Art, science, and hockey: Carleton university’s brain awareness week

H.A. MacKay, Z.R. Patterson, V. St-Onge, A. Abizaid, R. Gabrys, R. McQuaid, O. McInnis, N. Rustom, T. Rodrigues, S. Hanea, S. Hudson, S.J. King, R. Comba, S. Cahill, B.C. Wartman, T. Parno, F. Al-Yawer, C. Rudyk, C. Smith, M. Wellman

Location: Halls B-H
Presentation Time:  Sunday, Nov 10, 2013, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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This year the Ottawa Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience expanded on its successful annual “Brain and Mental Health Art Show.” Held at a trendy downtown coffee shop, this art show saw submissions from students at all levels from elementary school to graduate school, professors and medical doctors, and members of the community. This year we doubled the number of submissions we received to 80, and our silent auction of donated art pieces raised over $2000 for the local Mental Health Crisis Line. By bringing people from a diverse variety of backgrounds together, this event did a great deal to stimulate discussion and raise awareness about issues related to the brain and mental health. We also continued our successful BAW campaign giving over 80 presentations and reaching over 2500 students in local elementary and high schools. At the conclusion of BAW, our society hosted a talk by hockey legend and brain injury survivor Doug Smith. This inspirational event was open to the public and fused contemporary neuroscience research with personal stories of survival and recovery from brain injury. We also hosted the second annual Ottawa Brain Bee, bringing together 8 students from local high schools for a brain trivia competition. The winner of our Brain Bee in 2012 went on to represent Ottawa at the national level, winning second place. Over the course of our many successful events, our primary goal has been to bring the research community and the public sector together, thereby raising awareness about neuroscience research, mental health, and the beauty that we see in the brain.