Partnership bolsters neurological research

13 November 2013

MSFHR is pleased to partner with Brain Canada to support new research aimed at improving our understanding of the nervous system and its impact on health.

As part of Brain Canada’s newly announced Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) grants, MSFHR will contribute $300,000 over three years to support two projects led by BC-based investigators.

The research projects supported by this partnership are:

  • Investigating protein misfolding in amyothropic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
    Leader: Neil Cashman (UBC)
    Team members: Jane Roskams (UBC), Jean Pierre Julien (Université Laval), Jasna Kriz (Université Laval)
    Funding partners: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, University of British Columbia, Genome British Columbia, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)
  • Investigating the concept of neuronal hyper-excitability as an underlying mechanism common to many brain disorders including epilepsy, migraine, and autism
    Leader: Terrance Snutch (UBC)
    Team members: Brian MacVicar (UBC), Yu-Tian Wang (UBC), Pieter Cullis (UBC), John Howland (University of Saskatchewan)
    Funding partners: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, University of British Columbia, Genome British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan

Each team will receive a total of $1.5 million over three years invested equally between the funding partners and Brain Canada, with matching funds provided by the Canada Brain Research Fund.

A total of five teams across Canada will be funded through the MIRI competition. For a full list of award recipients, refer to the Brain Canada press release.

About Brain Canada

Brain Canada is a national, charitable organization with the vision to understand the brain, in health and illness, to improve lives and achieve societal impact.  Brain Canada is achieving its vision by:

  • Increasing the scale and scope of funding to accelerate the pace of Canadian brain research;
  • Creating a collective commitment to brain research across the public, private and voluntary sectors;
  • Delivering transformative, original and outstanding research programs.

About the Canada Brain Research Fund

The Canada Brain Research Fund is a public-private partnership designed to encourage Canadians to increase their support of brain research, and maximize the impact and efficiency of those investments. Brain Canada has committed to raising $100 million from private and non-governmental sources, which will be matched by Government on a 1:1 basis. The Fund was announced in federal budget 2011, which proposed to “allocate up to $100 million to establish the Canada Brain Research Fund, which will support the very best Canadian neuroscience, fostering collaborative research and accelerating the pace of discovery, in order to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians who suffer from brain disorders.”

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