Think Big: The Anxious Brain – When Good Fear Goes Bad

“You’re just feeling a little anxious … you’ll get over it.” Many of us have heard — and even given — similar advice. But how do we know when we’ve crossed the line from managing our anxiety to being overwhelmed by it? Join Think Big host Jay Ingram and experts from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education as they explore this question and share the latest research and treatments for anxiety disorders.

Friday, May 10, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Central Library (800 3 St SE)

RSVP online or call 403.260.2620 to register.

This event is FREE (but seating is limited).


Dr. Paul Arnold, MD, PhD

Dr. Paul Arnold, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Cumming School of Medicine, Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics. He is Director of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education, a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Translational Health Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health. Dr. Arnold’s research areas include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, child and adolescent mental health, genetics, and neurobiology. He is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works at the Alberta Children's Hospital assessing and treating children and adolescents with OCD.

Dr. Frank MacMaster, PhD

Dr. Frank MacMaster, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and the Scientific Director for the Addictions and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network. He uses brain imaging and brain stimulation to better understand and develop novel treatments for mental health disorders in children and adolescents.


Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram has hosted two national science programs in Canada, Quirks and Quarks on CBC radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. He has written 16 books, which have been translated into 15 languages, has six honorary degrees, is a member of the Order of Canada and a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. From 2005-2015, he was Chair of the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre. He is also co-founder of the arts and engineering smashup called Beakerhead, which began in September 2013 in Calgary.


Debra Giles, Calgary Public Library Board Member

Debra reads avidly. “I use the library’s electronic services to download books on my phone so I have a book with me all the time.” But she recognizes that reading isn’t all the Library has to offer. “Library services have made a big difference in the life of my husband, who is a recent immigrant from Honduras. To prepare for his citizenship exam, he attended citizenship classes provided for free at Calgary Public Library. These sessions helped him pass his exam.” With her personal experience, Debra feels passionate about the services the Library provides to new Canadian families. “I believe in the Library, and the impact it has on immigrants to Canada — including the education of the children of immigrants, but also all the other services directed to immigrant families. Given my husband’s experience, I know it is very difficult to be an immigrant and to start up a new life in a new country.” Debra also believes in the crucial role the Library plays in early literacy. “The Library’s strategic plan to bring the Library and literacy into the lives of children, especially children of immigrants, falls into my passion of educating girls,” she says. “This is the one of the main reasons why I joined the Library Board.”