What We Do

OVERVIEW

Campus Alberta Neuroscience actively works with researchers, stakeholders, and industry in multiple areas encompassing neuroscience. In each of these areas, CAN facilitates the development of strategic focus and the establishment of integrated teams of researchers, clinicians, trainees and industry to advance innovation and research productivity in the province of Alberta.

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 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 and the 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].

Depression

The Depression Research and Intervention Team connects depression researchers across Alberta
The Depression Research and Intervention Team is focused on connecting depression researchers and clinical professionals to improve depression treatment and awareness in Alberta.

Purpose

The Depression Research and Intervention Team was formed to connect individuals involved in all areas of depression research and care across Alberta to facilitate innovative research and improve education and knowledge dissemination. Several initiatives that the team is involved in represent a partnership between Campus Alberta Neuroscience and the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN).

Goals

The Depression Research and Intervention Team aims to:
  • Increase understanding of the psychosocial and biological causes of depression
  • Facilitate the interaction between the depression research community and people with lived experience of depression
  • Emphasize the effective integration of research, education, translation and collaboration to build a solid foundation beginning with the psychological and biological origins and leading to effective treatments

Organization

Established in 2014, the Depression Research and Intervention Team includes mental health researchers from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary, Campus Alberta Neuroscience, and community partners.

Visit the CANdex for a list of current Depression Research and Intervention members.

Contact the Depression Research and Intervention Team

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

For more information on CDRIN, please visit their website.

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 healthy brain aging and dementia research, education and translation approach 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].

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 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 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 is still being 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
  • Produce quality research to inform government policy

Organization

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is supporting the Alberta Pain Opioid 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.

This new network is in the foundational stages and aims to launch within the next year.

Campus Alberta Neuroscience welcomes any industry or research collaborations.

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].