Centres & Institutes

Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN)

The Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) is a world-class Type A research facility dedicated to providing a highly interactive and unique environment for behavioural neuroscience research in Canada. The Centre currently holds sixteen principal investigators and NeuroInvestigations Inc., as its industrial partner. The CCBN studies normal brain processes and processes affecting recovery from brain disorders, disease, and injury. Most of the work is systems-level neuroscience with rodents, but includes human neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and neuroimaging.

Our Vision

We are a group of neuroscientists who approach the study of the brain from the point of view of the behavioural and cognitive function of distributed neural systems. We approach the function of those neural systems using molecular, cellular and population level anatomical, computational and dynamic imaging methods in relation to behaviour and cognition.

Our goal is to understand the cellular and molecular and computation processes involved in normal and abnormal neuro-information processing in functional systems. We accomplish this through a collaborative approach to discovery.

Specific Interests in the Following Problems

  • Functional organization of long-term memory
  • The functional organization of skilled movement
  • Experiential and hormonal factors in development of brain and behaviour
  • Brain repair
  • Contribution of fronto-striatal circuity in decision making
  • Computation approach to biological information processing
  • Development of novel neuro-technology
  • Cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging


Biological Information Processing program puts research in the hands of students

Rajat Thapa (BSc ’12) may have started his undergraduate studies in the United States, but he knows exactly what drew him to the University of Lethbridge to complete his Bachelor of Science in neuroscience: “The world-renowned neuroscience faculty at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN),” says the native of Nepal. The CCBN – the only research facility of its kind in Canada – is home to some of the founders of the behavioural neuroscience field. One of those highly respected researchers is Dr. Robert Sutherland, Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, who has a long list of scientific achievements to his credit. Among them, his team was the first in the world to reverse a memory deficit in a dementia model by regenerating cells in the cerebral cortex.