Western receives largest research grant in history

A $66 million federal research grant will bolster ongoing neuroscience and brain imaging research at Western University, officials announced Tuesday. The largest research grant in Western University history is coming from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The investment is being directed towards Western’s BrainsCAN initiative, collaborative research aimed at reducing the burden of brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury and schizophrenia. “Understanding higher brain functions is central to the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and neurological disease, for improving childhood learning and communication, for optimizing neurosurgical interventions and for the development of intelligent devices,” said Adrian Owen, a Canada excellence research chair in cognitive neuroscience and imaging and the co-scientific director of BrainsCAN, in a news release. “To do this, we must aggressively pursue new…


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