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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

The Amazing, Changing, Aging Brain


Allison Sekuler, McMaster University

The "greying population" is the fastest growing group in Canada. Age-related changes in perceptual and neural function have implications for virtually every aspect of our lives—from recreation to transportation, health care and the work force. Recent research, shows that although aging leads to declines in some abilities, others are spared and may even improve. This lecture will discuss the implications of these changes and the trade-offs in visual and neural processing that occur with age, and evidence will be provided that demonstrates we really can teach older brains new tricks.

An internationally recognized expert in visual processing and aging, Allison Sekuler (PhD, University of California at Berkeley) holds the NSERC Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at McMaster University, where she also serves as Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies. Besides maintaining an active and successful administrative, teaching and research career, Dr. Sekuler is a passionate advocate for science outreach. She helped found McMaster University's most successful outreach venture, Science in the City, and was an early advocate for science cafés in Canada. Recently, she served on the founding steering committee for the Science Media Centre of Canada. She is a frequent public lecturer and commentator on scientific and research issues for national and international media, including the Discovery Channel, CBC and the History Channel.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday March 3, 2011, 7:15 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday February 28, 2011