Background Indigenous Initiatives are a critical part of CBRS to ensure that the unique interests and perspectives of the diverse groups of Indigenous Peoples of Canada are acknowledged, upheld, and implemented throughout all aspects of our work as we build a national strategy for brain research.  Amplifying the unique and Read more
The CBRS is building a collective national strategy to inspire and guide the Canadian government to invest in a major brain research initiative. As CBRS engages various groups of experts to inform the strategy, incorporating the voices of people who live with or have experienced a brain condition and those Read more
Haniya Javed, MS, is the Science Communicator at the Canadian Brain Research Strategy, where she plays a key role in engaging stakeholders across the broad neuroscience and mental health research ecosystem for the CBRS. Ms. Javed manages internal and external communications and authors CBRS public-facing materials, research, and briefings. Throughout her Read more
Joseph Olajide, PhD, is the Program Manager at the Canadian Brain Research Strategy, where he serves as an organizational and analytical partner in convening internal and external stakeholders. Dr. Olajide brings a passion for advocating for brain science and mental health across all strata of society. He has been engaged Read more
Share your lived experience to inform the Canadian Brain Research Strategy The Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS) is looking for 30-40 people with lived experience with brain conditions to include their feedback into the development of the strategy. CBRS and its partners recommend that Canada establish a national brain research Read more
Andrew Manitowabi
Andrew Manitowabi, BA, BBA is the Indigenous Strategy Consultant for Brain Wellness, where he seeks to incorporate the duality of Indigeneity and Western being into advocating with underrepresented, vulnerable, and disadvantaged Indigenous peoples. Guiding and learning from the Indigenous Knowledges Holders Group is key to ensure meaningful, authentic, and transformative evolution occurs Read more
Our brains define who we are, how we behave, what we strive for, and how we interact with each other and our environments. Because our brains are so integral to our capacities to live good lives, brain research has the promise to improve the lives of all Canadians. We are Read more
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 Read more
The CBRS organized a panel discussion titled, “A Canadian BRAIN Initiative?” at the Canadian Science Policy Conference on November 25th, 2021. In 2016, the science academies from 14 nations, including Canada, declared: The human brain is civilization’s most precious resource. Investment in brain science is, therefore, an investment in the Read more
Neuroscience-AI is one of six transformative initiatives in the emerging Canadian strategy for brain research. CBRS will be hosting a Q&A session, led by Executive Director Dr. Jennie Young and Dr. Karim Jerbi, lead of the Neuroscience-AI transformative initiative, at the first annual Canadian Symposium for Computation on October 27th, 2021 at Read more
On October 12th, the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and the International Brain Initiative (IBI) will be hosting 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, is set Read more
The CBRS is pleased to announce we will be hosting a Townhall at this year’s CAN-ACN Meeting to engage with the wider neuroscience community. Please join us at the CBRS Townhall on Wednesday August 25th at 12-12:30pm PDT / 3-3:30pm EDT if you are attending this year's CAN-ACN Meeting! We Read more
CBRS held an Indigenous Initiatives Workshop on June 28th, 2021. Including the voices of Indigenous peoples is of paramount importance as we work to forge a unified national strategy for brain research that will benefit all Canadians. In June, CBRS held its first Indigenous Initiatives Workshop with the aim to raise points Read more
Dr. Jennie Young
Executive summary: The appointment of Dr. Jennie Z. Young as Executive Director of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy marks a new phase in the development of this initiative which aims to link brain research initiatives and projects, public and private funders, and patient organizations across Canada in a uniquely collaborative Read more
The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Annual Report includes a feature on Judy Illes and her work with the Canadian Brain Research Strategy team When it comes to studying the brain, it’s essential to consider the many ethical questions that often arise. Neuroethics Canada is a research group that’s Read more
Julie Payette, Rémi Quirion
At the recent GGconversations episode (September 24, 2020), Her Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General Julie Payette and Quebec’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Rémi Quirion, take a live question from Dr. Judy Illes on team science and discuss the importance of interdisciplinarity. Are we doing enough, team science, to leverage Canada's strength and highlight them to Read more
A pan-Canadian team of researchers has secured a $1.5 million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to develop a strategy to position the advancement of knowledge about the brain as a national research priority and support the creation of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network. This network will Read more