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The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) is an internationally recognized centre of excellence in brain and mental health research and education, based at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and working in partnership with Alberta Health Services. The HBI is composed of nearly 750 people, including over 130 members spanning 16 academic departments and nine faculties at the University of Calgary, all working towards a shared vision. The HBI operates under the guidance of its strategic and academic committees.


HBI Director, Samuel Weiss, PhD, is a Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Departments of Cell Biology and Anatomy and Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Calgary.  An Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Scientist, he received his BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University and his PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Calgary. 

Dr. Weiss is the inaugural and continuing director of the HBI, leading the Institute and ensuring that its translational research and education programs maintain a level of excellence that is internationally recognized. 

The Director also plays a key role in securing and managing the financial resources required for the Institute to realize its vision and mission.