Published: 11 May 2015

Public lecture: Perspectives on bilingualism: From birth to aging

Living in a city with many languages, we are often confronted with personal debates about what are the best decisions to make for our children and for ourselves. Have you wondered when is the optimal time and in what way to introduce a second language to your child, or whether raising a child in a bilingual environment can create confusion? Have you heard that being bilingual might slow down cognitive decline in aging and provide a buffer against neurodegenerative disease?

Experts from McGill University will try to separate fact from fiction and provide insights about bilingualism across the lifespan from birth to old age. All are invited to a public lecture! 
To register: 

Dr. Denise Klein, Montreal Neurological Institute
Dr. Fred Genesee, Department of Psychology
Dr. Howard Chertkow, Bloomfield Centre for Studies in Aging, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, McGill University

International symposium: Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain

The Public Lecture is part of a 2-day international symposium, Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain, taking place at the Montreal Neurological Institute May 28 - 29, 2015. 
The bilingual brain is of great interest to the field of neuroscience as it offers a window into questions about how our brains are shaped by experience. The symposium aims to address the neural underpinnings of bilingual brain organization and issues around brain development and plasticity. Experts from multiple domains of neuroscience will come together to shed light on current views of how experience influences brain function and structure from the developing brain through to old age and how we might understand brain plasticity in health and in disease. Symposium sponsors are: The Blema and Arnold Steinberg Family Foundation, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture, the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, McGill University and The Neuro.

More information: 

Public Lecture - Perspectives on bilingualism: From birth to aging, Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
International Symposium - Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain, May 28 – 29, 2015
INTERVIEW opportunities with language and brain experts

Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, 3801 University Street, Montréal, Quebec

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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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