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Brain and Mind Research Institute

Since its establishment in 2012, the University of Ottawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) has been committed to advancing interdisciplinary research excellence on the brain and mind for greater impact.
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uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute

The uOBMRI’s strength is in its unique virtual model to promote collaborations — across disciplines; across our affiliated research hospitals, between researchers and knowledge users; and across the Ottawa region and internationally.  

Featured events

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Dec 1

Rockin' with the Docs

See our docs perform LIVE, and support Brain health research. 

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Oct 4

An International Collaboration to Advance Research in Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Dementias

Learn first-hand from our international experts from Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel (HUJI) and the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research…

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Sep 22

Centre for Neural Dynamics and Artificial Intelligence Research Spotlight

Join us for a day of talks by trainees and principal investigators on neural dynamics, learning, mood and artificial intelligence. Followed by a netwo…

About the Institute

Today, the uOBMRI is the largest institute at the University of Ottawa, and with over 250 members, one of the largest in the country, creating a dynamic hub for internationally recognized research and training. The uOBMRI leverages its extensive network by coordinating interdisciplinary research and training efforts across multiple university faculties, six affiliated hospital research institutes, Carleton University, and internationally recognized research networks and centres.

The uOBMRI leads neurodiscovery through innovative research that transforms prevention and care for the health of individuals and society.

  • Support world-class research on brain and mind that fosters engagement and collaboration across disciplines, partners and communities;
  • Accelerate the creation and application of research-informed innovations that improve prevention, care and policies for the health and well-being of individuals and society; and
  • Recruit, inspire and develop the next generation of researchers, leaders and innovators.
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Our Focus

Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

Latest news

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Dr. Roger Zemek’s Team Receives $5.4M from Ontario Brain Institute for TRANSCENDENT Research Program

Dr. Roger Zemek’s team has been awarded 5.4 million dollars from the Ontario Brain Institute to pursue a research program that will change the future …
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Tallman Family Energizes Research to Help Alleviate Neuroinflammation in PD

“Many individuals can take a simple problem and make it complicated --- not many can take a complicated problem and make it simple.”  This is the mott…
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Unique collaboration to Spearhead Research in Alzheimer’s Disease

A unique collaboration with Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine and its Brain Disease Research Centre in Jerusalem, Israel (HUJI) spearheads resea…

Contact us

University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute

Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Roger Guindon Hall
451 Smyth Road,
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5

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Director and administration

Slack, Ruth 
Full Professor
Director, uOBMRI
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Hollywood, Natasha 
Program Manager, uOBMRI
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Fortier, Candace 
Liaison and Communications Officer, uOBMRI
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MacDonald, Eleanor
Lead Coordinator – Event Management, uOBMRI
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Pumphrey, Jordan 
Program Officer, uOBMRI
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Sasaki, Aisling 
Communication and Special Projects Coordinator, uOBMRI
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Schock, Sarah 
Scientific Writer, uOBMRI
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