Western University is investing in a ‘brain gain’ initiative to attract and secure elite academic talent, allocating up to $30 million to a pair of new strategic programs that will recruit and support the very best students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers from around the world.
The Western Clusters of Research Excellence program will provide up to $5 million over five years to support the establishment of up to four internationally prominent clusters of interdisciplinary research and teaching. Western will provide the resources to keep these researchers at the University and put them in a position to succeed on a global scale.
Cognitive Neuroscience has been recognized as the first of these clusters.
This area builds upon established research strengths at Western’s globally-renowned Brain & Mind Institute, which leads efforts to understand consciousness, various cognitive disorders, and how our brains see, learn and think about the world. In 2010, Western recruited one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, Adrian Owen, to the Institute from the University of Cambridge.
Up to three remaining clusters will be identified through ongoing strategic planning efforts over the coming year.