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Traumatic Brain Injury: From Molecular Mechanisms to Chronic Care

Join us for our next Brain Talks event for some engaging presentations and discussions about Traumatic Brain Injury! 

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Trauma Recovery and the Nervous System

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Leslie Wilkin, MSW – The Importance of Engaging Social-Relational Systems in Trauma Treatment

Edward Dangerfield – Trauma and Subconscious Breathing Patterns

November 27, 2018

Speakers:

Dr. Lynn Alden // Current Treatment Perspectives of PTSD

PTSD has been described as a disorder of recovery. Dr. Alden’s talk will present current perspectives on the development of PTSD with particular emphasis on the processes that maintain traumatic stress symptoms. Treatment strategies and outcomes will also be discussed.

Leslie Wilkin, MSW // The Importance of Engaging Social-Relational Systems in Trauma Treatment

With ever advancing research in the areas of neurobiology and trauma treatment, we are learning the necessity of activating the ventral vagal branch of the nervous system, also known as our Social Engagement system, to facilitate healing. Drawing on Polyvagal theory, attachment, and ecological approaches, Leslie will highlight the science behind activating systems of social engagement in treatment, the role of relationships in learning, and the importance of attending to the social context in which trauma occurs.

Edward Dangerfield // Trauma and Subconscious Breathing Patterns

Edward will explore how thinking can influence our breathing. He will then unpack how the connections between subconscious breathing patterns, the nervous system, and the endocrine system interact to inform trauma response.

Panel discussion and catered networking to follow!

How to Prevent Burnout

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Dr. Maia Love – Preventing Burnout

Dr. Marlon Danilewitz – Burnout in Health Care Professionals

Speakers:

Dr. Maia Love – Burnout prevention

Dr. Marlon Danilewitz – Burnout in Health Care Professionals

Tuesday, April 24th at 6pm at Paetzold Auditorium, VGH

Epigenetics and Early Life Experiences

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October 22, 2018

Speakers:

Dr. Michael Kobor – Epigenetic Consequences for Chronic Disease and Mental Health

How do early life experiences get “under the skin” to affect heath and behaviour across the lifespan? We are engaged in a number of studies that look at how the environment shapes the human epigenome, and how this in turn might affect children’s susceptibilities to chronic disease and their mental health.

Dr. Liisa Galea – Maternal Adversity: different effects on sons and daughters

Sex differences exist in the incidence and timeline of manifestation of psychiatric disease. Interestingly stress exposure can affect brain plasticity and behavior in males and females differentially depending on when during the lifespan stress exposure occurs. This may be one explanatory factor to why there are sex differences in adult psychiatric diseases.

Dr. Adele Diamond – Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Brain

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) pose a risk to brain development, physical health, mental health, and psychological development. These experiences disrupt communication between the brain’s prefrontal cortex and amygdala, making it far more difficult to be calm rather than anxious. Historically, doctors and teachers receive minimial training in how to recognize when someone has experienced one or more ACES and in how to then help that person. The single greatest mitigating factor to early adversity is responsive parenting by a caring, warm adult.

Panel discussion and catered networking to follow!

Pain: The Mind Body Connection

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Speakers:

Dr Tim Oberlander ~ The Placebo Effect

Dr Theresa Newlove & Dr Elizabeth Stanford ~ Somatization

Dr Murat Aydede ~ Philosophical Definition of Pain

Thursday March 24th 2016, 6:00pm @ Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital

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Sleep: Biological and pathological perspectives

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Speakers:

Peter Hamilton, sleep technician ~ Sleep Architecture

Dr. Robert Comey, MD ~ Sleep Disorders

Dr. Maia Love, MD ~ Circadian Rhythms

Panel discussion and wine and cheese reception to follow!

Thursday January 28th, 6:00pm @ Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital

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Neurobiology of Depression: Insights from different treatment techniques

Speakers:

Dr. Andrew Howard ~ Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr Howard will highlight what he has learned from ten years of experience with deep brain stimulation of the subcallosal gyrus for treatment-refractory major depression. He aims to present a transparent, unbiased view of the current landscape of deep brain stimulation for depression as well as hypotheses on why subcallosal gyrus deep brain stimulation has helped some and failed others.

Dr. Joseph Tham ~ Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy has been in use since the late 1930’s and continues to be an important therapeutic modality since then in the treatment of severe depressive illness. Dr Tham will discuss current practice and ideas on mechanisms of activity.

Dr. Hassan Azim ~ Psychoanalysis for Depression

Dr Azim will make a case for the role of psychoanalysis in the reversal of adverse consequences culminating in depression. Specifically, experiential, epigenetic, and developmental factors will be considered.

Panel discussion and wine and cheese reception to follow!

Thursday November 26th, 6:00pm @ Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital

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Neuroscience in Education

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Speakers:

Jenn Ferris ~ MSc student, The Brain Behavior Laboratory, UBC

Recent advances in neuroplasticity research are changing the way we think about learning and development across the lifespan. Jenn will review recent findings about neuroplasticity in children, and will examine the implications of neuroplasticity research for childhood education and working with learning disability.

Dr. Rachel Weber, PhD ~ Assistant Professor, School Psychology, UBC

The skills known as executive functions contribute widely to lifespan development and underlie childhood academic, social, and behavioral success. Dr Weber will describe how these skills are sensitive to injury and insult but are also amenable to change, making them an important consideration when discussing both risk and resilience in children.

Howard Eaton ~ Founder/Director, Eaton Arrowsmith 

Howard Eaton will focus his talk on the value of cognitive training in the lives of children with learning disabilities.  Does cognitive training override the value of curriculum instruction for children struggling in school?  Howard speaks from his experience as the Founder/Director of the Eaton Arrowsmith Schools in Vancouver, BC and Redmond WA, and as the Research Director for the Arrowsmith Program.

Panel discussion and wine and cheese reception to follow

Tuesday, Oct 27 2015, 6:30pm @ Paetzold Auditorium, Vancouver General Hospital

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