Supporting trainee attendance at the 2018 International Conference

For trainees interested in attending the Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation international conference, travel awards were available. Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) and the CIHR Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) and CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) partnered to offer the awards. Hosted by Campus Alberta Neuroscience and their Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia community, the 2018 International Conference took place June 20-22, 2018 in Banff, Alberta. The CIHR-CAN Travel Awards supported participation in the conference by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who are residents in Canada or who are Canadians studying abroad by providing grants toward the cost of travel.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate level students (Masters or PhD) and Postdoctoral Fellows registered full-time in a neuroscience or mental health university program
  • MD/PhD students and medical residents involved in neuroscience or mental health research and/or translation
  • Must be resident in Canada or a Canadian studying abroad
  • Poster or oral presentation at the conference

Terms And Value

The maximum amount for a single award is $1,000, depending on the location where the recipient is based. Funds can be used to cover conference registration, hotel, and travel to the conference. 

  • Canadians studying abroad = up to $1,000 CAD
  • Residents of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba = up to $700 CAD
  • Residents of Eastern Canada (NB, NS, PE, NL) = up to $900 CAD
  • Residents of Quebec and Ontario = up to $800 CAD
  • Residents of Alberta (residents of Banff are not eligible) = CAD$275 to cover registration fee only

Note to Alberta-based applicants: bus transportation to and from Banff will be organized for the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge. Please indicate in the registration form whether or not you will make use of this transportation option.

How to Apply

Applications for the award are open to students who have submitted an abstract. Interested students must register for the conference and  note on their registration that they wish to be considered for the award. They will then be asked to provide a budget.

The deadline for completing your registration form and indicating your wish to be considered is Friday, April 20, 2018.


  • The Conference Organizing Committee will review all applications received by the registration deadline indicated above.
  • Decisions will be based on satisfying eligibility and the quality of the submitted abstract and its relevance to the conference program, and availability of funds.

Administration of Award

  • Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing by BUKSA Strategic Conference Services on behalf of Campus Alberta Neuroscience.
  • The notice of decision will be by Monday, April 30, 2018. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
  • The number of applications funded is dependent upon the availability of funds.
  • Awards will cover registration fees and additional support for travel/accommodations where applicable. Funds to support travel/accommodations will be reimbursed following the conference. Reimbursement is dependent on compliance with program guidelines and final deliverables and is contingent on the submission of all receipts by August 31, 2018. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiting of the award.

When submitting expenses for reimbursement, please contact to obtain the required forms.

About The Organizations

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s premier federal funding agency for health research.  Its objective is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

CIHR-IA, one of thirteen institutes of CIHR, supports research on the aging process (biological, psychological, sociological), age-related diseases and disabilities, conditions associated with aging, emerging needs of people as they age, and health services to the elderly population. The IA is the co-lead institute on the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy.

CIHR-INMHA, one of thirteen institutes of CIHR, supports research to enhance knowledge of brain function related to mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing, and cognitive functioning and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation. The burden of disease in terms of the social, economic and health care costs associated with these disorders and related illnesses are staggering and there are indications that the number of people affected either directly or indirectly will continue to increase in the years to come. The INMHA is the co-lead institute on the CIHR Dementia Research Strategy.

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is a grassroots initiative encompassing the neuroscience communities at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge, forming an Alberta-wide network of 250 research professionals working in neuroscience and mental health: from early brain development to Alzheimer’s and from foundational biological research to clinical, therapeutic and system application of new knowledge.

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is designed to deliver significant, positive, measureable and lasting impact through the generation and translation of knowledge. Campus Alberta Neuroscience's aim is to establish the province of Alberta as a centre of neuroscience excellence, impact and innovation on the international stage. In the specific area of Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia, Campus Alberta Neuroscience has worked with researchers and stakeholders across the province to establish a focused research team to facilitate the development of a strategic focus and the establishment of an integrated team of researchers, clinicians, trainees and stakeholders.


For more information please contact Campus Alberta Neuroscience’s Partnership Coordinator, Clint Westgard, at