Scotiabank is supporting brain repair research and innovation in Atlantic Canada. The bank has made a $20,000 gift to the Brain Repair Centre, which will be used to establish the Scotiabank-Brain Repair Centre Research, Dissemination and Commercialization Grant Program. These grants will support meetings that contribute to the dissemination, exchange and commercialization of research aimed at improving neurological health outcomes.

 “This is a very important grant program that enables our neuroscience researchers to host international meetings right here in Halifax,” says BRC Director Dr. Vic Rafuse. “Such international meetings are the lifeblood of research and innovation, as they are where information is shared and new ideas and partnerships are born. We’re fortunate to have a strong corporate partner like Scotiabank supporting these meetings.”

The Scotiabank-Brain Repair Centre Research, Dissemination and Commercialization Grant Program will support an international meeting in Halifax in 2014 and again in 2015. The deadline for the first grant competition—open to neuroscience researchers at Dalhousie University, Capital Health and the IWK Health Centre—is February 1, 2014.

The main goals of the Scotiabank-Brain Repair Centre Research, Dissemination and Commercialization Grant Program are to:
•    enhance the global reputation of the Dalhousie/Capital Health/IWK neuroscience community by attracting international, national, and local participants to meetings in Halifax
•    highlight intellectual property and attract investment
•    provide a venue for trainees to engage leaders in business and science
•    encourage interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaborations
•    foster an entrepreneurial culture within the neuroscience research community

Senior leaders at Scotiabank’s Atlantic Region headquarters were inspired to contribute to the Brain Repair Centre following a visit to the centre last spring. Members of the staff and board of directors, along with their spouses, toured the research labs, met the scientists and their trainees, and even tested their “pipetting” skills at the bench. The experience made an impact.

"Scotiabankers live and work right here in Atlantic Canada, and supporting the health of our communities is at the core of the Scotiabank Bright Future philanthropic program. It just makes sense to invest in this region’s health care system,” says Islay McGlynn, Scotiabank’s Senior Vice President for the Atlantic Region. “Brain and nervous system-related disorders affect tens of thousands of people in Nova Scotia. By donating to the Brain Repair Centre, we’re doing our part to help researchers find new therapies, diagnostics and preventive strategies that will improve quality of life for many Nova Scotians.”

Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation is facilitating Scotiabank’s generous gift, as part of the foundation’s mission to increase funding for research excellence at Dalhousie Medical School and its affiliated health institutions throughout the Maritimes.



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