Neuroscience

Neuroscience is a vast field that encompasses fundamental neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases, brain and spinal cord injury, psychiatric illness and vision. Neuroscience researchers at Dalhousie are learning how the brain and nervous system work and finding new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent neurological injury and disease. Many are members of the Brain Repair Centre, a renowned hub for neuroscience research, collaboration, innovation and commercialization.

World-renowned neuroscience initiatives

Dalhousie is home to the largest neuroscience research cluster in Canada, a dedicated group of scientists who are respected around the world. The Brain Repair Centre (BRC) is the focal point, with more than 100 scientists and physicians searching for innovative treatments and cures for spinal cord injury and brain disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and multiple sclerosis.

In addition to brain repair, Dalhousie’s neuroscience research effort encompasses the full range of psychiatric illnesses and sleep disorders, chronic pain and pain in children, post-stroke rehabilitation, a major vision research program based in the DMRF-funded Retina and Optic Nerve Research Lab, and even language comprehension testing in children.

Dalhousie Medical School’s neuroscience researchers are known around the world for their major discoveries and contributions to finding cures for a wide range of diseases and injuries that affect the brain and nervous system. These include Alzheimer's, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), spinal cord injury, stroke, eye diseases, schizophrenia, autism, and chronic pain.

DMRF supports neuroscience research chairs

Through a variety of funding arrangements, DMRF is supporting several research chairs in the field of neuroscience – the Kathryn Allen Weldon Chair in Alzheimer Research, the Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research, the Chair in Vision Research, and the Sun Life Chair in Adolescent Mental Health. For more detailed information, visit the Chairs in Medical Research section of our site.

Learn more about DMRF supported neuroscience researchers.