Brain Awareness Day, as part of Brain Awareness Week, seeks to raise public awareness of the potential impact brain research can have on clinical care. Held every March, Brain Awareness Week is sponsored nationally by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience. The Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience holds Brain Awareness Day at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock in March each year. The Brain Imaging Research Center is proud to be able to participate in the event each year. The event provides family-friendly, hands-on educational activities to educate families about the brain and brain research. For more information about Brain Awareness Day at the Museum of Discovery, please call the Museum at (501)-396-7050 or visit their Website.
The Brain Imaging Research Center also participates in community-sponsored events. The BIRC realizes the value of public awareness and public involvement in mental health research. Members of the BIRC have been involved in activities such as TEDx talks, Little Rock Science Café, guest lectures at UCA and Hendrix College, research conferences locally and nationally, as well as other community engagement events. You can view Dr. G. Andrew James’ recent TEDx talk here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMGRFPBLiv8.
For more information or to speak with someone about your event, please call (501)-526-8321.
The Brain Imaging Research Center participates in the Psychiatric Research Institute-sponsored Fundraisers. These fundraisers occur periodically and are a great way for faculty, staff, and the public to raise money for charitable causes. Past fundraiser donations have supported NAMI Walks, Out of the Darkness Walks, and Harmony Health Clinic, as well as inpatient units within the PRI. Fundraiser events have included a chili cook-off, cheese dip competition, and St. Patrick’s Day corned beef sandwich lunch.
The Beautiful Minds lecture series is sponsored by the Psychiatric Research Institute. Open to the public, Beautiful Minds hopes to raise public awareness of mental illness and knowledge of the services provided in the Department of Psychiatry and by the Institute. For more information, http://psychiatry.uams.edu/beautifulminds
The Brain Imaging Research Center supports and attends many educational events on campus such as Grand Rounds and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, many of which are eligible for CME credits. For a schedule of events on UAMS campus, http://www.uamshealth.com/events/