What We Do

OVERVIEW

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) is a joint collaboration between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge. We are actively involved in catapulting research and efforts of the academic community to the realm of commercialization and innovation. Through collaborative partnerships with researchers, government and health system stakeholders, industry and community organizations, CAN aims to improve brain health in Alberta and beyond.

Computational Neuroscience

Campus Alberta Neuroscience’s Computational Neuroscience program is educating and directing the future of neuroscience research in Alberta
The Computational Neuroscience Team is focused on connecting educators and trainees to increase the prevalence and development of computational neuroscience research and innovation in Alberta.

Purpose

The Computational Neuroscience program was formed to provide the appropriate analysis skillsets needed to uncover relationships among brain signals and allow for a better understanding of the underlying biological processes. This program aims to give students the knowledge required to implement practical applications of computational methods for the analysis of neurobiological data.

Goals

The Computational Neuroscience Program aims to:
  • Increase usage of computational neuroscience methods in research
  • Bring together researchers and trainees from across Alberta to share knowledge and best practices
  • Provide hands-on experience aiding in the development of new skills for trainees

Organization

The Computational Neuroscience Team includes researchers from the University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Campus Alberta Neuroscience, and community partners.

Visit the CANdex for a list of current Computational Neuroscience Team members.

Contact the Computational Neuroscience Team

For more information on the Computational Neuroscience Team, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia

The Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia (HBAD) Team works toward preventing dementia and promoting healthy brain aging
The HBAD Team brings together Alberta researchers along the entire spectrum of both healthy brain aging and dementia research – from basic to translational sciences. The goal of HBAD is to accelerate diagnostic advancements, improve cognitive health, and reduce the overall burden of dementia on Albertans.

Purpose

The HBAD Team brings together Alberta researchers along the entire spectrum of both healthy brain aging and dementia research – from basic to translational sciences. The overarching goal of HBAD is to accelerate diagnostic advancements, improve cognitive health, and reduce the overall burden of dementia on Albertans.

Goals

HBAD aims to:
  • Strengthen collaborations across Alberta and develop a common vision for healthy brain aging and dementia work in Alberta;
  • Implement a collaborative, pan-Alberta research, education, and translation approach for healthy brain aging and dementia that will create significant positive impacts;
  • Increase the integration of research, education, translation, and population health to build a pipeline from biology to cure.

Organization

The HBAD Team has formed collaborative partnerships with Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions, the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Alberta Prion Research Institute as well as a wide variety of Alberta-based researchers. HBAD members are also involved in the development of the Alberta Dementia Strategy.

Visit the CANdex for a list of current HBAD members.

Contact the HBAD Team

For more information on the HBAD Team, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

Save the Date! The 2021 Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia Symposium will take place May 19th, 2021. Stay tuned for more information!

Multiple Sclerosis

The Alberta Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Collaboration: Supporting Multiple Sclerosis research and translation
Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) and the Alberta MS Network have partnered to establish The Alberta MS Collaboration to boost the province’s capacity for MS research and translation through industry, government, community, and academic partnerships. 

Purpose

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) and the Alberta MS Network have partnered to establish The Alberta MS Collaboration to boost the province’s capacity for MS research and translation through industry, government, community, and academic partnerships.

Goals

The Alberta MS Collaboration aims to:
  • Support innovation through industry- and academia-partnered MS research and translation
  • Build capacity, collaboration, and alignment in the Alberta MS research community
  • Strengthen the capacity for rapid translation of research into practice

Organization

Established in 2014, the Alberta MS Collaboration is a multi-stakeholder initiative co-led by CAN and the Alberta MS Network. Other partners include Alberta Economic Development and Trade, Alberta Health Services, and the MS Society of Canada.

Visit the CANdex for a list of current Alberta MS Collaboration members.

Contact the Alberta MS Collaboration

For more information on the Alberta MS Collaboration, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

Neuroimaging

Campus Alberta Neuroscience Imaging Consortium (CANIC): Bringing together Alberta’s bioimaging scientists
CANIC connects structural and functional nervous system imaging researchers, clinical practitioners, and trainees from across the province to accelerate discoveries that support health, social, and economic benefits to Albertans.

Purpose

Campus Alberta Neuroscience Imaging Consortium (CANIC): Bringing together structural and functional nervous system imaging researchers, clinical practitioners, and trainees from across the province to accelerate discoveries that support health, social, and economic benefits to Albertans.

Goals

CANIC aims to:
  • Improve clinical diagnosis and predictions
  • Inform novel treatment and interventions
  • Provide understanding on and increase prevention of neural disorders

Organization

Established in 2013, CANIC is an open organization that includes members from the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge who share a common interest in neuroimaging and who employ a wide variety of technologies to develop solutions to the biggest questions in brain science.

Visit the CANdex for a list of current CANIC members.

Contact CANIC

For more information on CANIC, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

Pain, Cannabis, Opioid

Reimagining the treatment of pain
The Pain, Cannabis, Opioid program aims to connect researchers, clinical practitioners, trainees, industry, and government from across the province to accelerate discoveries and improve pain management for Albertans.

Purpose

Tens of thousands of Albertans struggle with effective pain management daily. Managing pain is the most common reason people seek medical attention, and recently, has led to an over-reliance on opioid drugs, with Canada being the second highest consumer of these medications.

The impact of the recent legalization of cannabis has yet to be fully understood. Neuroscientists throughout Alberta are collaborating to research the potential applications of Cannabis use.

Goals

The Pain, Cannabis, Opioid program aims to:
  • Improve pain management for Albertans
  • Inform novel treatment and intervention for pain to the public
  • Produce quality research to inform government policy

Campus Alberta Neuroscience welcomes any industry or research collaborations.

Initiatives

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is supporting the Alberta Pain Research Network to encourage collaborative research, improve patient care, train the next generation of pain scientists and clinicians, and shape government and clinical policy in the next three years.

The APRN is committed to bringing together pain researchers from across the province and gaining a better understanding of all the work currently underway from bench to the bedside. As a research community, we will identify our current gaps in pain-related research across Alberta.

Working groups are in the process of being formed and activities should commence in early 2021.

These groups will consists of individuals from across Alberta who are dedicated to improving pain research and interested in being part of our Working Groups. We are interested in pain across one’s lifespan – from birth through to end of life. Together, we will prioritize areas to create and improve knowledge and apply any learnings to the front line to improve clinical practice in five areas of research, including:

  • Acute Pain
  • Pain in Chronic Diseases
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Opioid and Non-Opioid Use in Pain Management
  • Impact of Pain on Healthcare Delivery and Policy.

Contact the Pain, Cannabis, Opioid Program

For more information on the Pain, Cannabis, Opioid program, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

Spinal Cord Injury

Changing the landscape of spinal cord injury treatment and recovery
The SCI Team works to increase the creation and application of knowledge that promotes positive recovery and outcomes for individuals following spinal cord, traumatic brain, and nerve injury. 

Purpose

The SCI Team works to increase the creation and application of knowledge that promotes positive recovery and outcomes for individuals following spinal cord, traumatic brain, and nerve injury. This will be accomplished by establishing and maintaining spinal cord injury research and translation partnerships and collaborations with Alberta researchers, clinicians, community partners, and trainees.

Goals

SCI aims to:
  • Improve understanding of the mechanisms underlying nerve injury
  • Advance innovations in rehabilitation and repair
  • Promote translation of new discoveries to the clinic and community

Organization

Established in 2014, SCI is an open organization that includes members from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The NSI Research Team connects across repair, recovery, and different injury state research. Our members work together within directed research priority areas, using collaborative approaches to examine the role of these neural systems on recovery.

Visit the CANdex for a list of current SCI members.

Contact the SCI Team

For more information on the SCI Team, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].

Entrepreneurship Program

Supporting neuroscience related innovation and entrepreneurship efforts in Alberta through direct funding and commercialization support
The Entrepreneurship Team works to increase the support and guidance available for entrepreneurs working in neuroscience and mental health in Alberta. 

Purpose

The Entrepreneurship Team works to provide assistance and support of young entrepreneurial organizations, in order to increase and advance the awareness of neuroscience and mental health.

Programs

  • Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Program, is an annual program which provides funding of up to $30,000 to successful applicants for business development.
  • Consultation Program, aims to bridge the gap between research, enterprise and translation. Our 1-hour consultation program enables us to better connect you with resources in your area, such as available funding, networks and mentors to reach out to, and business support.
  • Education Program, this program is set to run in the winter, offering Introductory Entrepreneurship Workshops. Stay tuned!

Contact the Entrepreneurship Team

For more information on the Entrepreneurship  Team, please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or [email protected].