Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives/Cerveau en santé, vie en santé is a bold and ambitious initiative that unites McGill’s world-leading strengths in clinical and research neuroscience with pioneering work in neuroinformatics.

Long renowned as a leader in neuroscience, McGill is setting a new global standard for computationally intensive and interdisciplinary research on the brain, made possible with an $84 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) seeks to improve the lives of Canadians by advancing understanding of how the individual brain functions in health and disease, throughout our lives.

Neurological disorders affect 1 in 10 Canadians of all ages. There is great urgency to identify and implement solutions that create healthier brains. Through innovative funding programs, exceptional people, and by focusing on four interconnected research themes, HBHL will transform how we view and treat the brain. Collaborating with educators and industry, HBHL will develop evidence-based programs that address the specific mental health and neurological challenges of Canadians and promote healthy living through supportive environments.

Upcoming HBHL events

lines of code


Saturday, February 23 from 9 am-5 pm, and
Sunday, February 24 from 9 am-1 pm

New Residence Hall 

Programming is a key skill in today's technology-focused world, both in research and non-academic environments. At this beginner-level hands-on workshop, you will learn the basics of programming and how it can be applied in data analysis.

Learn more & register

sleep & the ageing brain

Sleep & The Ageing Brain

Wednesday, February 27 from 6-8 pm
Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre 

Healthy sleep is important throughout our lifespan and becomes more challenging with age. In this Ludmer Centre public lecture, a panel of leading researchers will explore how the brain mediates normal sleep and its importance to health, as well as how normal sleep can be disrupted and change with age. All proceeds will go to the McGill “Seed of Change” campaign.

Learn more & register


The Competitive Edge: 
Writing a successful HBHL Fellowship application

Wednesday, March 13 from 12-2 pm
Research Commons A, McLennan Library
and live stream 

Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) offers fellowships with a value of $10,000 - $15,000/year for McGill Master’s and Ph.D. students working on projects aligned with HBHL’s research themes. At this workshop, you will learn about the application process, get tips on writing a successful application and start your application through guided activities.

Learn more & register

MONII 2.0 workshop

MONII 2.0 Workshop

Wednesday, March 27 from 1-5 pm
Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

The MONII 2.0 Workshop unites experts in presenting strategies that make neuroscience data management and processing FAIR and interoperable.

Learn more & register