Best Brains Exchanges

CIHR continues to support the planning and execution of Best Brains Exchanges with Canadian policy makers. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some elements of the program and it’s delivery have been modified. To learn more about these changes or to discuss the possibility of collaborating on an event, please contact: BBE-EMC@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Best Brains Exchanges (BBEs) are one-day, by invitation only meetings that bring senior policy makers together with researchers and implementation experts to discuss a high priority, health-related topic of shared interest.

The objectives of the BBE Program are to:

  • Provide senior policy makers with high-quality, timely and accessible research evidence and advice from leading researchers and implementation experts;
  • Engage policy makers and researchers in an open dialogue around the applicability of the evidence to the current policy context; and
  • Foster the development of relationships between policy makers, researchers and implementation experts.

The program was developed initially to enhance CIHR’s capacity to engage with provincial and territorial ministries of health. Building on that success, the program expanded to include Federal Health Portfolio policy maker partners in 2010. In 2019, the program expanded to include events held in partnership with Canadian and International policy makers. Best Brains Exchanges are planned based on the identified needs and timelines of our policy maker partners. CIHR curates a panel of experts to participate in Best Brains Exchanges, as appropriate, based on best fit with the topic of the session.

For more information about the program, or to obtain an application form, please contact CIHR’s Best Brains Exchange Team: BBE-EMC@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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