Dr Jane Roskams is a neuroscientist, and recognised research innovator in understanding our brain’s “plasticity” during neurodegenerative disease and after injury. She is currently a professor at the Universities of British Columbia and Washington, working at the interface of mental health sciences, technology and data-driven impact, and she is a renowned collaboration catalyst – with a reputation for building bridges and creating working alliances across silo’d sectors. After fellowships in neuroscience and Alzheimer’s neuropathology at Johns Hopkins, her highly collaborative research group was supported for over 2 decades by national and international foundations from 7 different countries. She has led cross-functional teams at the interface of the academic, non-profit and governmental sectors for the Allen Institute, the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform, and the US BRAIN initiative. Through her leadership in the International Brain Research organization (IBRO) and International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), she is regarded as a key leader internationally within the open data and citizen science movement. As an advisor to the White House OSTP and National Academies of Science and Medicine, Jane has also worked with the highest levels of government in policy, diversity and outreach education.