2016 CAN Advocacy and Outreach Prize winners announced

The Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience is proud to announce the winners of the first CAN Advocacy and Outreach Prizes:

First prize – Best student initiative

McGill BrainReach Program

BrainReach McGill is an impressive group of neuroscience advocates and ambassadors. The Advocacy Committee was especially impressed by the level of organization, the number of students reached every year, and the availability of the BrainReach program outside of big urban centres.


First prize – Best local SfN Chapter

Queen’s University – Neuroscience Outreach Program

The Advocacy Committee was especially impressed by the wide range of activities the Chapter organises, and that these activities target people of all ages and with a wide range of interests.


Honorable mention  – Student initative

Allen Champagne Queen’s University

Allen co-launched CESAP (Concussion Education, Safety and Awareness Program) in the Neuroscience Outreach Program. The mission of CESAP is to empower athletes, parents, coaches on concussion injuries through evidence-based education and on field helmetless clinics.


Honorable mention  – Student initiative

Katherina Lebedeva U of Saskatchewan

Katherina Lebedeva is involved in many neuroscience promotion initiatives in Saskatchewan for many years, and has been active as a co-organizer and coordinator of Brain Awareness week initiatives, Brain Blast, The Brain wave, and the Saskatchewan Brain Bee.  View her full profile on our website:



The committee was impressed by the quality and breadth of initiatives presented, and wishes to thank all those who sent a submission.

Learn more about these initiatives and these impressive neuroscience advocates and ambassadors at the first CAN Advocacy and Outreach session at the 2016 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, which will take place May 30th, at 5:30 PM in Toronto. You can find more information about this session here: http://can-acn.org/can-advocacy-and-public-outreach