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BrainsCAN celebrates three years of impact.

Take a journey through the first three years.

01
Jan
2016
01
Jan
2016

2016 – Western celebrates BrainsCAN grant

Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Kate Young, MP for London West, joined BrainsCAN Co-Scientific Directors, Lisa Saksida and Adrian Owen, Western researchers and the London community to celebrate CFREF support. Read more
15
Sep
2016
01
Jan
2017

2017 – BrainsCAN supports Brainhack Western

BrainsCAN supported the hackathon to bring together researchers and trainees to collaborate on open science projects in neuroimaging and neuroscience. Read more
02
Mar
2017

2017 – First round of BrainsCAN Accelerator Grants awarded

Eleven high-impact projects were awarded in the first round of BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grant program. Read more
05
Apr
2017

2017 – BrainsCAN supports the London Brain Bee

This was the first year BrainsCAN supported the London Brain Bee, an annual neuroscience outreach program for Grades 9-12 from London and surrounding areas. Read more
22
Apr
2017

2017 – Second round of BrainsCAN Accelerator Grants awarded

Seven transformational research projects were awarded through BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grant program. Read more
04
May
2017

2017 – Ravi Menon takes on role as BrainsCAN Co-Scientific Director

After Adrian Owen stepped down as Founding Co-Scientific Director of BrainsCAN, Ravi Menon was appointed to take on the role. Read more
01
Jul
2017

2017 – Medical Innovation Fellows, supported by BrainsCAN, begin their fellowship

Three Medical Innovation Fellows began in the Medical Innovation Fellowship, run by WORLDiscoveries and supported by BrainsCAN. Read more
01
Jul
2017

2017 – First round of BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Scholars named

The BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship program recruited its first round of early-career neuroscientists to continue their innovative research projects at Western. Read more
01
Sep
2017

2017 – Lisa Saksida named a Canada Research Chair

BrainsCAN Co-Scientific Director, Lisa Saksida was named among the nation’s elite as a Canada Research Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience. Read more
07
Sep
2017

2017 – Third round of BrainsCAN Accelerator Grants awarded

Seven high-impact projects were awarded in the third round of BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grant program. Read more
03
Oct
2017
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01
Jan
2018

2018 – Knowledge Mobilization Planning Tool is launched

Jon Deeks, BrainsCAN Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) and Impact Manager, developed a KMb tool to assist researchers with their grant applications. Read more

 

01
Feb
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN supports Inspiring Young Women in STEM Conference

The inaugural conference aiming to inspire, engage and empower young women considering a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) was organized by the Western Women in Neuroscience graduate student group, in partnership with BrainsCAN and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Read more

04
Mar
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN office space officially opens in the new Western Interdisciplinary Research building

BrainsCAN’s office and research space officially opened in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB) – a state-of-the-art building with dry laboratories, teaching and research space, classrooms and a public plaza. Read more
11
Apr
2018
12
Apr
2018

2018 – Second round of BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Scholars named

The second round of the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship program recruitment resulted in 7 early-career researchers joining as BrainsCAN postdoctoral fellows. Read more
01
May
2018

2018 – Fourth round of BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grants awarded

BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grant program awarded three transformational projects in the fourth round of the awards. Read more
01
May
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN supports Brainhack Western

For the second year, BrainsCAN supported Brainhack Western. Read more
02
May
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Scholars attend RIKEN CBS Summer Program

BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellows, Amy Reichelt and Kaitlin Laidlaw, attended the RIKEN Centre for Brain Science (CBS) Summer Program lecture course at RIKEN CBS in Tokyo, Japan, a prestigious program that aims to accelerate the professional development of early-career neuroscientists. Read more

09
Jul
2018

2018 – 3D Slicer Project Week held at Western

More than 40 participants worked on 3D Slicer projects for medical image visualization and analysis during 3D Slicer Project Week, supported by BrainsCAN. Read more
19
Jul
2018

2018 – Mitacs partners with BrainsCAN

BrainsCAN partners with Mitacs enabling BrainsCAN faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and full-time graduate students to benefit from Mitacs programs and increased support for business development and collaboration. Read more
01
Aug
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN study finds sound differences between age groups

A study from Ingrid Johnsrude and BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Scholar, Björn Herrmann found that our brains become more sensitive to sounds as we age, likely leading to hearing challenges over a lifetime. Read more
21
Aug
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN researcher receives Alzheimer Society of Canada Research Program funding grant

BrainsCAN-aligned researcher, Vania Prado was the recipient of a 2018 Alzheimer Society of Canada Research Program (ASRP) funding grant to examine the effect of neuroinflammation on microglia – the second most common cell in the brain. Read more
20
Sep
2018

2018 – Western researchers contribute to the first open-source NHP imaging database

BrainsCAN-aligned researchers collaborated with an international team of researchers to develop the world’s first open-source data sets of NHP brain imaging. Read more
27
Sep
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN study discovers that being familiar with someone’s voice helps us understand what they’re saying

