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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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May 14

The Blood-Brain Barrier in Health and Disease Mini Symposium

Topics covered at this mini-symposium will include genetic regulation of cerebrovascular growth, the role of brain blood vessels in autism and neurode…

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May 9

Brain Health Research Day 2024

Since 2009, the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute has hosted an annual Brain Health Research Day to bring together our research c…

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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…

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

Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan

Latest news

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The uOBMRI supports new Living Concussion Guidelines to improve concussion care

The Living Concussion Guidelines: Guideline for Concussion & Prolonged Symptoms for Adults 18 Years of Age or Older is a tool designed for healthcare …
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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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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…

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
Admin: [email protected]

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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