About SNN

The Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network (SNN) is an organization whose aims are:

  • To facilitate neuroscience research 
  • To promote public awareness of advances in neuroscience research
  • To promote neuroscience education 

The Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network became a chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, an international organization with over 36,000 members, in the spring of 1997. In association with the Dana Foundation's global Brain Awareness Week Campaign, SNN runs yearly educational events during Brain Awareness Week in March.

Canadian National Brain Bee

The Brain Bee is a "spelling bee" style competition for highschool students, where participants test their knowledge of neuroscience. The winner of the Saskatchewan Brain Bee will be invited to compete at the yearly national competition. Click here for more information about the Canadian National Brain Bee.

Brain Waves

Brain Waves is a free, informative and fun half-day neuroscience presentation for students in grades 4 to 6. Trained volunteers with an understanding and passion for injury prevention bring the hands-on program, which includes activity booklets, helmet fitting tips, and Jello Brains to classrooms across Canada.

Students learn about different parts of the brain, basic neuroscience vocabulary, and how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. By bringing this program into the classroom, teachers are giving their students a new awareness of the brain and spinal cord, and providing them with simple strategies to prevent injury.

Visit the Parachute Canada website for more information about the Brain Waves program. Brain Waves is organized in association with Sask. Central Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team.

Brain Blast

Brain Blast is the public's passport into the brain. The Saskatoon City Hospital Atrium will be transformed into a maze of stations highlighting the different brain areas and the basics of brain function. This is a free event that is open to the public. Visitors will receive a passport to take on their journey through the stations that are run by enthusiastic University of Saskatchewan graduate students with a neuroscience background. Prizes will be drawn for completed passports!

The virtual brain maze that includes the ever popular Brain Walk has been designed with various brain related activities for all ages. There will also be a mock neuroscience lab, some short video presentations and a model Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine that showcases how MRIs enhance health diagnosis.

Brain Blast is an annual event organized by the Sask. Central Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team, in partnership with the Saskatoon Health Region, and The Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network.


The Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for any of this year's events, please contact Dr. John Howland.


For more information about the Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network, contact

John G. Howland, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5