February 26, 2010

Month of events set for Brain Awareness

Month of events set for Brain Awareness

Human brains will be on display during the 12th annual “Brain Blast” on Saturday, March 6, an exciting day of hands-on activities led by Vanderbilt University neuroscientists at Nashville's Adventure Science Center.

The Vanderbilt Brain Institute sponsors Brain Awareness Month each year in March, featuring a series of public events to promote the importance of supporting brain research.

Here is a list of events:

• Wednesday, March 3 — “This is Your Brain on Stress: The Role of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex,” lecture by Steven Maier, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado at Boulder, 4:10 p.m., 1220 MRB III.

• Saturday, March 6 — Brain Blast! Fun for the Whole Family, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Brain Blast is free and open to the public, but there is a fee to visit other areas of the museum.

• Wednesday, March 10 — “Wired to Speak, Re-wired to Read: Looking into the Brain for Insights into Education,” lecture by Bruce McCandliss, Ph.D., Patricia and Rodes Hart professor of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m., at the Adventure Science Center. A reception will follow the lecture.

• Thursday, March 11 — “The Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety: New Approaches from Mice to Men,” Psychiatry Grand Rounds by Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, 8 a.m., 898 PRB.

• Wednesday, March 31 — “Change the Matters? Gene Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorders,” lecture by Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, 4:10 p.m., 1220 MRB III.

For more information, visit the Brain Institute's Web site at http://braininstitute.vanderbilt.edu, or contact Steve Edminster at steven.j.edmin-ster@vanderbilt.edu or 322-3532.