BrainsCAN is a neuroscience research initiative funded by the Government of Canada (through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund) that aims to transform the way brain diseases and disorders are understood, diagnosed and treated. Through this initiative, the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Registry at Western University: OurBrainsCAN was established.

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What is OurBrainsCAN?

OurBrainsCAN was developed as a central participant registration website for cognitive research at Western University. The goal of OurBrainsCAN is to establish a registry of potential participants for health-related research.

Many research groups at Western study cognitive functions like learning, memory, perception, attention and language in children and adults. These studies teach us how the brain works. They provide crucial information that may allow researchers to develop novel therapies for brain and mental disorders, as well as more sensitive tests so disorders can be identified and treated sooner. Through the registry, researchers recruit participants for individual studies on cognitive functions. OurBrainsCAN makes the process of matching participants to a study easy. 

Volunteers are key partners in this research: without you, this essential work can’t happen. 

Join the registry and help Western researchers transform the way brain diseases and disorders are understood, diagnosed and treated. 

OurBrainsCAN was developed by BrainsCAN, Western's neuroscience research initiative. 

How OurBrainsCAN Supports Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion:

BrainsCAN is committed to meaningful and action-driven considerations of equity, diversity and inclusion embedded within practices throughout its research mandate and culture. An important goal for OurBrainsCAN is to make research more inclusive for diverse people from the London community and beyond. With an engaged community outreach mandate that is centered around making participation in research studies more accessible, researchers using the registry are able to access participants for their studies and invite individuals from a variety of demographic and socio-economic backgrounds to participate. OurBrainsCAN aims to create a diverse registry membership through intentional engagement throughout the community. When the participants in research studies are more diverse, the results are more generalizable, which in turn contributes to the strength of research impact.


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