The Rehabilitative and Diagnostic Innovation in Applied NeuroTechnology (RADIANT) training program  

Our mission is to train scientists to have a big impact on the world by doing research that is relevant and that can be leveraged out of the lab and into the hands of the people who can benefit from it.  We believe the way to do that is to focus on innovation, design thinking, and commercialization, Dr. Aaron Newman, RADIANT program director.

RADIANT's mandate is to encourage and facilitate the translation of neuroscience-based discoveries into products and services that benefit society. The influence of neurotechnology on medicine, computer science, engineering, and many other fields is expanding rapidly. With technology breakthroughs happening every day, better trained neuroscientists are needed to help start-ups, and more established companies realize their full potential. We are reaching out to students in cross disciplines and creating opportunities for collaboration and innovation with industrial and academic partners.

RADIANT participants are highly sought out for both their unique entrepreneurial mindset and their world class skills.

RADIANT was founded with support from the NSERC CREATE program, supported by over $110 million in operational and infrastructure funding. RADIANT is a unique, world-class learning environment by leveraging a network of existing partnerships among academic researchers, industry, government labs, and hospitals. Today, the RADIANT program includes graduate and undergraduate certificates, and several classes on innovation and entrepreneurship for scientists.

What you will learn

The goals of RADIANT are to provide students with:

  • advanced interdisciplinary training and research skills in translational neuroscience;
  • a solid understanding of basic neuroscience, neurological syndromes, neuroimaging technologies;
  • an understanding of innovation, including needs finding, design thinking, and intellectual property protection;
  • business skills to facilitate interactions with industry;
  • experience working with interdisciplinary teams;
  • ability to evaluate complex legal and ethical issues, and practical experience through industrial internships.

What Is neurotechnology?

  • Applications of neuroimaging for diagnosis of brain-based disorders
  • Applications of neuroimaging for personalized medicine, including predicting treatment outcomes and monitoring treatment progress
  • Development of new neuroimaging technologies, and technology for use with neuroimaging
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Software applications for the treatment of cognitive disorders
  • Applications of neuroimaging and software-based training for cognitive enhancement, including language training

Our students

RADIANT students come from all over the world, sharing their experiences, research and knowledge with us. These undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, have backgrounds in diverse fields including Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science, and Pharmacy, and have an interest in commercialization and entrepreneurship. RADIANT teaches these science students professional and entrepreneurial skills that gives them a unique edge to work with or in the business world. Even more importantly, RADIANT trains scientists to think and shape their research programs in terms of opportunity identification, innovation, and translational possibilities.

We are pleased to introduce some of our RADIANT students, particularly those who have participated in our Neurotechnology Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (NICE) Summer Institutes:

International & exchange student opportunities

Opportutinities for exchange and international students  

RADIANT is open to international/exchange students - in the past we have had students from Canada, the USA, the UK, Japan, Italy, Poland, India, Nigeria, Mexico, and Norway. As an international student interested in participating we encourage you to check out Dal's international student application process.


Doctoral students will have the opportunity to complete at least one, one-term placement with a RADIANT partner in industry, government lab or business development. Please see the Postdoctoral Fellowships page for more information on how to apply.

International exchange

RADIANT students have the opportunity to gain research skills and experience, as well as networking through a number of exchange opportunities at Dalhousie University.

Computer Science & RADIANT

Dr. Thomas Trappenberg on how computer science & RADIANT work together.

Technology & Neuroscience World Changing

Dr. Aaron Newman on how RADIANT can give industry and students a decided advantage.