Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Brain Awareness Week 2009 Activities

Brain Awareness Days - Wednesday, April 8th & Thursday, April 9th, 2009
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne Campus & St. Boniface Research Centre

Brain Awareness Week 2009 is an international event and is coordinated locally by the Winnipeg Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. The Society for Neuroscience's international Brain Awareness Week (BAW) was March 16th-22nd, 2009.

The WCSfN's activities for BAW 2009 are scheduled for April 8-9, 2009.

The Winnipeg Chapter Society for Neuroscience (WCSN) presents
Brain Awareness Week

Speaker: Dr. SakkuBai Naidu, MD  
Director of the Rett Syndrome Research Project, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Professor, Department of Neurology and Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
1. Public Lecture
"Rett syndrome: Increased recognition of a novel brain disorder in girls."
7:00-8:00PM Samuel Cohen Auditorium, St Boniface Research Centre
8:00-9:30PM Reception and non-profit organization and sponsor booths, winners of the Manitoba School Science Symposium (Neuroscience) presentations

Thursday, April 9, 2009
2. Pediatric Rounds
"Rett syndrome Pathobiology and therapy"
8:00-9:00AM, Theatre A, 2nd floor, Basic Medical Sciences Building

3. Graduate Student Presentations
10:00-11:30am, Rm 204 Brodie Centre (past the library)

Leilanie Hall (Human Anatomy and Cell Science) - "The role of SOD1 oxidation as a mechanism of neuronal cell death in ALS"
Nicole Poritsanos (Physiology) - "Central melanocortin signalling and lipid metabolism"
Kevin Power (Physiology) - "Intrinsic spinal mechanisms increase motoneuron excitability during fictive scratch"
Parvez Vora (Manitoba Institute for Child Health) - "Role of transcription factor in the regulation of myelination in Rett Syndrome"
Wenjun Zhu (Faculty of Pharmacy) - "Multiple sclerosis (ms)-induced expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (bdnf) in dorsal root ganglia (drg)"

4. Brain Awareness Research Seminar
"MeCP2 mutations and neuronal dysfunction"
12:00-1:00PM, Theatre C, 2nd floor, Basic Medical Sciences Building

1:30 - 4:30PM, Neuroscience poster presentations and reception in the Joe Doupe Concourse, 2nd floor Basic Medical Sciences Building.

All are welcome to attend these free lectures!

This would also be an opportune time to join the Winnipeg Chapter Society for Neuroscience! Visit our website

Seminar notice available for posting at

For more information contact:
Dr. Emma Frost
President, Winnipeg Chapter Society for Neuroscience

Brain Awareness Week activities in Manitoba are part of WCSfN's participation in the Society For Neuroscience's Brain Awareness Week 2009. Please visit the international Brain Awareness Week web site, as well as the highlights of previous years' events on our site.

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Revised April 6, 2009.