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Kirk Nylen

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Kirk Nylen

Deputy Scientific Director, Ontario Brain Institute
Kirk Nylen

Kirk is the Deputy Scientific Director at the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), a not-for-profit world leader in brain research, commercialization and care. In this role, Kirk provides leadership on OBI’s research, informatics, and knowledge translation activities. He believes in the power of team science and that the future of discovery and innovation is anchored in data connectivity. Kirk sits on several national and provincial research and data governance advisory tables. Kirk is a recipient of the Van Gelder Savoy Award for epilepsy research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Doctoral Research Award, author of dozens of academic and policy publications, and has helped lead work that resulted in OBI receiving the Changemaker Award from the Neurological Health Charities of Canada. Kirk holds an MSc and PhD from the University of Toronto where he serves as an adjunct professor. Kirk is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ontario Science Centre and the founding Director and Chairman of ReachUp, a not-for-profit focused on engaging Indigenous youth in active, healthy living through sport.