Kayla Baker hadn’t even heard of the enteric nervous system when Dr. Keith Sharkey, professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Deputy Director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, came to speak to her Neuroscience 201 class.
The symposium was a first, but organizers hope it won’t be the last of its kind.
Trainees at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) organized a high school neuroscience symposium during UCalgary’s first mental health awareness week earlier this month, tackling basic concepts of neuroscience and hands-on workshops for high school students. About 40 students from 20 different Calgary schools attended.
The unique symposium introduced five basic lectures and science-based activities aimed at igniting an interest in neuroscience at the post secondary level.
A record number of 19 Calgary-area students in grades 9 – 12 competed in the 2012 Calgary Brain Bee on Tuesday, March 13th. After 17 rounds of intense competition, a winner was decided: congratulations to Shine Vazhappilly!
Shine, a grade 12 students from Bishop O’Byrne High School in Calgary, has won an iPad 3 and an expenses-paid trip to the CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee on May 26th at McMaster University.
Second place and a $50 Chapters gift certificate went to Alex Kanters, a grade 12 students from Bert Church High School in Airdrie.
Thank you to all contestants, judges and spectators for making the 5th Annual Calgary Brain Bee a success.
Calling all Grade 11 students in the Calgary area!
The HBI is once again excited to be offering its annual Brain Science Day. Spend a full day touring labs and clinics at the institute, explore a real human brain and meet HBI doctors and students to learn about careers in neuroscience!
When: Friday, March 16, 2012 Where: Hotchkiss Brain Institute
Click here to download an application form for this year's Brain Science Day.
NOTE: Space is limited, apply today!
For more information, call Kelly at 403.220.4034 or email hbieduc [at] ucalgary [dot] ca
The brain is one of the most complex, yet least understood parts of the human body and philosophers and scientists around the world have been working for hundreds of years to unravel its many mysteries. This rich history of insights and discoveries provides the foundation for HBI research and education today.
Recently, the HBI acquired a comprehensive collection chronicling centuries of neuroscience history. Thanks to a gift from Calgary community leaders Brenda and Jamie Mackie, the University of Calgary has obtained a rare set of more than 2,400 historical neuroscience texts, some of which date back to the 17th century.
The collection has officially been named the Mackie Family History of Neuroscience Collection.
Since the inception of the HBI, training the next generation of neuroscientists has been a focal point. Many of our activities are centered around enhancing the training opportunities and research experiences for these up and coming researchers.
Over the last five years, the support of individuals and organizations in the community has played a key role in enhancing our educational efforts. New initiatives that have been developed with donor support have allowed the HBI to attract aspiring neuroscientists from around the world to work with our members as students and post-graduate fellows.
The HBI has played a key role in establishing a number of unique neuroscience educational initiatives in Calgary, which allow young scientists to immerse themselves in brain research from high school right through to post-graduate studies.