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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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Apr 20

Enhancing Access to Care: Breaking Boundaries Together

The day long event will consist of talks designed to help people living with neurodegenerative conditions and their care partners (especially in under…

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Mar 8

MS in Motion

Join us for a day of skiing followed by our Après Ski Event at Mont Ste-Marie on March 8th, 2024. This event aims to raise awareness for multiple scle…

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Dec 1

Rockin' with the Docs

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

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.

Our vision

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

Our mission

  • 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

Connect.Excite.Heal.
Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

Latest news

Research
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Research

Dr. Paul Albert's Team Reveals New Insights for Treatment-Resistant Depression

uOBMRI's Dr. Paul Albert and team, including first author Dr. Faranak Vahid-Ansari, recently published new findings identifying two systems of neurotr…
Faculty of Medicine
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Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Richard Naud's publication provides new insights into theories of learning, working memory, and AI

uOBMRI's Dr. Richard Naud and PhD student Zachary Friedenberger investigate neural communication networks in their new publication in Nature Computati…
Research
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Research

Drs. Lara Pilutti and Lisa Walker granted an Innovation in Well-Being Award from the International Progressive MS Alliance

uOBMRI members Drs. Lara Pilutti and Lisa Walker were recently granted an Innovation in Well-Being Award from the International Progressive MS Allianc…

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
613-562-5425 
Admin: [email protected]

Hollywood, Natasha 
Program Manager, uOBMRI
613-562-5461
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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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