If you have been paying attention, you might have been hearing a rise in stories related to brains in the media (I will be blogging about some of them soon). This is because this has been Brain Awareness Week. My first (ever) post on a blog (now defunct and reborn here) was indeed one describing my last year’s experience organizing for the 3rd time the Open Brain Day at the University of Auckland.
A year has gone by, and I am sitting at this year’s Brain Day that is being held at the Business School’s Owen Glenn Building at the University of Auckland. This year we are also celebrating the launch of the Centre of Brain Research, which launched towards the end of last year, finally replacing the Auckland Neuroscience Network.
For the first time, I can look at the day without the pressure of running after a myriad of details. And this year we are bigger, longer and uncut. (Well, the latter not so true since we have some cut brains to show you what they look like on the inside).
If you have come to brain open days before, check it out again. If you haven’t then this would be a great time to start.
>This post was originally posted on the 14th of March, 2009, somewhere else that no longer exists<
Brain Awareness week starts on Monday and I thought this was a good time to launch this blog. International Brain Awareness Week is the brainstorm of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiative, and has now entered its 14th year. The objective of BAW is to promote public awareness of brain research by working with partners around the world to create events that highlight the public relevance of brain science. This is the third year that New Zealand has joined the campaign, and this year Brain Awareness Week activities will be taking place in Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland. (more…)