The Brain Awareness Week 2011 in Warsaw

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Between March 7-12 the 2011 World Brain Awareness Week took place in Warsaw, co-organized by the Nencki Institute PAS. This year the event focused on new treatment methods and new ways of therapy.

The Brain Awareness Week is an initiative of the Polish Neuroscience Society and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB). Each year the Nencki Institute contributes to this initiative (BIO-IMAGINE project) along with the editorial office of the “Polityka” weekly newspaper and the Committee on Neurobiology PAS. The following Internet sites also helped spread information about the 2011 Brain Awareness Week and the scheduled lectures and workshops: Polityka.pl, Naukowy.pl, Biolog.pl, Wirtualna Polska and the “Polityka” and “Świat Nauki” magazines.

The Brain Awareness Week is an annual, worldwide event spreading knowledge about the structure and functioning of the brain in norm and pathology, presenting the general public with the newest results of studies on the nervous system.

Experts in neuropsychology, neurology, audiology, psychiatry and neurophysiology were invited to deliver lectures. They discussed important social topics, such as neurorehabilitation, Alzheimer’s disease, auditory processing deficits, sexual disorders and new treatment methods of the nervous system disorders. All lectures were held at the editorial office of “Polityka” in Warsaw at 6 Słupecka Street, entrance B at 5 p.m. On March 12 a “Scientist’s Day” took place at the Nencki Institute (Warsaw, 3 Pasteur Street) with workshops and presentations for children and adults. Participants got familiar with the methods for diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients after stroke, the elderly and people with cognitive deficits. Activities and contests for the youngest participants were also planned.

For more information on the lectures and workshops, please visit: http://www.ptbun.org.pl/tm2011/

Admission to all events of the Brain Awareness Week was free of charge and all of them attracted large audiences.