Become a Member

Thank you for your interest in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute brings together more than 300 scientists who investigate basic, population health and clinical sciences.  By bringing together these scientists, it is the aim of the HBI to have a collective expertise in the field of neurosciences, increased collaboration and elevated synergism in our research efforts. , HBI’s members represent nine faculties across the University of Calgary, including: the Cumming School of Medicine, faculties of Arts, Kinesiology, Nursing, Science, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, the Schulich School of Engineering, and the Werklund School of Education. The HBI also leads the campus-wide University of Calgary Brain and Mental Health research strategy, bringing together a total of 417 researchers in transdisciplinary teams to advance neurological discoveries, innovations, and education. HBI’s researchers are supported by a team of over 1,800 laboratory and professional staff – plus approximately 500 students and trainee scholars – who are actively engaged in brain and mental health research and education.

While the HBI provides resources – such as space, core facilities, and seed funding – the activities of our members, working together to advance our research and education mission, are the true ‘engine' of the Institute. HBI members secure tens of millions of dollars in competitive external funding each year; they create new collaborative, team-based projects; and they drive research discovery and translation efforts within the Institute. Membership in the HBI (new and continuing) is approved by the HBI Executive Committee and is subject to periodic review.

If you are interested in mental health research and education and wish to join The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, please select the appropriate option on the form below. The Mathison Centre leads mental health research and education within the HBI. Full Mathison Centre membership requires approval as a full HBI member.

Full Membership Criteria:

  • A current academic or clinical appointment at University of Calgary - includes professorial ranks (assistant, associate, or full professor), instructional ranks (instructor lecturer, senior instructor), clinical appointments


  • Opportunities for collaboration with HBI and Mathison membership, including the option to join a Brain and Mental Health Team (please visit for details)
  • Eligible for all HBI and/or Mathison Centre support programs and resources, including:
    • Graduate studentships and postdoctoral and clinical fellowships
    • Support and funding for use of all HBI-run Platforms, including the Molecular Core, the Advanced Microscopy Platform (AMP), the CSM Optogenetics facility, the Non-invasive Neurostimulation Network (N3), the NeuroImaging Research Unit, the MR-guided Focused Ultrasound, and RESTORE.
    • Internal Peer Review and Mentorship
    • HBI Pilot Funding, Infrastructure and Small Equipment Repair and other HBI/Mathison funding programs
    • Project funding opportunities through the Brain and Mental Health Teams
  • Receive priority for space within the HBI or Mathison footprint (in alignment with strategic priorities)
  • Invitations to all HBI and Mathison events for the PI plus all of their trainees and staff


  • Aligned with one or more HBI or Mathison research and/or education programs
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly contributions to the field of brain and mental health
  • Acknowledgement of HBI or Mathison affiliation on all publications, presentations and posters by PIs and trainees
  • Commitment to actively contribute to the HBI or Mathison Centre’s success via involvement in one or more:
    • Internal review of member grants (expected participation of Associate and Full Professors)
    • Mentorship for fellow members (expected participation as mentors by Associate and Full Professors)
    • Teaching affiliated courses and programs
    • Service on committees and/or leadership roles
    • Assistance with research, education and community events
    • Participation in other activities as requested
  • Attendance at all major annual HBI or Mathison research and education events, including the Bryan Kolb Lecture in Behavioural Neuroscience (fall), HBI/Mathison Research Days (spring), town halls, plus regular attendance at other seminars and symposia. Attendance is critical to the Institute’s culture of collaboration.

Associate Membership Criteria

  • Academic appointment at a post-secondary institution or equivalent; including adjunct and research appointments
  • If the applicant is external to the University of Calgary, they must be sponsored by a Full HBI member
  • An interest in brain or mental health research and/or education, but with a primary interest or commitment outside of the HBI/Mathison Centre


  • Opportunities for collaboration with the HBI and Mathison membership, including the option to join one or more Brain & Mental Health Team*
  • Invitations to all HBI and Mathison events for the PI plus all of their trainees and research staff
  • Please note that Associate members are not eligible for HBI or Mathison funding, direct support or core resources, and typically are not allocated space within the HBI/Mathison footprint


  • Ongoing contributions to HBI or Mathison research and/or education activities
    • Contributions may include participation in collaborative research projects, membership on graduate student review committees, internal review of grant applications and other similar activities

*To learn more about the Brain and Mental Health Teams and the benefits to joining one or more team, please visit