A study from Western researchers Emma Holmes and Ingrid Johnsrude showed that familiar voices are easier to understand even if a person doesn’t recognize them as familiar. Read more
01
Oct
2018

2018 – BrainsCAN partners with RIKEN

BrainsCAN partners with world-renowned neuroscience research institution, RIKEN Centre for Brain Science (CBS) located in Japan, providing greater opportunities for researchers to work collaboratively. Read more
25
Oct
2018

2018 – Fifth round of BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grants awarded

Ten high-impact projects were awarded in the fifth round of BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Grant program. Read more
30
Oct
2018

2018 – Third round of BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Scholars named

Ten postdoctoral fellows joined the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship program in the third round of recruitment. Read more
01
Nov
2018

2018 – Inaugural round of McGill-Western grants announced

Seven research grants were awarded to teams of neuroscience researchers from Western and McGill through the McGill-Western Collaboration Grant program, managed by BrainsCAN and McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives initiative. Read more

 

22
Nov
2018
01
Jan
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN partners with Cardiff University

BrainsCAN expanded its global presence with a new partnership with Cardiff University in Wales, UK, giving researchers an opportunity to expand their world-leading research projects globally. Read more
25
Jan
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN partners with Yonsei University

BrainsCAN partners with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, building international collaborations and benefitting researchers with increased access to scientific and technological information and institutional resources. Read more
25
Jan
2019

2019 – Lyle Muller joins BrainsCAN Computational Core

Lyle Muller joined BrainsCAN’s Computational Core and began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics.

01
Feb
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN launches open science platforms

Touchscreencognition.org and MouseBytes, open science platforms developed by the BrainsCAN Rodent Cognition Core, were launched for researchers around the world. Read more
04
Feb
2019

2019 – Research suggests connection between obesity and self-control

BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellows, Cassandra Lowe and Amy Reichelt found there’s a link between obesity and the level of activity in a person’s prefrontal cortex. Read more
26
Feb
2019

2019 – OurBrainsCAN is launched

To help increase community involvement in brain studies, BrainsCAN developed OurBrainsCAN, a central participant registry for cognitive research at Western. Read more
25
Mar
2019
14
Apr
2019

2019 – Western Medical Innovation Fellows awarded two BURST funds

The 2018-19 Western Medical Innovation Fellows, supported by BrainsCAN, developed two new startup companies that received BURST funding from TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario. Read more
16
Apr
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Associates receive CIHR Fellowships

BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Associates, Cassandra Lowe and Yiming Xiao were two of only three Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowships awarded to Western trainees in the 2019 round. Read more
30
Apr
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN funding leads to NSERC grant

Western University researcher, Tim Bussey received one of Western’s largest Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants for the fall intake round – funding that would not have been possible without the support of BrainsCAN. Read more
07
May
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN contributes to Canada’s new EDI program

BrainsCAN’s Lisa Saksida and Fay Harrison contributed to consultations for the Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada program, launched by Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan on May 9. Read more
09
May
2019

2019 – Neuroscience Research Day brings neuroscience community together

Neuroscience Research Day, supported by BrainsCAN, included special guest speaker Dr. Mel Goodale, poster and oral presentations, a career panel and a brain-art exhibit. Read more
09
May
2019

2019 – Extracellular components found to control memory formation

BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellow, Amy Reichelt published an article on perineuronal nets (PNNs) – structures that enmesh certain neurons in the brain – and how they protect the neuron and regulate how often the brain turns experiences into memories. Read more
04
Jun
2019

2019 – Inaugural touchscreen symposium takes place at Western

Over 100 researchers from around the world took part in the first international touchscreen symposium supported by BrainsCAN. Read more
05
Jun
2019

2019 – Western researchers release the first-ever tasked-based map of the human cerebellum

Western researcher, Jörn Diedrichsen and former Western student, Maedbh King developed the first-ever task-based cerebellum map, with support from BrainsCAN. Read more
22
Jul
2019

2019 – Yalda Mohsenzadeh joins BrainsCAN Computational Core

Yalda Mohsenzadeh joined BrainsCAN’s Computational Core and the Department of Computer Science as an Assistant Professor. Read more
01
Aug
2019

2019 – Lefty, righty brains count on same area for numbers

In a Registered Report supported by BrainsCAN, Western University researchers found the brain’s location for processing numbers is the same for both right- and left-handed individuals. Read more
27
Aug
2019

2019 – New concussion study recruits participants for OurBrainsCAN

Media coverage for a new concussion study from the Owen Lab attracted more than 350 new registered participants for OurBrainsCAN, Western’s cognitive neuroscience research registry. Read more
29
Aug
2019

2019 – BrainsCAN celebrates three years of impact

BrainsCAN’s celebrated its third anniversary by highlighting new programs, funded research projects and open science initiatives.

16
Sep
2019
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