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Delving inside the brain

12 March 2010

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Between 14-21 March, neuroscience experts across the University will be welcoming policy makers, Welsh charitable organisations, schools, and members of the public to take part in a week of activities, aimed at highlighting neuroscience research and its relevance for society.

The week week-long programme as part of Brain Awareness Week is designed to be both educational and inspiring, from understanding latest treatments for brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to seeing first hand the advances Cardiff academics have made in mapping the human brain.

Part of a global campaign to increase public understanding of the progress and benefits of brain research, the Cardiff Neurosciences Centre (CNC) has collaborated with the Schools of Biosciences, Psychology, Optometry and Vision Sciences, CUBRIC and the University’s MRC Centre for the
Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics, to stage the events to increase public understanding and awareness of the progress being made and the benefits it brings.

Beginning on Sunday 14 March, Chapter Arts Centre will host Sci Screen, a new initiative using film to explain and inform in an understandable and entertaining way the wider social interpretations and implications of developments in biomedical science. The screening of ‘A single Man’ will include an opportunity for discussion and debate, after a short introduction by academics from the University.

The Brain

On Monday 15 March, the Cardiff Neuroscience Open Afternoon will welcome policy makers, Welsh charitable organisations and members of the public interested in the field of mental health to the Centre to experience cutting-edge neuroscience research at the University in the fields of dementia, mental illness, visual disorders and neuroimaging.

On Tuesday 16 March, the Philosophy Café will play host to philosopher Professor Chris Norris from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, and scientist Dr Paul Keedwell, School of Medicine who will debate how our minds and brains are related.

And to inspire the next generation of scientists, on Wednesday 17 March young people will be given the opportunity to discover the science of the brain in special Learn about Life 'Neuroscience Workshops' hosted by the School of Biosciences. And on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March, in collaboration with Techniquest, scientists from the CNC will be running a series of workshops for school children and the public. Designed to be fun, yet informative, the workshops will teach the school children about the brain and the central nervous system, for example by using plasticine, pipe cleaners and skoobies, to learn about the different parts of the neuron, and how the neuron communicates with the muscle to control movement.

Brain Awareness Week (15-21 March) is running along side the Festival of Social Science (12-21 March) and National Science and Engineering Week (12-21 March), all of which are being marked at Cardiff University through a packed programme of events. Through lectures, tours, debates and workshops people of all ages will be given the chance to get up close and personal with the latest in science, engineering, technology, the social sciences and more.

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