Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week

 

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For Brain Awareness Week 2019 we bring you:

Mad Hatter, Grey Matter: A Brain Awareness Week Festival

The Mad Hatter, Grey Matter Festival 2019, running from 11 – 15 March, has something for everyone curious about creativity and neuroscience. A variety of activities are clustered around four venues – one bringing neuroscience into creativity (St Cecilia’s Hall & Main Library Centre for Research Collections), the other bringing creativity into neuroscience (Old Medical School & the Anatomical Museum), thereby introducing neuroscience-related ideas to new audiences of all ages.

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

Monday 11 March 2019

Scottish Chamber Orchestra ReConnect – music workshop for people living with dementia and carers, 11 am - 12 noon, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh.  Do you care for someone living with dementia? Join Dr Jane Bentley and musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a music workshop designed for people living with dementia, family members and carers. Everyone is welcome and will be invited and supported to sing, play instruments, improvise and listen. No musical expertise required!.  Free - click here to book

Wednesday 13 March 2019

Clinical Drawings on Display​, 10 am - 3 pm, Centre for Research Collections, Sixth floor of Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square, Edinburgh.  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!  Free - click here to book

Curator tours of the Anatomical Museum, 10 am and 2 pm, Meeting Point – Medical School, Doorway 3, Teviot Place, Edinburgh.  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.  Free - click here to book

Thursday 14 March 2019

Curator tours of the Anatomical Museum, 10 am and 2 pm, Meeting Point – Medical School, Doorway 3, Teviot Place, Edinburgh.  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.  Free - click here to book

Myths and Truths of the Creative Brain, 2 - 4 pm, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh.  Is creativity the special ability of a talented few or a capacity that everyone possesses? Is the right brain the creative brain? Can I train my brain to become more creative? Do drugs and alcohol enhance creativity? Join Prof Anna Abraham to find out the answers to these questions and more in this talk.  Free - Click here to book

Neurotheatre, 5.30 - 8 pm, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Teviot Place, Edinburgh. Are you interested in medicine and surgery? 'Neurotheatre - Simulated Brain Surgery!' is back due to popular demand! Edinburgh Medical School will be opening up the historic Anatomy Lecture Theatre for an immersive, captivating re-enactment of brain surgery, featuring state-of-the-art surgical technology, alongside a diverse cast of neurosurgeons, A&E doctors, paramedics and medical students! This event is simulated, but realistic! Free -  Click here to book

Friday 15 March 2019

Family Zoetrope Workshop, 10 - 11 am and 11 am - 12 noon, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh.  A mixture of exhibition and interactive workshops with Whiffle Pig CIC. Using the old art of the zoetrope, Whiffle Pig artists show the subtle changes in a person’s face which show with the decline of neurological damage and disease. You will then have the opportunity to create your own ‘moving picture’ to show in the zoetropes available to try out. Whiffle Pig is Makaton friendly so all projects are open to those with communication difficulties. Free - click here to book

Family Animation Workshop, 2 - 4 pm, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh.  Facilitated by Whifflepig CIC, you will create a short, stop-motion animation that explores the genius and wonder of the brain. Your films can then be posted onto Whiffle Pig’s YouTube channel. Whiffle Pig is Makaton friendly so all projects are open to those with communication difficulties. Free - please book in advance (booking link will open shortly)

Minds in Music- the interaction of music and mental health, 3.45 - 5 pm, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh.  Dr John Tully is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Wellcome Clinical Research Training Fellow at Kings College London. His research focuses on the neurobiology of mental disorders.  He is also a musician and has an interest in the role of the arts in Mental Health. This interactive session will draw on Dr Tully's resources, and other material, to explore some key themes that will be of interest to wide audience, including systematisers versus empathisers and the connection between mental distress and inspiration, and draw on a soundtrack based on 5 years of exploration associated with Minds in Music project.  £3 - Click here to book

Brain Evolution in Concert, 7 - 8.30 pm, St Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Edinburgh. 'Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate', a rather unique music duo, consisting one half Consultant Neuropathologist, Dr Malcolm Galloway, and one half full-time bass player, Mark Gatland. This remarkable combination of creative talent and neuroscientific knowledge will captivate Mad Hatter, Grey Matter audiences by offering insight to the evolution of the brain through music and song.  £5 - click here to book

Friday 22 March 2019

Dance for your life, 11 am - 1 pm, Debating Hall, Teviot Row House, Bristo Square, Edinburgh.  Learn from Prof Tara Spires-Jones how exercise reduces the risk of dementia then put this into practice in the ‘Day in the Life of a Strictly Celebrity’ workshop with Strictly Come Dancing Celebrity Russell Grant. With special performances by University of Edinburgh Danns Ed and the Dunbar Highland Dancers.  £5 - all ticket revenue will be donated to dementia charities. Click here to book.