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Switching Gears

Let’s switch gears for a minute. For this Ty the Neuro Guy article, let’s just nerd out about some cool neuroscience research.  Since Branch Out’s Bike Tour is just around the bend, this research has to do with cycling.

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Serious FOMO if you Miss this Year's Bike Tour

Round up your crew for this year's Branch Out Bike Tour

If you're unfamiliar, FOMO stands for "Fear of Missing Out."  What's so great about the Bike Tour?  We have heaps of reasons for you to help turn those 'on-the-fence' friends into 'heck YAS' friends.  Doing good has never been more fun.  There’s one thing you can’t deny - Branchies sure know how to have a good time! 

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Mind-bending Art Event Sells Out

Your Brain on Art: Sold Out for Science

CALGARY, May 17, 2018 — Is Calgary the next Silicon Valley of neuroscience?  This might be the case as evidenced by the interest in the SOLD OUT event for “Your Brain on Art,” on May 16th and 17th at cSPACE King Edward.  At the event hosted by Daily Planet’s, Jay Ingram, the Branch Out Neurological Foundation shared cutting-edge, scientific research through art and theatre.  

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Your Brain on Art at cSPACE - May 16 & 17, 2018

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The Remnant - A Look at Depression Through New Eyes

“Others imply that they know what it is like to be depressed because they have gone through a divorce, lost a job, or broken up with someone. But these experiences carry with them feelings. Depression, instead, is flat, hollow, and unendurable.”

- Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

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Introducing Jeremy Viczko, Branch Out’s Bestest-Out-Westest Ambassador

Jeremy was first introduced to the wonderful Branch Out team after being awarded funding by them in 2013 for his undergraduate research on the brain rhythm during sleep. 

When the recent opportunity arose to help Branch Out "branch out" into BC, Jeremy was very excited to sign-on, help represent and advocate for such a great organization. He is currently Branch Out's ambassador at the University of Victoria.
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From Forest to Neocortex

Artist Paula Timm describes the connection between her art, neuroscience, her personal medical journey, and her experience meeting neuroscientist, Kyle Mayr.

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The Brain 'En Plein Air'

With 'Your Brain on Art' just around the corner, we wanted to check in with our participating artists to see how they've begun to creatively interpret Branch Out funded research.  Lindsay Rempel was partnered with Ty McKinney, who studies the effects nature has on the brain.  With a passion for florals, travelling, and the great outdoors, Lindsay intimately understands the connection between nature and creativity. 

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The Healing Powers of Music

If you’re a musician, you might swear by the healing powers of music. If you’re musically challenged, like me, you might wonder how listening to music could promote mental health, let along some aspect of physical health. Rather than preach to the choir of musicians, this article is to help us non-music folk understand a little bit better what that choir is raving about. And since I’m a neuroscientist, I think it might be useful to consider what music is doing to the brain to understand how it might be helpful for certain disorders.

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

Calm your cingulate!  You have likely heard about mindfulness, but you likely haven’t heard about what it’s doing for your brain. Ty the Neuro Guy shares his insight into why mindfulness meditation can be good for you and your brain.

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Calling All Artists!

We're looking for right brains!

Ready to Branch Out?  Introducing a unique and exclusive fundraising experience that blurs the line between art, tech, and neuroscience.

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