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Brain Bonanza: Activate your neurons and explore brain health June 9 and 10 at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Ottawa, June 7, 2018 – Exercise your brain, try your hand at neurosurgery, learn about protection from concussions, explore how we think and feel, and enjoy an informative weekend at the Canadian Museum of Nature about brain health and wellness.

Displays, games, hands-on interactive activities, and special speakers are all part of Brain Bonanza June 9 and 10. The programs were developed in collaboration with the Ontario Brain Institute, knowledge sponsor for the museum’s major summer exhibition, Brain: The Inside Story.

“The Brain Bonanza weekend is a showcase of the amazing brain research, and affiliated commercialization and care happening across Ontario. There will be a lot of rich, engaging opportunities to learn about the brain, what is happening in our own backyard, and what we can all do to care for ourselves and our loved ones,” says Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, President and Scientific Director at the Ontario Brain Institute.

Highlights of Brain Bonanza include:

  • Health Partners: displays and games from organizations such as Epilepsy Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Parkinson’s Canada;
  • Research Partners: activities exploring brain health related to feelings, moods, concussions and cognitive skills from the Carleton Society for Neuroscience, the Centre for NeuroScience @ Queen’s, the Centre for NeuroScience Studies (sports injury and concussions), the Sport Information Resource Centre, and CAN-BIND, a research project on mood disorders;   
  • Tech Zone: cutting-edge neurotech innovations, such as BootleBlast (mixed-reality therapy game for youth), MegaTeam (cognitive rehabilitation video game), Synaptive Medical (neurosurgery simulation game) and TopSpin (a neuromuscular training device to prevent concussions).

Also, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Head Talks feature brief speaker sessions by health advocates, students and neuroscience experts to explore the many dimensions of brain wellness. Examples include: 

  • Dancing with Parkinson’s (Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) – a drop-in class and movement exercises with Sarah Robichaud to experience what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s
  • Brain Buddies (Saturday, 11 a.m.) – learn about neuroplasticity and training your brain to be more effective
  • F-words (Sat and Sun at 1 p..m.) – meet Julia Haines and explore the health benefits of family, fun, functionality and friends for people with Cerebral Palsy.
  • The NeuroProtection Project (Sunday, 11 a.m.) – concussions and safety in amateur sport

All activities for Brain Bonanza are included with regular museum admission. Also, enjoy “Take Care of Your Brain” a special activity zone for families in the museum’s Nature Inspiration Centre. Admission to Brain: The Inside Story is through a surcharge of $10.

The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa. Visit nature.ca/brain. Follow the museum on Twitter (@museumofnature), Instagram (museumofnature, and Facebook.com/canadianmuseumofnature.

Information for Media:

Laura Sutin
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-698-7142 (cell)

Dan Smythe
Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Nature
613-698-9253 (cell)