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Brain Awareness Week 2017

March 13-19

Dr. Luda Diatchenko, MD, PhD

Professor, Dept. of Anesthesia, McGill University
Allan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics

Visit by Dr. Luda Diatchenko

To mark Brain Awareness Week 2017, the MNN will be hosting Canada Excellence Research Chair Dr. Luda Diatchenko from McGill University. Dr. Diatchenko is a world-renowned expert in the genetic basis of pain in humans. She has made significant contributions to our understanding of how human genetic variability influences pain sensitivity and chronic pain states. Her work incorporates molecular, genetic, and psychological methods, and one of the primary goals of her research is to develop individualized treatments for pain. Additional information about her research and publications can be found on her website.

Scientific Lecture

Dr. Diatchenko will be giving a scientific talk on Monday, March 13th at 1pm in Theatre B, Bannatyne Campus. She is also available for one-on-one meetings during the day, including a lunch meeting with trainees. To request a meeting, please email Kae Normandeau:

If you have any interest in the pain field, this is a great opportunity to speak to one of its leaders. Further details about her visit will be posted as they become available.

Café Scientifique

On Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 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, "The Battle Against Brain Tumours: Developing New Treatments through Innovative Research".

Brain Bee

In addition to the visit and lecture by Dr. Diatchenko, and the Café Scientifique session, on Saturday, March 11th, 2017, we'll begin our BAW activities with our third 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.

News Café

Join us on Thursday, March 16th, 7-9pm, for a public panel discussion at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café. This will be a discussion for Neurocraft, entitled "Brainstorming: What Can Art and Neuroscience Learn from Each Other?".


Finishing off our week of BAW 2017 activities will be a craft workshop with one of our Neurocraft artists, Ann Stinner. This Workshop will take place Friday, March 17th, from noon-1pm, in the Brodie Centre Atrium. Come and learn how to make your own handmade book!

BAW 2017 Lecture Photos

Café Scientifique Photos

2017 Winnipeg Brain Bee Photos

Neurocraft Coverage in UMtoday

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