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The Alberta Family wellness initiative

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) facilitates research and shares knowledge about the science of brain development to support positive lifelong health outcomes for everyone.

Learn the science and significance of brain development from leading experts. Enroll now for free.

Brain Story Toolkit

We've gathered all our most popular learning resources in one place: the Brain Story Toolkit.

What We Know

Science tells us that the experiences we have in the earliest years of our lives actually change our brain architecture in lasting ways. That has consequences – positive and negative – across the lifespan for our physical and mental health.

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What We Do

The AFWI mobilizes knowledge about early brain development and its connection to lifelong physical and mental health. We form the bridge between the latest scientific knowledge about brain development and what is actually done in policy and practice.

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Who We Are

The AFWI is an initiative of the Palix Foundation. We operate under the guidance of an expert advisory panel and in collaboration with cross-disciplinary partners.

Advisory Staff

Judy Cameron PhD
David A. Dodge OC
George F. Koob PhD
Dr. Shoo K. Lee MBBS, PhD, FRCPC
A. Thomas McLellan PhD
Anthony Phillips PhD
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Brain Story Feedback Report

In 2017 the AFWI developed the Brain Story Certification Course, the first learning program of its kind. Since then, we’ve gathered ongoing feedback about the structure, content and impact of the course to create a new resource: the Brain Story Impact Report. The report includes everything you and your organization need to know about the role this resource plays in driving systemic change, and how you can participate.

News Room

December 2018

Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation

This Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child explains the science behind motivation–the “wanting” system and the “liking” system–as well as how those systems develop, and how that development can be disrupted. It also dives into the implications of the science for parents, caregivers, and teachers, as well as policy and public systems.