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Brain Fair 2010


Brain Fair 2010

Brain Fair 2010March 2010 – Miami Project to Cure Paralysis researchers, including Dr. Coleen Atkins and Lana Jones Mawhinney took the lead this past weekend as University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the Brain Fair 2010 on Saturday, March 20, from 10 am-4 pm.  This free event was at the Miami Science Museum, had more than 1100 people in attendance, and included high quality educational activities for children about how the brain works and the fascinating discoveries being made by University of Miami neuroscientists.


Brain Fair 2010 was designed to give children a fun, activity-filled course in neuroscience, starting with the basics of neuroanatomy, aspects of how the brain works, and ending with advanced topics such as learning and memory.  Activities for the children included putting together brain puzzles, building a neuron, purifying DNA, and learning how optical illusions work.  Representatives from the Walk Safe and Bike Safe programs also showed children and parents the importance of safety measures designed to prevent unintended spinal cord and brain injuries.  Other fun activities for the children included a BrainMinder Buddies puppet show performed by the Pilot Club of Miami, storytelling, and brain charades games. 


The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives presented their Staying Sharp Program as a panel discussion with the topic of Successful Aging.  Panelists included Drs. Walter Bradley, Bonnie Levin, Ralph Sacco, and Clinton Wright who discussed successful aging strategies.  There were also several interesting talks by UM researchers for parents which included topics such as stem cell therapy, the uses of cord blood, autism as it relates to vaccines, and the effects of drug addiction on the brain.


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