About Barbara


The purpose of this Medical Foundation is to encourage the public to recognize and financially support internationally esteemed medical research being done in Canada in the field of neuroscience, particularly as it relates to the remediation of spinal cord injuries.


Incredible advances have been made in the last decade in the field of neuroscience. The driving force that encouraged Barbara Turnbull to write her autobiography was the realization that these advances may make the goal of regaining function to damaged nerve cells in the spinal cord attainable.

Through further research, there is the possibility of new discoveries and confirmations, which may result in methodologies for repair or regeneration of the spinal cord after injury. Successful remediation will greatly improve the quality of life of those who have been affected by spinal cord injuries, as well as reduce the ongoing costs of providing related care and support.


Based on a synergistic approach that recognizes excellence in collaborative research in Canada in the field of neuroscience, the mission of this Foundation is:

  • To make the public aware of the need to financially support this vision.
  • To develop strategic co-operative initiatives with other institutions and foundations which are interested and involved in the study of spinal cord injury and remediation, such as the Brain Canada Foundation.
  • To fund internationally esteemed research in this field which is being done in Canada