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2013 brain awareness week open house

pic Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a international effort started by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

After two years at the Museum of History and Industry, the University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House returned to campus on March 5, 2013. Approximately 650 students in grades 4-12 attended the Open House in the ballrooms of the newly renovated Husky Union Building. This year the open house was supported by the Pacific Cascade Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, the Hope Heart Institute, Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the Associated Students of the Univ. of Washington.

As in past years, students started the Open House with a multimedia "Brain Assembly" with Dr. Eric Chudler. The students learned about neurotransmission, compared the brains of different animals and played with some visual illusions.

Students then visited exhibits set up by University of Washington departments and other organizations. Students were connected to a transcranial Doppler machine to measure their brain blood flow (UW Dept. of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine). The Neurobiology and Behavior Community Outreach Program had exhibits to test the senses and materials to build neuron models. The DO-IT program, UW Department of Otolaryngology, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Department of Biology, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, Unite for Sight, Youth Take Heart program, Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group, UW Dept. of Biological Structure, UW Department of Radiology, UW Medicine, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, Edmonds-Woodway High School, UW Bloedel Center, and Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience all provided exhibits.

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