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The Brain Repair Centre is fundamentally a partnership. Our researchers hold academic appointments at Dalhousie University, while many also hold clinical appointments at Nova Scotia Health Authority and/or the IWK Health Centre. It took the tireless efforts of many individuals and the enthusiastic support of several key institutions to launch the Brain Repair Centre and inspire, guide and contribute to the construction of the Brain Repair Centre’s home, the Life Sciences Research Institute. We continue to work closely with our partners to create conditions that support success in our research community.


The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education provides critical support to the Brain Repair Centre’s programs. The department recognizes the importance of building a strong knowledge economy in Nova Scotia and sees the Brain Repair Centre as a key player in strengthening research programs and encouraging new private enterprises that provide training and employment opportunities for talented young people, while attracting highly educated newcomers to the province.


Dalhousie University is a comprehensive teaching and research university that attracts more than $60 million in external funding for research each year. Its areas of research excellence include ocean studies and health studies, with a growing focus on advanced technical research and education. Dalhousie is building research expertise in important new fields, including materials science, neuroscience, biotechnology, genomics, information management, environmental research, health law, foreign policy, financial services and biomedical engineering. Dalhousie Medical School has played a critical role in the development of the Brain Repair Centre.




Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) is an independently registered charity established to fund medical research at Dalhousie Medical School. Over the last 30 years, DMRF has built an endowment of more than $55 million and distributed more than $30 million in support for 350 pieces of laboratory equipment, 50 research fellowships, 140 research studentships, 110 research awards and prizes, 8 endowed research chairs, and more. DMRF has provided crucial support to the Brain Repair Centre over the years, helping establish the Cell Restoration Lab, funding neuroscience traineeships, and contributing over a million in cornerstone funding for the construction of the Life Sciences Research Institute.



Nova Scotia Health Authority is Nova Scotia’s provider of health services. It operates the QEII Health Sciences Centre, a regional leader in patient care and clinical research and a referral centre that provides specialist care to people across the entire Atlantic region. It also operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the entire province. Nova Scotia Health Authority is closely affiliated with Dalhousie University as a training ground for health care professionals. Its physicians and many other clinicians hold academic appointments at Dalhousie University, strengthening the research focus within Nova Scotia Health Authority. Many Nova Scotia Health Authority clinicians are affiliated with the Brain Repair Centre, in such key areas as neurosurgery, brain imaging, psychiatry and rehabilitation medicine.

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The QEII Foundation inspires generosity to advance health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. With financial support from all levels of the community, the QEII Foundation helps fund new technologies, medical research innovation and professional education that contributes to life-changing moments experienced every day by patients and their loved ones. The QEII Foundation is working with the Brain Repair Centre to help fund research that will later translate into new treatments for patients at the QEII. By working together with people who share a vision of better health, the QEII Foundation strengthens care delivered at the QEII, improving the health and lives of Atlantic Canadians




The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to children, youth, women and families in the three Maritime provinces and beyond. As a tertiary care health centre dedicated to education, research, family centred care and health promotion, the IWK proudly promotes a mission of caring, learning and advocacy. The IWK is an active and respected centre for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting children and women. Among many areas of excellence, it is well-known for its innovative approaches to child and adolescent mental health. The IWK is home to advanced brain imaging facilities used by Brain Repair Centre-affiliated researchers.


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