Brain Week RI to Increase Awareness of Health & Neuroscience
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Brain Week Rhode Island is set to return for the fourth straight year.
Brain Week takes place from March 9 to March 17 at multiple locations throughout the state.
“There is a wealth of neuroscience in Rhode Island and a growing public interest in the most remarkable computing device known to date: the human brain. People want to know just how everything we do, feel, and perceive – from dreams to our poor life decisions – reside in the brain. It’s no surprise that in only four years we have experienced substantial growth in terms of our audiences, supporters, and collaborators. This year we open with a panel on opioids, one of the more pressing issues of our time, where we hope to gap the bridge between complex human behavior and basic brain research,” said Victoria Heimer-McGinn, PhD, Chair of Brain Week Rhode Island.
Most Brain Week RI events are free and open to the public.
Advance reservations are strongly advised where available.
Brain Week RI
Since its inception in 2016, the goal of Brain Week has been to share with the community the knowledge of the brain and neuroscience research happening in Rhode Island.
Activities during Brain Week Rhode Island include creative learning opportunities, expert panels, workshops, a film screening, dance for the aging and movement challenged, a “Moth-like” storytelling event, art shows, and two brain fairs with interactive science exhibits at URI and Brown University.
Topics range from the basic science of just how the most complex object in the known universe works, to how it can be damaged or malfunction, understanding and preventing suicide; exploring fear and social connections through the sciences; Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
Brain Week also features an inventive and inspiring educational outreach program called “BRAINY School Visits.”
During the program, neuroscientists from Brown University and Roger Williams University will visit PK-12 classrooms in Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket and Bristol to talk to students.
Demos will feature real human brains and other interactive learning activities, sometimes in Spanish as well as English.
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