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

Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN)
Annual Retreat


September 20-21, 2018 at New Residence Hall

HBHL is proud to sponsor the 2018 IPN Retreat. This annual event showcases the diverse neuroscience research being conducted by IPN trainees through poster and oral presentations. Keynote lectures, a career panel, and a professional development workshop will provide additional learning and networking opportunities.


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Putting the "Go" in Negotiation:
Strategies to drive your collaborations forward

September 21, 2018 from 8:30-10:00am at New Residence Hall

At this HBHL-SKILLSETS workshop, you will learn how to prepare for a negotiation and how to choose an appropriate negotiation strategy for a variety of situations. You will gain hands-on experience by applying these strategies to an interactive practice scenario.

This workshop is part of the IPN retreat. If you are not an IPN student and would like to attend, please email falisha.karpati [at] mcgill.ca



Small Talk, Big Impact:
Developing an elevator pitch for your neuroscience research

Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30-8:30pm
Bell Room, Montreal Neurological Institute

What do you say when a researcher approaches you at a conference and asks what you study? Or, when a potential employer asks you to summarize your Master’s/PhD project during a job interview? 

In this HBHL-SKILLSETS workshop, you will learn how to create an elevator pitch that clearly explains your research and get others excited about your work in under 2 minutes.

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The neuroscience of persuasion and effective public speaking

Tuesday, October 23 from 6:30-8:00pm
Bell Room, Montreal Neurological Institute

Want to feel more confident while presenting, or make your presentations more interesting?

In this HBHL-SKILLSETS workshop, Psychiatry PhD candidate Jay Olson will cover the communication skills necessary to give an effective presentation. The workshop will focus on the psychological and neural mechanisms that allow speakers to engage and persuade their audiences, and will include academic discussions as well as practical applications. 

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