Researchers at the IWK Health Centre are recipients of funding for two of the 18 new brain research projects announced yesterday by the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health. The grants were awarded by Brain Canada, with financial support from Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund.
Through the Canada Brain Research Fund, a total of $29 million in funding will be awarded to 18 recipients across Canada. The Government of Canada provided more than $14 million towards the projects, which will help to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians affected by brain diseases and disorders, such as depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism and Parkinson’s disease.
The IWK’s BIOmedical Translational Imaging Centre (BIOTIC) is the recipient of a platform support grant (PSG) for accelerating the commercialization of neuro-technologies. Through the aid of the Brain Canada Foundation, three positions have been funded at the IWK with the aim of improving the ability to work with brain health diagnostic and therapeutic Canadian companies. Funding also supports improved access to the imaging expertise and infrastructure needed to develop, validate, and demonstrate efficacy of a partner company’s technology.
The IWK’s Dr. Isabel Smith is a co-lead investigator in an international study led by the University of Alberta’s Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, to improve early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and establish effective interventions that can be implemented in infancy. The three-year $2.08M grant from the Brain Canada-Azrieli Foundation Multi-Investigator Research Initiative also supports a clinical trial aimed at improving existing intervention approaches that the group has previously reported on.Share