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In my photo, I am light-skinned, my hair is long and brown, my eyes are brown, and I am wearing a po


Hi, there! My name is Elisa Gonçalves de Andrade (she/her/hers). I am a neuroscientist in training and a mental health enthusiast. I love talking about science and, for the longest time, have been quick to start conversations about mental health. At some point, I decided to unite the two and the effect was surprisingly reassuring. Mentally Minded for me is an attempt to help people find the same solace in science. Beyond Mentally Minded, you can find me running around to coordinate my MSc degree, the symposia for Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria (UVic), and Clubes de Ciência, an event to increase science literacy in Brazil (where I am originally from). I am also testing policy waters by being the Director of University Affairs at the Neuroscience Graduate student Association at UVic. Outside school, I am always trying (or struggling) to keep healthy habits. Most importantly though, I am a very proud cat parent.


Land acknowledgment: I acknowledge with respect that I live, work, and play on the territory of the Lekwungen peoples and that the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples have relationships to this land.

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