Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

 

Brain Awareness Week 2018 logo

Brain Awareness Week is supported by the European Dana Alliance for the Brain

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) logo

Brain Awareness Week is supported by FENS

British Neuroscience Association logo

Brain Awareness Week is supported by the BNA

For Brain Awareness Week 2018 we bring you:

Mad Hatter, Grey Matter: A Brain Awareness Week Festival

10th – 18th March 2018

Mad Hatter Grey Matter: A Brain Awareness Week Festival in Edinburgh is a mini-festival, running from 10 – 18th March, exploring creativity and neuroscience. A variety of activities are clustered around two venues – one bringing neuroscience into creativity (St Cecilia’s Hall), the other bringing creativity into neuroscience (Old Medical School), thereby introducing neuroscience-related ideas to new audiences ranging from children to the retired.

The programme provides an opportunity to utilise collections, archives and current research across the themes of creativity, neuroscience and psychology, working with some external partners to provide activities and events that will support International Brain Awareness Week – www.dana.org

 

SATURDAY 10 MARCH

 A afternoon of family, and adult, events:

Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Tea Party, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, 12.30-1.30pm:  Fun, facts and games about the brain for all the family - fuelled by food from the Edinburgh Larder. Tickets: Adult £8, Under 10's £5

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SCO Reconnect: Creative Music Making for People Living with Dementia, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, 2 - 4 pm:  This event explores the Scottish Chamber Orchestra project 'SCO ReConnect', a programme of interactive, creative music workshops for people living with dementia which is delivered by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The project aims to use live music to help improve patients' and carers' sense of well-being and quality of life, and to encourage the general use of music in the care setting.

This event is chaired by Dr Katie Overy (Director of the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development ) and consists of a talk about the SCO ReConnect project from Dr Kirsteen Davidson Kelly, (SCO Connect Director), an talk about the pilot study: 'Evaluation of the Effects of Interactive Live Music for People Living with Moderate to Severe Dementia': by Dr Sheila Rodgers (Senior Lecturer in Nursing), plus a musical demonstration and discussion with SCO musicians and workshop leader Dr Jane Bentley.  This event is free but you need to book a ticket.

click here to reseve your free place for SCO Reconnect: The First Five Years

FUSION Neuroscience and Art exhibitionAvailable to view during the afternon - an exhibition of work from artists working with neuroscientists, & neuroscientists who have created art. This event is drop-in.

 

MONDAY 12 MARCH   

Music as a Medicine, St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, 2 - 4 pm, 

Ancient civilisations around the world used sound and music to heal the mind and body. From gout to sciatica, depression to infertility, sound frequencies, tones and musical melodies were effectively deployed to treat ailments. Edinburgh-based composer, Punit Yaatri, is bringing this approach back to the 21st Century. Join him for a fascinating, enlightening and uplifting presentation where he will share insights into how he composes music that heals. Joining Punit, to share her story, will be one of Punit's most successful case studies, Katy Meiklem - a lady who has been free of life-threatening health conditions for almost 6 years - just from the healing power of music ... not to be missed!   Free, but please book a place.

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Scottish Poetry Library Headlines: Medicine and Poetry, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, 6 - 8 pm

An event pairing poet Ken Cockburn, who works with people in care homes (including dementia sufferers), with Dr John Gilles (University of Edinburgh Compassion Initiative) for a thought-provoking evening of observations & readings, drawing on their personal experience of how poetry has an impact on the thinking & response of both patients & practitioners in care contexts. This event is free, but please book a place.

click here to book your free place for Head Lines: Medicine and Poetry

FUSION Neuroscience and Art exhibitionAvailable to view during the afternoon and evening - an exhibition of work from artists working with neuroscientists, & neuroscientists who have created art. This event is drop-in.

 

TUESDAY 13 MARCH                                                   

Curator tours of the Anatomical Museum, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, University of Edinburgh, 10 am & 2 pm

This is a rare chance to experience a guided tour of the Anatomical Museum and see one of the largest collections of Anatomy in the UK. The museum opened in its current location in 1884, with collections on show that date back to the establishment of the Edinburgh Medical School in 1726. Part of the tour will focus on the museum’s phrenology collection and the attempts by phrenologists to understand the brain in the 19th century.  Meeting Point – Doorway 3, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, where a volunteer will escort you to the Anatomical Museum. The tours are free but booking is essential.

click here to book for the Anatomical Museum Tour

Inside the mind: medical illustrations of the brain, Centre for Research Collections, Sixth floor of Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square, 3 pm - 4 pm

Lothian Health Services Archive has a fascinating collection of medical illustrations generated through the practice of Edinburgh neurosurgeon, Norman Dott (1897 - 1973), and these beautifully rendered clinical drawings showing anatomical detail of, and surgical procedure to, the brain will be on display in the Centre for Research Collections: this is your opportunity for an exclusive viewing!  This event is free but booking is required.

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WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018

Curator tours of the Anatomical Museum, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, University of Edinburgh, 10 am & 2 pm

This is a rare chance to experience a guided tour of the Anatomical Museum and see one of the largest collections of Anatomy in the UK. The museum opened in its current location in 1884, with collections on show that date back to the establishment of the Edinburgh Medical School in 1726. Part of the tour will focus on the museum’s phrenology collection and the attempts by phrenologists to understand the brain in the 19th century.  Meeting Point – Doorway 3, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, where a volunteer will escort you to the Anatomical Museum. The tours are free but booking is essential.

click here to book for the Anatomical Museum Tour

Neuro-theatre – ‘Live’ Brain Surgery!, Anatomy lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, University of  Edinburgh, 5.30 - 7.30 pm

This event, run by the University of Edinburgh Student Neurological Society, will bring a theatrical approach to improving the public understanding of the management & impact of traumatic brain injury. It will feature an interactive theatrical performance by paramedics, anaesthetists and neurosurgeons, & will demonstrate pre-hospital care and neurosurgical evacuation of an acute subdural haematoma using state-of-the-art simulation, followed by a presentation by the TBI charity Headway and patient ambassadors.  There will be an accompanying drop-in session with about 10 stalls highlighting brain damage-related research at Edinburgh (including stroke) and include a stand about the use of art & music therapy in rehabilitation. This event is free but booking is essential.

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FOLLOW UP EVENTS

WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH

Phrenology in Edinburgh: Past, Present and FutureAnatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, University of Edinburgh, 5 -7 pm, 

Come and hear David J. Price, Professor of Developmental Neurobiology at the University of Edinburgh, explain how and why Edinburgh became a major centre for the pseudoscience of personality prediction in the early 1800s. During the talk you will also learn about the significance of the Anatomical Museum’s amazing collection of skulls, busts and life and death masks.  The museum will open from 5pm, giving ticket holders the chance to see some of the life and death masks before the talk, which will start at 6pm. This event is free.

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