Brain Awareness Week 2000

1. Name/Affiliation of individual submitting report

Dr. Jonathan D. Geiger, President
Winnipeg Chapter or Society for Neuroscience
Room 410 - 753 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3E 0T6
Phone:  (204) 789-3542
Fax:      (204) 789-3932

Alternate contact:
Kelly Jorundson
Phone:  (204) 789-3454
Fax:      (204) 789-3932

2. Brain Awareness Comittee

Dr. Jonathan Geiger, Chair
Kelly Jorundson, co-Coordinator, Brain Awareness Month
Nancy Eidsvig, co-Coordinator, Brain Awareness Month
Dr. Fiona Parkinson
Dr. Jean Paterson
Ms. Katinka Stecina
Mr. Gilles Detillieux

3. Sponsors

University Department:
Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Manitoba

Not-for-profit Organization:
Manitoba Epilepsy Association

Local Hospital:
St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre

Foundations & Other Organizations:
Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation
Sport Medicine Council of Manitoba
National Research Council, Institute for Biodiagnostics

Pharmaceutical companies:
Pfizer Canada
Smith Kline Beecham

4. Brief Description of Events

(Our Chapter designated March as "Brain Awareness Month".)

a) Scientific Lectures:
Throughout the month of March, a series of scientific lectures were held and widely attended by the local neuroscience community. Provided below is a listing of those lectures. For detailed information regarding the lectures, please visit the WCSN's BAW website at (Hyperlinks are included below for easy access to website reference that contains additional information on the lectures.)

March  2 Dr. Jonathan GEIGER
Director, Division of Neurovirology and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Professor, University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
President, Winnipeg Chapter of Society for Neuroscience
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March  3 Dr. Karen JOHNSTON
Director of Neurotrauma, McGill University, Montreal.
March  7 Dr. Steven JACOBSON
Chief, Viral Immunology Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
March  9 Dr. David EISENSTAT
Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March 10 Dr. Tom FEASBY
Head of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
March 13 Dr. John LATTER
Head, Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
March 15 Dr. John JANE
Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
March 16 Dr. Dale CORBETT
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Health Sciences, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

b) Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Awareness Day:
Our Chapter hosted a "Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Awareness Day" on March 23rd, at the Brodie Centre located at the University of Manitoba's Bannatyne Campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba. An estimated 200-250 people toured local neuroscience laboratories and visited the scientific posters and display booths exhibited. The event featured over 25 scientific posters presented by the neuroscience and mental health community, as well as booths and displays by pharmaceutical companies and local not-for-profit organizations. The event was a great success and was considered to be informative as well as enjoyable and educational to those who attended including family members of individuals living with neurological disorders.

Please visit our website that highlights the event in detail at

5. Logos

Following are the logos that were received from some of our sponsors. Note: not all sponsors provided electronic files of their logo. (Hyperlinks are used for each image that direct you to each sponsor's website.)

Institute for Biodiagnostics, National Research Council of Canada

St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre

AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Inc.

Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba

6. Event Promotions

A number of mailings were done related to our events. We have enclosed a copy of the promotional notices including a "Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Awareness Day" poster, a student recruitment poster, and copies of advertisements that appeared in local newspapers. The event was also heavily promoted on our website and our website administrator Mr. Gilles Detillieux designed a separate website specifically to promote BAW activities. Please visit the website at

7. Correspondence

As mentioned previously, we approached local not-for-profit organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and other related organizations for their participation in our events. Attached are copies of;

1) Correspondence inviting participation from not-for-profit organizations, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies.
2) Correspondence thanking all of our participants and sponsors.
3) Correspondence to invitees who chose not to attend, informing them about the various successful events that were held and inviting them to participate next year.

8. Digital Photos

Many pictures were taken at our "Neuroscience & Mental Health Research Awareness Day".

Here is the hyperlink to a page that contains all of the images. Feel free to link this page to your website reporting on BAW activities.

We have grouped the photos into the following categories; 1) sponsors, 2) participants, and 3) other. Where known, we have identified the individuals (and affiliated organization) shown in each photo as per your request.

The students shown in the picture labeled "high school tour group" are from George Waters Middle School, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Please feel free to use any of the photos for your own purposes.

The BAW events were very successful and we look forward to hosting next year's event.


SCRC, Physiology and WCSN WWW administrator:
Reported prepared and submitted to SFN by Kelly Jorundson. Posted July 12, 2000.