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Supporting Brain Research in London

New Ontario Government Investing in World-Leading Research at Western University

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

The new Ontario government is investing in world-leading brain research at Western University to bring better health care and increased investments to London.  

As part of the recently announced five-year, $100 million commitment to the Ontario Brain Institute, the province is investing in a new, collaborative research project on neurodegeneration, led by

Dr. Michael Strong, Dean of Western University's Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. The project will have a strong social focus, with the goal of improving patient care across the province.

The government's support is enabling the Ontario Brain Institute to expand its research into the areas of neurodegeneration (such as Alzheimer's disease) and depression, as well as continue its important work on cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. It will also allow the institute to leverage additional investments from various partners including industry, philanthropic, federal and international sources.

Investing in innovation and improving health care are part of the new Ontario government's efforts to build a strong economy and a fair society for the benefit of all.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Brain Institute is a virtual research institute dedicated to advancing brain research through scientific collaboration between institutions, translating research findings into improved patient care, and introducing new health care technologies into the marketplace.
  • The institute was launched in November 2010 with the support of a $15-million provincial grant which helped leverage an additional $26 million in funding from other sources.
  • One in three Canadians will be affected by a neurological or psychiatric disease, disorder or injury at some point in their lives.
  • Ontario is home to one of North America’s leading concentrations of biomedical research and development, with universities and teaching hospitals investing $1.7 billion a year in health research
  • In Ontario, the economic impact of brain and mental health disorders on the health care system is estimated to well above $39 billion annually.

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Deb Matthews

“The Ontario Brain Institute’s collaborative, patient-focused approach to addressing brain disease and disorders is what makes it truly unique. Conditions like Alzheimer’s, stroke, depression and traumatic brain injury affect hundreds of thousands of Ontarians, so the institute’s work touches lives — family, friends, our own — and helps to bring better outcomes for patients.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“We’re very pleased that the government shares our commitment to research with a significant social impact. This investment will help to expand and attract more talent to Western University’s globally recognized neuroscience research.”

Dr. Michael Strong

Dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

“The formation of the Ontario Brain Institute is one of the most important initiatives I have undertaken. I am pleased to participate in and support the Ontario government's vision to accelerate commercialization and improve patient care through a strong research community. From my perspective, we are just beginning to demonstrate the impact that the Ontario Brain Institute will have on research and innovation across Ontario. Going forward, we will continue to build on past investments and our many research strengths with the hopes of positioning Ontario amongst the world leaders in the global transformation occurring around brain research and neuroscience.”

Joseph Rotman

Chair, Ontario Brain Institute

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