All curious community members are welcome, whether or not you're part of the Wisdom Exchange Project!


WEP Seminar #07: Dr. Mehrdad Golian

Please join us to hear from Dr. Golian, cardiologist and electrophysiologist, discuss atrial fibrillation and cognitive impairment!


Dr. Mehrdad Golian, MD is a cardiologist and invasive electrophysiologst at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. He is currently the Deputy Quality Officer at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Clinic. In this seminar, Dr. Golian will discuss atrial fibrillation and cognitive impairment, addressing the following questions:


  1. What is the prevalence of atrial fibrillation, and what are the risk factors for developing atrial fibrillation?

  2. What is the association of atrial fibrillation and cognitive impairment?

  3. What treatment options are available for atrial fibrillation?

All are welcome to attend this seminar! To sign up, please click the button below to RSVP through the Eventbrite webpage:



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WEP Seminar #06


October 7, 2021


Dr. Julie Chabot,

Geriatrician, St. Mary's Hospital Center

Before starting her medical studies, Dr. Chabot was a classical singer. In 2016, she launched the MUSIC Project, which combines her two passions: music and geriatrics. For her master's degree in psychology, she studied the effects of music on the health of hospitalized geriatric patients. In her presentation, Dr. Chabot will present a summary of the evidence for the use of music in hospitals; especially on pain and anxiety control. She will also present the results of the study she led evaluating the effects of music on the mood of geriatric patients admitted to St. Mary's Hospital


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September 22, 2021



Dr. Sam Biglieri,

Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

There has been a call to expand research on people living with dementia (PLWD) from health and social sectors to urban planning. The World Health Organization projects the number of PLWD to increase from 47 to 132 million worldwide by 2050, with 60-80% of PLWD residing within the community (as opposed to congregate living settings). For PLWD, being supported by their neighbourhoods in terms of access has many benefits: more social interaction, sense of worth, dignity, and improved physical/mental health. Being able to access your neighbourhood is a right, and for PLWD – this makes it integral to investigate how neighbourhoods influence their mobility and access. This seminar discusses how the design of suburban neighbourhoods impacts the ability of people living with dementia to get around based on research done in Waterloo, Canada, and what can be done to make city planning dementia-inclusive.

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WEP Seminar #04


August 13, 2021



Jamie Snytte,

Clinical Psychology Student, McGill University

Aging comes with changes in many of the ways we perceive the world, act and go through our lives. Our cognitive processes, the way we think, remember and make decisions, also tend to fluctuate as we get older. Jamie's talk will focus on specific parts of the brain, within an area called the medial temporal lobes, that supports episodic memory. Some of these brain regions get smaller as we age, but our brains are plastic enough to compensate for these structural changes. While some regions shrink, other regions can work harder to maintain our memory abilities.

Serious Conversation

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July 15, 2021


Dr. Floris Van Vugt

Rhona Achtman


In this session, we will explore how people can connect across generations. The session will be held by Floris Van Vugt, who is starting his career as a university professor, and Rhona Achtman, who is a retired physiotherapist. Both are actively practicing Authentic Relating.

We will share our thoughts, experiences and challenges, and based on these, we offer a number of interactive exercises that all are invited to participate in.


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May 18, 2021


Sivaniya Subramaniapilai

This event is a joint collaboration between the Wisdom Exchange Project and McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging. Sivaniya Subramaniapillai will present her doctoral research on the role of protective lifestyle and social factors in promoting healthy living and the importance of investigating individual differences, such as sex/gender, for an individualized approach to healthy living. Make sure to tune in to have a lively discussion about the important role that individual differences and our environment have in shaping our cognitive health!

Image by Morgan Housel

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