-- Bell Mental Health Research Training Awards to support 7 young
researchers for 3 years
-- Funding provided by Bell Let's Talk and the Canada Brain
MONTRÉAL, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell and Brain Canada are pleased to
announce a new partnership in support of brain research in Canada - the Bell
Mental Health Research Training Awards.
The Training Awards are designed to promote the most talented next-generation
of Canadian mental health researchers by providing them with guidance,
mentorship and training under the direction of world-leading researchers. A
significant investment in Canada's most promising researchers, these funds
will accelerate their progress and contribution to our understanding of the
"Brain Canada is delighted to be partnering with Bell on the Mental Health
Research Training Awards, to provide some of our most talented young
scientists with high-quality research training in Canadian labs. Bell's
leadership in mental health is unprecedented in this country--reducing the
stigma associated with these disorders, and supporting world-class research
and care programs," said Inez Jabalpurwala, President of Brain Canada.
Brain Canada's goal is to build on Canada's excellence and leadership in the
field of neuroscience, supporting the most promising areas of brain research.
Advances in mental health research are leading to better prevention
strategies, new treatments, technologies and improved healthcare and social
support services that will have a fundamental impact on the health and
well-being of millions of Canadians.
"I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the award
recipients," said Clara Hughes, Canada's six-time Olympic medallist and
national spokesperson for Bell Let's Talk. "This is an important milestone in
our campaign to increase both awareness of mental health and understanding of
In 2011, the Government of Canada committed up to $100 million to establish
the Canada Brain Research Fund. The fund supports research programs that are
considered to be critical to advancing brain research with a dollar-for-dollar
match of funds raised by Brain Canada from private sources over the next five
The Bell Mental Health Training Awards are made possible by Bell's $500,000
contribution to the fund being matched by the Government of Canada for a total
of $1 million through this program.
"Through the Canadian Brain Research Fund, the Government of Canada is
delivering on its commitment to support much needed research to improve the
health and quality of life of Canadians suffering from brain disorders," said
the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "I would like to thank
Brain Canada and its partner, Bell Canada, for their on-going support of
mental health and brain research. I would also like to take this opportunity
to congratulate the funding recipients today. I wish them every success with
their important work."
"Bell is proud to be supporting the next generation of brain research through
the Bell Mental Health Research Training Awards," said Mary Deacon, Chair of
the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative. "Supporting research into mental
illness is one of the action pillars of Bell Let's Talk and, in partnership
with the Government of Canada, we are celebrating a significant milestone in
our campaign to help people suffering with mental health issues."
The Training Awards will provide four research studentships valued at $30,000
per year for three years and three postdoctoral fellowships valued at $50,000
per year for three years (each award includes an additional $5,000 per year
career development supplement). Recipients were selected through a nation-wide
open competition with rigorous Canadian and international review.
The Bell Mental Health Training Awards recipients are:
Corey Baimel, University of British Columbia Nancy Butcher, Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
Jennie Pouget, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
Andrea Tyrer, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
Postdoctoral Fellowships Dr. Steven Connor, University of British Columbia Dr.
Cornelia Walther, Robarts Research Institute, University of Western Ontario
Dr. Guang Yang, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a five-year, $50-million
charitable program based on four action pillars: Anti-stigma, care and access,
research, and workplace best practices. With Bell Let's Talk Day as its
anti-stigma centrepiece, Bell's initiative is providing significant funding
for leading mental health hospitals and grassroots organizations, driving new
workplace initiatives across corporate Canada, and supporting new research.
Bell Let's Talk Day is February 12
For every text message sent and every long distance call made by Bell and Bell
Aliant customers on February 12, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and, every
Facebook share of our Bell Let's Talk message, Bell will donate 5 cents more
to programs dedicated to mental health (regular long distance and text charges
apply). Last year's Bell Let's Talk Day raised $3,926,014.20 in additional
funding for mental health initiatives across the country.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business with solutions to all their communications needs: Bell Mobility
wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell Satellite TV and Bell Fibe TV, Bell
Home Phone local and long distance, and Bell Business Markets IP-broadband and
information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell Media is
Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio
and digital media, including CTV, Canada's #1 television network, and the
country's most-watched specialty channels. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc.
(TSX, NYSE: BCE). For Bell products and services, please visit Bell.ca. For
BCE corporate information, please visit BCE.ca.
About Brain Canada Brain Canada is a national charitable organization with the
mission of accelerating the pace of Canada's world-class brain research in
order to advance our understanding of the brain, and develop diagnostics,
treatments and ultimately cures for brain disorders. The Government of Canada
has committed to match up to $100 million of private and non-governmental
contributions to Brain Canada over the next five years, through the Canada
Brain Research Fund.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Jacqueline Michelis Bell Media Relations 1 855 785-1427
Sébastien Bonneau Brain Canada 514 926-7120
Image with caption: "From left to right: Inez Jabalpurwala, President, Brain
Canada; Dr. Max S. Cynader, Award recipient; M.r Cory Baimel, Award recipient;
Dr. Steven Connor, Award recipient; Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let's Talk mental
health initiative; Clara Hughes, national spokesperson, Bell Let's Talk; The
Honourable Yonah Martin, Senator. (CNW Group/Bell Canada)". Image available
SOURCE: Bell Canada
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