Brain Awareness Week is a worldwide celebration of the brain that was first started by The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives in the United States. During Brain Awareness Week, many different health-related organizations help educate people about the brain through social media campaigns, classroom activities, online webinars, public events and other engaging activities.

Brain Awareness Week will be celebrated next week, from March 13 – 19, 2017. EpLink and our partner organizations are working together to bring you two important initiatives during Brain Awareness Week:

1. Ontario Brain Institute’s Brain Awareness Video featuring EpLink | Monday, March 13, 2017

Every day during Brain Awareness Week, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) will be releasing a video focused on dispelling myths about brain disorders. On Monday, March 13, a short video about epilepsy will be released. The video includes Ms. Gena Meldazy speaking about her personal experience with epilepsy and Dr. Kathryn Hum speaking about the EpLink program and our research. You can preview it now at:

2. How to Cope? A Discussion for People Living with Epilepsy and Depression/Anxiety | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

EpLink and CAN-BIND: Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression will be hosting an event for people living with epilepsy and depression/anxiety during Brain Awareness Week. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Auditorium (Room 209).

The event will feature talks from Ms. Wendy Morris, who will be speaking about her lived experience; Dr. Sherese Ali, a psychiatrist speaking about treatments and therapies for epilepsy and depression; and Dr. Kathryn Hum who will be speaking about resources available for epilepsy and depression as well as EpLink’s research on quality of life. Light refreshments will be served. You can find out more and register for the event here.

We also plan to be part of the online conversations during #BrainAwarenessWeek on social media. You can stay up-to-date by following us on Twitter and Facebook: @EpLinkON.

Thanks for listening and enjoy your Brain Awareness Week!

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