We are Committed to Research

BCI supports research with the overarching goal of improving the standard of care for TBI and other brain pathologies through equitable, non-pharmacological approaches.

Ongoing research is vital, as there is no magic pill to heal a brain. Creating the best environment, through a lifestyle change that supports neuroplasticity is fundamental for recovery.

Funding Opportunity

It is estimated that approximately 165,000 people per year are affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Canada.

With the knowledge that stakeholder-informed research has the greatest potential for impact, Brain Canada undertook an extensive consultation process to understand the breadth of the needs of diverse stakeholders related to TBI and identify the top priorities that should beaddressed first.

Brain Changes Initiative, in collaboration with Brain Canada has now launched the Innovation Grants for Research Impact in Traumatic Brain Injury to help build much needed evidence-based solutions
that will improve brain health in Canada.

The purpose of the grants is to generate creative, novel and practical evidence-based solutions that address the top stakeholder-identified and prioritized needs to improve the trajectory of recovery for individuals after brain injury.

The deadline to register is September 27, 2023.

Move for Neurogenesis 2022 Funds ($50,000) Was Directed to:

Brain Canada Foundation (Brain Canada), Brain Changes Initiative (BCI), and Branch Out Neurological Foundation, are thrilled to announce Dr. Jonathan Smirl from the University of Calgary as the recipient of theBrain Changes Initiative Award for Traumatic Brain Injury Special Purpose Grant.  This Grant was funded by the generous donations, sponsorship, registration and merch purchase from BCI's Move for Neurogenesis 2022. Proceeds were matched by Brain Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF), to award $50,000 in funding. Thank you all for your support. Dr. Smirl’s project titled “Supine cycling with lower body negative pressure: a novel treatment for concussion” explores the physiological changes related to exercise following concussion. We're so excited to see how the results of this research are applied to concussion management. 

  • Brain Canada Foundation Rising Stars: Dr Matthew Galati Brain Changer Award 

    Provides funding to trainees conducting clinical implementation research at a Canadian institution in the field of acquired brain injury.

  • Brain Changes Initiative + Brain Canada Stakeholder Engagement 

    Brain Changes Initiative, in collaboration with Brain Canada Foundation, has developed a process for grounding its funding in research in stakeholder needs. This is a revolutionary model for conducting research with the aim of improving the standard of care for TBI.

  • Brain Changes Initiative + Branch Out Neurological Foundation + Brain Canada Foundation: Special Purpose Grant 

    This funding opportunity encourages innovative, unorthodox, and exploratory research that integrates different pillars of brain health with potential for significant impact on our understanding of brain recovery after TBI.

  • 6 Pillars of Brain Health Clinical TBI Research Project 

    Brain Changes Initiative is funding an evidenced based clinical research program to provide equitable access to care for all TBI survivors utilizing government funded allied healthcare support.