Presentation: Window into the Human Brain - How We Perceive and Process the Outside World, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5th, NWSS Library

Parents, students, staff, and community members are invited to attend this presentation hosted by the FastForword Consortium and featuring renowned neuroscientist Dr. Urs Ribary.  Dr. Ribary will be speaking on the fascinating world of the brain and how it affects how we perceive and process all of the sensory information from our outside world. 

There will also be discussion on how the brain alters its behaviour in cognitive abnormalities such as dyslexia and processing disorders.  Please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 3:30 - 4:30 in the New Westminster Secondary School Library.

Today, there are various complementary brain imaging technologies available that make it possible to look inside the human brain completely non-invasively and image the brain's architecture and function.  Current brain imaging research aims at how human brain areas are connected, activated and how they communicate with each other to better understand typical and atypical human perception and cognitive processes such as language, learning and memory.  In particular, this presentation will highlight and illustrate the ability of how we perceive and process all of the sensory information from the outside world, how the brain can reorganize itself, and how the brain alters in cognitive abnormalities such as dyslexia, or in children with problems in processing executive functions.  Further, there will be discussion on how the brain network can become affected from psychiatric illness or traumatic brain injury.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Urs Ribary received his doctorate degree in Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland.  For nineteen years, he was professor and director of a functional brain imaging center at New York University Medical Center in New York City (USA).  In 2007, he was awarded the endowed BC LEEF Leadership Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in Childhood Health and Development and Professorship at SFU.  He has faculty appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry at UBC and is the Director of the Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute at SFU.  Dr. Urs is working to facilitate multi-disciplinary cognitive neuroscience brain imaging research across disciplines and institutions throughout BC to better understand the developing human brain in hopes of developing better diagnostic procedures and interventional strategies.