Our History

EpLink was founded by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). OBI was established in 2010 as a virtual research institute that would help transform the Ontario neuroscience research environment, improve brain health for Ontarians and make a positive impact on the province’s economy.

As part of their mandate, OBI requested and received 33 workshop proposals from neuroscientists across Ontario, which were then categorized into 7 formal proposals for funding. OBI announced the funding of 3 pan-Ontario programs in different areas of brain research. Drug-resistant epilepsy was selected as one of the programs to receive funding. The epilepsy-based Integrated Discovery Program was formally established in October 2011 and has come to be known as EpLink – The Epilepsy Research Program of the Ontario Brain Institute.

From its establishment to the present time, EpLink has been led by Co-Directors Dr. W. McIntyre Burnham of the University of Toronto and Dr. Jorge Burneo of Western University.