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NeuroScience Canada 2005 Annual General Meeting

The NeuroScience Canada Partnership and NeuroScience Canada Foundation held their first expanded Annual General Meeting and Dinner on May 2nd, 2005, at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, Toronto, Ontario. The meeting brought together over 70 prominent members of the business, science and philanthropic communities and featured progress reports from each of the three Brain Repair Program teams that NeuroScience Canada is currently funding.

During the reception, a human brain was on display and visitors were able to take a close look at the most mysterious and critical organ in the body. Dr. Michael J. Wiley, Professor and Division Chair Anatomy, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto was on hand to answer questions about the brain and nervous system.

The keynote speaker at the dinner was Dr. Dave Williams, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency, who was the Mission Specialist 3 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia on the16-day flight, called Neurolab. The Neurolab flight was dedicated to the advancement of neuroscience research and focused on the effects of microgravity on the brain. Dr. Williams’ stimulating presentation showed that important research that can be accomplished on a space shuttle mission, and how the results of the research on Neurolab have contributed to our understanding of the brain and nervous system.