Robarts team to share in $1.5 million team grant

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Marco and Vania Prado of Robarts Research institute will share in funding announced by Brain Canada for five Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI) grants. They will work with a team led by by Dr. Salah El Mestikawy of McGill University on a project titled Exploring the importance of neurotransmission in addiction and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

The five teams will each receive grants of $1.5 million over three years to pursue novel, transformative research aimed at improving our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction, and its impact on health. The total joint investment is $7.5 million, shared equally between the partners and Brain Canada with matching funds provided from the Canada Brain Research Fund.

Brain Canada is a national, charitable organization with the vision to understand the brain, in health and illness, to improve lives and achieve societal impact. Brain Canada is achieving its vision by:

  • Increasing the scale and scope of funding to accelerate the pace of Canadian brain research;
  • Creating a collective commitment to brain research across the public, private and voluntary sectors;
  • Delivering transformative, original and outstanding research programs.