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[ARCHIVED] Thinking About the Brain

The original item was published from March 9, 2020 3:30 PM to March 10, 2020 11:02 AM

The week of March 16 is Brain Awareness Week, recognized by the Fralin Biomedical Research Center with its Brain School activities.  Now in its eighth year, Brain School annually celebrates the brain and highlights the local research taking place at the Center. 

A Focus on the Growing Brain

This year’s School is entitled “Assembling Baby’s Brain,” highlighting the amazing research underway at the Institute focused on how babies’ brains develop, and are affected by and recover from various trauma.  The School includes daily lectures and science outreach activities for all ages.  Each evening’s event is open to the public free of charge and begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments.

The lectures and activities include an overview of maternal influences on a baby’s brain development (March 16), the ability to rehabilitate a baby’s brain if damaged due to stroke or genetic disorder (March 17), the human genome and brain development (March 18), and childhood seizure disorders (March 18). Click here for event details and registration information.  

Roanoke Innovates

These activities are a great way for scientists and non-scientists to learn more about the research taking place with Roanoke Innovates, the center of Roanoke’s health care, biomedical research, and entrepreneurial endeavors.  No doubt, attendees will learn something they did not know before, will appreciate the marvel that rests between our ears, and be able to celebrate a key aspect of our local economy. 

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register in advance.  All events will be held at the Center located at 2 Riverside Circle.  Plenty of parking is available at no cost.  Additional information about these events can be found by visiting the Roanoke Innovates website.

Let’s go learn something about our brains!

— Bob Cowell

Update: March 10, 2020

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute has announced that Brain School activities will not be held during the week of March 16, but will be re-scheduled at a future date.

Click this link for more information.