New Investment in Health Research

Seniors holding handsToday Minister Aglukkaq announced funding to establish the Canada Brain Research Fund to support research to advance the understanding and treatment of brain disorders.

One in three Canadians will face a neurological disorder, injury, or psychiatric disease at some point in their lives. Common brain disorders include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumours, traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia.

The new fund will provide up to $100 million to the Brain Canada Foundation, which will then work to find donors and partners who will match this amount, effectively doubling the investment. The Foundation will raise the matching funding through private donations and charitable contributions.

Brain Canada will be able to draw from its many past accomplishments to guide this new avenue of research. For example, a Brain Canada research initiative led to the identification of new agents that protect the brain from injury, such as ultraviolet radiation and Vitamin D.

This investment will strengthen Canada’s position as a world leader in research in the identification and treatment of brain disorders.

For more information: Harper Government Announces Funding to Support Brain Research