Think Big: A Night Out With Your Brain

Getting Ahead of Concussion

Why are concussions (or mild traumatic brain injuries) so difficult to detect? What signs and symptoms should we look for? Can they be prevented? Join Think Big host Jay Ingram and experts from the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute as they explore these questions and discuss the latest findings in concussion prevention, detection, and treatment. 

Friday, March 16, 2018
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Talk: 6:30 p.m.
Reception: 7:30 p.m.
Central Library

RSVP ONLINE or call 403.260.2620 to register.

This adults-only event is FREE (but seating is limited).


Dr. Chantel Debert

Dr. Chantel Debert is an academic physiatrist at the University of Calgary.  She currently is a member of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI).  She is a member of the Calgary Brain Injury Program and is responsible for the research strategies within the program.  She is the co-lead for UCalgary’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) NeuroTeam.  Clinically, she sees brain injury patients and sport concussion in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Dr. Debert’s current research interests include looking at the relationship between biomarkers, mental health, cognitive deficits and recovery following TBI.


Dr. Jeff Dunn

Dr. Dunn completed his PhD in Zoology at the University of British Columbia as a comparative biochemist interested in the effects of low oxygen on brain. He moved to St. Andrews University in Scotland to study low temperature as a method of improving survival in critical conditions like stroke. He then moved into MRI research as a Medical Research Council scientist at Oxford University in the UK. Following that, Dr. Dunn set up and ran his own MRI research laboratory at Dartmouth Medical School in the USA for 10 years. He was recruited to Calgary in 2004 as the Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Imaging, and as the Director of the Experimental Imaging Centre in the Cumming School of Medicine. Dr. Dunn’s research group studies problems related to hypoxia and drug responses, in disorders such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, cancer, epilepsy, and high-altitude exposure. His current work includes developing imaging methods to assess brain injury and concussion.



Jay Ingram is a Canadian science writer/broadcaster. He has hosted two national science programs in Canada, Quirks and Quarks on CBC radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada. He has written 15 books, which have been translated into 16 languages, has six honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada.