Tea Time with the Docs | Program and Speaker Reveal

Posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute is proud to present the very first virtual Tea Time with the Docs.

The theme of this event is Discovering the Power of Your Brain. It will be held virtually on May 28th, 2021 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Meet some of Canada’s most inspiring international leaders in brain disease research, who are dedicated to disease prevention and the development of new strategies to unlock the power of the brain.

The uOttawa Brain and Mind Research Institute brings together Ottawa’s top clinical and discovery researchers who work with patient groups and community members to lead ground-breaking discoveries.

We will discuss new treatments for brain and mind-related disorders, and strategies to maximize our cognitive function throughout our lifetime.

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Our Speakers:

Our Tea Time with the Docs Official Program:

Maximizing Your Brain Power to Prevent Dementia

Dementia is not inevitable as we get older. By embracing proven healthy lifestyle habits, you have the power to increase your cognitive function and keep your mind sharp throughout your lifespan. This presentation will highlight key ways to prevent dementia, and how researchers have developed tools to empower you to understand your health outlook.


Dr. Antoine Hakim, O.C., MD, PhD, FRCPC, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Neuroscience Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Founding Director, University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute

Dr. Amy Hsu, PhD, Investigator, Bruyère Research Institute, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Member, uOBMRI

Understanding Your Cognitive Power and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) uniquely impacts each patient. While researchers have made significant strides in clinical treatment, we are still trying to understand how MS affects cognitive health. Our presenters today will discuss their efforts to develop ways of empowering patients to make the most of their cognition and improve quality of life.


Dr. Mark Freedman, HBSc, MSc, MD, CSPQ, FAAN, FRCPC, Senior Scientist, Neuroscience Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Professor of Medicine, Neurology, University of Ottawa, Director, Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit, Neurology, The Ottawa Hospital, Member, uOBMRI

Dr. Lisa Walker, PhD, C.Psych, Clinician Investigator, Neuroscience Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Neuropsychologist, The Ottawa Hospital, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Member, uOBMRI

The Power of Optimizing Activity to Maximise Concussion Treatment

One third of children with concussion continue to experience symptoms for more than one month -- a condition known as Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms (PPCS). PPCS can lower quality of life and can impede children from doing the activities that they need to do (e.g., homework) and love to do (e.g., compete in team sports). For decades, previous guidelines recommended mental and physical rest following concussion until children became symptom-free, but recent research now shows that too much rest may actually cause harm. Our researchers will guide you through how they are determining the ideal balance of rest and physical activity and educating children on how to manage daily stressors and symptoms may help decrease the chance of having PPCS.


Dr. Andrée-Anne Ledoux, PhD, Assistant Professor, Scientist, CHEO Research Institute, Member, uOBMRI

Dr. Roger Zemek, MD, FRCPC, Full Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and Clinical Research Chair in Pediatric Concussion, University of Ottawa, Director, Clinical Research Unit, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Member, uOBMRI

How Exercise Powers the Muscle and the Brain

Your mind and body are interconnected and therefore what benefits the body, benefits the brain. Throughout our lives, our brains are exposed to many stressors and exercise is proving to help protect and repair our brains from these events. This presentation will explore how exercise has the power to positively impact an individual’s health journey. From neuromuscular disease to mental health challenges, exercise can improve our ability to cope and improve cognition.


Dr. Hanns Lochmüller, MD, PhD, FAAN, Senior Scientist, Molecular Biomedicine Program, CHEO Research Institute Professor, Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa Neurologist, Division of Neurology, The Ottawa Hospital, Member, uOBMRI

Dr. Natalia Jaworska, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director – Clinical Electrophysiology Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), Member, uOBMRI

The Power to Prevent and Treat Stroke

From bench to bedside, researchers have developed innovative ways to improve stroke patient treatment and care. Clinicians now have the ability to treat stroke effectively thanks to decades of pre-clinical research at the bench. As researchers exchange knowledge from bench to bedside, there are new and exciting treatments being discovered and driving the future of patient treatment.


Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi, MD PhD FRCP(C), Senior Scientist, Neuroscience Program Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Associate Professor, Medicine, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa, Stroke Neurologist, Medicine, Neurology Ottawa Hospital, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Member, uOBMRI

Dr. Baptiste Lacoste, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa and Scientist, Neuroscience Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Member, uOBMRI

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