Dr. Nicole Sherren is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing the science of early brain development into policy and professional practice. She both designs and delivers professional development opportunities across the health, education, human services and justice sectors and lends her expertise to non-profits, committees, community-based projects, and research studies across Alberta. She also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for Calgary Alpha House Society.