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Goal: The Centre for Research in Biopharmaceuticals and Biotechnology (CRBB), a multidisciplinary research centre based at the University of Ottawa, aimed to establish a global brain research network with scientists in Japan and Germany to improve the detection, diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases and disorders.

Going Global Innovation Provided: Funding that enabled CRBB officials and partners to host a mission to Japan to meet with future collaborators, establish initial research alliances, and develop a plan for the creation of a global brain research network.

Result: This GGI initiative catalyzed the development of collaborative research agreements between CRBB, Shiga University of Medical Science (SUMS) and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan. These academic and industry relationships solidified Japan’s participation in the Global Network for Brain Reconstruction. This multilateral research consortium is accelerating the development of new diagnostic tools and treatments for neurological diseases and disorders.

Next Steps: As contributors to the Global Network for Brain Reconstruction, collaborators from Canada and Japan are conducting multilateral projects in brain research and pursuing research funding from the Human Frontiers Program.

“This GGI project enabled us to achieve several objectives. In addition to developing new research alliances that boost the capacity of the Global Network for Brain Reconstruction, this visit increased Canada’s profile as an ideal R&D partner in neuroscience.  We were privileged to have leaders from the University of Ottawa, IBM Canada, and Neurodyn join us for this mission to Japan.  Together, we promoted Canada’s R&D capabilities in brain research, and fostered new R&D partnerships that support the commercialization of Canadian neurotechnologies in the global market.”

Anthony Krantis, PhD, Professor and Director, Centre for Research in Biopharmaceuticals and Biotechnology (CRBB)

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