BrainReach North

The Pitch
Help BrainReach North make neuroscience education more accessible to students in remote and Indigenous communities!

The Highlights

With your support, BrainReach North can:

  • make neuroscience, and science in general, more accessible and relatable to students near and far.
  • provide engaging and culturally relevant teaching materials for teachers in remote and Indigenous communities.
  • build bridges between graduate student volunteers at McGill and teachers and students in remote areas.

The Story

BrainReach North provides free, bilingual neuroscience teaching materials that complement the Quebec educational curriculum for teachers in remote Indigenous communities. We also visit schools that serve these communities, tapping into their students’ natural curiosity and sparking their interest in science.

We believe that access to science education enrichment should be available to all students in all communities, even those that are not near large urban centres or universities. Everyone deserves to experience the joy of learning, no matter where they live!

Our wide range of age-appropriate resources includes a bilingual website with free teaching materials on over a dozen topics in neuroscience. Along with updating our website materials, we regularly post to our blog, covering topics in neuroscience and science more broadly. We also host French and English YouTube channels that feature educational neuroscience videos. We visit classrooms, science fairs, and home-schooling centres to connect with students more directly.

With your help, we would like to raise $10,000 to support content development, volunteer training and recruitment, teacher and school recruitment, and outreach efforts to remote schools. Your support will allow us to continue inspiring the next generation of neuroscientists!

To keep up to date on what we're up to, check us out on Facebook and Instagram!

Soutenez-vous la sensibilisation à l'éducation des sciences ? Croyez vous que le monde incroyable des neurosciences est pour tout les étudiants, de près et de loin ? Nous vous invitons à supporter la collecte de fonds Seeds of Change de MissionCerveau Nord ! Nous sommes un groupe d'étudiant gradués bénévoles dévoués qui s'efforcent de rendre les sciences et les neurosciences plus accessibles pour les étudiants des communautés éloignées et des communautés indigènes de Québec et du Canada. Montrez votre soutien à notre cause et à nos bénévoles en faisant un don aujourd'hui! Merci!

Meet the Project Team: 
Malosree Maitra
  • I am a graduate student in the Turecki laboratory in the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Institute. I study how the brain changes in depression.
  • I have been involved with BrainReach North since 2016 first as a volunteer and webmaster and then as a co-president. I like to volunteer with BrainReach North because I believe science should be fun for everyone.
  • Fun fact: I am a big fan of the cat café in Verdun where you can drop in to spend time with cats and even adopt one if you like.
Ana Elisa Sousa
  • In my current project, I am studying the best strategies to help people with schizophrenia and memory impairment to boost their memory performance in many computer and everyday tasks.
  • I am one of the BrainReach North co-presidents.
  • Fun fact: When I am not studying memory and schizophrenia, I like to dance, learn about creative writing and being amazed by the cuteness of my two black-and-white cats, Bella and Dichotomix.
Roni Setton
  • I study how memory changes during healthy aging at the level of large-scale brain networks.
  • Having been a part of BRN for just over 2 years, I help to coordinate outreach trips and educational workshops to inform our volunteers about indigenous affairs.
  • Fun Fact: Reality cooking shows are my guilty pleasure.
Dhruv Mehrotra
  • I am a PhD student in neuroscience, studying aspects of the navigational system in mice.
  • I am the social media manager for BrainReach North, and maintain our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Fun fact: When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronaut.
Christina Chou
  • I am a PhD student studying neuroscience.
  • I am the content development coordinator of BrainReach North, funds we raise from this campaign will support teaching trips and content development resources for BrainReach North.
  • Fun fact: I visit Mont Royal Park almost every day with my dog.
Eviatar Fields
  • I'm a second year PhD student in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience.
  • As co-president of BrainReach Highschool and a former volunteer with BrainReach North, I'm heavily invested in this campaign! I'm hoping to help raise as many funds as we can so that we can reach more students in the future and spread more education.
  • Fun Fact: I love listening to podcasts and have even started one myself called the KEYcast!