Giving to the Hotchkiss Brain Institute

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute brings together a diverse group of experts and trainees in the pursuit of a common goal: The discovery and development of new, improved ways to prevent, detect, and treat neurological and mental health conditions. 

Your donation will help the Hotchkiss Brain Institute expand its research and education efforts, fueling transformational change and inspiring innovations that foster healthy brains for better lives.

Recent Institute Initiatives

MIND prize

Hopewell M.I.N.D. Prize

The Hopewell M.I.N.D. Prize (Maximizing Innovation in Neuroscience Discovery) was created through a generous $10M philanthropic commitment from Mr. Sanders Lee to the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. This prize will serve as a catalyst to launch bold, high-impact research projects in brain and mental health at the University of Calgary.



The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education, are working in conjunction with dedicated members of the community, responding to the challenges in our understanding, education, and improvement of mental health by developing the Mental Health Initiative for Stress and Trauma (MIST).



Addiction is a mental illness that knows no socio-economic, geographic, cultural, gender, or age boundaries. Our transformational solution is iPATH (integrated pathway from addiction to health. With your help, we can lead ground-breaking change – starting in Calgary and rippling into our provincial and national communities.

Our Research Areas


Concussion & Brain Injury

UCalgary's Integrated Concussion Research Program works with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, the Faculty of Kinesiology, and the Department of Psychology to address concussion other mild traumatic brain injuries.

Learn more 



The Stroke team at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute is a part of the Calgary Stroke Program. Research focuses on the most recent and cutting-edge diagnosis and treatment for patients with stroke.

Learn More


Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research is a long-standing focus area at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, where basic and clinical researchers support discovery and translation of research into treatment.

Learn More


Parkinson's/Movement Disorders

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute coordinates the Calgary Parkinson Research Initiative (CaPRI), a nationwide research network studying the origins of the disease, symptoms, and treatments

Learn More


Spinal Cord/Nerve Injury & Pain

The spinal cord/nerve injury and pain (SCNIP) team at HBI is focused on managing chronic pain, accelerating rehabilitation, and finding treatments for the physical and mental affects of injury.

Learn More



Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages. The epilepsy team at the HBI offers full-spectrum epilepsy research and treatment spanning all ages.

Learn More


Dementia & Cognitive Disorders

Alzheimer's disease and dementia are growing concerns. By 2031, greater than one in five Albertans will be age 65 or older. HBI explores new detection and treatment mechanisms in these areas.

Learn more

Dr Arnold

Mathison Centre for Mental Health

The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is a centre dedicated to advancing research and education on early identification, treatment and prevention of mental illness.

Learn more



Neurodevelopmental disorders can affect a child’s emotion, learning ability, and behaviors. The Neurodevelopment Team is focused on understanding fundamental developmental programs and how these processes might be perturbed in various disease states. 

Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I specify which area I wish my donation to support?

If you would like your donation to go to one or more of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute's specific areas of research or education, please include a note with your cheque indicating which of the brain and mental health programs or priorities you would like to support, or contact:

Shahr Savizi
Director of Development
Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
HSC G302Q, 3330 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 
Direct: 403-220-2470

I want to donate by cheque. Where do I send it?

Your cheque to support the Hotchkiss Brain Institute MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE "UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY".

Mail your cheque to:

University of Calgary
Gift Processing & Tax Receipting
OVC 131, 2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

All receipts are issued from the University of Calgary. All gifts are tax deductible.

While cheques must be made PAYABLE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, if you would like to ensure your donation is sent to the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, please specify "Hotchkiss Brain Institute" in the memo line of the cheque.

What is the impact of my gift?

As a donor, you are able to direct your donation to a specific project or area that has meaning to you and/or your family. More information on our programs can be found on Our Research page.

I am interested in honorary or memorial giving. What is the process?

To create an honorary or memorial fund, please contact Annual Giving at 403-220-8261 or 

Can I donate online?

Yes, you can. Please click here.