TORONTO, Canada – There are more than 1,000 brain diseases and disorders: Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and brain cancer, to name a few. Together, they represent one of the most pressing health challenges in Canada and across the world. The government of Canada recognizes the importance of supporting the neuroscience community and its role in improving Canadians’ brain health.
Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of health, Jean Yip, member of parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Julie Dzerowicz, member of parliament for Davenport, announced two grants being awarded to Dr Sean Dukelow of the University of Calgary and Dr Trevor Pugh of the University Health Network – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
This funding is made possible through Health Canada’s Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF) program, which has to date committed an overall federal investment of $200 million to Brain Canada Foundation Brain Canada in support of brain health discoveries.
Awarded through Brain Canada’s 2021 Platform Support Grants Program, these projects are supported by Health Canada and matched funding from Brain Canada’s sponsors, donors and partners. Projects will improve health outcomes for Canadians by advancing knowledge of the brain, for example, by expanding diversity and representation in patient recruitment for clinical trials and develop a facility dedicated to making single-cell genomics technology, which helps to understand the inner workings of cells, available to brain researchers.