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2010 brain awareness week open house


Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationwide effort started by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. The official week for the next BAW is March 15-21, 2010, but any time is a good time to get involved.

BAW was celebrated on March 11, 2010, at the University of Washington when 605 elementary and middle school students attended an Open House. The Open House was supported by the Hope Heart Institute, Pacific Cascade Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials, UW Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior and the UW Student Activities & Union Facilities.

To start the Open House, students were led by Dr. Eric Chudler through an interactive, multimedia "Brain Assembly" to learn about the nervous system. We attempted to set a new world record for the largest model of an action potential and played with some visual illusions. pic
pic 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 UW Department of Biological Structure had a comparative neuroanatomy display and the Neurobiology and Behavior Program had exhibits to test the senses and materials to build neuron models. The Pacific Science Center provided many exhibits that they bring out to schools. The DO-IT program, UW Department of Otolaryngology, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Women's Bioethics Project, Regional Epilepsy Center, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, UW Medicine Sleep Institute, UW Medicine/South Lake Union Group, Western Washington University Department of Psychology, Department UW Chapter of Unite for Sight, Youth Take Heart and Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group also provided exhibits.

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