Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program - Backgrounder

The Joint Canada-Israel Health Research Program is a seven-year, CA$35 million partnership between IDRC, the Azrieli Foundation, the Israel Science Foundation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research that draws on the scientific strengths of Canadian and Israeli researchers in the broad field of biomedicine. It is expected to fund up to 30 collaborative projects involving researchers from Canada and Israel, as well as collaborators from low and middle-income countries.

The program is currently funding 24 joint projects as the result of the first four calls for proposals:

Selected neurobiology research projects

The burden of neurological disorders has increased substantially over the past 25 years. For example, the expanded list of neurological conditions makes them the leading cause group of disability and the second-leading cause group of mortality worldwide. Furthermore, ongoing demographic changes in low and middle-income countries, such as lower child mortality rates and increases in aging populations, mean that the global number of patients needing neurological care will continue to grow. As such, additional research is critical to advancing our knowledge of the basic neurological mechanisms underlying neurological disorders. It is only with this evidence that we can design adequate services and therapeutic interventions.

The call for research proposals in the field of neurobiology was launched In October 2017. The proposals were evaluated by an international committee of 14 experts from eight countries, chaired by Professor Joshua Sanes from the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. Six world-class teams were selected from among 45 proposals and will receive funding totaling up to CA$7 million over the next three years.

The following list of selected projects is in alphabetical order according to the Canadian nominated principal investigator's surname.

Learn more about the Israel Science Foundation, the Azrieli Foundation and the International Development Research Centre.

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