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Brain and Mental Health Initiatives and Events

Calgary Brain Bee

Saturday, March 18, 2017
10 am – 3:30 pm
Foothills Campus

Currently in its 10th year, the Calgary Brain Bee competition is held every year during Brain Awareness Week (March 13 - 19, 2017), a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. 

Click here for more information about the Calgary Brain Bee.


AGE-WELL NCE Calgary Roadshow

Monday, March 20, 2017
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

HRIC Atrium
Foothills Campus

The University of Calgary’s W21C Research and Innovation Centre, Biomedical Engineering Calgary and the Brenda Strafford Centre on Aginginvite you to attend a special presentation from the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), Canada’s technology and aging network.

Featuring Speakers:
Alex Mihailidis, Scientific Director, AGE-WELL NCE

Samantha Sandassie, Education & Training Administrator, AGE-WELL NCE
Dorina Simeonov, Knowledge Mobilization Manager, AGE-WELL NCE

Learn about the AGE-WELL NCE, including new opportunities for researchers, trainees, and partners to become involved. The day will also include a Café Networking Session for those interested in creating collaborative research opportunities and solutions for seniors and aging-in-place.

Register at: 


Think Big: A Night Out With Your Brain

Friday, March 24, 2017
Calgary Public Library – Central Library, Main Floor
616 Macleod Trail SE

This adults-only event is FREE (seating is limited).
To register online, click here. To register by phone, call 403.260.2620

Clearing the Smoke: Cannabis, the Brain and Public Health

As Canada blazes its way to be one of the first countries to legalize cannabis for recreational use, it’s more important than ever to understand the science of how cannabis affects the brain and what this means for public health. Join Think Big host Jay Ingram in an interactive discussion with experts from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education.

Rebecca Haines-Saah, PhD - O’Brien Institute for Public Health and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education
Matthew Hill, PhD - Hotchkiss Brain Institute and The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education

Science writer and broadcaster Jay Ingram

Doors Open: 6 p.m.
Talk: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


HBI partners with TELUS Spark Adults Only Nights for "Hack Your Brain"

Thursday, May 11, 2017
220 St. George's Drive NE

Can you teach an old brain new tricks? Can you outsmart your brain? Join experts from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary as we get inside your head to explore the science of neuroplasticity and learn if it really is possible to “hack your brain”.

More info and tickets: Click here