With more cells than there are stars in the galaxy, our brains keep a whole host of bodily functions running smoothly – and we don’t even have to think about it.
Our brain allows us to understand the world, build memories, create and feel emotions. They endow us with all the qualities that make us human.
Now, for the ninth year in a row, Virginia Tech scientists at VTC’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute will celebrate the Incredible Brain with its annual Brain School program, “The Adaptive Brain in Health and Disease,” from 5-7 p.m. Monday March 1. 14.
Brain School on the Health Science and Technology Campus is Virginia Tech’s official recognition of World Brain Awareness Week. Community members are invited to attend the public event. Hands-on educational activities for the community begin at 5 p.m. in the atrium of 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke, before three public lectures presented by local neuroscientists from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“This is a great event because it gives scientists and the public the opportunity to have a dialogue about some of the most fascinating topics in brain and mind science,” said Michael Friedlander, executive director of Fralin. Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech. Vice President for Health Sciences and Technologies. “Brain research is one of the areas of excellence that is transforming Virginia into a leading brain state. We hope to engage as many members of the community as possible to share the excitement of brain science. In addition to presentations from faculty research team leaders, we are fortunate to have several of the outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral fellows sharing their work and passion for brain science with the community.”
Friedlander is an elected member of the Dana Brain Alliance, the foundation that initiated and organizes International Brain Awareness Week to educate the public about the wonders of brain science and its impact on our daily lives. In conjunction with the Dana Brain Alliance, the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute has been designated annually for the past nine years as the official coordinating entity for Brain Awareness Week in Southwest Virginia.
Please register in advance to attend the Brain School in person. Face masks are mandatory.
2022 Brain School Schedule on Monday, March 14: