November 26, 2017 | Israeli and Canadian researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in southern Israel and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia have formed a “trailblazing research relationship” to study brain injuries and disease. The collaboration, called the Canada-Israel Trans-Atlantic Collaboration for Brain Studies, is presently engaged in a fundraising campaign to secure an investment of $5 million which will go toward funding research focused on developing new treatment in three key areas: traumatic brain injury, motor control and rehabilitation and neuro-development and autism, Dalhousie University said in a statement. The partnership includes “the exchange of postdoctoral fellows between the two universities and an international annual research symposium.” An Israeli delegation from BGU traveled to Halifax earlier this month, led by BGU’s vice-president and dean for research and development, Dan Blumberg, to announce the collaboration. “This is transformative,” said Blumberg. “We’re creating opportunities for students and researchers to share knowledge, resources and data, to help close the knowledge gap in key areas of brain disorders.” The partnership between the two institutions was formed after a previous, successful collaboration on ocean science.