Invests $250,000 to kick off a new initiative that gives top
neuroscience graduates business and management skills.
TORONTO, March 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)
announced the start of a program designed to offer young brain
scientists the opportunity to train in managing not-for-profit
organizations concerned with brain disorders.
The Graduate Opportunity Management Fellowship program provides $50,000
to each of five Ontario neuroscience post-graduates (M.Sc., Ph.D. and
post-doctoral fellows) for one year to develop their skills as leaders
of brain-disorder-related not-for-profit organizations. The inaugural
recipients are: Dipa Basu, Ph.D., Nathalie Goodfellow, Ph.D., Anna Han,
Ph.D., Mojib Javadi, Ph.D., and Tiffany Scarcelli, M.Sc.
Said Dr. Donald Stuss, OBI President and Scientific Director: "these
five exceptional people represent a much larger body of untapped talent
in Ontario. In fact, Ontario boasts one of the highest concentrations
of neuroscientists in the world. Our challenge is to create a new
generation of neuroscientists who have skills 'beyond the bench,' and
this program is one OBI initiative to help young scientists take their
first steps in a non-academic career path."
The Fellowships consist of two six-month placements which provide
hands-on experience in the areas of research management,
commercialization, knowledge translation, governance and policy. During
their placements, the Fellows are first embedded within OBI and then
join one of several placement partners, including the Alzheimer Society
of Ontario, Brain Canada, Keiretsu Forum Toronto, Let's Talk Science,
and Ontario Cancer Biomarkers Network.
The first year of the Graduate Opportunity Management Fellowships is
partially underwritten with generous support from the former Innovation
Institute of Ontario (IIO).
"IIO is pleased to donate funds to support this program which is
designed to train and mentor future leaders in the not for profit
sector, a sector which IIO spent 12 years supporting," said Janet Faas,
former Chief Operating Officer of IIO.
The Management Fellows program is part of OBI's larger Experiential
Education Initiative designed to broaden career opportunities for
highly-trained neuroscience graduates and develop the human capital
that will continue to drive Ontario's strength in neuroscience
"Supporting tomorrow's neuroscience leaders will help ensure that
Ontario remains on the cutting edge of research and innovation," said
Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation. "That is why we
announced a $100 million commitment to the Ontario Brain Institute in
March 2013. The OBI provides strategic direction for brain research in
Ontario and is helping raise Ontario's international profile in
neuroscience scholarship. Building our knowledge economy is a key part
of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and
About the Ontario Brain Institute
The Ontario Brain Institute is a provincially-funded, not-for-profit
research centre seeking to maximize the impact of neuroscience and
establish Ontario as a world leader in brain discovery,
commercialization and care. We create convergent partnerships between
researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, and their advocates to
foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that
improve the lives of those living with brain disorders.
SOURCE: Ontario Brain Institute
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