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Brain Canada Announcement

  • New Canadian national charity partner
  • Innovative and integrated research approach
  • Doubling the impact of donations with Matching Grant for research

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Brain Canada’s central vision is that the brain is a single, complex system with commonalities across the range of neurological disorders, mental illnesses and addictions, brain and spinal cord injuries.


Introducing Brain Canada

The success of the Growling Beaver, having raised over $1.2 million in four years, has opened an exciting new pathway for the GBB and for the Davis Phinney Foundation with a new national Canadian partner, the Brain Canada Foundation (known as “Brain Canada”).

We are delighted to have found a partner in Montreal-based Brain Canada, a national charitable organization that is accelerating research on the brain, including advancing our understanding of diseases like Parkinson’s and how to translate basic research into helping people to live well today.

Connecting Research and People

Brain Canada understands that our relationship with the DPF was the inspiration behind the GBB. Respecting this history, and drawing on DPF's deep engagement with the community of those directly and indirectly impacted by Parkinson's, Brain Canada will endeavour to explore with the DPF ways to collaborate to fund research and programming that is centred on people with lived experience. Applying basic research for the benefit of people, and exploring pathways linking cure-oriented research with current care, are aims shared by both organizations. We will have more to announce about this relationship in the coming months.

Your Donations and 1:1 Match for Research

As a result of this arrangement, GBB funds raised in Canada will now be directed to Brain Canada to support their work on Parkinson’s and related neurodegenerative disorders. US-originated funds will continue to support DPF. Please be patient with us as we update the website.

Even more impactful, Brain Canada will match every dollar raised in Canada and directed to the research component of this project in order to double the impact of your generosity. These matching funds are part of a partnership between Brain Canada and Health Canada, established in 2011 and renewed in 2019.

About the Brain Canada Foundation

Brain Canada was founded in 1998, and since its inception, has made the case for supporting Canada’s world-class brain research. Over 20 years, the organization has raised—from donors and through partnerships—and invested $250 million to fund about 300 projects involving more than 1,000 researchers and clinicians based at 115 institutions across the country. Grants are selected through a rigorous, international peer review process, and reward excellence, innovation, and the potential to achieve paradigm changes in the field which will lead to improved outcomes for people.

Brain Canada’s central vision is that the brain is a single, complex system with commonalities across the range of neurological disorders, mental illnesses and addictions, brain and spinal cord injuries.

Looking at the brain as one system has underscored the need for increased collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and organizations, and a smarter way to invest in brain research. This holistic vision appeals to us and offers exciting new possibilities. For example, Parkinson’s shares common underlying mechanisms with other neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS and Huntington’s, and so Brain Canada’s approach means taking a broad lens to be able to expand our search for answers.

About the Davis Phinney Foundation

The Davis Phinney Foundation was created in 2004 by Olympic medalist and retired professional cyclist, Davis Phinney, to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. The organization’s focus is to provide programs, resources and experiences that offer inspiration, information and tools that enable people living with Parkinson’s to take action that can immediately improve their quality of life. Through The Victory Summit® event series, Every Victory Counts® manual, intergenerational SidekicksTM program, Ambassador Leadership program, funding of quality of life research and extensive online content, the organization impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals each year.

Register below to volunteer or attend the next Canadian Victory Summit® in Ottawa on October 5, 2019.