Know Your Brain, Improve Your Life
While reading this paragraph, numerous areas in the brain are firing signals, communicating with one another through neural pathways, processing the sounds, scents, sights, touch sensations in countless ways. These connections and pathways change, shrink, grow and expand throughout the life-span, influenced by exposure to stimulation and how the brain is used.
Our brain is the gateway to our human experience, whether the experience is love, humor, pain, stress, hunger, satisfaction, confusion, clarity, and yet it is easy to take our brains for granted.
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) taking place March 10 to 19 seeks to focus attention on how brains work, what they do, what happens when things go wrong and how research is working to improve brain health. The events are designed to help people of all ages improve their lives by understanding their brains. BAW at CU Boulder brings research in to real life by creating opportunities for the community to meet and connect with faculty, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students and associated organizations involved in brain-related research and work. Events are sponsored by the Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium at the Institute of Cognitive Science.
Come expand your mind with us, March 10 through March 19, 2019!
For 23 years BAW’s global education initiative has increased public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW founders the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives states “Brain research is the hope for treatments, preventions, and possible cures for brain diseases and disorders and to ensure a better quality of life at all ages.” Bringing together diverse groups working on brain research and education, more than 5,600 universities, hospitals, schools, outreach and educational organizations, medical research facilities, government agencies, corporations, professional organizations and more, from over 120 countries have participated in BAW events since its inception.
Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign started by the Dana Foundation to "increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a week-long celebration of the brain. During BAW, partners organize fun and fascinating activities in their communities to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and the promise of brain research."