Azrieli Foundation awards $2 million for brain research in Canada

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The Brain Canada Foundation (BCF) has announced a C$2.8 million ($2.07 million) grant from the Azrieli Foundation in support of 28 early-career investigators working to accelerate research into nervous system dysfunction and its effect on health.

The grant to BCF’s Canada Brain Research Fund will support the fourth cohort of Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research recipients, who will each receive C$100,000 ($74,000) to investigate disease and illness across the fields of brain and nervous system health. Their research projects will address challenges such as uncovering why individuals experience pain differently and understanding the impact of deep-brain stimulation in mitigating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The program is supported with additional funding from the Erika LegacyArrell Family, and Segal foundations and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. To date the fund—a collaboration between the government of Canada and BCF—has provided support for 88 early-career research scientists.

“Brain Canada is the leading foundation dedicated to advancing neuroscience in this country,” said BCF board chair and Azrieli Foundation CEO Naomi Azrieli. “The Future Leaders program not only empowers the next generation of leaders with mentorship, resources, and collaboration, but also fosters a vibrant community of forward-thinkers who will shape the future of neuroscience.”

For a complete list of recipients, see the Brain Canada Foundation website.

Originally published in Philanthropy News Digest. View the original article here.