Antoni Klonowski wins third place for Canada at the 2021 International Brain Bee competition

Antoni KlonowskiCongratulations to Antoni Klonowski from Brandon, Manitoba, who won the third place for Canada at the 2021 International Brain Bee competition, held virtually November 5-8, 2021. The IBB is the world’s premier neuroscience competition for teenagers. (more…)

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Message from CAN President Shernaz Bamji

Opportunity to apply for membership in the CAN committees

A call is open for applications for membership in the following CAN committees:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

Advocacy Committee:

Nominations Committee:

Application deadline for all committees is September 10, 2021 (New extended deadline). Applicants must be members in good standing of CAN (dues paid)

New advocacy opportunities

CAN is proud to launch two new advocacy initiatives today:

  1. The CAN federal election engagement toolkit
  2. The Canadian Science Discoveries Video contest

The CAN federal election engagement toolkit

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) has several priorities this Federal Election, including:

  • A commitment to provide a one-time 25% increase in investment in the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for research restart and recovery from the setback of the COVID-19 pandemic to research laboratories in Canada.
  • A commitment to provide robust and predictable funding for basic discovery research to sustain and grow Canada’s scientific community. Funding to the CIHR, the NSERC and the SSHRC should be increased by at least 10% yearly.
  • A commitment to reinstate a dedicated Minister of Science, so that the unique needs of the scientific community may have a devoted seat at the Cabinet table.

As such, we have prepared an “Election Toolkit” for CAN Members looking to get engaged throughout the election which is available in the CAN Election Readiness Google Drive here: . If you have any questions, or if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact Kristina Proulx from TSA at

The Canadian Science Discoveries Video contest

The goal of this contest, which is open to everyone, is to raise awareness of the importance of fundamental science by sharing Canadian science success stories

View all the details of the contest here:

Bourneville’s tuberous sclerosis: everything unfolds in the brain shortly after birth

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A Canadian research team has uncovered a new mechanism involved in Bourneville tuberous sclerosis (BTS), a genetic disease of childhood. The team hypothesizes that a mutation in the TSC1 gene causes neurodevelopmental disorders that develop in conjunction with the disease.

Seen in one in 6,000 children, tuberous sclerosis causes benign tumours or lesions that can affect various organs such as the brain, kidneys, eyes, heart and skin. While some patients lead healthy lives, others have significant comorbidities, such as epilepsy, autism and learning disabilities.

Although the role that the TSC1 gene plays in the disease is already known, Montreal scientists have only now identified a critical period in the postnatal development of GABAergic interneurons that are so important to the development of the brain. (more…)