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One in three Canadians will be affected by a brain or nervous system disorder or injury in their lifetimes. Some of these conditions occur early in life—for example, 75 per cent of major mental illnesses such as depression and addiction begin before the age of 25. Others, however, are diseases of aging – one in four Canadians will have a stroke in their lifetime with the risk increasing with age and age-related dementia remains a major unresolved health challenge that threatens to overwhelm our health care system. This is of concern since recent census data indicate that the Canadian population is aging.

Solutions to these complex issues require both engagement and intellectual exchange across the breadth of expertise in all faculties across the university. The University of Calgary has already created a rich environment for research in child education and development, brain and mental health. We have developed strong partnerships with the external community to translate and integrate the knowledge we generate into meaningful outcomes for society.

The University of Calgary's Brain and Mental Health Research Strategy is led by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. The strategy is bringing together more than 200 faculty members from the faculties of Arts, Education, Engineering, Kinesiology, Medicine, Nursing, Science, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine. Building on their respective expertise, these researchers are collaborating to identify new ways to accelerate research and translate this knowledge into meaningful outcomes in the areas of brain and mental health.