South Central Chapter Events
South Central



DATE:   November 14, 2019  9:30 am - 1:30 pm

9:30 to 10:00     Introductions and updates

10:00 to 11:30   How to build a brain

11:30 to 12:00   Lunch

12:00 to 1:30     The Brain Game


LOCATION:  The Hyatt Regency 700 Centre St SE, Calgary AB T2G 5P6


Presentation by Nicole Sherren (Scientific Director, Palix Foundation) on the core story of brain development, including the impact of toxic stress on health and wellness.


Abstract:  How to Build a Brain - Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill. This has profound implications for policies, programs, and services that support children and families. In this session, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get "under our skins" to affect learning, health, and social outcomes across the life span.


Bio: Dr. Nicole Sherren is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a PhD in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing scientific knowledge into policy and clinical practice. She lends her expertise to a number of working committees and community projects across Alberta and also serves as a board director for Calgary Alpha House Society.


Brain Game:

Facilitated activity:  Brain Architecture Game - This interactive session helps illustrate the learnings from earlier in the day.

The Brain Game is an interactive activity based on decades worth of scientific research on how experiences are built into our brains and bodies to affect a lifetime of learning and health, for good or for ill. Participants work in small groups to build a model brain out of pipe cleaners and straws based on the life experiences they draw at random from a deck of cards. The object of the game is to build as tall and as strong a structure as possible, but watch out: as your brain ages, the rules change and your negative experiences are represented by small weights that need to hang from the structure without toppling it over!

For more information on The Palix foundation visit their website Palix Foundation.


Early Bird Rate until October 18th: 

$45.00 (members) including lunch

Only 25 spots available!

*The $45 fee associated with this event will be used to cover venue and food cost.

After the early bird deadline OR 25 spot maximum is reached (which ever comes first) rates will increase to $55/$65 plus GST for member/non-member registration. Don’t miss out! 

Register soon to receive the reduced rate!