Funding: Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping receives $2.85 million grant

Ravi Menon, PhD, Professor at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and his research team have received $2.85 million to support neuroscience research at the Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM), at Robarts Research Institute.

The CFMM was awarded the 2019 Platform Support Grant from Brain Canada. Brain Canada is a national charitable organization that supports and enables the advancement of brain research in Canada. Platform Support Grants are awarded to support the creation of shared resources, that improve access to equipment, expertise, data and protocols across research networks.

At the CFMM, the funding will support Canada’s only collection of high-field and ultra-high field MRI systems, which supports the work of Menon and his team, as well several hundred trainees and 84 principal investigators across a number of disciplines at Western University. 

“The grant gives stable funding to the core facility staff, who can then develop hardware and software for faculty,” Menon explained. “It also supports lower user fees, which allows faculty to acquire more subjects or pilot new ideas which would not be otherwise possible.”

Menon’s research centres on the application of the high-field MRI to problems in neuroscience, including developing software and hardware to support the advancement of new MRI methods for use in the early diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis.

Funding for the CFMM is the first of a series of Platform Support Grants, a more than $25 million investment from Brain Canada. This grant was made possible through the organization’s partnerships with Health Canada and the Canada Brain Research Fund, as well as Western University.