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Getting Ready for the 2019 Branch Out Bike Tour

Can you believe it’s been NINE years!?  Whoa nelly.

The 9th annual Branch Out Bike Tour is only four months away!  Even though it’s minus a bajillion, it’s time to start dreaming of those warm, summer rides and getting in gear for Branch Out’s most epic event of the year.

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NeuroNexus: For Brain Science & Mental Health

NeuroNexus is a Calgary-based, multidisciplinary hackathon program that aims to: Bridge gaps between disciplines, facilitate innovation, and accelerate research and its translation to impact.

Propose a challenge, participate as an innovator, or come watch the pitches and innovative solutions!

5-7 team members, 6 weeks, 72-hour hackaton.

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Depression: It's all in Your Head

Ironically, depression actually is all in your head, since it comes from your brain. Last week was Bell’s annual Let’s Talk campaign for mental health awareness. I think that we should keep the conversation about mental health going, and thought I would share an insight into depression I got from neuroscience. One of the cool things about neuroscience, is that it gives me a window into other people’s head. By understanding how the brain works, I can start to imagine what life might be like for other people and how they might experience things differently. 

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2019 Brain Freeze Trivia Night

Calgary Corporate Challenge's annual “Brain Freeze Trivia Night" is back and ready to hit you harder than a headache after chugging an entire Slurpee in 5 seconds flat! 

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Bikes & Bowties

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation cordially invites you to Bikes & Bowties - a halfway celebration for the #BranchyBikeTour

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NeuroCAM Resolutions

It’s the New Year, which means its both a time of reflection and progressive change for many of us. For me, I have had the privilege of reflecting back on a full year of Ty the NeuroGuy blog posts.  It was exactly this time last year that I posted my first article on the benefits of physical activity for your brain. Since I talked the talk, I figured that I should walk the walk, and I tried to get myself to the gym. I am happy to say that I was mostly successful at my exercise goals for 2018. Mostly, being the keyword.

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The Gut-Brain Axis: Traditional Chinese Medicine 2.0?

When most people think complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), they often think of Traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture and herbal remedies. While these treatments are viewed by some as Hocus Pocus (#halloween classics), that may be not because they aren’t grounded in science, but because the science hasn’t caught up with these age-old therapeutic approaches. If I could pick one word to summarize my limited understanding of Chinese medicine, it would be Complex.

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2019 Funding

In 2019, we're looking to fund the BEST NeuroCAM research projects across Western Canada and NOW the University of Toronto!  If you are an Undergraduate, Masters, or Ph.D. student (or know one) exploring alternative and tech solutions to neurological disorders, YOU could qualify for a Branch Out grant.  Check out the latest grant opportunities.

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The Return of Neuron Night

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation is excited to invite you to another mind-bending event called 'Neuron Night'. This is an exclusive event for our top supporters... that's you!

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The Brain's Seahorse

On Sept 27, 2018, I read a headline: “Indelible in the Hippocampus, is the laughter.” The Hippocampus is the brain structure responsible for encoding and retrieving memories, so to me, this seemed like a punny joke. I followed the link and found an elegant description of how memory works in the brain (and remember, I used to work in a Hippocampus lab!). To my surprise, the clip didn’t come from a nerdy comedy, but from the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford1.

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