Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives/Cerveau en santé, vie en santé is a bold and ambitious initiative that unites McGill’s world-leading strengths in clinical and research neuroscience with pioneering work in neuroinformatics.

Long renowned as a leader in neuroscience, McGill is setting a new global standard for computationally intensive and interdisciplinary research on the brain, made possible with an $84 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) seeks to improve the lives of Canadians by advancing understanding of how the individual brain functions in health and disease, throughout our lives.

Neurological disorders affect 1 in 10 Canadians of all ages. There is great urgency to identify and implement solutions that create healthier brains. Through innovative funding programs, exceptional people, and by focusing on four interconnected research themes, HBHL will transform how we view and treat the brain. Collaborating with educators and industry, HBHL will develop evidence-based programs that address the specific mental health and neurological challenges of Canadians and promote healthy living through supportive environments.

Upcoming HBHL events

From divergent thinking to convergent solutions: Including creative thinking in your research  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
deGrandpre Communications Centre, MNI

Why is creative thinking important in the research process? How can artistic activities help us to become better scientists?

In this workshop facilitated by the Convergence Initiative, you will explore the artistic process through interactive exercises to scramble the "one problem focus" and bring your creativity up front. You will learn practical strategies that can help you multitask, solve complex problems, and generate new ideas in your current project and future career.

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The Reviewer’s Perspective: A panel discussion on academic publishing

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Research Commons A, McLennan Library and 
live stream

How do you choose which journal to submit to? What do reviewers look for in a manuscript? How can you effectively respond to reviewer comments?

At this event, you will get tips and advice on how to write impressive manuscripts and navigate the academic publication process from 6 McGill neuroscience researchers. Panelists include Drs. Suparna Choudhury, Jean-Baptiste Poline, David Ragsdale, Wayne Sossin, Alanna Watt, and Robert Zatorre.

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2019 HBHL Symposium & Research Day 

Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3, 2019
Jeanne Timmins Auditorium, Montreal Neurological Institute & McGill's New Residence Hall 

HBHL is pleased to announce the dates for the 2019 Symposium and Research Day. These two flagship events will showcase McGill researchers and trainees whose work is shedding new light on the functioning of the brain in health, and how we can improve the quality of life for those who suffer from brain and mental health diseases. Stay tuned for more information and registration details.