The research center of the Quebec Mental Health Institute (Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec - IUSMQ), in partnership with other Canadian institutions, will receive 3,3M$ from the Canadian Brain Research Fund to develop and manage the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform, over the next 3 years. The platform will be managed by the Research Centre of the IUSMQ, who will lead the initiative. The project aims to develop, test and promote new neurophotonics tools putting the power of optics and photonics to the service of neuroscience and brain research.
Three main facilities will be at the heart of the collaboration: The Neurophotonics Centre (IUSMQ/Université Laval), a protein optogenetic engineering facility (University of Alberta) and a Viral Vectors facility (IUSMQ/Université Laval). The Universities of British Columbia, of Calgary, of Alberta, of Ottawa, McGill University, Dalhousie University and Université Laval will participate to tests of the various technologies developed by the national platform on in vivo models.
Read the official Press release: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/_2014/2014-09-12fs-eng.php