As we launch into 2022, we at CBRS are energized by what we have accomplished together in the past year, in this new phase of the initiative. Thank you all for this tremendous start as we work towards our main objective: To inspire the government to invest in a major brain research initiative for Canada.
- 2021 marked the establishment of the CBRS Secretariat and widening of the CBRS Leadership. We introduced the Indigenous Knowledges Holders Group and continued engagement of early career researchers and of patient voices through our partnership with Neurological Health Charities Canada.
- In our role as conveners and facilitators, we began outreach to bring together the broader neuroscience and mental health ecosystem, including convening research funders across the country from both public and private domains.
- Together, we aligned around a clear identity and arrived at six Transformative Initiatives that represent Canada’s distinctive collaborative, transdisciplinary, and open approach to brain research. This collaborative spirit is both how we work together internally and how we envision Canadian brain research to be.
- This year will see us continuing to build on our inclusive process as we work to lay the foundation for our case for investment to government. We will ramp up initiative task force meetings – including gathering insights from diverse expertise beyond academia, from Indigenous and patient communities to research funders.
Thank you, and we look forward to continued collaboration with every voice as we shape a collective vision for brain research and societal impact to benefit all Canadians.
Sincerely, the CBRS Secretariat.