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.”