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Message from the Director: April 2017

Dear Colleagues,

This month, we were pleased to have the opportunity to announce some new clinical research funding through both the large-scale Brain Canada Multi-Investigator Research Initiative, as well as the HBI’s own Pilot Funding program.

On April 25, the Government of Canada and the Brain Canada Foundation announced funding for 18 brain research projects across the country. The announcement included a $1.5 million grant to Dr. Eric Smith, to support the development of new diagnostic biomarkers for dementia through advanced imaging techniques and blood tests. This multidisciplinary study is one of the most comprehensive and innovative studies in the area of dementia research and has the potential to diagnose and treat dementia in patients before they develop debilitating symptoms. I encourage you to read more about this exciting project here.

Additionally, the institute was pleased this month to announce funding for five grants through the HBI Pilot Funding (PFUN) program. This is the third year for the PFUN program, which has partnered this year with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the Mathison Centre, and the Tourmaline Oil Chair to fund early-phase studies in promising new directions of clinical research. The funding fills a needed gap by supporting novel research and/or allowing young investigators to gather preliminary data and establish a track record of funding. Click here to see the recipients of this year’s awards. 

Looking forward, May will be an extremely busy month for the HBI. We kick it all off with the HBI-Melbourne Epilepsy Symposium on May 1-2, followed by our first HBI-TELUS Spark Adult’s Only Night on May 11 and Research Day on May 19. I am pleased that the HBI is able to offer such a diverse selection of events to our members, trainees and the public, and I hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities by attending and supporting your colleagues and representing the institute. I would also like to thank our members and trainees who step up to organize, present at and regularly attend these events. I believe that the HBI has much to be proud of, and these events offer us the ability to demonstrate that pride, as well as our expertise in brain and mental health.

Best,

Sam