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September 18, 2014

Hutchison and team receive Canada Brain Research Fund grant

By Ashley Durk

Dr. Jamie Hutchison, Research Director in Critical Care Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, is one of several recipients sharing a $51.4-million grant from Health Canada and the Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada). On Sept. 12, Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Inez Jabalpurwala, President and CEO, Brain Canada, announced that the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF) will support 32 projects across Canada.

“The support of Brain Canada and our funding partners will allow us to develop a national biobank and database for children and adults with all severities of traumatic brain injury (TBI),” said Hutchison, Senior Scientist, Neurosciences & Mental Health. “This will help Canadian scientists to advance discoveries from their laboratories and speed up development of new diagnostic tests and therapies.”

TBI is the leading cause of death and acquired handicaps in children and young adults. The three-year, $2.11-million funding, which Hutchison and his team received, will help link existing and planned neuroscience biobanks to a central database at the Ontario Brain Institute. It will provide scientists with access to human bio specimens and outcome data, and allow concussion researchers to collaborate with scientists who focus on more severe brain injuries.

Hutchison, who led and submitted the platform support grant application on behalf of the Canadian TBI Research and Clinical Network (CanTBI), of which he is the Chair, is also Professor of Critical Care and Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. The project is titled A National biobank and database for patients with traumatic brain injury.

“We are proud to be supporting these innovative new projects devoted to neurological and mental health research that will help to advance our knowledge on neurological and mental health,” said Ambrose.

The Government of Canada is backing half of the project funding. The remainder is provided by private donors, research institutions, provincial funding agencies, and charitable organizations affiliated with Brain Canada.

Hutchison and colleagues at SickKids and the University of Toronto are partnered with St. Paul’s Hospital UBC James Hogg Research Centre, BC Children’s Hospital, the University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and the Research Centre of Sainte-Justine Hospital at Université de Montréal. 

Established in 2011 by Brain Canada, the CBRF was created to support Canadian neuroscience research with six-year, federal government-matched funding of up to $100 million.