Brain Bonanza

A weekend event to share research, neurotech and interactive activities related to brain health to showcase the local and Ontario-wide neuroscience community.

Brain Bonanza Partners:


Brain Buddies Ottawa is a student-led knowledge-translation organization with a mission to engage the Ottawa community to learn about the brain. Their exhibit will teach you all about your senses and how your brain can fool you.

BRAIN-Code is a central data base allowing researchers and institutions across Ontario to share their data. Ontario Brain Institute’s informatics team will be running an interactive activity on what data scientists do.

Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) is a national program of research and learning that aims to improve depression care together through innovation, education and practice. Their booth will feature activities that will teach you about the steps of a clinical research study and how food fuels our brain.

Carleton Society for Neuroscience Ottawa promotes awareness and sense of place in the Carleton community for those interested in neuroscience. Learn about how your sensory systems work through their fun hands-on activities.

Centre for Neuroscience @ Queen’s is a hub of multidisciplinary research and teaching aimed at improving our understanding of the brain. Come to this booth to learn about the power of your brain through optical illusions and unleash your creativity with crafts.

Epilepsy Ottawa is a non-for-profit, charitable agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with epilepsy or seizure disorders and those closest to them. They with feature a 3D model of a brain that participants can put together.

EpLink – The Epilepsy Research Program of the Ontario Brain Institute is devoted to reducing seizures and improving quality of life for people with epilepsy through research. This booth will feature an interactive brain display with different examples of networks in the brain.

Heart & Stroke Foundation is dedicated to advocacy, education and the funding of research surrounding heart disease and stroke. They will showcase interactive games, videos and activities to increase awareness on the signs of stroke.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. This group will guide visitors through an emotional self-awareness activity to open the conversation about mental illness and depression.

Parkinson Canada is a charity providing support services and education to people living with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and the health care professionals who treat them. They will run interactive activities to simulate what it’s like to have Parkinson’s disease.

Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC) empowers sport organizations and individuals by sharing credible and evidence-based knowledge. This group will have videos, a photobooth and Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The NeuroProtection Project offers a solution that bridges sport performance and injury prevention which will allow youth to play for organizations that prioritize safety. This group will display a helmet sensor technology that has been used to teach young athletes to play safer.

The Royal Institute of Mental Health Research aims to create scientific knowledge to improve mental health and well-being locally and globally. This booth will showcase electroencephalography (EEG) through videos and demonstrations about sleep, circadian rhythm and mental health.


Botley’s Bootle Blast is a mixed reality therapy game that helps children and youth of all abilities practice physical and occupational therapy goals.

Bruyère focuses on research to improve the care of aging Canadians and vulnerable populations. They will showcase technology they have created to increase physical activity for older populations.

Dynamic Brain is a leading provider of clinically proven brain fitness programs and will be demonstrating exercises that can be done to improve brain health.

MegaTeam is a cognitive rehabilitation video game that trains executive functions.

Synaptive Medical creates technology that addresses surgical challenges while making the best possible outcomes for patients. They will showcase a neurosurgery simulation.

TopSpin is a training method that is consistent with the science on how to prevent concussions.

HEADTALKS - Note: All talks will be held in the Rotunda

Brain Buddies -

Speaker: Brain Buddies Outreach

Title: Can you Train your Brain?

Date/Time: June 9th at 11am

Concussion Education Safety & Awareness Program (CESAP) is an educational organization focused on increasing awareness about concussions.

Speaker: Allen Champagne, Marie-Michelle Boulanger & Vincent Distefano

Title: The NeuroProtection Project: A collaborative effort towards redefining safety in amateur sports

Date/Time: June 10th at 11am (English) & 11:30am (French)

Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (CP-NET) is a program designed to improve our understanding of cerebral palsy and accelerate the development of new treatments.

Speaker: Julia Haines (Youth Advisory Committee)

Title: Uses of the F-Words

Date/Time: June 9th & 10th at 1pm

Dancing with Parkinson’s provides a fun, safe environment where those with Parkinson’s Disease can celebrate the artistry and potential of their own movement.

Speaker: Sarah Robichaud

Title: Drop-in Dance Class

Date/Time: June 9th at 10:30am & 1:30pm (Bilingual)

LiveWorkPlay helps the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens.

Speaker: Keenan Wellar

Title: Neurodiversity and Inclusive Employment

Date/Time: June 9th at 11:30am

Parkinson Canada

Speaker 1: Stan Marshall

Title: Dyskinesia and dystonia

Date/Time: June 9th & 10th at 12pm

Speaker 2: Jacques Séguin

Title: Freezing Episodes

Date/Time: June 9th & 10th at 12:30pm (French)

Event Details

Date: June 9, 2018 - June 10, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Canadian Museum of Nature