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

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How to make more than minimum wage in grad school 

Tuesday, January 22 from 6-7:30 pm
deGrandpre Communications Centre, MNI 

Where do you find little-known (and low-competition) scholarships? How do you approach companies to fund your research? This seminar will focus on alternative funding sources for graduate students in neuroscience and related disciplines.

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Under Pressure:
Stress management for better brain health

Thursday, February 7 from 12-1:30 pm
Research Commons A, McLennan Library

How does stress affect the brain and behaviour? What can you do to reduce and manage stress? The workshop will feature a talk on the neuroscience of stress from Dr. Anna Weinberg, followed by activities focused on real-world application of research-supported stress management strategies.

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Saturday, February 23 from 9 am-5 pm, and
Sunday, February 24 from 9 am-1 pm

New Residence Hall 

Programming is a key skill in today's technology-focused world, both in research and non-academic environments. At this beginner-level hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of programming and how it can be applied in data analysis.

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