The Barbara Turnbull Award

The Barbara Turnbull Award is an annual prize which recognizes and supports an outstanding researcher who has contributed to the advancement of world leading spinal cord research, or related fields, conducted in Canada.

National organizations contributing to the prize include:

  • The Barbara Turnbull Foundation (BTF)
  • Brain Canada Foundation (NSCF)
  • Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction
    of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The award, which was established in 2001, helps to increase public awareness that over four million Canadians are afflicted with neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

It is administered through a partnership between: The Barbara Turnbull foundation, The Neuroscience Canada Foundation and the Institute of Neurosciences – Mental Health and Addiction of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The two partners providing critical support for spinal cord research in Canada.

This prestigious award is presented to the top ranked spinal cord researcher identified through CIHR’s investigator-initiated grants competition.

Recipients of the award will have excelled in research in the area of spinal cord injury protection, repair and functional recovery. Further, it is recognized that the award winners will be complementing and extending their work — within inter-disciplinary collaborative research endeavours.

Through the complementary support provided through this $50,000 prize, selected spinal cord researchers will be able to hire additional assistants, expand their sphere of research and add momentum to the on-going search for a cure to spinal cord injuries.