International Brain Initiative: The Future of Large-Scale Collaboration

On October 12th, the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and the International Brain Initiative (IBI) hosted a workshop to discuss the future of international neuroscience collaborations. Incoming Chair of the IBI Strategy Committee and CBRS Chair of the Steering Committee, Yves De Koninck, attended as Canada’s IBI member representative. 

The workshop kicked off with a keynote presentation by the Nobel Laureate and founding director of the Kavli Institute, Edvard Moser. Dr. Moser highlighted the need for global collaboration to effectively tackle the immense complexity of the human brain with a summary of recent major advances, and emphasized neuroscience as a major driver for economic and technology development. 

Representatives of brain initiatives from Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, Australia, Korea and Canada made up an IBI member panel to discuss the opportunities and challenges of international neuroscience collaboration. Noting the support provided by the IBI as a critical forum for networking and collaboration among the brain initiatives, panelists advocated for increased connection between researchers, and pointed to the effectiveness of IBI working groups to initiate global actions in neuroethics, data policies, and the sharing of scientific resources. 

A key consensus takeaway was the need to strengthen relations between science and policy for closer integration of research evidence in decision making, and to bring diverse viewpoints into neuroscience research. As the IBI is growing to be a trusted source of thought leadership in global neuroscience, Canada, in particular, has the opportunity to lead with our efforts to engage non-researchers, people with lived experience, and Indigenous Peoples as we build a collective national vision for the future of neuroscience and mental health research that will benefit all Canadians.  

Read the recent publication in Lancet Neurology highlighting the STOA Panel Workshop and associated Editorial. 

A Call for a Neurological Strategy for Canada

The Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) is a coalition of organizations that represent millions of Canadians living with neurological diseases, disorders and injuries. The NHCC is a key long-term partner of CBRS in engaging with patients and ensuring representation as we build a collective vision for brain research and societal impact.

The NHCC have recently released a proposal for a National Neurological Strategy for Canada to bring about collaboration within the brain health community – building on existing national strategies and global initiatives – to tackle the prevention, treatment and cure of neurological conditions.

Their proposed strategy to address knowledge gaps and needs includes: strengthening government leadership on neurologic issues; investing in and improving accessibility to early diagnosis; comprehensive treatment and care, building capacity in neurological health care workers; reducing stigma and discrimination; strengthening health information systems; and fostering strategic research approaches into neurological conditions.

CBRS is proud to be a part of the proposed National Neurological Strategy for Canada in providing key guidance on strategic research approaches.

See the full strategy here

Canadian Symposium for Computational Neuroscience

Neuroscience-AI is one of six transformative initiatives in the emerging Canadian strategy for brain research. 

CBRS is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Q&A session at the first annual Canadian Symposium for Computation on October 27th, 2021 at 10am PT / 1pm ET titled “A Framework for Neuroscience-AI in the Canadian Brain Research Strategy.”

We welcome attendees of the conference to learn more about CBRS, our core initiatives, and plans moving forward from Executive Director Dr. Jennie Young and Dr. Karim Jerbi, lead of the Neuroscience-AI initiative.

We acknowledge Campus Alberta Neuroscience for their support in providing this opportunity for outreach.

If you’d like to read more about this event, please visit their webpage at:

Registration is now live, you can register by clicking here.


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Judy Illes discusses back to school in COVID-19 times

“It is like sitting on a cliff,” says Dr. Judy Illes, Canada Research Chair in neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. “For parents, it revolves around the central question: Am I doing the right thing? What is the right thing for you when the ground is a long way down or shifting under you constantly?” Read the full article in the National Post: ‘It is like sitting on a cliff’: September, schools and pre-traumatic stress disorder in COVID times