Got brains? UCLA to show hundreds of school kids what gray matter's all about

Brain Awareness Week will feature games, presentations and real human brains

WHAT:
Ever touched a human brain? More than 250 local K–12 students will get the chance to do just that as part of the UCLA Brain Research Institute's annual Brain Awareness Week. Each day, a group of 60 school kids will visit the campus to learn about what makes the noggin tick – how it functions, what it's made of it, and what happens when it's injured or impaired.
 
In addition to handling brains, the days' activities will include instructional games, optical illusions, displays of injured brains and tumors, and presentations on research topics and careers in neuroscience, all led by UCLA graduate neuroscience students and undergraduates. 
 
WHEN:
9:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Monday–Friday, March 8–12
 
WHERE:
UCLA Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center (map)
 
BACKGROUND:
The BRI's Brain Awareness Week is sponsored by the UCLA chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, UCLA's Project Brainstorm, the undergraduate group Interaxon, the Biological Sciences Council and the Undergraduate Student Association's Community Service Mini-Fund. To view video and photos from last year's Brain Awareness Week activities, visit www.bri.ucla.edu/bri_education/scienceoutreach.asp#anchor3.
 
INFORMATION:
For more information on Brain Awareness Week, contact Dr. Joseph Watson at 310-825-7587 or jwatson@mednet.ucla.edu.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Press interested in covering the event should contact Mark Wheeler, UCLA Health Sciences, at 310-794-2265 or mwheeler@mednet.ucla.edu.
 
PARKING:
To arrange parking, press should call the media contact.

Media Contacts

Mark Wheeler,
310-794-2265
mwheeler@mednet.ucla.edu
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