The National Academy of Sciences in the United States recognizes the crucial importance of collaboration in the field of neuroscience. Their 2008 Workshop Report – From Molecules to Minds – describes the importance of collaboration.
“Recognizing that neuroscience is not, of course, really a single field is important. Rather it is a multidisciplinary enterprise including diverse fields of biology, psychology, neurology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science and more. If scientists within neuroscience and related disciplines could unite around a small set of goals, the opportunity for advancing our understanding of brain and mental function would be huge.”
The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is cultivating this multidisciplinary collaboration. The OBI's ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for people with brain disorders. Our research programs, called "Integrated Discovery Programs", have five underlying principles. The research must:
- rank as excellent on an international stage
- focus on the patient
- integrate across Ontario and across disciplines
- involve standardized assessments
- have a translational thrust