Beyond creating wealth through commercializing new technologies, the research conducted by Brain Repair Centre-affiliated scientists and clinicians has an economic impact that ripples across Nova Scotia’s economy.

Researchers affiliated with the Brain Repair Centre collectively hold millions of dollars in external research grants from peer-review agencies. More than 70% of every grant goes to salaries for trainees and staff, who in turn purchase products and services and pay taxes.

An economic impact study conducted in 2010 for the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine found that every dollar the Nova Scotia government invests in medical research is returned to the government in taxes. At the same time, the faculty’s research overall sustained nearly a thousand jobs in 2009. A substantial share of these jobs were held by trainees and staff working with Brain Repair Centre-affiliated researchers.

Jobs, spending and taxes represent only a portion of the economic impact of research. Brain and nervous-system related disorders affect tens of thousands of people in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes. These disorders are currently very difficult to treat and exact an ongoing toll on people and their families, as well as the economy. Not only are the costs of health care services high, but many people become disabled and can no longer work. Often their family members need to cut back on their work hours, too, in order to care for them.

New technologies and systems being developed by Brain Repair Centre-affiliated researchers will improve health care outcomes, reduce long-term costs to the health care system, and enable people and their families to regain or retain their productivity and quality of life. Easing the burden of neurological illness will provide long-lasting benefits beyond measure.

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