Brain Awareness Week at the University of Birmingham

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Join us to celebrate the international Brain Awareness Week 11-17 March 2019. This is a public engagement event celebrated worldwide, to raise public awareness of the importance of brain research.

Join us to celebrate the international Brain Awareness Week: a Public Engagement event celebrated worldwide, to raise public awareness of the importance of brain research. It will be organized and delivered by the neuroscience community from the School of Biosciences, the Centre for Human Brain Health, the Institute for Mental Health and the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Research Group within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing on behalf of the University of Birmingham. We will have a mixture of information, entertainment, excitement and fun, to enthuse and engage the young and old equally.

Programme

Saturday 9th March 2019

Centre for Human Brain Health tours, 10:00 - 12:00

A series of guided tours around the newly opened Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH) on the University of Birmingham campus with optional short talks from researchers. Please register here to guarantee a place on one of the tours:

Register for a tour of the CHBH 

Monday 11th March 2019

"Sleep is of the brain, by the brain and for the brain", 17.30 - 19.00

As part of the LES Lecture Series, Dr Andrew Bagshaw (Co-Director of the Centre for Human Brain Health) will present a lecture entitled “Sleep is of the brain, by the brain and for the brain”. The lecture is open to all, but is particularly suitable for students studying A level Biology, Psychology, Sport and Exercise.

For more details and to register, please visit the LES Lecture Series page.

Register for the lecture now

Thursday 14 March 2019

Birmingham Brain Cafe, 18:00 - 23:00

As part of Brain Awareness week, leading brain researchers will present a series of talks at Cherry Red's Cafe Bar. Talks are informal, open to all, and free to attend. 

Birmingham Brain Cafe at Cherry Red's Cafe Bar
Time Title of Talk
18:30 - 19:10 'Not just those little grey cells: how white matter influences information processing in the brain' - Dr Daniel Fulton, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, University of Birmingham.
19:40 - 20:20 'The rule of education in healthy aging and recovery following stroke' - Dr Pia Rotshtein, Centre for Human Brain Health, University of Birmingham.
20:50 - 21:30 'Learning from the brain of a fly' - Dr Alicia Hidalgo, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
21:50 - 22:20 'Ask the brain expert' - A Q&A panel session
Register for Birmingham Brain Cafe now


Sunday 17th March 2019

‘Meet the Brain Experts’ at The ThinkTank Science Museum

University of Birmingham researchers will run a one-off event at the Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum on Sunday 17th March for families to meet the 'brain experts' as part of Brain Awareness Week. Enthusiastic young scientists are invited to visit Thinktank for fun hands-on activities with professional scientists.

Highlighting the exciting research that takes place at the University of Birmingham, this is a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the brain and understand the exciting developments in the field of neuroscience and mental health at the University of Birmingham.

Experts from the School of Biosciences, the Centre for Human Brain Health, the Institute for Mental Health and the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing will introduce visitors to the real world of research and aim to engage young minds in a wide range exciting topics.

'Meet the Brain Experts' is open from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 17th March 2019.

Booking is not required, but please visit the ThinkTank website for more information.

Visit the ThinkTank website