Find out facts about the brain at Nottingham Uni
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The human brain may give us the evolutionary edge in the animal kingdom but how much do we know about the amazing organ that very much makes us the individuals we are?
Now the University of Nottingham is opening its doors to the public to offer people of all ages the chance to embark on a voyage of discovery about the brain — from its incredible capabilities to the devastating effects of injury or degenerative disease.
Brain Matters, taking place on Saturday March 16, is an interactive community open day, hosted by Neuroscience @ Nottingham, that brings together university researchers, national and local charities/community organisations and local schools and colleges to mark the end of Brain Awareness Week 2013.
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The event, which is open free to the public, will run from 1pm to 7pm in the foyer and main auditorium of the Business School South on the Jubilee Campus.
Professor Chris Rudd, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Public Engagement, said: “This exciting event presents an ideal opportunity for members of the local community to come to the University and see the impact that our world-leading researchers are making on furthering our knowledge of the brain and bringing new therapies and treatments from bench to bedside.
“In particular, for people whose lives have been affected by an illness or injury to the brain — for example, parents with children diagnosed with a brain tumour or relatives of stroke patients — it’s a chance to develop their understanding of the condition and to speak to researchers and local charities about their experiences.”
Researchers from across the university — together with representatives and volunteers from eight national charities — will be on hand to discuss their work and will provide short talks on fascinating topics, including schizophrenia, the senses, brain tumours, cloning the human brain, dementia, pain and stroke.
Interactive, fun and engaging brain-related activities aimed at all age ranges include:
• In Pain in the Mem-Brain — how is pain affected by our feelings, thoughts and memories?
• InflatiBrain — crawl inside a giant inflatable brain and explore your own mind
• NeuroMaps — learn your way around with real brains, charts and models
• The Future of Mind Control — move things with the power of your mind
• Head’s Up — see your brain by wearing a hat
• Where’s That Coming From? — learn how we localise sound
• Build Your Own Brain
• Face Painting — be a nerve cell
• How Similar are Animal Brains? — Pin the brain on the species game
The talk is free and open to the public but places are limited so booking is essential. Bookings can be made at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/neuroscience/brainmatters/an-evening-with/tickets.aspx