Chair Appointments

Western Research Chairs

The Western Research Chair Program (WRC) is specific to the Western Clusters of Research Excellence program and is modeled after Tier 1 CRCs. New appointments receive up to $500K (discipline dependent) in start-up funds, leveraged with the CFI LOF as allowed.  

Tim Bussey - WRC for Cognitive Neuroscience (Robarts)
Jörn Diedrichsen - WRC for Motor Control and Computational Neuroscience
Ingrid Johnsrude - WRC for Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology)


Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program was established by the federal government in 2000 to promote excellence and innovation in research by rewarding the country's leading academics and attracting the best research minds in the world to study at Canadian universities.

BMI Core Members

  • Daniel Ansari - Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (TIER II SSHRC)
  • Melvyn Goodale - Visual Neuroscience (TIER I NSERC)
  • Stephen Lomber - Brain Plasticity and Development (TIER I NSERC)
  • Penny MacDonald - Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging (TIER II CIHR)
  • Ravi Menon - Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (TIER I CIHR)
  • Andrew Pruszynski - Sensorimotor Neuroscience (TIER II CIHR)
  • Lisa Saksida - Translational Cognitive Neuroscience (TIER I CIHR) 

BMI Associate Members

  • Kevin Shoemaker - Physiology of Exercise
  • Charles Weijer - Bioethics
  • Mathias Dietz - Binaural Hearing
  • Haojie Mao - Brain Biomechanics


Canada Excellence Research Chair

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program awards universities up to $10 million over seven years to support world‑renowned researchers and their teams to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.

Adrian Owen - CERC for Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging


NSERC Industrial Research Chair

The Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) program is funded jointly by NSERC and industry to:

  • - assist universities in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in natural sciences and engineering of interest to industry; and/or
  • - assist in the development of research efforts in fields that have not yet been developed in Canadian universities but for which there is an important industrial need; and
  • - provide an enhanced training environment for graduate students and, where appropriate, postdoctoral fellows by exposing them to research challenges unique to industry and the opportunity for significant ongoing interactions with the industrial partner(s).

Blaine Chronik - NSERC/Synaptive Medical Inc. Industrial Research Chair in Magnetic Resonance Systems Development (Senior IRC)