Saturday, March 14, 2015

March 16-22 is Brain Awareness Week

March 16-22, 2015 is Brain Awareness Week (BAW) in Florida through a proclamation issued last month by Governor Rick Scott. BAW is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

Every March the occasion unites the effort of organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more.

“[…], diseases and conditions of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, alcoholism, schizophrenia, and mood disorders are problems for many citizens of Florida”, wrote Scott in the proclamation.

“[…], hundreds of scientists at Florida’s premiere universities, private colleges, and research institutes are at the forefront of many promising efforts to understand the complexities of the brain, to alleviate the pain and suffering associated with the brain disorders, and to reduce the cost of treating neurological diseases”.

The Governor concluded the proclamation by extending greetings and best wishes to all observing March 16-22, 2015 as Brain Awareness Week.