The Neuro welcomes The Western Institute for Neuroscience in the Open Science movement

Tanenbaum Open Science Institute-led initiative changes research by encouraging collaboration and data sharing

Today the Western Institute for Neuroscience (WIN) becomes the sixth Canadian organization to join a growing Open Science network led by The Neuro’s Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI). Open Science is the concept of sharing data, information, tools and research results to eliminate barriers for collaboration and maximize research impact.  

WIN’s new Open Science framework will shape the institute’s identity and guide research, training, and programming. It includes six key principles that will help researchers to voluntarily integrate Open Science principles and practices into their research projects from start to finish. 

By adopting these principles, WIN becomes the first institute within Western University to commit to Open Science at the institutional level. The goal is to make the framework a blueprint for other units beyond neuroscience at Western interested in adopting Open Science.  

"We are thrilled to welcome WIN into the TOSI family," says Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of The Neuro and co-founder of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute. "With several Open Science initiatives and champions already, WIN is a natural addition to our growing group of partners and will undoubtedly strengthen our national efforts to make Open Science the norm in Neuroscience." 

Last year, researchers at The Neuro, Western and other institutions announced TRIDENT, a data sharing agreement to identify promising therapeutics against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This latest TOSI partnership elevates Open Science collaboration from the individual researcher to the institutional level between The Neuro and Western. 

In the years ramping up to their commitment to Open Science, WIN received a $100,000 contribution from TOSI’s National Incentive Fund, with matched support from Western University’s BrainsCAN, to conduct a thorough consultation phase and plan implementation. With this groundwork laid, TOSI's long-term annual funding commitment, matched by WIN, ensures the ongoing and sustained integration of Open Science practices across the institute. 

“One of our goals for WIN is to make our research more accessible and reproducible, both of which build trust with our community and accelerate knowledge mobilization and impact,” says WIN’s interim director Shawn Whitehead. “We are grateful to TOSI for supporting us with this award to ensure that Open Science is a foundational core principle for WIN.”  

About TOSI 

The Tanenbaum Open Science Institute was founded to drive the adoption of Open Science across Canadian neuroscience research institutes. In addition to promoting Open Science within The Neuro, TOSI engages in strategic collaborations and partnerships through its Open Science Support and Partnership Framework. Through the Framework, TOSI supports and guides other institutes in adopting Open Science practices and principles and establishes an alliance of neuroscience research institutes across Canada committed to Open Science. 

About WIN 

The Western Institute for Neuroscience was established in 2020 to bring together and enhance collaboration among basic and applied researchers and clinicians, with expertise in various disciplines and approaches. Western's neuroscience community is home to world-class facilities and training programs, and the institute aims to elevate and accelerate the impact of neuroscience research on society. 



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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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