The Amazing Plastic Brain – A hopeful new understanding of how it works.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Use it or lose it. Are these familiar statements fact or fiction? This talk will dispel old myths and provide exciting news about how your brain works hard every day of your life to help you adapt to cognitive changes that develop over a lifetime.

Dr. Donald Stuss

Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute

speakerseries-20In 1989 Dr. Donald Stuss was named the founding Director of the Rotman Research Institute (RRI), and under his stewardship the RRI has evolved to become a world-class centre for aging brain research. Currently, Dr. Stuss is a senior scientist with the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and he has dedicated 30 years to the study of human frontal lobe function and has made significant contributions to better understanding the human mind. Over the years Dr. Stuss has received considerable recognition for his contribution to science. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario for attaining the highest standards of excellence and achievement in the field of neuroscience, which have enriched life in Ontario and beyond. Other prestigious honours include being named the Reva James Leeds Chair in Neuroscience and Research Leadership, and he is a University Professor of Psychology and Medicine (Neurology and Rehabilitation Science) at the University of Toronto. He has published several books, including co-authoring the 1986 classic reference, The Frontal Lobes. He also received an Honourary Diploma of Health Science from The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences which is awarded to outstanding individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the applied health sciences, as well as dedication to health care innovation and the advancement of applied health sciences education.

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Bob McDonald

Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks

speakerseries-21Bob McDonald is the host of Quirks & Quarks. One of Canada’s best known science journalists, Bob has been presenting the program since 1992. He is also a regular science commentator on CBC News Network, and science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National. Before joining Quirks & Quarks, Bob was the host of CBC Television’s children’s science program Wonderstruck. Bob is also the author of two books based on the program, Wonderstruck I and Wonderstruck II.

Fall 2000 saw the release of Bob’s book, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science as I’ve seen it. The book, which was short-listed for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award, is a collection of essays reflecting on his 25 years as a science journalist. Bob has shared in the dozens of prizes and awards bestowed upon Quirks & Quarks. But he was also personally honoured for his contributions to the public awareness of science with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, from NSERC; and the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute. In 2005, Bob received the McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada – completing the ‘triple crown’ of medals for science communication in Canada. Bob also hosts and writes a children’s TV science show, Heads Up!, which runs on TVO and the Knowledge Network. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board for Geospace Planetarium.

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