Think Big: A Night Out With Your Brain

Think Big-- Save Your Brain: What You Need to Know About Stroke

Stroke – a “brain attack” that occurs when blood stops flowing to the brain – is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Canada, there are an estimated 50,000 strokes each year. Find out what happens to the brain during a stroke and how scientists and physicians are using research to save lives and reduce disability.

Join Think Big host Jay Ingram in a discussion with experts from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary as they share the latest research investigating the disease.

Friday, June 23, 2017
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. Andrew DemchukDr. Andrew Demchuk is a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Radiology at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Stroke Research. He is also Director of the Calgary Stroke Program. His other roles include Deputy Department Head, Department of Clinical Neurosciences; Deputy Chair, Canadian Stroke Consortium and Co-chair Acute Stroke and TIA Working Group in the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke, Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services. Dr. Demchuk’s research interest is in the area of stroke imaging, where he is trying to develop imaging tools/techniques to optimize patient selection for new stroke treatments. His favorite pursuit however is the training of stroke fellows. The Calgary Stroke Fellowship Program has trained over 80 fellows from 16 countries, including 25 now practicing across Canada.

Dr. Roger ThompsonDr. Roger Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He has been a full member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute since 2008 and has over two decades of experience researching the consequences of stroke on brain function. His lab focuses on understanding the sequence of events occurring in the brain during stroke that lead to nerve cell death. Dr. Thompson and his team strive to develop new drug treatments to reduce brain damage and promote nerve cell survival in stroke patients.

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 13 books, which have been translated into 14 languages, has five honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada.