Bell and Brain Canada announce $1 million research training fund


    --  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
        Research Fund

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.

"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 
mental illness."

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 
years.

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:

Studentships
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.

About Bell
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 
jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca @Bell_News

Sébastien Bonneau Brain Canada 514 926-7120 
sebastien.bonneau@publicaffairsadvisors.com

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 
at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130208_C4240_PHOTO_EN_23487.jpg

SOURCE: Bell Canada

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