The Brain, Poverty & Mental Health
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The brain, especially the circuitry governing emotion, attention, self-control and stress, is shaped by a complex interplay of genes and early-childhood experiences. Dr. Michael Meaney will discuss the neurobiology and epidemiology evidence that demonstrates how early exposure to adversity in childhood, of which poverty has been identified as a significant factor, can become biologically embedded, effectively switching genes “on or off”. This can result in deficits leading to a range of mental-health issues that, in turn, diminish social, educational and employment opportunities.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Meaney, C.M., PhD, C.Q., FRSC
• Co-Director & Primary Investigator, Ludmer Centre
• Researcher & Laboratory Director, Douglas Mental Health University Institute
• James McGill Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology & Neurosurgery, McGill University
• Director, Program for the Study of Behaviour, Genes & Environment, McGill University
Panel: A panel of experts will discuss the impact this science should have in terms of the provision of academic and social services as well as in government planning.
Presentations will be in English.
Question & answer (Q&A) sessions will be in French and English.
Refreshments will be served.
Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Registration: Online (TBA)
Contact: Jesse Radz at 514-398-1248 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bus service: Bus #144 and #360; Stop # 52281: des Pins / Redpath; 1-minute walk (Note: both buses intersect with the metro’s orange line at Sherbrook Station and the green line at Atwater Station)
Metro: Green line, stop: Peel Station; 15-minute walk
Parking Options: Please note; on-street parking is available but limited. The fees below are indicative only and subject to change without notice.
- McGill – McIntyre, 3706 Rue Peel (bet. Doctor Penfield Ave-Pine Ave W); app. 10$; 5-minute walk
- McGill Parking – 3700 Rue McTavish (bet. Doctor Penfield Ave-Pine Ave W); app. 10$; 8-minute walk.
- Drummond Lot – Visitor outdoor parking lot, entrance via the lane next to Hosmer House, 3630 Prom. Sir William Osler or the lane behind 3605 Mountain; app. 10$; 5-minute walk.
- VINCI Parking – 3480 Rue Peel (bet. Rue Sherbrooke O-Avenue Du Docteur-Penfield; app. 7$; 10-minute walk.
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