Drs. Corina Nagy and Mahsa Dadar named Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research

September 22, 2023

We are pleased to announce that Drs. Corina Nagy and Mahsa Dadar have both been named as 2022 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research. Yesterday, Brain Canada Foundation announced the 28 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research for this year, who will each receive $100,000 grants to support their developing research careers.

Congratulations Drs. Nagy and Dadar!

The Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research program is supported by the Canada Brain Research Fund and anchored by a lead gift from the Azrieli Foundation. It aims to accelerate novel and transformative research that will fundamentally change our understanding of nervous system function and dysfunction and their impact on health. In its fourth year, this flagship program is providing funding to its largest-ever cohort of researchers, with 28 recipients—almost 30% more researchers than previous years. Over the course of four years, the Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research program has granted awards to a total of 88 promising early-career researchers. The program is made possible through a substantial contribution from the Azrieli Foundation, with support this year from The Erika Legacy Foundation, The Arrell Family Foundation, the Segal Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

This year, Brain Canada has awarded $100,000 grants to 28 early-career investigators with research projects that range from uncovering why individuals experience pain differently, to understanding the impact of deep-brain stimulation in mitigating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. With the support of Brain Canada and its donors and partners, these visionary researchers are making substantial contributions to brain research across the country and around the world.

Researchers who have recently completed their training and have just begun their careers are uniquely positioned to develop groundbreaking brain research initiatives. Brain Canada is thrilled to see how our signature Future Leaders program has grown, enabling us to provide increased support to a growing number of researchers during the pivotal stage of their careers.Dr. Viviane Poupon, President and CEO of Brain Canada

By providing early-career researchers with funding at this critical juncture, Brain Canada is building Canada’s pipeline of leaders in neuroscience and a foundation of research excellence and innovation.

Brain Canada is the leading foundation dedicated to advancing neuroscience in this country. The Future Leaders program not only empowers the next generation of leaders with mentorship, resources, and collaboration, but also fosters a vibrant community of forward-thinkers who will shape the future of neuroscience.Naomi Azrieli, Brain Canada Chair

The work of the 2022 Future Leaders has the potential to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people living in Canada who are affected every day by brain diseases, disorders, and injuries.

Learn more about the Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research