8:50 – 9:00 a.m.:
- Krystle van Hoof (HBHL Managing Director and CEO)
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.:
International Keynote: McGill-Douglas – Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry International Collaborative Initiative in Adversity and Mental Health
- Elizabeth Binder (Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry)
- Gustavo Turecki (McGill)
- Germaine Lowe (McGill)
A joint project between Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and the Douglas Research Centre, this initiative focuses on advancing our understanding of how adversity is biologically embedded to increase the risk of psychiatric disorders. The Centre will offer possibilities for research into adversity by combining unique resources, including animal models, cutting-edge sequencing, big data analytics, and large clinical and epidemiological cohorts.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.:
Spotlight: McGill-Western Collaboration Grant Program
- Robert Zatorre (McGill), Jessica Grahn (Western)
- Sonia Do Carmo (McGill), Julio Martinez Trujillo (Western)
- Ingrid Johnsrude (Western), trainees of Ingrid Johnsrude (TBC)
Funded researchers from both Western University and McGill will share updates on their projects funded through this collaborative program, designed to address some of the large challenges in brain health across the lifespan via potentially high-risk, high-reward projects focusing on transformational research in neuroscience and neuroinformatics.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:
Canadian Framework for Brain Health Research
- Laurence Kirmayer (McGill)
- Krystle van Hoof (McGill)
The Canadian Framework for Brain Health (CFBH) aims to guide the application of neuroscience research reduce the social impact of brain and mental health issues, improve health and productivity, and reduce health inequality. To do this, the CFBH will provide approaches for translating the latest brain research into evidence-based best practices, guidelines and recommendations to inform clinical care, community practice and policy development.
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.:
Lunch boxes provided with registration.
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.:
Spotlight: HBHL New Faculty Recruits
This session highlights recipients of funding from the HBHL New Recruit Start-Up Supplements Program and their research. This program provides start-up supplementary funding to hiring faculties at McGill for the recruitment of new faculty members whose research aligns with HBHL’s scientific priorities. With these funds, the hiring faculties are able to compete with other institutions on a global level to bring the best and brightest to McGill.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.:
NeuroSphere: Case studies in neuro commercialization success
- Xavier Linker (NeuroSphere Associate Director, Business Development)
- Patricia Pelufo Silveira (McGill)
- Jean-Pierre Clément (McGill)
This session showcases NeuroSphere, the McGill platform dedicated to innovation and partnership in neuroscience research. It will highlight how NeuroSphere helps with the maturation and commercialization of neuro innovations, and with the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in the neuroscience community at McGill. This session will also give two researchers an opportunity to share their experiences and success stories about their NeuroSphere-supported projects.