The Ontario Brain Institute is a provincially‐funded, not‐for‐profit research centre seeking to maximize the impact of neuroscience and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization and care. Convergent partnerships are created between researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, and their advocates to foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that improve the lives of those living with brain disorders.
Our Vision: Ontario as a world leader in brain research, commercialization and care.
Our collaborative approach to research aims to:
• Transform the Ontario neuroscience research environment
• Improve brain health for Ontarians
• Improve Ontario’s economy through fostering of the neurotechnology industry
To achieve these impacts, OBI focuses on the following activities:
• Five pan-Ontario research programs focused on cerebral palsy, epilepsy, depression, neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s.
• An informatics and analytics platform called Brain-CODE which is our virtual centre for the collection, storage, and eventual analysis of data streaming in from the research programs.
• Commercialization initiatives that engage and support industry to help increase access to capital and develop Ontario’s neurotechnology cluster.
• Entrepreneurship and management training that provides financial support, mentorship and hands-on education aimed at cultivating the future leaders of Ontario’s neuroscience-related industries.
• Knowledge translation and outreach allow novel ideas, knowledge, and stories to be shared among OBI’s partners and with the rest of the world.
• Evaluation is built into every aspect of OBI’s work. We want to be able to measure the impact we are making on Ontario’s research, health and economic systems.
OBI activities are supported by:
• Governance and partnerships – managing our corporate governance components, such as our Board of Directors and developing and managing partnerships with Canadian and international organizations that both enhance and further the mission of OBI.
• Accountability – meeting the requirements of the agreement between the OBI, the Ministry and other stakeholders on all facets of our activity – including monitoring and reporting on outcomes. See our policies and procedures here.
• Expert advisory from external groups like our Science Advisory Council, Industry Advisory Council and Evaluation International Advisory Committee
• Leverage – utilizing the people and infrastructure resources already existing in Ontario as a result of previous provincial and federal investments in Ontario research and development.