Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Amazing Brain: Awareness Week

Tomorrow starts one of my most favorite weeks of awareness: Brain Awareness Week sponsored by the Dana Foundation, which runs from March 11-17 this year.

WHY DID BAW START?: DABI organized the first BAW in 1996 to unite diverse groups from academia, government, and professional and advocacy organizations with the common theme that brain research is the hope for treatments, preventions, and possible cures for brain diseases and disorders. This initial effort involved 160 organizations in the U.S. 

In 1998, the campaign was introduced globally, first as a day and then as a week-long celebration. Today, BAW participation spans six continents, and the campaign continues to grow in both the number of partners and the number of activities scheduled. The 2011 campaign was marked by more than 750 activities in 52 countries and 37 U.S. states.

WHY PARTICIPATE: BAW provides a wonderful opportunity to place your organization’s work in the public spotlight. By celebrating BAW, you can:
• Increase your visibility by advancing your mission within the broader context of a global education initiative.
• Spread the word about the importance of brain research and its critical role in helping people lead healthier and more productive lives. 
• Arm the public with the knowledge and information they need to make informed decisions about their health. 
• Insure a future for neuroscientific discovery by inspiring the next generation of scientists.

For those that don't know me personally, I am utterly amazed by all things neuroscience... just call me part-time neuro-pro! There is so much we do not know about the brain and it's functioning, despite what medical "professionals" claim. Topics such as neuroplasticity, stem cell advancements in scaffolding, neurogenerative advancements, and basically all things brain will keep me interested for hours.... and our kids with hydranencephaly are "said" to be living without a brain, but truth be told they DO have some components of the brain: hypothalamus, brain stem, thyroid, pituitary glands, cortical mantle, and the list of preserved parts in hydranencephaly goes on and on to include parts that are next to impossible to pronounce!

So, all this week is dedicate to the wide and wondrous brain.... join us here on our blog & at our Facebook page for more fascinating facts!

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