Manitoba Neuroscience Network Speaker Bureau

Welcome to the Manitoba Neuroscience Network’s Speaker Bureau. We have many neuroscientists in our province who would be delighted to come and speak to your school, community club or charitable organization. Please browse through the list of talks below, which our speakers have offered to present. All talks are geared to a lay audience, and best of all, there is no fee!

How to book one of our speakers

Please send an e-mail to MNN Adminstrative Manager Kaeleen Normandeau (Kaeleen.Normandeau@umanitoba.ca) with the following information:

  • the name of your preferred speaker
  • the name and contact information for your organization
  • details about the event (including the location, date, and time)

Please do not contact speakers directly. Our office will communicate with the speaker to determine if they are available, and then the speaker will contact you to discuss the content of the talk and any additional details.

Please note that speaker availability is dependent on their personal schedule and that topics may be subject to change. The content of the talk should be discussed and mutually agreed upon by the speaker and the host prior to the event.

For MNN members

If you would like to volunteer as a speaker, please use our Speaker Sign-Up Form to provide the information for your profile.


Dr. Benedict Albensi, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics; Manitoba Dementia Research Chair; Everett Chair
University of Manitoba & St. Boniface Hospital Research

“What leads to Memory Impairment and Dementia?”

“Using Electrical Stimulation for Treating Neurological Disorders”

“Does Head Trauma lead to Dementia?”


Dr. Christopher M. Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
University of Manitoba

“Neuroscience Research in Manitoba: An Overview”


Dr. Bruce Bolster, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Winnipeg

“Decisions, decisions: How the brain controls attention, memory and decision making”


Dr. Stephanie Booth, DPhil

Adjunct Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
University of Manitoba
Chief, Molecular PathoBiology, National Microbiology Laboratory
Public Health Agency of Canada

“Infectious proteins and the brain - mad cow disease”

“Neurodegenerative diseases”


Dr. Jim Clark, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Winnipeg

“The psychology of aging”


Dr. Marc Del Bigio, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Manitoba

“Cerebral palsy - brain damage associated with premature or complicated births”

“Brain damage associated with substance abuse: alcohol (including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) and solvent”


Dr. Michael Ellis, MD, FRCSC

Medical Director, Pan Am Concussion Program
Department of Neurosurgery, Pan Am Clinic, University of Manitoba

“Pan Am Concussion Program: re-defining concussion care, research and education in Manitoba”

“Sports-related Concussions”


Dr. Karen Ethans, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Manitoba

“Rehabilitation strategies for patients with spinal cord injury”


Dr. Sari S. Hannila, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
University of Manitoba

“There are olives in your brain: a journey through the anatomy of the nervous system”

“Rebuilding bridges: new advances in spinal cord injury reasearch”


Dr. Douglas Hobson, MD

Neurologist, Movement Disorders Clinic
Deer Lodge Centre

“Movement disorders: Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease”


Dr. Soheila Karimi, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology,
Regenerative Medicine Program, University of Manitoba

“Promise of stem cell therapies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries”

“What it takes to repair an injured spinal cord”


Dr. Sachin Katyal, PhD

Assistant Professor and Senior Scientist, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology
University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba

“Dysregulation of Topoisomerase-1 (Top1) in neurodegenerative disease: a new paradigm for the treatment of malignant brain tumours?”


Dr. Tiina Kauppinen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
University of Manitoba

“You are what you eat and what your mother ate - the effects of gestational diabetes on the offspring’s brain”

“Inflammation and the brain”


Dr. Colin Kazina, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, Department of Surgery
University of Manitoba

“The biomechanical properties of the brain”


Dr. Ji Hyun Ko, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
University of Manitoba

“Diagnosis/Prognosis in Neurodegnerative Disorders using Brain Imaging”


Dr. Jennifer Kornelsen, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
University of Manitoba

“Exploring the function of the brain using MRI”


Dr. Jonathan Marotta, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Perception and Action Laboratory
University of Manitoba

“Translating visual perceptions into action”


Dr. Melanie Martin, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre
Department of Physics, University of Winnipeg
Department of Radiology, University of Manitoba

“Uncovering the Mysteries of Disease Deep Inside the Living Brain”


Dr. Marcus Ng, MD, FRCPC, CSCN

Epileptologist
Department of Internal Medicine (Neurology), University of Manitoba

“Epilepsy and Dream Sleep”


Dr. Juan Pablo Appendino, MD

Paediatric Neurologist - Epileptologist
Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg

“Treating childhood epilepsy”


Dr. Fiona E. Parkinson, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
University of Manitoba

“Adenosine: how your morning coffee is helping to develop new treatments for neurological disorders”


Dr. Jean A. Paterson, PhD

Senior Scholar, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
University of Manitoba

“Anatomy of the sound pathway”


Dr. Mojgan Rastegar, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
University of Manitoba

“The impact of environmental factors in brain disorders”

“The biological basis of neurodevelopmental disorders. What is the basis of common mental conditions?”


Dr. Demitre Serletis, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FAANS, FACS

Neurosurgeon, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
University of Manitoba

“Surgical Techniques for Epilepsy”


Dr. Barbara Shay, PhD, MPT, BMR(PT)

Associate Professor and Head, Department of Physical Therapy
College of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Manitoba

“Pain related topics, clinical treatment, pathophysiology, placebo, acupuncture”


Dr. Joseph A. Silvaggio, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Manitoba

“Vascular disorders of the brain: stroke and aneurysm”


Dr. Louise R. Simard, PhD

Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
University of Manitoba

“The genetics and treatment of childhood neurodegenerative diseases”


Dr. Katinka Stecina, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology
University of Manitoba

“Neuroscience for coaches: neurons and posture and training”




The Manitoba Neuroscience Network (MNN) is an initiative formed to enhance coordination, efficiency and clinical application of neuroscience discovery in Manitoba. It is managed by the Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Our speaker bureau furthers the WCSN’s three main objectives: advancing the understanding of the nervous system, promoting neuroscience education, and informing the public about our research.