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What is a “healthy” brain?

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Join CIFAR Co-director and Koerner Fellow Adrian Owen and CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar Megan Peters, both members of CIFAR’s Brain, Mind & Consciousness program, as they ask what the optimal conditions are for our brains. How much sleep do we need, when do we make our best decisions, and what effects can COVID-19 have on the brain?

Our 2021 series of Virtual Talks, Brilliant Minds | Bold Questions, explores the most important questions facing science and humanity. Each 30-45 minute talk pairs speakers and moderators from across disciplines, sectors, and the world to explore the questions shaping our collective futures.


Adrian Owen OBE is a co-director and the Koerner Fellow in CIFAR’s Brain, Mind & Consciousness program and a professor at Western University in London, Ontario. He is best known for his work assessing consciousness of patients in vegetative states, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) technology to observe their brain activity.



Megan Peters is a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in the Brain, Mind & Consciousness program and an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine. She draws on insights and approaches from cognitive science, psychology, computational neuroscience, and philosophy to understand how brains process and evaluate sensory information. She is the chair of the Neuromatch Academy, an online summer school for computational neuroscientists started during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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