Major funding announced for brain imaging at The Neuro

Published: 3 March 2021

$4.67M from Brain Canada will help probe the brain’s mysteries and create international research links

Research at The Neuro’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) of McGill University will receive a major boost thanks to a $4.67M grant from Brain Canada’s Platform Support Grant (PSG) program.

Brain Canada awards PSGs to teams creating and enhancing centralized shared resources to increase access to equipment, expertise, data and protocols across research networks. This funding will support the BIC, a world-renowned, multidisciplinary platform dedicated to brain research using multimodal neuroimaging and neuroinformatics.

Launched in 1984 by the late Dr. William Feindel with the generous support of the McConnell Family Foundation, the BIC is home to 29 leading researchers, 30 highly qualified personnel and more than 300 trainees and research assistants. It is widely regarded as one of the top brain imaging research centres in the world.

Julien Doyon, the BIC’s director, and his team plan to further its leadership position with the PSG, increasing its capacity to share data and knowledge with the scientific community worldwide.

“Thanks to this generous contribution, our researchers can improve methods used for the acquisition, analysis and databasing of multi-modal neuroimaging data using technologies not available anywhere else in Canada,” he says. “In turn, this will greatly foster our capacity to generate impactful research in order to understand better the healthy brain as well as the effects of neurological disease and their treatment.”

“The BIC is a cornerstone of global brain research, and is pivotal not only to our researchers and trainees but scientists from other institutes that need access to cutting-edge neuroimaging and data analysis,” says Dr. Guy Rouleau, director of The Neuro. “This Brain Canada grant will allow the BIC to continue advancing discovery in neurology and neuroscience. It is with great pride that I congratulate them on this wonderful achievement.”

Funding for this PSG has been made possible with the financial support of Health Canada, through the Canada Brain Research Fund, an innovative partnership between the Government of Canada (through Health Canada), Brain Canada, and The Neuro.

Source: Brain Canada

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