Thanks to timely and strategic investments, and some of the best researchers in the world, Alberta has three strong university centres for neuroscience: Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Edmonton’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, and Lethbridge’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience.
In 2009, scientists from each school agreed “strong” wasn’t good enough. No single university or institute alone could truly tackle brain disease.
But if 250 researchers from three universities worked together, from the ground up, they could accomplish something extraordinary.
They launched Campus Alberta Neuroscience, a catalyst and connector, a way to bring basic researchers, applied scientists and clinicians together. They created a single community, a neuroscience superhighway between Lethbridge, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Working together, Campus Alberta Neuroscience will ask the right questions and seek bold answers to some of our greatest problems. Our work will be more powerful, more effective, more precise.
Our collaborative teams are already advancing the science and searching for new ways to prevent and delay dementia. Campus Alberta Neuroscience currently works in the areas of Depression, Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Nervous System Injury and Neuroimaging to increase research capacity in the province and ultimately improve the brain health of Albertans.
Our network will help accelerate new research advances, both of pure discovery and those with the potential for translation into new products and protocols. We will help create in Alberta the world’s best destination for brain scientists. And we will push for new and more ways for students and researchers to work and learn and discover — together.
With the help of partners and government and interested Albertans, new solutions, treatments, products, and companies will be born. We will not only help Albertans who suffer from brain diseases, but help Albertans understand the connections between brain science and the way they live and thrive.