The Centre for the Neurobiology of Stress (CNS) is a state-of-the-art infrastructure, facility founded to provide the sophisticated instrumentation needed to advance a deep understanding of the functioning of the brain and the nervous system. It was founded in 2000 with an initial major award from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation that was matched by funds from the Ontario Research Fund as well as significant funding from UTSC. A second award from these organizations in 2009 for new instrumentation and renovations brought the total award to $10 million. The Centre brings together researchers from the departments of Biological Sciences, Physical and Environmental Sciences, and Psychology at UTSC as well as local, national, and international collaborators. The infrastructure is comprised by several facilities including an advanced electrophysiology and microscopy facility, animal behavioural testing and surgical facilities, cellular and molecular biology suites, and an arctic field research station.
The objective of the CNS is to provide:
- a focal point for uniting all UTSC faculty around the central research theme of the neurobiology of stress;
- a state-of-the-art equipment infrastructure that is essential for the integrated application of cutting edge molecular, cellular, and neurophysiological techniques to the analysis of the effect of stress on the nervous system;
- a stimulating and technologically sophisticated environment for the training of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows;
- opportunities for the development of in-house local, national, and international research collaborative projects on the neurobiology of stress; and
- infrastructure needs of the broader UTSC community that address research questions related to organism response to environmental stressors.