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Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network

Brain Awareness Week

What is Brain Awareness Week?

Brain Awareness Week is organized worldwide by Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to increase public awareness about the progress, future, and benefits of brain research.

Organizations and institutions throughout the world stimulate public interest in brain science through special events and educational activities during the annual celebration of Brain Awareness Week.

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KidSKAN is also posting stuff on Brain Awareness Week:

Events for Brain Awareness Week 2013:

Brain Day

Brain Day is a free, informative and fun half-day neuroscience presentation for students in grades 4 to 6. Trained volunteers with an understanding and passion for injury prevention bring the hands-on program, which includes activity booklets, helmet fitting tips, and Jello Brains to classrooms across Canada.

Students learn about different parts of the brain, basic neuroscience vocabulary, and how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. By bringing this program into the classroom, teachers are giving their students a new awareness of the brain and spinal cord, and providing them with simple strategies to prevent injury.

Brain day is occurring in participating Saskatoon schools during the week of March 11-17th

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Brain Awareness Talk & Silent Auction

Where: Multipurpose Room, Station 20 West 
When: Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-9:00 pm (talk at 7 p.m.)

This year in Saskatoon, a silent auction art show is planned for the evening of March  13th, which will be held in conjunction with a public talk given by guest speakers sponsored by NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence dedicated to helping children cope with neurodevelopmental disorders.
The speakers are:
  • Dr. Cordell Neudorf, Chief Medical Health Officer, SHR
  • Ginny Lane, Cognitive Disabilities Consultant, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
Local artists will have brain-related pieces for sale through a silent auction, with the money donated to a local non-profit organization supporting healthy child development.

Brain Blast

Where: Saskatoon City Hospital Atrium, 701 Queen Street
When: Sunday March 17, 2013 from 12:00-3:00 pm

Brain Blast is the public's passport into the brain. The Saskatoon City Hospital Atrium will be transformed into a maze of stations highlighting the different brain areas and the basics of brain function. This is a free event that is open to the public. Visitors will receive a passport to take on their journey through the stations that are run by enthusiastic University of Saskatchewan graduate students with a neuroscience background. Prizes will be drawn for completed passports! The virtual brain maze that includes the ever popular Brain Walk has been designed with various brain related activities for all ages. There will also be a mock neuroscience lab, some short video presentations and a model Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine that showcases how MRIs enhance health diagnosis.

Participating organizations include: The Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team, MS Society, Brain Tumour Foundation, The Alzheimer's Society, Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association and the Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network.

BAW Poster

Events and Activities from last year, 2012

In 2002, 1479 scientific institutions, patient advocacy groups, government agencies, service groups, hospitals, universities, K-12 schools and affiliates in 52 countries across 6 continents participated.