Universe of the Brain: Build a Better Brain

Did you know that doing something challenging – including something you fail at before mastering – changes the wiring of your brain?

Join the HR MacMillan Space Centre and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health for another lecture in their Universe of the Brain series. Take part in an interactive evening, with leading experts in neuroscience, under state-of-the-art visuals in the planetarium star theatre.

This practical and empowering talk will provide tangible ways to improve your brain health and wellbeing through non-prescription lifestyle interventions anyone can do.

Since all of our behaviours change our brains learn how exercise, exposure to nature, social connections, and creativity can optimize brain health across several aspects of our lives. 


About our speakers:

Dr. Lara Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Investigator, a Peter Wall Scholar, and a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, at the University of British Columbia. She is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist, and directs the Brain Behaviour Lab at the University of British Columbia. Her work is centered on answering the question of what limits, and what facilitates, neuroplasticity. Dr. Boyd is also the Health Research Advisor to the Vice President for Research at UBC and the University’s delegate to the Canadians Institutes for Health Research.

Dr. Silke Cresswell is a movement disorder neurologist and Associate Professor for Medicine/Neurology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She holds the Marg Meikle Professorship for Research in Parkinson’s disease. Her research focusses on the role of the microbiome in Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders, care delivery in Parkinson’s as well as coping strategies, resilience and neuropsychiatric features of Parkinson’s as well as dystonia. Dr Appel-Cresswell is a founding director of the BC Brain Wellness Foundation to foster wellbeing in chronic brain disease and aging through exercise, arts, nutrition, mind care, and education. She currently serves as the president of the Canadian Movement Disorder Group and the Director of the Canadian Residents Course for Movement Disorders.

Doors open at 6:45.

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Tickets: $20, available on Eventbrite (until noon on December 12th).

Event Details

December 12, 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm