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Celebrating Brain Awareness Week

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Audience members "light the path" for friends and family living with brain disorders and injuries.
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Davin Quinn, MD, explains parts of the brain and similarities across species, with special emphasis on the thalamus.
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Jessica Richardson, PhD, CCC-SLP, discusses the how learning another language can help with neuroplasticity.
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(l to r), moderator Barry Ramo, MD; Davin Quinn, MD; Jessica Richardson, PhD, CCC-SLP; Bill Shuttleworth, PhD, answer audience questions.

Glimpses of Neuroscience Day 2016

All photos courtesy of Michael Riblett

Neuroscience Day at UNM is part of our celebration of Brain Awareness Week--an international campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. The event is a major activity of the New Mexico chapter of the Society for Neuroscience that includes scientists and clinicians from universities and colleges around the state. This is the third year that activities have expanded, in partnership with BBHI, and include community members and other representatives from advocacy and support groups in our state.

The day begins with the popular research poster session. Community partners also display important resource information. This year participants can also join a Tai Chi/Chi Gung for movement disorders demonstration.

Poster competition winner Sarah Grace Dalton will go to the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in NY this summer.
2nd place winner Robert Oliver will go with Health Sciences Center leadership in their annual advocacy trip to Washington, DC.

In the afternoon, the A. Earl Walker Neuroscience Research Award is presented, followed by the Michael C. Wilson Memorial lecture. Then, community members and UNM clinicians and researchers mingle at lunch. The day concludes with working sessions on research partnerships focusing on: Alzheimer's Disease; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Brain Injury; Cerebral Cavernous Malformations; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; and Parkinson's Disease.

(l to r) Bill Shuttleworth, PhD, Andrea Allen, PhD, Richard Larson, MD, PhD Andrea Allen named A. Earl Walker Neuroscience Award recipient.
Miram Bikson, PhD, from the City College of New York speaks about: "How to get smart and even cure disease with electrical brain stimulation."
During lunch, Donald Partridge, PhD, speaks about this year's Brain Bee winner.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the many UNM and community members who attended this year's Neuroscience Day!

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