CONP FAQ

What is the CONP?

The Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP) provides an infrastructure for the promotion of open-science workflows and the sharing of neuroscience data [MOU1] [RH2] . This platform brings together many of the country’s leading scientists in basic and clinical neuroscience to form an interactive network of collaborations in brain research, interdisciplinary student training, international partnership, clinical translation, and Open Publishing. The CONP aims to propel Canada’s basic and clinical neuroscience communities into a new era of commonly shared, digitally integrated, data- and algorithmic-rich neuroscience research [MOU3] [RH4] .

What does the CONP do?

The CONP supports Canada’s basic neuroscience and clinical neuroscience research communities to:

The CONP supports researchers from a range of different disciplines and communities including neuroimaging, neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration, and aging. 

What is Open Science?

Open science is a growing movement which aims to make scientific research and data accessible to everyone. Open science is an umbrella term which covers the open dissemination of data, manuscripts, software, materials, methodologies and other outputs scientists produce in their research. Open science also aims to make the scientific process more transparent and accessible.

Why is Open Science important?

Open science is widely considered to be beneficial for scientists, patients, and the public at large and is strongly supported by a broad cross-section of entities including UNESCO and WHO, as well as different levels of the Canadian government. Its advantages include:

How can Open Science help Neuroscience?

Many challenges in the field of neuroscience may be helped by adopting open science practices. Sharing research findings and outputs openly can move things along more quickly to find answers to many key questions in neuroscience. There is a critical, unmet clinical need for treatments for many brain-related illnesses, in particular neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Open science can help drive discovery of therapeutics for these diseases, helping to find innovative solutions more quickly.

How do I get involved with the CONP?

If you are interested in accessing or sharing data, you can find more information on the CONP – Getting Started FAQ

If you are interested in joining as a partner or collaborator please reach us through our contact form.

 

How is the CONP funded?

The CONP receives funding from a Brain Canada Platform Support Grant Competition Award in addition to funds and in-kind support from sponsor organizations. These include Irving Ludmer Family Foundation, McGill / MNI Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, Fonds de Recherche du Québec, Ontario Brain Institute/Rotman Research Institute, École Polytechnique, Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal, Western University, McLaughlin Centre / University of Toronto, Université Laval, University of Calgary, Douglas Hospital Research Foundation, Human Brain Project, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Concordia University, Dell/EMC, IBM, Compute Canada and Quebec Bio-Imaging Network. 

How is the CONP organized?

The CONP has three main components:

  1. Administrative structure
  2. Committees
  3. Members

1. Administrative Structure

A central administrative structure exists to carry out the day-to-day project management, coordination, and oversight of the implementation and delivery of the CONP grant. Its members include:

  • Prof Alan Evans, Principal Investigator
  • Naser Muja, Managing Director
  • Jessica Stone, Associate Director, Operations
  • Patrick Bermudez, Manager, Education and Training
  • Terry Kaluta, Financial Officer
  • Mary Chin, Administrative Officer

In association with the CONP Steering Committee, the administration of the CONP provides scientific, strategic, and operational leadership to CONP activities including:

  • liaising externally with Brain Canada and other national and international organizations such as the INCF
  • managing the network of stakeholders and partners, as well as associated finances
  •  project planning, proactively monitoring/reporting progress and resolving issues
  • organizing and supporting the governance of the CONP committees

2. Committees

Steering Committee:

The CONP Steering Committee provides strategic and scientific guidance. It has leadership and oversight of the CONP grant implementation and delivery.

Sub Committees:

  • The Technical Committee’s work is to develop and launch the CONP Portal. Associated work includes data sharing, integration, and partnerships.
  • The Ethics Committee supports the CONP Portal and operations through the development of best practice resources to facilitate Open Science research, sharing, and publication.
  • The Communications Committee has two main objectives: outreach and publication. The outreach focuses on promoting the work of the CONP and Open Science via social media and online forums. The publication arm is to deliver the innovative new publishing platform Neurolibre [MOU5] [RH6] [PB7] and generally promote the value of rich, comprehensive, living publications as open and reproducible alternatives to traditional papers.
  • The Training Committee supports the CONP Scholar Program awardees, as well as developing training programs for the next generation of Open Science researchers.
  • The Operations Committee is charged with work requiring cross-committee collaboration and distinct projects requiring additional facilitation and coordination.

    The following diagram provides an overview of the functions of the CONP Committees.

3. CONP Members

CONP members are numerous and diverse (see our partners page)

The organization of the CONP, including its executive team and committees, is described in detail on the CONP Governance Page. 

How do I get involved with the CONP?

For general information, to financially contribute to the CONP as a donor or to collaborate scientifically as a partner organization please use the contact form below.

If you would like to share data or pipelines as an individual or organization please visit the portal at https://portal.conp.ca

For technical assistance or to learn more about the CONP Portal please visit https://portal.conp.ca/contact_us

If you would like to share notebooks please visit https://neurolibre.com

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