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National Museum of Health and Medicine hosts Brain Awareness Week 2008
Date:3/9/2008

March 4, 2008, Washington, D.C. The National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (NMHM) will host its ninth annual Brain Awareness Week this March 10-14, 2008, sponsored by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Over 800 middle-school students from across the Washington, D.C. region will participate in hands-on activities designed to inspire a new generation of scientists interested in the brain and the field of neuroscience.

National Brain Awareness Week programs were first established by the Dana Alliance in 1996, linking scientists, clinicians, journalists, and other educators in an annual effort to raise public awareness about the brain and brain science. In 2000, Dana joined forces with NMHM to develop a program designed especially for middle school students. Brain Awareness Week has helped instill a sense of excitement of science, while bringing awareness and understanding of current research and its translation into clinical practice to young audiences.

"This wonderful program provides students a rare opportunity to meet closely with scientists in this uniquely relevant setting," said Adrianne Noe, Ph.D., the Museum's director. "We are thrilled to partner with educators, researchers and clinicians in exploring the myriad of ways that science-related education may be offered to students, especially in an environment that excites and inspires young people to pursue a scientific discipline as a future career."

"As part of our mission to help inspire the next generation of neuroscientists, members of the Society for Neuroscience participate in Brain Awareness Week activities around the country and around the world," said SfN President Eve Marder, PhD. "I'm delighted to be joining students in Washington, DC, and hope that they will get a glimpse of the excitement and potential impact that comes with a career in science."

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