Western University is marking the start of the school year with a massive funding announcement.
On Tuesday, officials revealed that the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) is investing $66-million to Western University’s BrainsCAN initiative which works to reduce the burden of brain disorders. The funding is the largest research grant in Western’s history and is part of a total of $900-million in CFREF funding to Canadian researchers announced Tuesday.
Western will partner with researchers at McGill University, which also received CFREF funding, to further research into disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, and schizophrenia.
“This funding will help BrainsCAN researchers radically transform our understanding of brain disorders and deliver effective solutions to the grand challenge of maintaining brain function across the lifespan,” said Lisa Saksida, Co-Scientific Director, BrainsCAN.
“With our partners at McGill, Western researchers will continue to make game-changing discoveries that benefit the health, social and financial well-being of Canadians.”
Brain disorders affect nearly 3.6 million Canadians and account for $22.7-billion per year in health care costs in Canada.
A celebration of the project is planned for Friday at Western with details expected later this week.