Brain Awareness Week

Calling all TY students – Brain Awareness Week 2022 Online

For Brain Awareness Week, on Monday March 14th 2022, Neuroscientists at the Galway Neuroscience Center (GNC), NUI Galway have organised a day of talks, activities and fun quizzes about the brain, just for you! We aim to teach you all about the brain and show you some techniques that we as researchers use to measure brain activity.

Interested to learn a bit more about the day in the life of a neuroscientist? You will have the opportunity to learn more about what we do on a day to day basis. We, as neuroscientists, come from a range of different disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, physiology, psychology, and mathematics who all work together to help our understanding of the brain in relation to illness and their associated treatments.

Multiple experts will discuss neuroscience techniques such as EEG, MRI and cognitive testing. These techniques are used in clinical research to help us to understand the brain and how they relate to illness.

Novel treatments will then be discussed, such as prevention, cognitive remediation, and other new treatments in clinical neuroscience research.

The main aim of this event is to reach out to you as a transition year student, promote awareness of our research and have you on board with us by staying in touch. Please contact us at any point with your questions, we would love to hear from you.

If you want your class to be involved, register your interest here!

My Amazing Brain

As part of the international Brain Awareness Week, staff and students of the GNC host a public information exhibit entitled ‘My Amazing Brain’ in March each year at NUI Galway.

Each year, over 300 transition year students from local schools visit the exhibit to learn more about how the brain and nervous system work. The exhibit consists of interactive displays where our visitors learn about the brain in a hands-on way.  For example, there are stations exploring hand-eye coordination through mirror writing, colour perception, optical illusions, brain waves using EEG and brain cell histology using microscopy.

 

There is also lots of general information and a quiz for the students to complete about the brain and brain disorders, via a series of large information posters prepared by the staff and postgraduate students of the GNC. The posters cover a variety of illnesses including: epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, pain, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Speaking about the event, Dr Una Fitzgerald, Director of the GNC, said: “The Galway Neuroscience Centre has been a partner in the global ‘Brain Awareness Week’ event for over ten years. Organised by Galway Neuroscience Centre members during March each year, the importance of this outreach activity cannot be over-emphasised. With NUI Galway’s ‘My Amazing Brain’ interactive exhibition and the ‘Brain Bee’ general brain knowledge quiz, we aim to peak the public’s interest in all things relating to the brain and we hope to inspire the next generation brain researchers.”

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