TEND Transatlantic Exchange for Neuroscience Discovery Program

We are excited to offer this postgraduate exchange program in partnership with the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences (BLS) and associated Research Institutes at Cardiff University, Wales.

We are grateful for the support of the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). CFREF invests approximately $200 million per year to support Canada’s postsecondary institutions in their efforts to become global research leaders. Cardiff University is grateful for the support of Sêr Cymru in funding this program.


The TEND Program is an 8-week collaboration between eight postdoctoral fellows – four from BrainsCAN and four from Cardiff - and hosting labs in each institution. The program aims to increase understanding in neuroscience and brain disease – ultimately leading to improved understanding of the causes and progress of mental health conditions, the development of new therapeutic targets and treatments, and the training of future research leaders.

TEND is a great opportunity for host labs to establish significant links with another leading neuroscience institution, while both gaining and sharing methods and practices. Collaborative work and knowledge-sharing is vital to BrainsCAN’s success. It gives our researchers new approaches and accelerates discoveries.

The placements are for eight weeks and are currently forecast to take place from late spring/summer 2021 (subject to travel authorizations and prevailing conditions).

The first phase of the program is to collect expressions of interest from BrainsCAN-aligned labs and groups who would consider hosting one of the visiting postdoctoral fellows next year. Please complete the Expression of Interest form by October 30, 2020.

Applications to participate in the exchange as a PDF will be sought in the near future. (Prospective applicants may register interest by contacting ryan.salewski@uwo.ca to receive more information once it becomes available.)


Contact Information:

The competition is administered by BrainsCAN’s Support Team (brainscan@uwo.ca).