The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of neuroscience research and the interests of Canadian Neuroscientists. We are an association of approximately 1000 independent researchers, professors and trainees actively involved in neuroscience research. CAN-ACN organizes the Canadian Neuroscience Meeting yearly since 2007. Our next meeting will be held in Toronto, May 29 – June 1 2016. We maintain an active website, at can-acn.org, which we use to showcase neuroscience research, to provide important information for our members about meetings, scientific and social events, funding opportunities, and employment offers, and to promote neuroscience advocacy initiatives.
As stated in our bylaws, our mission is to: 1) Promote communication among neuroscientists throughout Canada; 2) Represent the interests of Canadian neuroscientists at national and international levels; 3) Promote research in all disciplines contributing to the understanding of the nervous system; 4) Contribute to the advancement of education in the Neurosciences; 5) Provide for and assist in the dissemination to the general public of the results of current Neuroscience research and its significance in relation to health and disease; and 6) Raise funds and to provide income for the above purposes.
This is a very exciting time for the development of neuroscience research in Canada. With the creation of the Canada Research Chair Program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Brain Canada the government is poised to accelerate brain research to improve neurological conditions and brain health of Canadians which is vital for the health and well-being of our society.