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CIFAR brings together outstanding researchers from across disciplines and borders to address important challenges facing the world. We support leading edge research with the potential for global impact.

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Heterogeneity of experiences and of their effects: Do they matter?

by CIFAR
Nov 24 / 14
There is an abundance of evidence that experiences do have biological effects. The challenge is that the effects are quite varied – including epigenetics, the HPA axis, and the structure of the brain.

Do all experiences have similar effects or does the nature of the biological embedding vary by the type and severity of experiences? Do such differences account for individual differences in psychological or psychopathological outcome? Generally, there is growing evidence on the importance of gene-environment interactions in some circumstances. But are the genes ones that are concerned with vulnerability to adverse environments or, rather, are they concerned with susceptibility to all environments? These and other challenges are considered.

A presentation by CIFAR Advisory Committee Chair Sir Michael Rutter (King's College London) at CIFAR's From Cell to Society symposium Feb. 6, 2014.

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Artificial Intelligence

CIFAR plays a significant role in AI research. We helped to enable some of the fundamental breakthroughs in the field, through our Learning in Machines & Brains program. We lead a $125 million national strategy to establish Canada's international leadership in AI and we run a program that explores the ways that AI will reshape our society.


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Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy

CIFAR is leading the Government of Canada’s Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, working in partnership with three newly established AI institutes.
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Learning in Machines & Brains

How do we understand intelligence and build intelligent machines?

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AI & Society

AI & Society

CIFAR’s AI & Society program aims to examine the questions AI will pose for society involving diverse topics, including the economy, ethics, policymaking, philosophy and the law.

Exchange

Exchange – the act of giving and receiving – is central to knowledge mobilization at CIFAR. By connecting our research programs to global thought leaders outside of academia, we enrich research and stimulate new social, economic and technical innovations.


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Latest Research Briefs

Research Briefs are a summary of recent or seminal research from CIFAR fellows. 

Latest Event Briefs

CIFAR provides a knowledge outlet for the influential research in its various multi-disciplinary programs. 

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides funding and support to help scholars build their network and develop essential skills to become the next generation of research leaders. Researchers within five years of their first academic appointment from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.


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Upcoming Dates

The 2019 Call for Applications opens on December 3, 2018. The deadline for applications is February 5, 2019

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Global Scholars - Ajith Parameswaran

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  • Video

Heterogeneity of experiences and of their effects: Do they matter?

by CIFAR
Nov 24 / 14
There is an abundance of evidence that experiences do have biological effects. The challenge is that the effects are quite varied – including epigenetics, the HPA axis, and the structure of the brain.

Do all experiences have similar effects or does the nature of the biological embedding vary by the type and severity of experiences? Do such differences account for individual differences in psychological or psychopathological outcome? Generally, there is growing evidence on the importance of gene-environment interactions in some circumstances. But are the genes ones that are concerned with vulnerability to adverse environments or, rather, are they concerned with susceptibility to all environments? These and other challenges are considered.

A presentation by CIFAR Advisory Committee Chair Sir Michael Rutter (King's College London) at CIFAR's From Cell to Society symposium Feb. 6, 2014.