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Factsheet: Brain Canada's Brain Research Fund

May, 2012

News Release: Harper Government Announces Funding to Support Brain Research

The Harper Government will provide up to $100 million over the next six years to create the Canada Brain Research Fund.

This Fund will provide dollar-for-dollar matching funding to the Brain Canada Foundation to support Canadian neuroscience research and advance knowledge and treatment of brain disease and mental disorders. The Brain Canada Foundation will raise matching funds from private donors and charitable contributions.

Under the funding agreement, the Brain Canada Foundation is eligible to receive up to $100M as follows: a maximum of $10M per year in 2011-2012 and 2012-13, and up to $20M in each of 2013-14 to 2016-17 inclusive. Contributions by the Government are made with the understanding that the Brain Canada Foundation will secure matching funding from non-federal partners on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The Brain Canada Foundation brings together teams of scientists specializing in different disciplines to identify common mechanisms for the repair, restructuring, remodeling and recovery of brain functions, and to translate this knowledge into brain repair and recovery techniques that can apply to many different diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system. 

Brain Canada is a registered charity, headquartered in Montreal, and the only national non-profit organization devoted to supporting all neuroscience research. Since it was established in 1999, Brain Canada has developed a successful track record in supporting research to advance knowledge and the treatment of brain disorders.

Brain Disease and Mental Illness

  • One in three Canadians will face a neurological disorder, injury or psychiatric disease in their lifetime
  • Neurological diseases, disorders and injuries represent one of the leading causes of disability in the Canadian population
  • Mental illnesses affect people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures
  • Brain disease and mental illness are costly to patients, their families and care givers, communities and the health care system.

This new funding will allow Brain Canada to build on its past experiences and accomplishments, using an innovative approach that looks at the brain as one system and seeks common aspects across what were previously thought of as unrelated diseases.

Please visit the Next link will take you to another Web site Brain Canada Foundation, for more information.

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