Neuroscientists from around the world will share their knowledge and expertise with Alberta researchers as a lasting tribute to Harley Hotchkiss, the late Calgary business and community leader.

The Government of Alberta’s $5 million commitment to the Campus Alberta Neuroscience International Scholars program was announced at a tribute event honouring Hotchkiss who died in June 2011. The investment builds upon private-sector contributions collected by the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

The program will bring international neuroscientists to Alberta for a one-to-two week exchange of knowledge and ideas with students and fellows at Alberta’s research institutions. In addition, an annual Campus Alberta Neuroscience International Symposium, jointly hosted by the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge, will help link industry interests and academic research and provide Alberta trainees with the opportunity to interact with international leaders in their field.

“Students, researchers and scholars from all over the world will now be able to gather and share information and findings that will go on to help many Albertans who suffer from a variety of neurological conditions,” said Greg Weadick, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “I know Harley Hotchkiss would have approved.”

“The University of Calgary's collaboration with the Government of Alberta illustrates our mutual commitment to making brain and mental health a priority for Albertans,” said University of Calgary President Elizabeth Cannon. “This program will build relationships with international leaders in neuroscience that will enhance research, provide extraordinary learning opportunities for our students, and demonstrate our leadership in this field as one of Canada’s top research universities.”

Thousands of Albertans will suffer from a neurological or mental health condition over their lifetime. Building Alberta’s strengths in research into mental health and addictions, chronic diseases and vulnerable populations such as the elderly will help address the critical needs of Albertans and ultimately improve their quality of life.

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute, a partnership between the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, was established in 2004 thanks to a foundational gift from the Hotchkiss family. It operates as a unit within the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine. It is a centre of excellence for neurological and mental health care research and education.

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