Brain Awareness Week Initiatives – A beautiful report from NUI Galway

My Amazing Brain Exhibition

Hosted by NUI Galway Neuroscience Centre as part of Brain Awareness Week 2016

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In order to mark International Brain Awareness Week, staff and students of NUI Galway’s Neuroscience Centre held a public information exhibit entitled “My Amazing Brain” from 15-16th March in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway.
Members of the public and schools from across the city and county including Colaiste Cholmcille (Inverin), Presentation College (Athenry), Mercy college (Woodford), Dominican College (Galway city), Salerno Secondary School (Galway city) had the opportunity to visit the exhibit to learn more about how the brain and nervous system work. The exhibit consisted of interactive displays such as puzzles and tests of hand-eye coordination, visual perception, left/right handedness and creativity, where visitors learnt more about the nervous system in a hands-on way. In addition, visitors had the chance to learn more about the brain and related disorders through a series of large information posters on various prepared by the staff and postgraduate students of NUI Galway Neuroscience Centre. The exhibit was a resounding success and featured on several local and national media sources including UTV Ireland news (http://utv.ie/playlists/default.aspx?tag=News&bcid=4807377522001)

Brain Awareness Week Initiatives – Beautiful reports from UCC

Brain Awareness Week Initiatives 2016 – Beautiful reports from UCC

Event No. 1: “Tús Maith Leath na hOibre”:

UCC Neuroscientists promote healthy brain aging in local primary schools

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During Brain Awareness Week, a group of UCC neuroscientists engaged children from five local primary schools (Glounthaune, Greenmount, Glasheen Girls, Glasheen Boys and St Finbarres) in fun activities to promote the importance of brain health during childhood. With the cooperation and enthusiasm of teachers in the participating classes, children eagerly joined in the activities which focused on positive lifestyle choices for brain health. They carried out brain safety ‘egg drop’ and ‘jelly brain’ experiments, prepared healthy ‘brain food plates’, played memory games, danced and exercised to ‘activate their neurons’, enjoyed a ‘brain food’ blueberry snack and relaxed by having a ‘brain break’.
Information sessions in each of the schools were also held for parents to emphasise the importance of early intervention in order to prevent cognitive and mental health issues in later years. Lifestyle habits that affect the developing brain including diet, exercise, sleep, mental stimulation, stress resilience, social interaction and safety were discussed. The feedback from teachers and parents was overwhelmingly positive and schools have suggested that it would be extremely beneficial if more children could be targeted.
The team members of UCC’s Healthy Brain Aging initiative for children are Caitriona Long-Smith, Cara Hueston, Shane Hegarty, Aideen Sullivan and Yvonne Nolan from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, and Janas Harrington from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Funding was provided by Federation of European Neuroscience in partnership with the DANA Foundation. Blueberry snacks were sponsored by Supervalu.

Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research (http://www.dana.org/BAW/).

For further information please email brainhealth@ucc.ie

Event No.2. Brain Awareness Meeting

Our event involved a one-day seminar that provided an opportunity for members of the general public of Cork city to engage with professionals involved in neuroscience research, mental health services and charities, who together support patients and families affected by mental illness, brain tumours, brain injury and dementia. The meeting provided a platform where attendees learned about a wide range of topics discussed in a friendly atmosphere. Amongst the broad range of brain related themes discussed, were issues such as “De-stigmatising mental illness”, “Cognitive and emotional Consequences of head injury”,  “Biomarkers for stress resilience”, “Support provided by charities”, “Brain health in ageing”, “Dementia care and treatments” and “Supporting brain research in Ireland”.

Dr. Barry Boland

Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Room 2.48, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland

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2016 New or Renewing Memberships

Dear NSI Members,

Our membership system for 2016 is now up and running with our renewal of the collaboration with Keynote Conference Services Ltd.

You can now become a member of Neuroscience Ireland for 2016 or renew your membership. Please see relevant information below or visit our Membership page at: https://neuroscienceireland.com/join/

New or Renewing Members:
You can complete payment for your 2016 membership by clicking
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Payment facilities for membership dues are provided externally by Keynote Conference Services Ltd.  For queries relating to payments contact NSI@keynotepco.ie

As a Neuroscience Ireland member, you’ll be able to avail of reduced registration fees for the NSI Conference, be eligible for poster/presentation prizes at the conference, as well as being able to apply for NSI Travel Grants, Publication Prizes and Symposium Grants. Plus you’ll be kept up to date with news via our quarterly newsletter, and via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Members of the NSI are also automatically members of FENS. This entitles NSI members to the following benefits:
• Access to the official FENS journal, EJN, online free of charge, and a subscription to the print edition at a reduced rate
• Eligibility to apply for one of the free abstract slots for the SfN Meeting, linked to a reduced registration fee
• Subscription at very attractive discount rates to several leading neuroscience journals
• Eligibility to buy books at special FENS member rates
• Receipt of the FENS e-mailings (Job Market, EJN table of contents etc.) regularly

• Only for members joining/renewing in 2016, a reduced registration rate for the FENS Forum (Copenhagen 2016)

Christmas Wishes

Dear Neuroscience Ireland Members,

We would like to send our warmest wishes to you all for a

Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016

from Neuroscience Ireland
 

An Interview with John Foxe and Paul Bolam: One Year as EJN Co-Editors-in-Chief

Dear Members,

Please find below a FENS Featured Article link to an interview with John Foxe and Paul Bolam, one year into their positions as European Journal of Neuroscience’s co-editors-in-chief:

John Fox and Paul Bolam: One Year as EJN Co-Editors-in-Chief

John Foxe keeps very strong bonds with neuroscientists in Ireland and has offered a great support for Neuroscience Ireland over the years.