Brain Awareness Week at UCL

14 March 2011

Brain Awareness Week, running 14­-20 March, is an annual international campaign designed to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.

Each day throughout the week on the UCL Neuroscience news page, a different UCL Neuroscience researcher will describe what it’s like to be a neuroscientist, and the challenges and highlights of their careers:

UCL Neuroscience seeks to make fundamental discoveries about brain function and behaviour, to teach and train the next generation of scientists and clinicians, and to transform our ability to diagnose and treat neurological and psychiatric disease. In the slideshow of images below, UCL neuroscientists expose and explore the beauty of the brain, the most intricate organ in the human body.

Click on the player below to view the slideshow of neuroscience images from the UCL community

UCL neuroscientists are also involved a range of events throughout the week.

  • Beatboxing on the Brain: 14 March, 7:00pm, The Betsey Trotwood Pub, 56 Farringdon Road

‘Beatboxing on the Brain’ is the result of a collaboration between UCL neuroscientist Dr Carolyn McGettigan and the UK’s champion beatboxer, Reeps One. Come along to hear about the evolution of the voice, the structure of sounds, the art of beatboxing, and literally take a peek inside Reeps’ head as we present the results of our MRI study.

Free and open to all, but registration is required.

  • Should the brain be left to neuroscientists?: 15 March, 1:15pm, Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, UCL

A Lunch Hour Lecture given by Dr Daniel Glaser, UCL Psychology. Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event. For more details, see the Lunch Hour Lecture page.

  • The deaf and signing brain: 16 March, 6:30pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road

Healthy Deaf Minds special lecture presented by UCL’s Mairead MacSweeney in association with the Deafness, Cognition and Language Research Centre at UCL. The event is free and open to all.

  • Science vs Politics in Drug Policy: 18 March, 2:00pm, 33 Queen Square Lecture Theatre

Guest lecture at the UCL Institute of Neurology presented by Professor David Nutt (Imperial College, President Elect, British Neuroscience Association).


UCL context

Brain image courtesy of Professor David Attwell

UCL is one of the world’s leading research institutions for neuroscience. Across more than 450 research groups we address fundamental questions about brain function and behaviour across the lifespan, in health and disease.

The UCL Neuroscience Domain is a strategic initiative that unites the collective activities of these groups from across the university. It seeks to: enable world-class research by bringing together researchers from across disciplines; provide the optimal training environment to produce future generations of neuroscientists; and promote greater engagement between scientists and society.

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Image: The gold colour shows information superhighways in the brain: the gold is a protein making up myelin, which speeds the conduction of electrical signals along nerve cells, allowing us to think more quickly. Courtesy of Professor David Attwell (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology)