Pick a brain, literally: local youth to partake in human brain dissection

brain, events

I’m excited for my visit tomorrow at the CareerLaunch program of Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne. Here’s the news release:


Copyright-free, post-event images/video available for download here.
These images may be reproduced without permission.

CHEYENNE, Wyoming, May 22, 2018 – Local neurologist Dr. Tim Allen, MD from Neurology Specialists of the Rockies (NSR) will appear at Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne (BGCC) on Wednesday, May 23, 5:00pm – 6:00pm to discuss neurology, dissect a human brain and encourage careers in medicine.

“When kids see a real brain and can speak with a doctor in a down-to-earth manner, then the idea of a profession in medicine becomes a reality,” says Dr. Allen, who practices at NSR in Cheyenne.

Approximately 10-15 sixth and seventh-graders are expected to attend.

“If even one child’s interest is sparked to become a doctor after seeing my presentation at Boys & Girls Club, it’s a great thing for humanity, says Dr. Allen. “As an MD, they’ll impact thousands of lives.”

Dr. Allen will show samples of a male and female adult brain. He’ll discuss brain myths, neuroplasticity, the mental health/brain connection, and how to care for your brain.

His visit marks BGCC’s last CareerLaunch demonstration of the school year.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne
Since opening in 1997, the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne has focused on inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. The Club provides afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6-18. The annual fee for afterschool programming is only $10 per year. The Club’s main location and mailing address is 515 West Jefferson Road, Cheyenne, WY 82007 and The
Club at LCCC for senior high teens is located at Laramie County Community College, Center of Conferences and Institutes Building, Room 142. For more information, visit BGCChey.org or call 307-778-6674.

About Dr. Allen
Dr. Allen provides compassionate care for adult and pediatric patients from Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and beyond. His integrated approach to healing includes music, art and animal-assisted therapies. As a member of The Roctors (a musical group comprised of doctors), Dr. Allen frequently plays charity benefits. This August, The Roctors will perform at a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County. He is a co-
speaker for lobotomy survivor Howard Dully, who is a survivor of psychiatric abuse. Dr. Allen has been a neurologist since 1997 and has served nearly 10,000 patients. His practice, Neurology Specialists, is located at 2003 Bluegrass Circle, in Cheyenne. Dr. Allen’s newsletter is Neuro-News.net.


May the 4th: May the force…

brain, brain injury prevention, holiday

Happy May the 4th Day. If you happen to be on Planet Geonosis and your brain is taken over by a brain worm, it’s highly advised you see a neurologist asap.

May the force of modern medicine be with you.


12 popular facts about the brain that aren’t true


You only use 10 percent of your brain. False.

Your memory declines with age. False.

Alcohol kills brain cells. False.

Digest more truths about brain falsities from Reader’s Digest by clicking here.

It’s a case of: “I always forget a face.”

brain, memory

Word of the day: prosopagnosia, also called face-blindness, is a cognitive disorder in which the person is unable to recognize familiar faces. There is no cure for the condition.

Prosopagnosics adapt by remembering non-facial cues to identify people (similar to a police-blotter) by memorizing descriptions such as height, weight, hair, voice, and other unique identifiers.

Notable prosopagnosics: neurologist/ author Oliver Sacks and artist Chuck Close. Learn more here.

#neurology #prosopagnosia

Your brain injury might be invisible, but you aren’t

brain, brain injury prevention

Living with the residual effects of brain injuries can be difficult for patients, their families, friends, and caregivers. Here are stories of how people cope with their conditions. Source: Brain Injury Assocation of America

#ChangeYourMind #neurology

My partnership with Howard Dully, lobotomy survivor


My friend Howard Dully is a lobotomy survivor and motivational speaker. Howard’s astounding story of survival and resilience is here. His award-winning audio essay created such a stir in ’05 that it caused NPR’s servers to crash.

Please consider hiring Howard for a speaking engagement or interview for your university, school, business or group. Details here.

Last summer, Howard Dully partnered with me, so I may help explain the medical perspective of the lobotomy procedure he involuntarily underwent as a child.

In conjunction with Howard’s speaking presentation, I’m available to provide (free of charge) an overview of how lobotomy procedures of yesteryear affect brain anatomy and neurological functioning, including reviewing Howard’s modern-day brain scans. These are the only known brain scans of a living lobotomy survivor.

Buy Howard’s book here.

#lobotomy #neurology

Video: Conan O’Brien on NFL’s concussion protocol

brain, brain injury prevention, concussion, head injury, videos

Here’s Conan O’Brien’s take on NFL’s new protocol regarding concussions:

#concussion #BIAmonth #neurology

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

brain, brain injury prevention

Be aware… top causes of traumatic brain injury include traffic accidents, falls, and being struck by or against an object. So buckle up, watch your rugs, and wear a helmet. More here.

#BIAMonth #TBI