The Neuro is proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts. In 1966, the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Endowment Fund and Fund for Advanced Studies were established at the Montreal Neurological Institute through the bequest of Dorothy Johnston Killam. These funds support the academic and training mission of the Institute, and are invaluable to advancing our work in neuroscience.
Funding for the Killam Trusts came from eminent Canadian financier Izaak Walton Killam (1855-1955) and his wife Dorothy Johnston Killam (1900-1965). The fund is now valued at nearly $500 million. Since 1965, the Killam Trusts have supported upwards of 7000 fellowships and scholarships, and awarded more than 150 Killam Prizes, which are among Canada's most prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities. The other Killam institutions are Dalhousie University, the University of Alberta, the University of British Columbia, the University of Calgary and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Neuro awards the Killam Fellow's Prize annually to a trainee for outstanding research presented on Fellows Day, and bestows the prestigious title of Killam professor to three faculty members (two currently named):
- Izaak Walton Killam Chair- Eric Shoubridge, PhD
- Dorothy J. Killam Professor - Brenda Milner, PhD, eminent researcher recognized as the founder of cognitive neuroscience (since 1993).
Recognizing the contribution of the Killam Trusts to our academic mission, The Neuro selects junior and senior faculty members to be honored as Killam Scholars for a period of five years.
Dorothy J Killam Lecture
Inaugurated in 2004, the Dorothy J. Killam Lecture recognizes the achievements of women in academia and science.
The Killam Seminar Series hosts internationally recognized scientists at The Neuro. This series brings the world's most prominent and productive scientists into the lecture hall and labs with Neuro scientists and young trainees.