Public lecture: The Brain, Poverty & Mental Health

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.

Facilitator: Alan Evans, PhD; Co-Director, Ludmer Centre; Director, McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience

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.

Panel members:
Sonia Lupien, Scientific Director, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Research Center, and Professor University of Montreal

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


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

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