Brain Repair Centre researchers are shedding light on the mysteries of the brain and nervous system, while devising new strategies for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of many disorders. Among many projects spanning a vast territory of neuroscience, they are:

  • discovering how our nervous system develops, wires itself and functions to enable us to learn, remember, see, grasp objects with the right amount of force, and move in coordinated ways
  • learning how the brain and nervous system react to such stressors as lack of sleep, chemical insults, strokes and traumatic injuries—and finding ways to protect against, and recover from, disruption and damage
  • uncovering how genetics, environmental influences and other factors contribute to neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, and devising means of early detection, diagnosis and treatment to minimize impact on people’s lives
  • pioneering new technologies and approaches in terms of diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, medical treatments, disease-management protocols, rehabilitation programs and other therapeutic interventions.


Research activity is being organized into four clusters that will allow members to participate in multidisciplinary translational research to understand causes, determine early detection, and develop interventions to cure or minimize the burden of these disorders on the nervous system. The cluster approach will more readily facilitate researchers working collaboratively on research that cuts across disciplines to create greater synergies and build teams that can interact and further research in a multi-relational manner. These clusters are referred to as:

Atlantic Mobility Action Project (AMAP) Cluster

Launched in 2010, the Mobility Project brings together a diverse group of Atlantic Canadian researchers, based largely in Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine and Health Professions. The group’s members range from laboratory scientists and surgeons to kinesiologists, biomedical engineers, and clinical rehabilitation specialists. Working in consultation with non-profit organizations and government agencies, they are searching for solutions across the spectrum, from the molecule to the community.

Neurodegeneration Cluster

This cluster focuses on aging-related diseases and neurodegenerative disorders: Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease, TBI and stroke. 

Neurodevelopment Cluster

The focus of this cluster is to uncover the mechanisms by which the brain develops, and the interplay of genes and environment on that process. 

Traumatic Injury (TBI) Cluster

This cluster includes academia, clinicians, government, associations and citizens. The TBI cluster has developed a business model to include the provision of continuing and individualized care to brain injured patients while combining with research/investigation and delivery of support through a collaborative care model.

International Partnerships

Canada-Israel Collaboration

Dalhousie BRC and Ben Gurion University of the Negev

BRC & BGU Student Partnership 
The BRC, inconjunctionwithitssponsors,is developing a DAL/BGU StudentExchangeProgram, which would seestudents travelling between Dalhousie University andBen Gurion University, where they would shadow a PI withcomplimentaryresearch interests, with the objective of setting up newpartnerships/collaborations orfurther developexisting ones.Click header for more details.  

Canada Israel Collaboration

Please note: The Brain Repair Centre itself is not currently running or involved in any clinical trials.

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