREF, York University)
Doug Munoz (Queen’s University)
Doug Zochodne (University of Alberta)
Francisco Cayabyab (University of Saskatchewan)
Gustavo Turecki (Douglas Research Centre, McGill University)
Guy Rouleau (Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University)
Karim Jerbi (UNIQUE Neuro-AI Research Centre, University of Montreal)
Karun Singh (Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, McMaster University)
Keith Murai (Centre for Research in Neuroscience, Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University)
Lisa Saksida (BrainsCAN CFREF, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness CIFAR, Western University)
Lynn Raymond (University of British Columbia)
Michael Salter (SickKids Research Institute, University of Toronto)
Michiru Hirasawa (Memorial University)
Patricia Conrod (University of Montreal)
Ravi Menon (Robarts Research Institute, Western University)
Robert Sutherland (University of Lethbridge)
Ruth Slack (Brain Mind Research Institute, University of Ottawa)
Shernaz Bamji (Canadian Association for Neuroscience, University of British Columbia)
Victor Rafuse (Dalhousie University)
Yoshua Bengio (Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, Institut de valorisation des données CFREF, Learning in Machines and Brains CIFAR, University of Montreal)

Indigenous Knowledge Holders Group Leaders

Chelsea Gabel (McMaster University)
Christopher Mushquash (University of Lakehead)
Malcolm King (University of Saskatchewan)
Melissa Perreault (University of Guelph)

Patient Representatives

Deanna Groetzinger (Neurological Health Charities of Canada)




University of Ottawa - Brain and Mind Research Institute

University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute