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Brain Awareness Week 2016

March 14-20

Dr. Oliver Ernst


Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Toronto
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Structural Neurobiology

Visit by Dr. Oliver Ernst

To mark Brain Awareness Week 2016, the MNN will be hosting Canada Excellence Research Chair Dr. Oliver Ernst from the University of Toronto on March 14 and 15. Dr. Ernst is a world leader in the study of the structure and function of G protein-coupled receptors, particularly rhodopsin. Additional information about his research and publications can be found on his website.

Dr. Ernst will be giving both scientific and public talks, and meeting with MNN researchers at both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. Further details about his visit will be posted as they become available.

Public Lecture

On Monday evening, March 14th, 2016, the Manitoba Neuroscience Network is co-sponsoring a Public Lecture with the Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Ernst's public lecture, entitled "Molecular Architecture of Life", will guide the audience through an understanding of the basis of life and how life began from non-living molecules. It will be held in the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, Fort Garry Campus.

Scientific Lecture

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, we will host Dr. Ernst's noon-hour Scientific Lecture, entitled "Structure and Dynamics of GPCRs", in Theatre B Bannatyne Campus. This special lecture will highlight research focusing on rhodopsin and visual signal transduction as well as other G-protein-coupled receptors.

Café Scientifique

On Monday, March 7th, 2016, leading up to BAW, the Manitoba Neuroscience Network will be co-sponsoring a session in the Café Scientifique series with the Office of the VP Research. The session is entitled, "Multiple Sclerosis: Questions and Answers from Manitoba Researchers".

Brain Bee

In addition to the visit and lectures by Dr. Ernst, and the Café Scientifique session, on Saturday, March 12th, 2016, we'll begin our BAW activities with our second Winnipeg Brain Bee with Manitoba high school students competing. We are excited to grow this event over the next several years as a tool for grass-roots neuroscience outreach in our local communities.

This event includes talks and demonstrations and is a challenge to organize and execute. Help from the Manitoba neuroscience community is greatly appreciated. Faculty, staff and trainees can all play a role. Please let Dr. Sari Hannila know if you're willing to help out.

Biosketch: Oliver P. Ernst obtained his Dr. rer. nat. (chemistry/biochemistry) from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 1994. After research training at Rockefeller University, he joined the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 1995, where he became a group leader and made his habilitation in biophysics in 2003. Since 2011, he has been a full professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. He holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Structural Neurobiology and is a co-director of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) research program "Architecture of Life". His research focuses on rhodopsin and visual signal transduction as well as other G-protein-coupled receptors.

BAW 2016 Photos

2016 Winnipeg Brain Bee Photos
Shaw TV coverage of 2016 Winnipeg Brain Bee



Brain Awareness Week is an international Society for Neuroscience event, and is coordinated locally by the Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.