2014/2015 Season Summary

The 2014/2015 BrainTalks season was a huge success! We hosted six stimulating events and reached some of our highest attendance rates ever! Thanks to everyone who made it out – it was great to see so many new faces in the crowds this year. In case you missed out, here’s a summary of what went on:

Panel discussion In November we kicked off the season with a series of lectures by Dr. Virji-Babul, Dr. Cheryl Wellington, and Dr. Will Paneka on “Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion”. In case you missed out, these three experts will be speaking again on June 11, 2015 at the alumniUBC event “School of Hard Knocks: What Have we Learned about Sports Concussion”.

The new year was brought in in January with a lineup of some of the best up-and-coming scientists in the field of “Robotics and Rehabilitation”: Navid Shirzad, Nick Snow, and AJung Moon, who covered everything from gaming on social media, applications of a robotic wrist exoskeleton, and current controversies in roboethics.

In February, the topic of “Mental Illness and Addiction in the Downtown Eastside” was tackled by Dr. Bill MacEwan, and Dr. Bill Honer who spoke about the HOTEL study, and Dr. Alan Bates who described the benefits and challenges of the Vancouver Street Soccer League

held some incredibly fascinating talks by Adrian Byram, Dr. Alan Bates, and Dr. Mark Ansermino , who spoke on mysterious “Disruptions of Consciousness” in vegetative states, delirium, and general anesthesia.

April’s event was  our most popular of the season: “A Seminar on Mindfulness” with Dr. Andrea Grabovac, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl,  and Dr. Dzung Vo. These three ca
ptured and inspired the audience by advocating for the benefits of mindfulness in children, teens, and adults.

To wrap up the season in May, we heard about “New Topics in Psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” described by Dr. Donna Dryer, Dr. Richard Yensen, and Dr. Devon Christie. Find out more about the ongoing clinical trial using MDMA as an adjunct to psychotherapy MAPS Canada.



We would like to thank each of the speakers who took the time to share their knowledge this year. Also, BrainTalks is a volunteer-run event. We extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated their time throughout the season!

See you next fall!

~The BrainTalks team